When people first contact me about help with neutering the community cats in their neighborhood or the barn cats on their farm, the first thing I do is tell them about available resources. By the time they get ahold of me, a one-person outfit without any official rescue affiliation or website or 501(c)(3) status, they're usually pretty wrung out from getting told "no" over and over again by the local "official" rescues, none of whom do TNR (except the one I'm currently volunteering for, but shhhhh - that's our secret.)
So I tell them that their situation is not unusual, but that they ARE unusual in that they're willing to help when most people would turn a blind eye, and I thank them for that. I meet with them to see what exactly their situation is, and share information about the resources that are available locally to assist them.
And then I tell them that I'm just the trapper. I will not make the phone calls to the clinics to arrange the neuter appointments, and I will not pay for the surgeries. I make sure that they have all the contact info they need to set up the appointments, and I make sure they have all the information regarding income restrictions, etc., for the various clinics. I give advice about how to get neighbors to band together to help out. I tell them that I will do everything as far as getting the cats trapped and to their surgeries once plans are in place, but I will not do all the work for them. Because this isn't my problem. This is everybody's problem.
And I'm only one person. :)
(No, this is not me in these photos. I'm not that good looking.) :)
One neighborhood or one farm at a time. That's what I do. And I'm just the trapper.