BREE UPDATE July 8, 2019!

Bree is settling nicely in her foster home. She no longer has her gauze muzzle, but still has her jaw wired. The wire is expected to be removed in a month. She is healing well, but slowly. Bree still can’t eat kibble and is quite picky about her wet food. She is very thin and really needs to gain weight. Bree is eating kitten food for the extra calories.

Bree has been the absolute best mom to her babies, especially given everything she has been through. She still nurses them but is also enjoying more and more time away from them. She likes her quiet time watching the birds.

Bree’s babies are growing like cute little weeds. Just look at those faces! They are all litter trained and eating well on their own. They are also eating kitten food. And lots of it!

We would be very grateful for donations of kitten wet and dry food, not only for Bree and her babies, but for the MANY kittens we currently have in foster.

Donations can be dropped off at any of our adoption centres:
PetSmart Burlington (1200 Brant St.)
PetSmart Etobicoke (158 N. Queen St.)
PetSmart Oakville (2501 Hyde Park Gate)

Or contact us to arrange pick up:, (905) 301-3532

Financial donations for food are also gladly accepted:

On behalf of Bree and all the kittens in our care, THANK YOU for your generosity!

*Bree’s kittens will not be ready for adoption until they are at least 8-10 weeks old.

If you are not aware of Bree’s full story, here is the background:

From June 20 … Bree’s surgery went very well. Bree has a wire going up through her chin that wraps around her canine teeth to hold her jaw in place while it heals. To keep her jaw from popping out and dislocating again, she has a gauze muzzle that ties behind her head in a big bow. She is able to eat watered down kitten food on her own. The kittens are doing fantastic and Bree is taking great care of them. They are starting to eat kitten food on their own now too!

Bree and her babies will be heading to their foster home soon to recover and grow until they are ready for adoption!

Once again, thank you to all of our amazing supporters for your donations and kind words. ❤️❤️

From June 18 … Bree is having surgery on her jaw today. She is doing as well as can be expected and is still a great mom to her babies.

Thank you to all who have donated to her surgery so far and for all the well wishes! We don’t have a final cost yet of her surgery/care as there are still many variables, but donations are still greatly appreciated either through Canada Helps or EMT.

From June 14 … On the morning of June 14th, Ninth Life received an urgent call from Hamilton Animal Services regarding a nursing mom and her 4 young kittens that had just been brought in.

It was immediately evident that the mom was injured and in significant pain. Her jaw had either been broken, or severely dislocated. The extent of the injury was so severe, that she could not even close her mouth.

Based on the injury, it appears that she had recently suffered blunt force trauma to her face, possibly from an accident or abuse.

Being an amazing mom to her kittens, she is still nursing and trying her best to care for and groom them. Given her strength and resilience, we have named her Bree (which means strength).

Unfortunately, she is even struggling to eat, and is now being fed diluted wet food (the only food she can currently take in, given her injury).

Despite this being our busiest time of the year, and Ninth Life already being over capacity, we simply couldn’t say no to this ailing yet devoted mom and her kittens. So, we rushed down to HAS and took her immediately to one of our vets. She is currently getting x-rays, and will likely need surgery to repair the damage to her jaw. This is her only chance at recovery, and survival.

You can only imagine the costs Ninth Life will incur, as part of caring for this mom and her kittens. If you are able to donate something, anything, towards her care, mom and her babies will be forever grateful.

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