Thanks Jason for helping at the shelter today when you came to pick up Rabbitats calendars. Awesome to have a visit from Chucky the Chicken from Surrey Chicken Save.
A nice sunny day at the sanctuary and this little bun was very busy! And very happy with his/her work. (This is where a tree used to be and the only spot without ground wire. Good thing everything is wired elsewhere and double-gated).
Our feral colonies at our Surrey Sanctuary enjoying a treat of fresh apple branches with nice soft bark and buds. If you are going to prune any lovely pesticide-free apple or pear or willow branches, our bunnies would love them… please contact us for best location to drop them off, thanks!
A colony of our rescues live in a ‘rabbitat’ at SALI’s Farm (the Semiahmoo Animal League Inc), an org that provides support therapy for at-risk kids with rescued animals. This is Vanilla Bean (Nippers when he was with us) sharing lunch with Louise the disabled rooster.
The trip out to the Happy Herd Farm Sanctuary yesterday left us speechless. The good work that Diane, Stephen and their volunteers do is truly amazing. And what everybody did for Rabbitats was phenomenal.
First off, meet Bunny the chicken. We started the day by being asked to pick up a Christmas chicken on the way. A family had apparently been given this girl for dinner but thankfully had a change of heart and wanted to surrender her. The sanctuary had recently taken in 25 about to be euthanized by UBC’s farm program so what was one more. Towards the end of the day, they also got a call about a sheep with an injured eye. They sprang into action, making transport and vet arrangements. The care was the priority, not the story.
Meanwhile the sanctuary had made Rabbitats the recipient of donations brought in at their open house (and we in turn had decided to share with the in-need RASTA Sanctuary), The total was a whopping $1380!!! We were stunned, barely able to say thank you at the time. We need to say thank you now. We desperately need the funds, we’ve been saddled with unforeseen rent costs and we have to move from our shelter soon. But we also really feel we need to spread some love back to Happy Herd. If the people who did not get to attend the open house on Boxing Day can see their way to making donations to account for 1/3 of what they raised for us, we’d feel a whole lot better about accepting it. Can we raise $450 for Happy Herd? Thanks to all who care! https://happyherd.org/donations/
Rabbitats Fundraiser at the Happy Herd Farm Sanctuary
From the Happy Herd Farm Sanctuary:
“On Boxing Day we like to have a get-together and give back to another local animal rescue organization who is doing great work within the community. This year we would like to recognize and raise funds for Rabbitats! They aim to save the lives of homeless, abandoned and feral pet rabbits by helping to find locations, build enclosures, trap, sterilize, contain and control the rabbit colonies.
Admission is by donation with all proceeds going to Rabbitats. Check out more info and RSVP on our Eventbrite page:
Say hi to Lucy and Charlie, our newest arrivals. They’re the test rabbits for our Christmas photo set decor. (We also have little hats and scarves but we decided not to subject these guys to that this soon). We’re just working out some dates when people can come and photograph their own bunnies and enjoy some ‘Hoppy Hour’ playtime in our play area, stay tuned!. (Our calendar is there for some shameless self-promotion, we only have a few left at the shelter so come and get ’em! Lucy thinks they’re fabulous!)
We can’t thank the DXE crew enough for coming out to help on Sunday (and for this great video!!) . Their timing couldn’t have been better. Our shelter manager was under the weather, we had 10 new rabbits come in, a water main broke outside so the shelter had no water, the cleaning hadn’t been done and it was day three. The place was a disaster! But a dozen or so volunteers swarmed the shelter and turned an overwhelming task into an awesomely pleasant day. Please support Direct Action Everywhere, they’re such a great organization.