What to do if your cat is caught
The caregivers have gotten their cats back. I was told the cats were very affectionate and happy to see the caregiver.
If you're missing your cat the first thing to do is to call the TC and AVA to find out if your cat is trapped. What happens afterwards though depends on what your working relationship with your TC is like.
If you are working with your TC :-
1. Call them up and tell them that your cat has been caught and that you need a letter to get the cats released.
2. With the letter, the AVA will return the cat to you, without a microchip and it can be returned to the community.
If you are not working with your TC or your TC is unwilling to help :-
1. If the TC will not give you a letter (and do try even if you aren't currently working with your TC), then you need to let the AVA know;
2. The AVA will then call the TC and find out why they will not let the cat go;
3. If the TC still will not give a letter then the cat will be returned to the caregiver with an undertaking that the cat cannot be released onto the street. The cat must also be microchipped.
Of course, if you are working with your TC generally the cat should not even have been caught in the first place though sometimes mistakes do happen and that's why the TC can ask the AVA to return the cat to you. If you are working with your TC, usually the complaint will first be referred to the caregiver and hence pest control isn't even called in. So please - try and work with your TC.