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2018 Oxbow Animal Rescue Grant Recipient

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We have some awesome news… Rabbitats is one of the recipients of  Oxbow’s 2018 Animal Rescue Grants! We’ll be getting a cheque for $4650 US to go towards sanctuary housing at our new location in Richmond. The property has the space to build several enclosures for some of the many abandoned rabbits we’re dealing with. The total budget taking us to 2020 is well over $100,000 (and that’s with used and donated materials) and this is a great start!  These funds will directly save the lives of many rabbits! We can’t thank Oxbow enough!!

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.

Apple branch anyone?

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Our feral colonies at our Surrey Sanctuary enjoying a treat of fresh apple branches with nice soft bark and buds. If you are going to prune any lovely pesticide-free apple or pear or willow branches, our bunnies would love them… please contact us for best location to drop them off, thanks!

Cutest Animal Video of the Year!

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A colony of our rescues live in a ‘rabbitat’ at SALI’s Farm (the Semiahmoo Animal League Inc), an org that provides support therapy for at-risk kids with rescued animals. This is Vanilla Bean (Nippers when he was with us) sharing lunch with Louise the disabled rooster.

Happy Herd Farm Sanctuary Trip

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The trip out to the Happy Herd Farm Sanctuary yesterday left us speechless. The good work that Diane, Stephen and their volunteers do is truly amazing. And what everybody did for Rabbitats was phenomenal.
First off, meet Bunny the chicken. We started the day by being asked to pick up a Christmas chicken on the way. A family had apparently been given this girl for dinner but thankfully had a change of heart and wanted to surrender her. The sanctuary had recently taken in 25 about to be euthanized by UBC’s farm program so what was one more. Towards the end of the day, they also got a call about a sheep with an injured eye. They sprang into action, making transport and vet arrangements. The care was the priority, not the story.
Meanwhile the sanctuary had made Rabbitats the recipient of donations brought in at their open house (and we in turn had decided to share with the in-need RASTA Sanctuary), The total was a whopping $1380!!! We were stunned, barely able to say thank you at the time. We need to say thank you now. We desperately need the funds, we’ve been saddled with unforeseen rent costs and we have to move from our shelter soon. But we also really feel we need to spread some love back to Happy Herd. If the people who did not get to attend the open house on Boxing Day can see their way to making donations to account for 1/3 of what they raised for us, we’d feel a whole lot better about accepting it. Can we raise $450 for Happy Herd? Thanks to all who care! https://happyherd.org/donations/

Boxing Day Fundraiser

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Rabbitats Fundraiser at the Happy Herd Farm Sanctuary

From the Happy Herd Farm Sanctuary:

“On Boxing Day we like to have a get-together and give back to another local animal rescue organization who is doing great work within the community. This year we would like to recognize and raise funds for Rabbitats! They aim to save the lives of homeless, abandoned and feral pet rabbits by helping to find locations, build enclosures, trap, sterilize, contain and control the rabbit colonies.

Admission is by donation with all proceeds going to Rabbitats. Check out more info and RSVP on our Eventbrite page:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/boxing-day-open-house-tickets-41477543449