Complainant offers to donate money for sterilisation
I went down to speak to this feeder a few weeks ago and when I left I remarked to the officer that I didn't think the feeder would start sterilisation because he didn't sound convinced he should be doing it.
I received new complaints from the area two days ago and yesterday spoke to the wife of the feeder and emailed the complainant.
The wife of the feeder is worried it is against her religion. I told her that we had some quotes from different religions in our brochure which I had given to her husband. She had read the brochure. I told her I would send her another letter to say sterilisation was okay according to the religious authority in question and I mailed that out yesterday. She was concerned as her father-in-law had said it was sinful so they only sterilised the cats they kept at home.
She said they used to have 30 cats in the area, but many of them were caught. She was also concerned that sterilisation would make cats stupid. She said she had taken in an abandoned, sterilised cat and that it had not seemed very bright when it was downstairs and hence she took it in.
I told her that many abandoned cats are frightened and unable to cope as they have lived indoors all their lives and that it has nothing to do with sterilisation.
She was worried that they might trap the cats even if they were sterilised. I told her that the officer had told her husband and I the other day that they would not trap the cats. She was worried about paying to get them taken out and I told her that if the officer wrote her a letter (and she collected the cats promptly) then she did not need to worry about that either.
Now the interesting thing is this - the complainant basically was just worried the population was increasing and that she had seen several pregnant cats. So SHE has offered to donate $100 for the cats to be sterilised. I was pleasantly surprised. Now all we need to do is convince the feeders that it needs to be done.