Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Unhappy feeder SMSing

One of the caregivers called me up to check with me why the unhappy feeder was sending her an SMS about whether CWS should be helping out in Tampines anymore and whether the group would like CWS to withdraw. She also said that the unhappy feeder wanted an answer by today. The unhappy feeder texted her to say she wants to handle her own complaints from now on which is great.

This caregiver who called was unable to make the meeting last night. She was quite concerned about what she felt was a lot of anger in the group and this may have clouded some rationality. She said that the most important thing was to consider the ultimate welfare of the cats.

She said on her part, she'd like us to keep helping.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

With reference to the cat in bag case. Read in a pet forum that TCs have had a meeting and come to an agreement that there will be a stray free policy. Is that true? Does that not mean then whatever TRNM plans and agreements are void as the main aim now is to eradicate all strays to achieve an 100 percent stray free Spore? Anyone has any news?


15/5/07 12:14 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Tell this unhappy feeder to forgive and accept the TC explanation at least for this time. Insisting on going to the police or to make matter worse may put the community cats in further risk. i accept her frustration, pain and love for her cats but she need to think in long term. To get CWS out of the picture is not a good idea - CWS has to be in the picture if the said subject is related to the community cats for that is why CWS was formed.

15/5/07 12:41 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous, that's what we heard - but I also believe that was the official stance was. Many TCs continue to work with caregivers on their own (and some TCs in the last few weeks after the meeting have reiterated their intention to work with their TCs).

It's important to speak with your TC (if you haven't already) to find out what their stance is and to work with them.

On our part, we'll also see if there is some way to contact the TCs as a whole to discuss this.

Mary - if any group wishes us not to be involved, we respect that. It may mean the group is working very well on its own for example, or that they feel they would do a better job. At the end of the day, it's their cats and their communities.

When the day comes around that all the groups tell us they don't need CWS anymore because they're all doing such good jobs, that will be the happiest day for me. It will mean that they're working successfully with their TCs and other authorities and that more importantly, the cats are safe!

15/5/07 1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So it means even despite some TCs wanting to work with caregivers. The official line is NO STRAYS?
Mmm that means TC can change their minds anytime esp when new people steps in. And it also means TRNM efforts can just sink overnight if new TC decides it dooes not find dealing with strays a need and culling them is easier. That is quite disturbing.

15/5/07 1:41 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - that was a pretty good summary.

15/5/07 1:43 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I must however add that the chairpeople of your TCs are usually MPs within your area. It is a good idea to speak with them as well. Perhaps then if they meet again they can voice their support for the programme.

15/5/07 1:45 PM  

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