Cat in school
I spoke with someone from one of the schools today. Apparently a kitten ran into the school yesterday and she has been trying to look after it. The children in the school have special needs, and they apparently love the kitten.
The woman thought it would be good to set aside a little corner and have the kitten as a school cat. Unfortunately the manager of the school took one look at the cat and ran into the office and slammed the door and refused to come out. He is apparently terrified of the kitten and said that it had to go.
He then called the SPCA this morning. I spoke with the woman and suggested I speak with the manager but she says she worries that it might jeopardise her job. She said at the worst, she will take the cat home herself.
I explained that in other countries like Hong Kong, they've found that animals can help with children with learning disabilities, for example the Professor Paws programme. In addition, I have met some of the students at this school and I had a feeling they would in general really take to the cat - which the woman confirmed.
It's a shame that one manager's fear is standing in the way of a cat being made a welcome addition to the community.