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    Ranks continue to dwindle for decades-old cat sanctuary on Parliament Hill

    But it's for a good reason - TNR. This sanctuary has been right beside our nation's parliament building for many years.

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/ranks-conti...110010348.html

    OTTAWA - A decades-old cat sanctuary nestled behind Canada's Parliament buildings is heading towards a quiet end as its feline population slowly shrinks. The sanctuary — a hold-over from the days when cats worked as mousers on Parliament Hill — was once home to as many as 30 strays, but spaying and neutering has reduced their ranks to just four today.
    "There were kittens born here, the last ones probably 10 to 15 years ago," said Brian Caines, a sanctuary volunteer and former public servant.
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    What a wonderful story.. of SUCCESS!!! Well done, everyone!

    Thank you so much, Candace, for posting it.

    I've been Frosted (thanks, Elyse and Karen!).

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    Perhaps they would consider taking in other TNR'd kitties from neighboring cities, and keep it going!
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    Oh, that's a good idea, Karen!
    I've been Frosted (thanks, Elyse and Karen!).

    I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
    Death thought about it.
    "Cats," he said eventually. "Cats are nice."

    -- Terry Pratchett, Sourcery

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    Not a great idea - here's why:
    "People ask why we don't get cats and drop them off here, to replenish. I know that any animal rights group would certainly take exception to that," Caines said. "They've got a great life, there's no question about it, people are caring for them. But they are living outdoors and winters are very hard on them."
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