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January 2019

RIP Noah

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RIP Noah. We had Noah, one of the dozen New Zealand white bunnies we took in from Coquitlam, in for a dental a few days ago and yesterday he passed away from a heart defect. He was always a quiet boy, and now we know why.
These rabbits have been both the happiest and saddest cases. The conditions they were kept in must have been horrendous, crammed in one small cage without sunlight or the proper nutrition, the life most meat bunnies lead. They were all given free run of a very large, fun enclose we built under our (huge) deck and they’ve been so happy.  But they have so many issues from their bad beginnings.
The photo is Noah with his surviving sisters Maddie and Gabby (in foster care with Zane), and their future isn’t looking that great either. Their late sister Maggie’s tests showed serious bone loss and both these girls are unsteady. If we can raise the funds, we’ll be doing further tests to see if there’s anything more we can do for them. Please donate if you can.
GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/rabbitats-vet-bills-2019
Paypal: financial@rabittats.org

Rescue Story: Gilbert

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This is Gilbert. One of our volunteers spotted him falling over (on Gilbert St in Richmond) and another volunteer went out and caught him. (Thank you Amber and Lynn).   He went to our shelter and then to Little Paws to see Dr. Adam.  He underwent treatment for parasites and possible poisoning. We are neither mandated nor budgeted to pick up rabbits like Gilbert, but how can you not?    Animal control in Richmond won’t pick them up, and if they’re brought in they’ll just be euthanized, they don’t have the resources for long term care. But neither do we. And now we have Gilbert. And Gilbert’s sizable vet bill. His uncertain future is in our hands. We’re in desperate need of foster homes and Sick Bunny Fund contributions for rabbits like Gilbert. We just can’t leave them out there.
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RIP Joey, Maggie and Champ

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It’s a sad month at Rabbitats.    We lost sweet Joey, one of our friendlier black bunnies picked up as a stray last year. He passed away at the vet’s from unknown causes, but the best guess is occult pneumonia. He was a young bunny and didn’t seem all that sick. Foster mom Lynn is devastated.   He was a hit at our bunny cafe visiting all the guests to get his treats.


We’ve also lost Champ and Maggie this month, soon after they were featured in our newsletter. Champ was the bunny observed to be in bad shape at our Delta barn. He had bites along his back but he was also displaying symptoms (hair loss, other oddities) of the weird genetics we’ve seen in bunnies from certain areas. (The other bunnies always seem to pick on these guys). He was in treatment for weeks, including surgery, but he never really perked up or gained weight, so we decided to let him go.  
We also let Maggie go, the big white paralysed New Zealand girl who came with her dozen-odd brothers and sisters (and possibly parents) from a horrible meat bunny situation to the Coquitlam animal shelter, and we took them from there. Maggie showed serious bone loss via x-rays and lab testing, and it may be genetic and affecting the whole family. One rabbit from the litter already passed away before we took them, and now two more are showing signs of unsteadiness. A fourth litter mate was taken in today for some dental work.
Our vet bills are through the roof, so if anybody can help with our sick bunny fund, we’ll really appreciate it.
https://www.gofundme.com/rabbitats-vet-bills-2019

Patches for Adoption

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Look at this pretty lady! Patches is a happy, curious, and adventurous girl. She was found as a young stray in Maple Ridge, and should be about 1 year old now. She is best to adopt as a solo bunny, as she is a bit wary of new bunnies. She will thrive with loving people who are patient while she get used to her new home and family. She is waiting for you at our Richmond shelter!

Chip Doing Well!

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New foster mom Rae (who is also taking great care of Trooper, our amputee boy) reports that tilted bunny Chip did very well after his last vet appointment! He is now in a large cage, sitting on his cozy fleece blanket folded in four for padding, and he is barely tilted – he’s not even leaning against Joanna, his girlfriend! He’s back on Baytril 2x day until his original bottle is finished, Metacam which helps keep him comfortable, and Duplocillin injections 2x week for 15 weeks. The cage makes him feel more secure and not overstimulated so when he hops around, he doesn’t fall and panic, which is when he starts rolling. Thanks to Dr. Upjohn as well as Rae and previous foster mom Karen for their stellar care! 🐰

Pet Lover Show: Volunteers Wanted!

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Rabbitats will again be at the Pet Lover Show in Abbotsford February 23 and 24, and we could use a lot of volunteers!  We run our ‘Rabbit Village’ and invite people to ‘meet n’ treat’ the bunnies.  We’re also looking for a truck to get us there and back!  Please email info@rabbitats.org if you can help!