Friday, August 20 2010
From The Responsible Animal Care Society:
We need to transport 300 rabbits from Victoria, BC, to Eastern Texas!
The BC Ministry of the Environment has finally granted an immediate permit to trap, spay/neuter and transport 300 of the University of Victoria feral rabbits to the Wild Rose Rescue Ranch, a large, awesome wildlife sanctuary in eastern Texas, but there is NO FUNDING for their transportation and the deadlines are extremely tight. We have to pick up and transport the first batch this coming week so we only have DAYS to put this together!
The deadlines and funding needs will be almost impossible to meet without a LOT of help!
It's taken a HUGE effort to save the rabbits from being 'culled' so far, but we're not done yet. The Fur-Bearer Defenders (aka Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals) have made available $50,000 for spays and neuters, but these funds are for spays and neuters only!! (If we can't transport the rabbits to Texas, the spay/neuter funds will be all for naught). Additional funds raised went to a small local sanctuary, but it's the Texas sanctuary that is mandated to take the majority of the rabbits. (An additional 700 will need to be transported in the coming months as well).
We need gather support, collect enough donations and make arrangements NOW for the first allotment, otherwise under the terms of the permit, any of the initial 300 rabbits not spayed/neutered and transported in the next two weeks will have to be returned to UVic where they can be killed immediately under UVic's feral rabbits management plan.
- CASH DONATIONS TO COVER VEHICLE, FUEL AND OTHER TRANSPORT COSTS, FENCING AND OTHER EXPENSES!
- Temporary holding areas in WASHINGTON STATE! They need to cross the border almost immediately after the campus hands them over, so we need an area to hold them for a few days until they recover from surgery and we have vehicles to come and pick them up).
- Connections to individuals, groups or companies that would help move the rabbits from the US border to Texas
- Cages! Approved cages or carriers (they will be returned!)
- Transport to and from the Vets (Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland)
DONATIONS ARE BEING COLLECTED BY TRACS. (http://www.tracs-bc.ca/uvicbun.html) Please make sure you note in the 'special instructions to merchant' blank that it's for the UVic/Texas bunnies.
The Responsible Animal Care Society
PO Box 26097, Westbank, BC, V4T 2G3
250-768-4803 (tel) ~ 250-768-4803 (fax)
Sunday, July 18 2010
Tranquility Trail Animal Rescue has been helping with a large rabbit neglect situation in Phoenix, AZ since July 2. Over 100 rabbits have been rescued from a backyard, many with serious injuries.
Here are articles with more information:
See their website for more information on this rescue and how you can help: http://www.tranquilitytrail.org/Emergency_Bunny_Rescue.html
Cats & Rabbits & More
will donate 10% from select orders to this rescue through the end of July. Enter "Tranquility Trail Animal Rescue" in the comments box at checkout for the donation to be applied.
Saturday, July 17 2010
From The Rabbit Haven (http://therabbithaven.org/):
July 16: 23 dwarf rabbits were surrendered by a local breeder, bringing our Santa Cruz shelter into critical overflow - 38 rabbits in house with room for only 6! And 65 more may be coming soon. Animal control agents brought in these rabbits after finding the breeder to have far more than he could possibly house appropriately. Now, the breeder will have 2 weeks to move out an additional 65! So, we may be receiving even more in very soon. We are operating on a very short time schedule.
This is an extremely urgent rescue situation. We need to move the rabbits out to rescue very soon. We will need foster sites/adoptive homes/donors/help of all kind. Will you help these rabbits? Do you have space to set up one to three pens of rescued bunnies? Even one? Call Please. 831 600-7479. There has to be something you can do.
These are small dwarf bunnies. They are a bit alarmed right now but generally sweet. Coming from their former living situation this must seem like a palace. But sadly the shelter will not allow these rabbits to remain very long. The shelter staff have been great. They are willing to hold out for rescue for a limited time. We have agreed to help in the rescue. We have to move these rabbits before the next group comes in. Having them there also puts all the other rabbits up front at this shelter at immediate risk. The shelter had 13 prior to this dump! The situation is dire. The Santa Cruz shelter is very small. It will even help to move out existing rabbits in the front of the shelter to make more room. We need to act quickly!
Sadly the Haven foster sites are full at the moment so it will be next to impossible for us to move these rabbits into our program. They need immediate rescue or additional foster support. We would need to set up a minimum of 10 foster sites to pull this off so call today if you can foster. We provide all supplies that you would need to house and care for your foster bunny and you provide the love, care and support. A class will be held to provide training for you in the care and proper housing of the rabbit. Rescue is certainly an option. Adoption is possible too. Let me know what you think, I will help you work out details.
These rabbits are housed in a garage at the shelter. There is literally no other room! Each cage is filled with two rabbits. The rabbits will need immediate help, they need veggies, hay, extra food. Let me know what you want to do. Call me not the shelter. The shelter is very short staffed and super busy! So much will be needed to help these sweet bunnies. Let's pull together and find a solution.
Good news! Of this group there does not appear to be any with injuries- All females are most likely pregnant so the shelter manager and The Rabbit Haven are working against the clock to get the females spayed. We will work with the shelter to cover these costs. Even though the shelter is very short staffed, they are working very hard to help. Kudos to their Animal control Department.
