You know, I'm embarassed to admit this, but.... we have all the paperwork for our inside cats, and we gave the paperwork to the adoptive parents of all the kitties we've adopted out... but the way we handled the ferals was different. First of all, please bear in mind we were new to this, and didn't have the first ferals brought in ear-notched. We've certainly learned along the way, but what we did was just start a "fund" at the vet. They basically held a credit on our account, and we'd simply drop off the traps, and one of the vet techs would come out and take the cat in the trap. Either one of the receptionists would call us the next day or we'd call them to find out how the cat was doing. They would keep females for a few days to a week (dependent upon weather) and used dissolvable stitches on them. The males would stay a day or two, dependent upon their health. The vet had standing instructions to first test for FIV, FeLV. Thankfully, none were positive. Then instructions were to spay or neuter, vaccinate, deworm, and provide any other medical attention necessary. (Actually, all of the cats were supposedly in good health, and none that we trapped looked sick). We did not take the paperwork with us when we picked up the cats to return them outdoors - our thinking was that if we ever needed it, they'd print it out and fax it to us. And if the fund was depleted, they'd call to let us know, and we'd have them put more on the card. (We helped pay for spay/neuters of other ferals, not just the ones we brought in, and they did contact us with ferals and strays others dropped off, and we'd help find homes or places for those cats and kittens).
Remember - we live in an RV, and we work from home a lot, so space is a major issue for us. I'm not making an excuse here, because obviously now I feel like we were completely irresponsible, but just explaining our logic at the time. They weren't charging us for the boarding, etc., and we thought they were being so great with us.
But after a few problems here and there, we began to doubt their "thoroughness." And then the incident with Flowerbelle...and we were seeing red. But even then it never occured to us to check up on the prior work with the ferals.
Anway, we've kept tabs on the ferals we relocated to the barns, and they are on a feeding schedule (twice a day). So trapping the barn cats shouldn't be too difficult. And there's only the five of them. The rest we had neutered? Unless they start turning up around here as the weather gets progressively worse, there's nothing to do.
So until we know what's up with at least the barn cats, we'll decide what to do based on that. We can only hope that this wasn't some complete scam on the part of the vet, and that somehow something just screwed up with Funny Face.