Description Basil was one of many cats in Otiss flock that had been captured by an unknown person, neutered and then abandoned back into the wilderness. The tip of his left ear had been cut off so that he would be recognized in the future as a cat that had been neutered. While the surgery prevented him from reproducing, it did nothing to protect him from the dangers of the world. After being run over by a car, he dragged himself beneath the low-hanging branches of a cedar tree at the side of the road and died.Saint Basil reminds cat guardians that their feline charges, including those that are feral, should never be allowed to roam freely, crossing roads and putting themselves in great danger. Saint Basil watches over those who keep cats safely confined in enclosures or through the use of a leash and harness when they are outdoors. He also watches over cats that are allowed to roam freely and cross roads. He cannot protect these cats from cars, but he can at least be with them when they are hit so they do not die alone and afraid as he did.
Cult Of Otis, Seattle, WA Member Since February 2011 Artist Statement Otis came from the humblest of beginnings. He is the son of two ferals- abandoned domestic cats struggling to survive in a world to which they are not adapted. His early life was bleak and lonely. His days were filled with fear, hunger and infinite danger. It appeared that He would be doomed to the same shadowy existence as His parents, and that His life would be short and contain great suffering. But this was not to be His fate.
Within Otis there existed an enormous strength of spirit. This strength was recognized by the two that would become the Guardians of Otis. With the help of Brother Oliver and Brother Henry, they coaxed forth the True Spirit of Otis. As the True Spirit of Otis emerged, he began to perform miracles. After a short time in Limbo, Otis was swept up in The Capture and now dwells in The Promised Land. His full potential now realized, he acts as the spiritual leader of the Cult of Otis, and He spreads The Good Word to all who will listen.
Read more about Otis and his movement at www.cultofotis.com.