Rabbitats In Search of Sanctuary Support

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Rabbitats has moved to a new headquarters in Richmond where it hopes to build a rabbit sanctuary in addition to its shelter.

The property — a rented house, garage and large yard on a blueberry farm on the south end of No. 6 Road — is already housing the society’s 46 indoor adoptable rabbits and a space is currently being fenced in under an expansive deck to securely hold our rabbits who prefer to live outside.

But it also has space tailor-made for extensive outdoor rabbit housing thanks to already existing enclosures built by the previous residents to house their multiple large dogs.  It still needs a lot of work but with the proper resources the property can house hundreds of rescued rabbits once they’re sterilized and merged into colonies.

The Richmond location will be acting as a processing centre for rescued rabbits for at least the next two years.  Some of the colonies will be adopted out to friendly farms, green businesses and responsible homeowners, but others will remain with the rescue for life.   Rabbitats will still looking for additional properties to house rabbits long term.

Colonies of loose rabbits can only be trapped in the winter.  We only have two months to make this a reality.  Many resources are still needed.  The rabbits need to be sterilized and vaccinated, and rent needs to be paid on the property.

People making recurring donations will give us the needed stability.

Rabbitats is also in need of tools, supplies and a lot of labour to not only build a sanctuary on this property, but to construct smaller ‘rabbitats’ on other properties under the care of other hosts.

With your help we CAN save them all.

Remembering Uncle Joe

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Rabbitats (and the rest of the world) has suffered a tremendous loss today. RIP ‘Uncle’ Joe Stefanich.  It’s beyond words right now.  Not only did Joe build all of our wonderful bunny houses, he built our sanctuary in South Surrey.  He was an amazing human being and a friend to bunnies and people alike.

Abandoned New Zealand Whites

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These four New Zealand White bunnies were abandoned on a road in Maple Ridge, the SPCA wouldn’t take them, the person who found them has been keeping them together in a tiny cage for the last month while trying to get them resituated. Unfortunately they are a mix of two girls and two boys, the boys for sure are mature. We have to get them to the vet ASAP to see if we’ve caught them in time. This is a large breed that has very large litters! The girls need to get to Apex in Langley TOMORROW (Saturday) to get checked out, we’re looking for a ride for them (they’re in Richmond), and as always, help with the spays and neuters would be much appreciated. <3 With having to pay rent on our new place, we’re challenged!
https://www.gofundme.com/nu59c7u4&rcid=r01-153514052191-176…

Go Fund Me

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This is our new Go Fund Me account (seeing as YouCaring shut down).

RIP Tigger

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Sad to say we lost Tigger, our broken leg bunny.  We’ve been trying to get a chance to update everybody all week, but his status was changing so fast by the time a post was ready, it was old news. Tigger had obviously been hit by a car. One leg was badly broken and the other dislocated. He spent a week at Little Paws after amputation surgery, they were trying to put some weight on him, he was so bony.   He finally started eating hay and his poops were looking lovely, so he was deemed well enough to go to his foster home with Oscar, the wonderful fellow who found him.   Oscar’s home was the perfect choice considering he previously rescued a wobbly girl bunny who would have been the perfect companion for Tigger. Unfortunately just a day later he again lost his appetite, ended up back at Little Paws and crashed pretty rapidly.  We can’t begin to thank everybody for their support of this little bunny. So sorry it wasn’t a better outcome. Special thanks to the major effort put in by the staff at Little Paws, and of course Deanna.  

RIP Tigger.  

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.