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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!

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.

  

RHDV2 Vaccination Day

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Thanks so much to the staff at the Little Paws Animal Clinic for volunteering for our vaccination clinic yesterday evening! Pictured is Jillian, Diana and Dr. Adam Avitan in the back row, and Dr. Joseph Martinez and Rabbitats’ Deanna Hamm in the front row. We managed to get close to another 40 rabbits protected from the deadly Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHDV2). We invited rabbits from the VRRA and RAPS as well. (Added note: If anyone remembers the box of little chocolate brown Holland Lops dumped on the side of a road, we thought there were three, but it turns out there were four, someone brought another baby to RAPS, a little boy who got vaccinated as well . Deanna is holding daddy. The other bunnies are Patches and our three surviving white Maple Ridge bunnies. They’re all friendly as all get-out and up for adoption!