Hopefully former shelter rabbit volunteers can go in to assist in the care of these sweet bunnies. Or if you are not a shelter volunteer you can always offer fresh veggies, hay, towels, toys. These rabbits have very little, just the basics (more than they had): Food, water, hay and a litter box.
I have set up The Haven site to bring extra supplies the rabbits may need for now, contact me for the needs list and donation drop off sites. In brief: pelleted food, Oxbow or an alfalfa based Purina will do. These bunnies need to eat, some are underweight. They also need hay, litter, litter boxes, soft towels, sheets, x pens, toys, grooming supplies and food and water dishes, preferably 5" crockery dishes. If you cannot rescue or foster, you may wish to donate instead. You can make a cash donation to help with this large rescue via http://therabbithaven.org/cash_donations.htm
Contact me if you can help 831 600-7479
Love, Auntie Heather - The Rabbit Haven
Please help us help all these rabbits - They must get out of the shelter ASAP!
Tuesday, July 13 2010
Press Release from the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health:
During July 2010, three fatal cases of myxomatosis in pet rabbits were reported to the Veterinary Public Health & Rabies Control Program. The rabbits lived in the San Gabriel Valley and were primarily kept indoors. However, they did have access to the outdoors, where they may have been bitten by mosquitoes, fleas or black flies which are vectors of this disease.
Myxomatosis is a disease of rabbits caused by a poxvirus. The disease is enzootic in California, especially along the coast. Wild rabbits are generally more resistant to the effects of the virus, but may become infected and spread the disease. In 1950, this virus was deliberately introduced into Australia in an attempt to rid the area of wild rabbits. Initially, 90% of infected rabbits died, but over several years, the mortality rate dropped to approximately 25%.
The virus is spread by biting insects or through direct contact with infected rabbits or contaminated hutches, equipment or clothing. Infected rabbits may develop swollen noses, eyelids, lips, ears or genitals, and may die very quickly. There is no good treatment for this fatal disease, so prevention is extremely important.
Rabbit owners should take the following preventive measures to safeguard their pets:
* Protect the rabbits from blood sucking insects. Use mosquito nets,
and if possible, keep the rabbits indoors at dusk and dawn.
* Reduce mosquitoes on your property by removing any standing water.
* Quarantine new rabbits for at least two weeks.
* Isolate sick rabbits and contact your veterinarian.
* Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands between rabbits. Do not share
equipment between rabbit hutches until it has been thoroughly cleaned
Myxomatosis is a reportable animal disease in Los Angeles County. Veterinarians and rabbit owners should report suspected or confirmed cases of myxomatosis by completing and faxing in the attached reporting form. Additional forms may be downloaded from our website: publichealth.lacounty.gov/vet/Forms.htm
If you have any questions, please contact us at 213-989-7060. Thank you for your assistance with local animal disease surveillance.
Karen Ehnert, DVM, MPVM
County of Los Angeles
Department of Public Health
Veterinary Public Health & Rabies Control
Note: This alert and press release may be freely shared and
More information about myxomatosis can be found on these websites:
**Anyone who has a problem with mosquitoes or black flies is encouraged to contact the local mosquito and vector control district**
Sunday, July 11 2010
The San Diego House Rabbit Society Speaker Series has featured presentations on many topics, including Dental Health in Rabbits, Caring for your Disabled Rabbit, Rabbit Gastroenterology, and Alternative Medical Therapies for Rabbits.
These presentations can be viewed online at no cost:
Wednesday, July 07 2010
From Los Angeles Rabbit Foundation:
Yard Sale, Bake Sale & Rabbit Supplies
When: Saturday, July 17th from 10 - 3
Where: 2499 Barrington Ave, Los Angeles, 90064
Why: The bunnies need food and vet care!
- Yard sale--designer clothing, small appliances and furniture, dvds, books, jewelry, rabbit-theme collectibles and more!
- PetSave gifts and rabbit products--hay, Oxbow BBT, Busy Bunny chews, t-shirts, bunny-theme aprons and much, much more. To pre-order quantities of Oxbow or Busy Bunny products, please email PetSave Foundation in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bake sale--cupcakes, brownies, cookies, and other delicious baked goods!
Want to help out? If you'd like to donate or help with the sale, please email email@example.com. We are accepting donations from 6-10 pm the evening before the sale at the same location. Thank you on behalf of the rabbits!
Los Angeles Rabbit Foundation and PetSave Foundation are 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations.
Tuesday, July 06 2010
Help Provide a Loving Forever Home for 100+ Unwanted and Abused Bunnies
Please vote for the Funny Bunny Pet Sanctuary in the Pepsi Refresh Challenge. The top 10 vote-getters will receive $50,000:
"The Funny Bunny Pet Sanctuary is presently under construction within the beautiful mountains of West Virginia. It's mission is to provide a safe forever home for over one hundred abused, unwanted and special needs bunnies. Along with large, indoor/outdoor natural habitat play areas, the two-story 7,000 sq.ft. building will house bunnies and special needs cats, dogs and farm animals. Veterinary care will be provided for health, diet, spaying and neutering. The Sanctuary is in dire need of it's large steel roof, flooring, paint, interior drywall and other final touches. There is a special place in our heart for special need animals."
Tuesday, July 06 2010
From Tranquility Trail Animal Rescue in Phoenix, AZ: