I was speaking with a caregiver who told me that she is seeing an increase of dumping in her area. However, she also noticed that when she took some of the cats for sterilisation, they disappeared the same day they were released! When she walked around to try and find out what had happened because they hadn't been trapped, she found some of these cats in homes. She asked some of these owners why they had picked the cat up, and she said they told her that they felt sorry for the cats. She said she thought it was a little too coincidental that they happened to disappear practically the minute they were sterilised - and that they had appeared in the first place as she had suspected they were dumped. She thinks they may now be using her as a free sterilisation service.
At the same time, she noticed that some of the older cats were also thrown out once they were sick or old. It's strange that none of these people would just approach the caregiver. If they were having real financial issues, she's such a kind woman that I am sure they would help out. Having to use strange stratagems like this is just dishonest.