Where did the other cats go?
This afternoon, several things were happening at the same time, including some events relating to this case. The trapper called and said that she was trying to arrange with the woman who hired her to have her meet with everyone involved so that the cats could be returned. She said that she wanted it sorted out today. I told her that would be everyone's fervent aim as the main thing was to just have the cats reunited with their caregivers. She said she wanted that as well. I told her I was sure that was what everyone wanted - what was in the best interests of the cats. However she called back a few minutes later to say it was no good - the woman did not wish to meet, but she said that it was fine to go and pick up the cats at the cattery.
At the same time, I spoke with the people at the vet as this woman advised. I was told that the woman had agreed that the caregivers were welcome to check the cattery for their cats. One of the caregivers also spoke with the same woman, and was told the same thing.
However it was uncertain what time the caregivers could go down. The caregiver asked if I could go along, though I did point out I would be unable to recognise the cats. I was told that the tenant had been there since early in the morning and wanted to go home and so we needed to get down as quickly as possible. So we rushed off again (while in another town council, there were other problems of the more mundane - but equally serious - kind cropping up and I was trying to help with that as well).
I met the caregiver there while another caregiver rushed down from her workplace. This time around, the same woman allowed us in but she was much friendlier. She told me that she had not been aware of what was happening - she was just helping a friend out as her friend's cattery was undergoing renovation. The cats were in the back in the 'quarantine' sections which we weren't allowed into the last time. This time, the caregiver was allowed in and she went in and found two of the cats. One of the cats looked so happy to see the caregiver and rubbed against her over and over again. She also recognised some other sterilised cats, but those feeders were not responsible and had been leaving food all over. They had also not asked about the cats since they went missing, so she discussed it with the woman who let us in and they agreed to leave those cats there.
The shelter looked clean as it did the last time and people were washing it out. The cats were also safe and dry despite the heavy rain. Some of the cats were however down with flu as the woman told us, and it is inevitable that flu and other diseases can and do spread in shelters, no matter how well run, just due to the proximity of the cats to each other in an enclosed place.
The other caregiver rushed down but was unable to find her cats. She was so upset she looked like she was about to cry as she was so hopeful they might be there. The woman who let us in looked quite moved as well and told her not to give up her search, but the caregiver said she didn't know where to start. We asked to see the other cattery which was being renovated but were told it wasn't rented by the woman who let us in. However the caregiver stood outside and stared so hopefully in that the owner of the entire cattery came over, spoke with us, and told her it was okay to have a look, which was very kind of him. It helped to set her mind at rest that the cats might be there.
I gave the second caregiver a ride out. She was crushed - she had really thought she might find her cats tonight. She mentioned that if her cats were in a better place, and the person wanted to keep them, she would be fine with it - what was killing her was having no news whatsoever about the cats. She said she had no idea where they could be or what had befallen them. She asked where the other cats could possibly have gone and I said I just didn't know.
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