Then I had a chat with the woman in distress, spoke to her about cruelty to animals being a crime, emailed her the Penal code section spelling that out, and told her that she needed to speak to the owner of the complex since management was not responsive, was possibly complicit even. I asked her to see if she could get anywhere with the owners, and to get back to me. She was in tears, and I wasn't sure if she could put the necessary fear of liability into anyone. Figured I'd get back to her.
I knew that these two projects were way more than I could handle alone. I sent messages outlining the situations to my cat lady hotlines, hoping for a bit of help...
Several friends stepped up to help trap at the dumpster site. I brought a lot of food to the woman who had called, an office worker there. She agreed to feed and water the cats every day (got REAL lucky there) and my friends started trapping. I tried to trap in the day (I might find an hour of two in the afternoon when I have "free" time) but no one showed up.
Another woman, whom I don't know, offered to provide advocacy in the matter of the cruelty to the cats by the complex management. Saved again. A series of miracles...we're just getting started on these projects, but how wonderful it is to have folks who can help these animals when help is needed.
Blessings and thanks to cat ladies and advocates EVERYWHERE!!!