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Basil

  • Cat
  • Tabby Mix
  • Tabby Mix
  • Ottawa, ON
  • Adult
  • Male
  • Medium
  • Tabby (Brown / Chocolate)
Ottawa, ON

About

House-trained
Yes
Health
Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.

Meet Basil

Feb 20, 2012 - Update from Basil's new mum:-) "Basil is doing really well. I love Basil more than anything. In fact last week I spent more on his wet cat food then I did on my own! He means the world to me, and it means the world to me that you all saved him.




Oct 16, 2011 - Beautiful Basil has finally found his forever home. He has waited a long time but he now has a family who will love him unconditionally. We wish him a long and happy life in his new home.




Here is Basil's story: - This is Basil, a sweet, healthy and friendly little guy born Apr 1st 2009, but believe me he is no fool... Basil is one of a group of kittens we are calling the Mooney's Bay Spice gang. Meet the Spice gang: Rosemary, Thyme, Clove, Sage, Nutmeg, Saffron Indigo, Poppy, Ginger, Cinnamon, Anise, Pepper, Sesame & Basil. They were born the spring of 2009.




All of these kittens came from the same neighborhood, Mooney's Bay, which had had a large feral colony for a number of years. The cats scrounged for food from trash in a nearby strip mall and hunted in a nearby Park. Some people fed and sheltered them. Cats could be seen everywhere, under porches, in sheds, anywhere there was shelter.




Then, in the spring of 2009, a strange phenomenon occurred. CRN began getting calls from people who had found very young kittens on their doorsteps or porches. Some of the kittens were not even weened. Mother cats were giving the kittens to people.




This phenomenon frequently occurs in late fall,when feral mothers realize that their kittens were not going to survive the winter. However, spring drop-offs, and in such large numbers, meant that something strange and dangerous was happening.




It turns out that the condo corporation in the area was rumored to have directed its members to stop feeding and sheltering the cats. With no place to hide, mother cats were unable to protect their kittens against aggressive Toms and other predators; so, they did the next best thing. They gave them to people.





Cat Rescue Network could only take in 12. Dozens more equally adorable kittens are being killed or are slowly starving to death; their mothers already pregnant with the next wave of kittens.




The only humane solution to cat overpopulation is Trap-Neuter-vaccinate Release. Starving them, depriving them of shelter or rounding up and killing them is not only inhumane but is ineffective.




A great deal of suffering inflicted on defenseless animals could be prevented if neighborhoods with cat overpopulation difficulties, did their research and made an informed choice about how to address the problem.

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