Originally Posted by Ellen54
I agree. Someone they interviewed did say that. I would like to see them do a story about a rescue group in the area that does TNR. Maybe people would be a little more understanding.
All you guys have my respect.
Our group is the only group in PG county that teaches, promotes, and supports TNR and colony caretakers here. We got positive press one time, and we've spent probably tens of hours talking and emailing to and fro with local beat reporters. They don't understand the concepts, no matter how simple you make them. In a county where Animal Ctl. can, and has, gone in and wiped out entire (okay, NON-TNR managed maybe) colonies, one paper was adamant that we let their photographers go out and take photos of real, local colonies. As you might expect, none of our caretakers will take the risk, and I don't blame them.
Admittedly, "cat people" tend to err by not being solicitous about "non-cat people's" concerns, we probably could defuse some situations more effectively if we were as empathetic about parents' concerns as about the cats. But also, it sounds from what I am reading around, as though there were some parents in DC who could never be satisfied. As a parent myself, I feel sorry for their kids!