This little baby was picked up at the Richmond City Works Yard with no Momma in sight. With the rain storms flooding in this week, most of these little guys won’t survive, but this lucky one is warm, safe and dry in a worker’s home. The baby can’t stay there, though, so s/he will be coming to Rabbitats, but we’re going to need a foster home. Please contact us if you can foster this little one!
Tis the season 😞 another wee bunny found on its own here in Richmond near No 5 at Cambie. Eyes not quite open, so maybe 8-9 days old, with very unique markings. The distraught teen who found the baby said s/he wasn’t moving and was very cold. Luckily she brought the baby into the school and found another girl whose family fosters bunnies for us, and they were able to bring the baby to our shelter. Welcome to Rabbitats, baby ♥️
We’re trying this baby with our little bunny girl rescued from the Richmond McDonald’s drive-thru parking lot.
Thanks so much to the staff at the Little Paws Animal Clinic for volunteering for our vaccination clinic yesterday evening! Pictured is Jillian, Diana and Dr. Adam Avitan in the back row, and Dr. Joseph Martinez and Rabbitats’ Deanna Hamm in the front row. We managed to get close to another 40 rabbits protected from the deadly Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHDV2). We invited rabbits from the VRRA and RAPS as well. (Added note: If anyone remembers the box of little chocolate brown Holland Lops dumped on the side of a road, we thought there were three, but it turns out there were four, someone brought another baby to RAPS, a little boy who got vaccinated as well . Deanna is holding daddy. The other bunnies are Patches and our three surviving white Maple Ridge bunnies. They’re all friendly as all get-out and up for adoption!
You find the darndest things visiting Jericho Beach. This little guy was alone on a path, no family in sight. He wasn’t breathing and was cold as ice, but the two girls who found him heroically tried to warm him up and he eventually he started breathing at first intermittently and then regularly. <whew> They took him home to Burnaby and on the advice of Pet Food n’ More’s Julie, messaged us. We gave her some advice and volunteer Karen Chan is now kindly driving all the way to Richmond to pick up some rabbit milk and some of the rabbit hair Deanna’s been collecting to keep the baby warm and is taking it to them in Burnaby. The baby is seems okay so far, he’s now actively squirming, pooping and peeing. We know a fellow whose young bunnies turned out to be older than thought, the girl gave birth to four babies, so maybe that mom can foster this baby, we’re going to ask. This baby’s going to need some luck and good wishes!
Trooper sailed through the operation with flying colours and he’s with foster mom Rae recovering. (We’re still waiting for photos). He’s in great hands, Rae is a nurse.
We can’t thank everybody enough for your donations and good wishes. We’ve raised enough for the operation and managed to pay off a big chunk of our vet bill, which means the next bunny coming through in an emergency won’t be nail biter.
Thanks so much to the Burrard Animal Hospital emergency staff for being so kind when we brought Lucky in last night. She was in heart failure and didn’t make it, but Jenna, Dr. Basi and the rest of the staff did their best. The clinic was very supportive of rescue. Lucky was a large New Zealand girl rescued from the UBC research lab along with her boyfriend Oak, who is now also mourning her loss. It hasn’t been a good 24 hours for New Zealands, we also lost Patience, a smaller white New Zealand, one of four abandoned rabbits found in Maple Ridge. She had been fighting a mysterious ailment and losing weight for the last couple of weeks. In spite of multiple tests and vet visits, she passed this morning. RIP Lucky and Patience.
Deanna took last night’s broken leg bunny (now named ‘Trooper’) to Apex today and the news isn’t good. He’s neutered so he’s probably a recent dump. His foot is broken with the bone sticking through the skin and his hip is badly dislocated. The choices are euthanasia or amputation. He’s eating and seems really happy to be out of that scary parking lot. He’s appreciative of pellets, salads and even his meds. We really need to raise some funds to treat this bunny. Can people pitch in their extra-cup coffee money? Go without some other little luxury? Get a friend to donate? Stage a mini-bake sale at work? Anything? Whatever can be done to help out this bunny. Unfortunately we can’t cover this.
And the vet bills keep piling up. One of our rescued meat bunnies from Coquitlam started lurching and looking poorly. She was rushed to the vet (kudos to the Little Paws Animal Clinic for seeing her at the end of a very long day making it much much longer). We thought she had a broken rear leg, but a million x-rays later and no answers.
ALSO: We haven’t had a chance to post about our other sick bunnies, but since our last update, poor Bart had to have surgery to remove a long and deep abscess on his back; an old girl from the Surrey sanctuary has been in semi-intensive care receiving exams, fluids and nutrients after a dental issue; Vlad’s face abscess returned requiring exams and cleaning, and many other bunny issues. (The bill at Little Paws alone is already back up to being over $1700). Donations would be so very much appreciated. Here’s our GoFundMe link. Please share!