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Troopers Recovery Diary

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Look what great care Trooper is getting at Rae’s place!

(Rae is a nurse, she’s awesome!) This is her Trooper ‘diary’. Trooper is the friendly, neutered boy bunny dumped in a Richmond, BC neighbourhood and hit by a car. (The driver wanted to finish him off with a rock). We get so many calls about abandoned and injured rabbits, we just can’t deal with them all, but we did take in Trooper. It turned out he had a bone sticking out his leg and a dislocated hip, he really needed to be rescued. Thanks to the donors, we paid off our previous balance and covered his surgery (also thanks to a reduced rate from Dr. Rana and the Apex Animal Hospital). We can’t thank Rae and everybody else enough for helping us make this happen. We’re sure Trooper feels the same way. He’s loving life!

Rae’s Trooper Diary:
Oct.. 19th, 2018:Trooper’s Surgery Date. Trooper recovering at my house following his Right Hind leg amputation. Very comfortable. I had him all set up in a brand new cat playpen. The u-shaped blue foam cushion gave him support until he was fully recovered from the anesthetic and could balance himself. The stuffies gave him emotional support for what he has been through. The green dinosaur plays a lullaby and Trooper seems to enjoy listening to it.
Under the fleece blankets is a eggcrate sponge mattress, covered in plastic. Inside the playpen on the bottom is a pink wading pool which keeps everything tidy and easy to clean. Dr. Rana stressed that his bed needed to be soft and clean, free of dust at all times for his wound to stay clean.
The playpen is on a table right beside my bed so that I could monitor him closely. There are cloth mesh panel windows on each section and a circular mesh material top to the playpen. He has lots of ventilation and can see his whole environment in the room through the mesh panels.
He is so sweet and so accepting of his surgery. The metacam definitely kept him comfortable those first 7 days so that he would mobilize and the Baytril covered him for any hint of post-op infection that first week.
Each day I take him out of the playpen, hold him as I sit on the bed and feed him his hay.
Nov.2/18, tomorrow, Trooper is going to Apex (Langley) to have his staples removed. What I should say is to have the remainder of his staples removed as most have fallen out. Trooper has been hopping around in his comfy playpen from Day 1 on his one hind leg and doesn’t lose his balance. (If he did, the sponge mattress is a soft landing). Trooper has been an absolute sweetheart to care for.

   

Troopers Recovery Update!

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Trooper, our broken leg guy from a couple weeks ago, is going in to Apex today to get the staples removed after his amputation surgery. He’s doing great! Sorry for the update delay, but his foster mom Rae has been busy keeping him in pristine conditions and catering to his every whim (along with her many other bunnies, including our then-tiny Burnaby baby who is now old enough to be going in for a neuter today). We can’t thank Rae and all of Trooper’s supporters enough! What a great outcome for this poor dumped bunny. (We’ll post a more complete update and more photos about his recovery shortly).

Baby Found at Richmond City Works Yard

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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!

Baby Found in Richmond Near No 5 at Cambie

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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.

  

Surprise baby!

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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 Update

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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.

RIP Lucky & Patience

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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.
https://burrardvet.com/

Trooper, broken leg bunny

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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.
https://www.gofundme.com/nu59c7u4

McDonalds baby?

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This little tiny baby was picked up off of a driveway at a busy McDonald’s drive thru over a week ago now but we didn’t have time to post about the poor little tyke until now. He was even tinier then!

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.