Popular Post -DLC- Posted February 1 Popular Post Share Posted February 1 I've been kindly granted permission to post this, as it's for a non-profit organization that does so much good. TLDR but please do. A bit of history of how I got involved...over a decade ago my daughter was struggling and begged for a pet. We got a bunny. We knew NOTHING about rabbits and, truth be told, I kind of liked it better that way. For once I learned of their plight out there, my heart would be broken a thousand times over. We'd actually held a birthday party once long before we got our bun .... the girl guide camp in Richmond. We called it the bunny park because "lots of wild bunnies were there". Except we'd learn that they weren't wild at all...mostly they were dumped/discarded pets who bred and had feral buns out there IN the wild. But they weren't really equipped for it - they're domestic rabbits and just don't fare well out there. Rabbits are extremely territorial and dumping a bunny where other bunnies are is like a death sentence. They fight, viciously, to keep their turf and food supply. It isn't often that a newcomer will be accepted into a group. Rabbits also don't like to stray too far...so when they're dumped, even if they're being beat up and chased off, they don't leave the area. They just contend with it and eventually meet their fate. Then there are also coyotes, owls, dogs.... Since we got our first bun, we've had 3 more...they make great pets but, like any dog or cat, they're a 10 year commitment and require proper care and some work. By way of having our bunnies, we'd get into the world of also rescuing them. We'd come to learn about how people get rabbits as pets then quickly decide "they're too much work". You can't just stick them in a cage and leave them...they need attention and, well, they deserve it. Especially at Easter, the bunny population booms here as buns are put into cardboard boxes and dumped in parking lots and other convenient spots for abandonment. I've rescued dozens of buns in various states of health and injury...and it sticks with me like a nail in my foot. It hurts, bad. You have to have a tough outer shell to do rescue work. You can't shake it away. But the people involved with animal rescue are some of the best people I know. The types who'll drop everything to come out and help. Strangers who get together for a common goal. I've been out there on a dark, snowy night with a woman I met minutes before who offered to pick me up so we could get a bun out of a dangerous situation. My daughter and I spent Christmas eve a few years ago in the rain...all day, searching for a badly injured bun that had been reported. We found another one...it wasn't "the" bun we were looking for. Dorval Crescent. There had been previous "mass" rescues..the auto mall. UVic. etc. in the past. The Dorval bunny was one of many and the start of another attempt to pull off a mass rescue. This guy proved to be a bit of a houdini. We were freezing and it was getting dark as we decided to pack it in..we'd already had to bail out of our Christmas eve dinner and we were wet and cold. We'd been crawling around on our hands and knees, looking under bushes, to no avail. We hadn't been able to locate him..it was disheartening. There were others there with us...a group of about 6-7. Merry Christmas. Just as we decided to pack it in and were heading towards our cars, we spotted him! He was terrified and in rough shape. It'd take another hour and a half and a whole lot of Cheerios to coax him into our net. But it's always so rewarding and a huge relief to get a bun who needs help into our care. Cries of joy. This has been a rinse repeat cycle for me. An injured bun in the snow at the dike that was being upgraded. Bobcats and gravel and no where for her to go/hide. Another one at the Steveston High school demo site...the security guard got to know us and let us slip in a hole in the security fence to rescue a bun trapped in there. Piles of glass..big shards. Nails. It was treacherous. She was hard to get too...there were 3 of us rescuing her when the other 2 left to get an x-pen. I coaxed her into my carrier when they were gone...some quiet, gentle encouragement (and some cilantro and carrots that smelled really good I guess). I patiently (and not so patiently at times) rescued seven baby buns from Alderbridge Road...it took me 7 days....one each day. These are them...they were in a construction site, hiding under the disposal bin. Again...nothing but gravel and concrete. And these little babies. The last guy was a bugger....took me nearly 10 hours to get him! He was onto me but I persisted. They were so adorable...playful toying with me. But with nowhere to go if we didn't get them out. No food. No water. Nothing. (We rescued Mom from across the street). So this is my life away from work, family and here. We just got called out on the weekend again (Sunday night, in the cold). A bun with a broken leg at the Lansdowne station...dragged himself into the bush. It's never ending. So here is my plea. Rabbitats was founded by two women...who are now my friends. Sorelle and Deanna. They got into this as I did...by accident. Downtown Vancouver and a young homeless couple on the street had a bun. It wasn't a good situation. Sorelle convinced the couple to take $50 for the bun...named her Pip. That started it all.....you can't turn away once you know. No turning back (or a blind eye). You start to notice rabbits. In parkades and places they shouldn't be...they don't stand a chance in. Today, they have rescued upwards of a thousand buns. They're angels....a lot of out of pocket stuff rung up on their personal credit cards. They never say no. They've never turned a down an injured bun request. They (we) had a bay for awhile at the Richmond auto mall..the deal was we'd keep the bun population under control there in exchange for the space. Then the reno''s and expansion happened and we lost that home. Now it's a temporary, run down old house that used to be a dog breeder's. It's slated for demo and temporary. We have a golden opportunity at the moment...a chance to buy in to a property with other rescues to combine forces and provide a service that will open up for so many more animals. Fundraising is under way and we're being matched, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000. Please, spread the word. We have mere hours left to fund raise and are so desperately trying to reach our goal. If you can help, any amount....even $5 helps toward our goal. This is so very near and dear to my heart. And I thank the powers that be for allowing me to post this. Go here to learn more or to donate/help (even if just to share the link/story): https://fundrazr.com/NewHome2022?ref=fb_9B0zA7_ab_8fZErDe64hh8fZErDe64hh Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. And if ever you know someone who is thinking about getting a rabbit, shoot me a p/m so I can help educate you. Because that's the first step...is making people aware of how to care for a bun so they can make a responsible decision. 11 2 6 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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