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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

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!

Catfe Was A Hopping Success!

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The bunnies’ stint at Catfe was such a success, we were help over through to the end of December!  It generated a lot of attention and really proved how sociable rabbits can be.  Thanks to our little furry friends for making us look good and being the best ambassadors ever!

Free Allergy Testing

By | Adopt, Advocacy | No Comments
Not sure if you are allergic to rabbits? Adopting a rabbit is a huge responsibility and can be severely complicated if turns out you or someone in your family is allergic. HealthLabs.com recognizes how important this factor is to pet adopters and has offered Rabbitats adopters a free Rabbit Allergy Test (an $98 USD value). All you have to do is go to www.healthlabs.com/rabbit-allergy-testing, add the Rabbit Epithelium Allergy Test to your cart and enter “Rabbitats” as the promo code.
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You can also claim these tests by calling 1-800-579-3914 and mention that Rabbitats has a partnership with HealthLabs for a free rabbit allergy test, and they will add it to your cart for free.

Rabbitats In Search of Sanctuary Support

By | Construction, Sanctuary | 2 Comments

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.

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.  

Rabbitats Needs Farm Help

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Rabbitats will at least temporarily be placing some of our rabbits at a farm in Delta (Highway 99 and Ladner Trunk Road), and we’re looking for volunteers to check on them and give them food, water and hay daily, and clean out the two stalls on weekly.
We’re also hoping people can drop by with tree branches (apple, pear, willow), produce and pulled long grass.
Rabbitats has successfully rescued rabbits in a number of areas including the Richmond Auto Mall, and now we can turn our attention to other at-risk abandoned bunnies, IF we have enough volunteers.
The level of assistance we get from this ad will greatly help determine the future of our rescue and the fate of the many abandoned pet rabbits loose in so many areas.

If you can help please email rabbitats@gmail.com.

Thank you!