Feral Cat Frustration
Hi, I'm brand new to the board...I plan on looking at everyone else's posts when I get home from work later, but I decided to say hello and give my main reason for joining.
I need moral support. I'm attempting to manage a colony of feral cats who live at the apartment complex where I work, but I live in a city with next to no resources for animals. There is no TNR program here, and no legitimate or affordable low-cost or free spay and neuter clinic. There is only the humane society which provides euthanasia to ferals upon arrival. The caretaker at the complex who is also employed by the same agency I am began trapping cats yesterday in order to take them to the humane society. He's doing this more out of a need to make people angry and a hatred of cats than he is out of pure necessity. He's also made comments about using the cats as coyote bait or shooting them, trying to get under my skin, maybe joking. I've spoken to the director of the agency and made it clear that I disagree with this course of action, and that I'm uncomfortable that someone so insensitive is in charge of the job of trapping the cats. I've told him that if given more time to trap the cats one or two at a time, get them appointments at the TNR clinic in Seattle, and to get a little money together to do so, this problem could be solved more humanely, but I have a feeling that they're trying to travel the most convenient and quickest path right now. It's going to be very hard for me to go to work knowing that behind the building one of the cats I've taken care of and fed is in a trap, waiting to be taken away. But I've already let ONE of the cats out of the trap, and I have my own trap out in an attempt to at least save one relatively tame but scared and abandoned kitty to take home myself, so I don't know what else I can do. It makes me sick. Can anyone offer any words of wisdom, comfort, or advice?