Animal group politics is one you probably want to stay away from if you want to maintain your sanity.
We have similar problems, we do work with a number of semi-ferals that we believe can be adopted to the right home. In fact one of my ferals is going home tomorrow and I am :cry: but some of the other shelters think that the time it takes for a feral to come around takes away from the space a more adoptable animal could have.
Although I have seen MANY instances of the town/city sanctioned (and government paid) animal groups not doing their jobs properly. Our local SPCA brings dogs up from Louisiana while they PTS at the animal control facility right next door. You never know what is going on behind the scenes.
I have been slapped on the wrists by animal control on a few occasions for feeding the ferals near where I live although they have never actually done anything about it except tell me that I am not supposed to feed them and remind me that they can be dangerous if you try to touch them. I know however that they give the other people that feed the ferals a harder time than me - but then they deal with me at the shelter.
So sometimes it is about the wellbeing, but it is also their idea of what constitutes wellbeing