Friday, November 23, 2007

Check with the TC/Management

A caregiver called me and was very worried because she had been told that trapping was going to commence in her area next Tuesday. She said that she had heard about it from a friend who heard about it from someone else.

I asked her to call the TC to check but she was reluctant to do so at first because she said that they wouldn't tell her anything and would come and trap anyway. I told her that first of all, we do not know how reliable this rumour is - the best thing to do is to check with the town council and see what they have to say. Secondly, it is important to find out from the officer what is going on. Even if the officer is tempted to sneakily trap the cats and NOT tell the caregiver, I told her that this would let them know that SHE knows - and they're more likely to not try trapping in this manner. She agreed and said she would speak with the officer.

Vegancat is in the area and I know that he works very closely with the TC there and was fairly confident that they would let him know if there was a problem. True enough when he checked, the Property Manager also told him there was no trapping going on and that while there was a new officer in the area he had been briefed about TNRM.

Vegancat suspects that the confusion may have arisen about a poster that talks about nuisance behaviour that is more about pet cats wandering.

This is why it's really important to speak with your officer and ask them directly what's happening. Rumours like this cause panic - and can cause caregivers a lot of unnecessary worry. The best thing to do it to go to the horse's mouth and check with your TC or area management directly. Remember this rumour? None of the caregivers involved whom people were trying to get in touch with ever called - nor were there any verifiable reports that cats were actually caught.

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