Basil came home in April. She was fearful at first, not used to being held.
Perez also quickly noticed that her new friend didn't run around much inside, so she thought: Why not try putting her on a harness and leash, and maybe she'd be more active with a change of scene?
A trip to the store yielded all the necessary supplies, and out they went.
"The first time I put her outside she just sat there, her ears were going in all sorts of directions so I could tell she was listening to everything around her," says Perez. "It took her about 10 minutes to get the idea to start hopping, but once she did she ran up my street."