Long term management
Someone spoke with me this afternoon about a woman who wanted to get some cats sterilised at a hotel. She had been at the hotel a few weeks ago and saw the cats who weren't done. She tried to contact the management who told her to contact the pest control and said they were in charge, who told her to contact the management. She wanted to know if we could talk to the management.
This person asked a third party to call me and I suggested that she might want to speak with me directly so there isn't so much potential for miscommunication. The third party will be helping her if she decides to go ahead with the sterilisation.
The woman apparently was planning to get the cats sterilised, and to remove the females but to leave the males according to the third party.
I said that we'd be happy to speak with the management. However my main concern was what was going to happen to these cats long term. Who would look after them? It's great the woman wants to get them done - and it'll certainly help to reduce the population and cut down on complaints. However, the thing is that the hotel (and the vast majority of managements) in all likelihood doesn't care if the cats are sterilised. What they DO care about is how to handle complaints and minimise problems.
If there is no resident caregiver there, then who will take care of the complaints? The cats may be sterilised - but that doesn't mean the complaints will come to an end solely due to sterilisation. It will definitely cut down the complaints - but probably won't bring them to a complete stop.
In addition, should older cats die and new cats come in, what happens then? Also who handles the responsible feeding? Who will take sick or injured cats to the vet?
The third party told me that the woman rarely goes there and she may not be able to do all this. I told the third party that sterilising is definitely important - but that if she wants to try as much as possible to guarantee their survival in the area, sterilisation alone isn't enough. If she is prepared to sterilise anyway (and has the resources do to it), and not be too upset that they are gone if she goes back, then that's good to do.
The third party also pointed out that it would be a waste of time, money and resources though if the cats are caught. He said he would speak with her and ask her if she wanted to speak with me.