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It seems that, initially, ad hoc attempts were made to deal with the complaints. No doubt these were pretty ineffective and probably cruel. The Qatar Cat Coalition (QCC) became involved and asked the WSPA to step in and advise during a meeting with central government people. It seems that this was dealt with (at this stage) in a professional manner, with the three best organisations involved at the same time.
This in outline seems to be the order of events (and some people in places in Australia might well learn from this):
- Complaints by the public about feral and stray cats
- Local authority probably round up and kill cats in reaction to complaints
- This fails to reduce population of feral cats as unneutered feral cats are very good at surviving by breeding and fill the void (see vacuum effect)
- Qatar Cat Coalition (QCC) calls for change in policy as a result
- Meeting set up with government+QCC+WSPA and a humane program devised based on TNR (trap, neuter and return)
- Qatar Gov. officials visit a project in Dubai where TNR is practiced
- Dubai authorities provide glowing report and the evidence is in front of them
- Qatar authorities ask QCC and WSPA to set up TNR scheme in Doha
- WSPA delivered an initial training course on trap neuter return methods, which is well received (note: it is nice for people involved in this kind of work and motivating, to be doing things in an humane manner)
- Practical training is set up to train Government and QCC workers in humane TNR. Vets are involved too
- 2008 - In Doha there are 4 government managed trapping teams, monitored by the QCC
- The stray cat and feral cat populations are managed at last
- The Qatar government ask WSPA and QCC to get involved with a similar scheme to control stray dogs.