No wonder volunteerism is dead
This officer wrote back - he said that they have to work for residents who pay conservancy charges and hence need to take care of their complaints. He said that caregivers are residents who make the decision to care for the cats hence it should be their responsibility. He said he had his limits.
I wrote back to point out that when residents help to check for larvae in homes, why doesn't the town council make these volunteers 'in charge' of dengue? After all, they decided to help out too didn't they?
He also said TC is not trying to push responsibility to anyone because it is just a phone call away to trap the cats. I said that if this was their idea of solving the problem I was very disappointed - because the complainant I spoke to did NOT want the cat removed. She wanted the urination to stop.
In fact in another case where the cat was in fact just removed, I just checked with the complainant and the problem has not stopped at all! Which means the TC removed again, the wrong cat. So how is this helping ANY of the residents?
It's a shame that some town council officers seem to forget that residents who are caregivers pay conservancy charges too - and in fact penalise them for wanting to help. Is it any wonder volunteerism in Singapore is in such a bad state? It's better to sit around and not do anything - you get rewarded for it, whereas if you try and help, then more work gets pushed your way.