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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.

Happy New Year!

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We are entering 2016 with a newly expanded sanctuary in South Surrey, a big new shed, and a rescue project about to wrap!

We now have space for all the rabbits at our Richmond shelter who don’t get adopted, and thankfully there are hardly any more loose outside.  We also have space for storage.  HUGE thanks (as always) to Joe Stefanich for his construction assistance and to Kathy Lucier for so ably managing all the volunteers and rabbit care.

We’re extremely happy with the sanctuary template implemented at the South Surrey location.  The sanctuary set-up  is proving to be as low maintenance as we hoped, and it was built within our very tight budget.

Roughly 100 rabbits will ultimately reside there living a happy, stress-free life in a safe, natural environment.  At the moment we have 80 rabbits and more to come in the spring.  The space includes one barn area and a large, now-covered outside area divided into temporary sections until the rest of the Richmond rabbits are added in the spring.

Altogether Rabbitats has taken in and rehomed over 200 rescued rabbits over the last two years, some in the main sanctuary, some in smaller, self-sustaining colonies elsewhere, and yet others in private homes.

Thank you to all who helped in 2015, we couldn’t have done this without you!

We have a number of options for the future based on the success of this project, so please stay with us!

 

Surrey middle enclosure tree shot

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Rabbitats Needs Wire!

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We need a roll of special wire to finish the South Surrey sanctuary expansion. It’s going to cost close to $300 CDN, but we can use it for other rabbitats or the next sanctuary as well. The Richmond Auto Mall will order it for us if we can raise the funds, so PLEASE if you can make a donation to the Richmond Auto Mall Cares Fund, we’ll put it to good use!  Just use the ‘Donate’ button on the left side of the page if you can help! IMG_0057 Daisy
This is the stuff we use on the ground, and we wouldn’t recommend anything else for rabbit enclosures. https://www.wireclothman.com/shop.php?cPath=31

Surrey Sanctuary Roof is Up

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Rabbitats volunteers have been busy this past summer putting a roof on our outdoor South Surrey sanctuary.  The rabbits had their warm and dry houses (courtesy of ‘Uncle Joe’ Stefanich) but now the volunteers will be more comfortable, too.  Thanks so much to Dawn Hurwitz for buying us the roofing sheets, Uncle Joe and Robb for heading up the project, and Kathy and Ed Lucier, Hans, Dave and Jeremy for lending a hand!

 

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