Community Relations Resource Center
Low Key Complaints and Concerns from the Community
It is very common for conflicts to stem from issues between neighbors or people living in the same area as the feral cat colony. Luckily, these differences are the easiest to prevent and resolve, when dealt with quickly and in a calm and helpful manner.
When dealing with a neighbor that has concerns about the cats, use our conflict resolution techniques
Should the situation escalate and you feel that tempers are flaring, put the brakes on the discussion and ask someone else—perhaps a fellow caregiver or neighbor—to help facilitate the discussion.
Mediate through Problems – Mediation is an important tool for resolving disputes between neighbors because it allows everyone a chance to speak and establishes an ongoing dialogue within the community. Use our mediation guide to uncover the root cause of the complaint and work towards a solution that meets the needs of the whole community, including the cats.
Educate Your Neighbors – Use these educational materials and outreach tools to help you spread the word to your neighbors and community.
Prepare for Negotiation - Read negotiation tips for finding common ground and a resolution.
Employ Bargaining Chips – Part of negotiation is offering services in exchange for getting what you want for the cats. This list of services could help you seal the deal.