Sometimes when you speak to people, you realise that they've already made their minds up about something, and they just don't want to do it but they're trying to be polite. I spoke to this woman again this morning and asked if she had managed to see the woman who witnessed the abuse case. She had not. I asked if she had given any more thought to getting the cats sterilised with the money that the complainant offered to donate. She told me that she wasn't going to do it at this time.
She has basically come up with one objection after another, and has been mostly polite on the whole, but she just won't sterilise - not even if someone else is going to pay and not even if it will mean her cats are protected.
Another feeder I spoke to yesterday found some cats missing in her area. I encouraged her to call the TC, which she did but the officer did not return her call. She told me well, that was just fate, and she was too busy to contact anyone else.
Sometimes when speaking to some of the feeders, they are perfectly polite and very pleasant - and yet completely unconvinced. They'll take the brochures and thank you very nicely - but looking at them, you know that they won't get the cats done.
I told a friend that it sometimes speaking with these people feels like throwing stones down a deep well - you just know that you're throwing and throwing, but your words, just like the rocks, can't be heard reaching the bottom. Sometimes it makes you wonder if there's something wrong with your aim :)