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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

Vet bills keep piling up..

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And the vet bills keep piling up. One of our rescued meat bunnies from Coquitlam started lurching and looking poorly. She was rushed to the vet (kudos to the Little Paws Animal Clinic for seeing her at the end of a very long day making it much much longer). We thought she had a broken rear leg, but a million x-rays later and no answers.
ALSO: We haven’t had a chance to post about our other sick bunnies, but since our last update, poor Bart had to have surgery to remove a long and deep abscess on his back; an old girl from the Surrey sanctuary has been in semi-intensive care receiving exams, fluids and nutrients after a dental issue; Vlad’s face abscess returned requiring exams and cleaning, and many other bunny issues. (The bill at Little Paws alone is already back up to being over $1700). Donations would be so very much appreciated. Here’s our GoFundMe link. Please share!
https://www.gofundme.com/nu59c7u4

RHD Vaccine Clinic

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Rabbitats will be staging a RHD vaccine clinic for all Rabbitats fosters, adopters and volunteers on Friday (Oct. 19) from 5 pm to 6:30 pm at the Little Paws Animal Clinic in Steveston. Please email rabbitats1@gmail.com or join our group if you have an unvaccinated rabbit. We will be able to do at least 40 rabbits, once we have our own rabbits taken care of (we have less than 40) we can open it up to other rabbits, however the costs at this time are unknown, we have to consult with Little Paws. (The charges at previous clinics have been around $40). Keep in touch via our group! While the RHDV2 virus has been inactive since the summer, history dictates it can reoccur at any time in any location, we STRONGLY recommend vaccinations for all rabbits.

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.

Bunny Emergency

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We have a bunny emergency. Somebody found an abandoned rabbit with a broken leg, they couldn’t find anywhere to take the poor thing (the agencies supposedly mandated to do this apparently can’t or won’t), so they called us and we couldn’t say no. The rabbit is at the Little Paws Animal Clinic in Richmond (Steveston) and will be having surgery when we get everything in place. Dr. Avitan will be giving us an awesome deal but we still need to fundraise to cover the costs and we’ll need a special needs foster home for this rabbit.

Our YouCaring fundraising account has been deleted (!) as they transition to GoFundMe (which doesn’t take Paypal) so funds can go through Rabbitats’ email address (rabbitats@gmail.com) for both Paypal and e-transfers, or contact Little Paws to put a payment on our account (604-241-7387). The Donate button on our Facebook page links to our website (rabbitats.org) donate page which also takes credit cards.

Please donate if you can.  We’re already stretched to the max.

Our bunnies are getting old.

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Our bunnies are getting old. We had to let little Spot go, she was one of our earliest girls, she was caught as an adult and with us over five years. She was skin and bones. Dr. Rana gave her a chance to recover with supplements and one-on-one care, but her condition seemed terminal so we had to say goodbye. And now Ingrid, another old girl, has a facial abscess. Thanks again to Dr. Rana for staying late to do the surgery. We also have an issue with a little grey rabbit we’re calling Squirt. He’s always been a bit of a loner but didn’t appear to be picked on until now. He has a bad bite on his eye. We’d like to get him out of the colony when her recovers, but unless we can set up another little ‘rabbitat’ somewhere soon, we’re not sure that’s possible. Poor Squirt! Here is a link to our ailing Sick Bunny Fund. Any help will be much appreciated.
https://www.youcaring.com/rabbitatsrescuesociety-1084561

Sick baby

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With the RHD virus potentially in our area, there are few options for people who stumble upon sick rabbits. But turning down critically ill babies is beyond difficult, so we enlisted the help of a friend with biosecurity awareness, a huge heart and no rabbits of her own. Laura-Leah Shaw dropped everything she was doing to go pick up this little guy after Kevin from Kanata Blankets in Richmond called us about a street baby that wasn’t running away from him. It turns out he was suffering from injuries and a terrible case of flystrike. It’s apparent he was picked up by a bird and dropped on his face given the tell-tale talon marks — and the lack of front teeth. We have to give huge kudos to the Terra Nova Veterinary Clinic in west Richmond for seeing him so late and doing so much.  (They’re a great clinic, we’ve always liked them). So far the little guy is hanging in there. He’s hungry and trying to eat, but that’s not working well given the lack of teeth. Deanna Hamm is heading over to Laura-Leah’s with some Critical Care and Wombaroo rabbit milk. Wish him luck!!