Tigger Update 2

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Hi all, Tigger (or Oscar) is through the surgery and awake, so far, so good. Thanks so much to Adam, Joseph and Diana at Little Paws, it took up their whole day off.
They opted to amputate, they didn’t have a plate small enough, pins aren’t an option and they were afraid the recovery time and chance of complications was too great. They manipulated his other leg/hip back into the socket and hopefully it will recover without being compromised, otherwise we’ll be looking for a wheelchair.
Right now we’re looking for some pretty intensive foster care, especially if he doesn’t start eating. He’ll need three different meds two and three times a day. The incision will need to be iced and he may need to be fed Critical Care.
It would also be helpful (and potentially necessary) to find someone who can give him shots.
His cage is going to require at first constant cleaning, we really need to make sure he stays dry and doesn’t pick up an infection. Once he starts getting back on his feet (after a lot of cage rest) he’ll need a surface with traction, he can’t be on hardwood or linoleum.
Some people have offered to foster and/or adopt, thanks so much, but as you can tell, we really need to make sure it’s the right fit.
Thanks also to everybody who donated, sent prayers and gave advice.

Winston & Cleo

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Meet Winston (grey) & Cleo (brown lop)

This funny couple is looking for a new foster home, or better yet, a furever home!
Winston is a sweet playful boy, who likes to binky and jump on things. Cleo is his mature girlfriend who is very brave and explores everything in the house. Cleo is the dominant bunny. She has hearing and sight problems but that doesn’t hold her back from running around. They are both very active and friendly. Winston likes headrubs but doesn’t like to be picked up, while Cleo doesn’t mind getting picked up but doesn’t like her rubs that much. They are both very affectionate towards each other and love to spend their time together.

If you’re interested in fostering or adopting, please email rabbitatsadoptions@gmail.com

Tigger Update

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Tigger, the broken leg bunny, is doing well with cage rest, he’s eating and moving around. The Little Paws Animal Clinic is closed tomorrow but the crew has volunteered to come in on their day off to do the surgery. They are beyond awesome.  Both Dr. Avitan and Dr. Martinez will be there along with Diana. The x-rays are being circulated and they’ll have lots of additional opinions. Bunny rescuer Oscar found Tigger on the side of the road not moving at 2 in the morning so it’s pretty apparent he was hit by a car. (This is a photo he took soon after). His other hip is also dislocated. He’s in good hands. Thanks to everybody who’s been helping out.

Bunny Emergency

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We have a bunny emergency. Somebody found an abandoned rabbit with a broken leg, they couldn’t find anywhere to take the poor thing (the agencies supposedly mandated to do this apparently can’t or won’t), so they called us and we couldn’t say no. The rabbit is at the Little Paws Animal Clinic in Richmond (Steveston) and will be having surgery when we get everything in place. Dr. Avitan will be giving us an awesome deal but we still need to fundraise to cover the costs and we’ll need a special needs foster home for this rabbit.

Our YouCaring fundraising account has been deleted (!) as they transition to GoFundMe (which doesn’t take Paypal) so funds can go through Rabbitats’ email address (rabbitats@gmail.com) for both Paypal and e-transfers, or contact Little Paws to put a payment on our account (604-241-7387). The Donate button on our Facebook page links to our website (rabbitats.org) donate page which also takes credit cards.

Please donate if you can.  We’re already stretched to the max.

Advocacy in Richmond

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Here’s the internet version of the Richmond News story. Please drop a line to the paper and let them know you appreciate the coverage and write to the Richmond Mayor and Councillors, the provincial government, RAPS, the BCSPCA, and other animal organizations and let them know you want to see more done to help the rabbits (and the property owners) in Richmond and beyond!

Richmond News Article >

Canmore’s Rabbit Holes

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This is proof that the cost of a cull is as expensive if not more so than a rescue. For $350,000, at our rate, all those rabbits would have been sterilized and supported for life in a sanctuary. We did try and help the Canmore rabbits, the town never responded to us. It’s a story that required a deep analysis. There was a lot of blame on the town, the trappers and the rescues, we need to concentrate on solutions.

Canmore’s rabbit hole >

Richmond News Front Page!

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We’re on the front page of the Richmond News today. There’s an editorial on Page 3 and a story on Pages 30 and 31. It’s very accurate.

Note 1: We’re not asking for a city-run sanctuary, we’re only looking for enough support to allow us to help the rabbits, however, under the current provincial government rules, if the City (or RAPS) took in rabbits, they would have to run a sanctuary. The rabbits are still considered wildlife and while we are all allowed to trap and possess them, the rules prohibit any of us from transferring them elsewhere. The rabbit issues in BC directly relate to the failure of governments to control them in the first place, and the governments are still making the problem worse.

Note 2: Rabbitats does not support a lethal cull, but the rabbits need to be controlled, and getting the governments on board with that is the first step. Redirecting the funds from lethal to rescue is the next step. The budgets exist be they from redirecting the funds currently spent on repairing the damage to landscaping or redirecting the funds proposed to pay to staff or wildlife control companies.

Richmond News Article (Page 30-31)