It is now 3 weeks ago when our bunny world changed here in Georgia – we have worked hard to save the lives of all of these buns and have done a good job – while 6 have passed the remaining are getting healthy and will be adoptable very soon. We have worked to limit the numbers and to that end spaying has resulted in keeping the numbers down by at least 70 – only one litter (so far!) has been born since the confiscation and that was from a young female that did not get picked in the first round and delivered before we had the second. Our team went to work and I have to say we have an amazing group of volunteers that have worked night and day throughout this. We have learned a lot, and we expect to learn a lot more. One major thing we have learned is you can never be fully prepared for this. It is like a mash unit – that is the only way we can think to describe it!
To date, we have taken in 116 rabbits. Tomorrow and the next day we are taking in the last 27 rabbits that remain at Gwinnett Animal Shelter. We appreciate what the county has done to temporarily provide for these bunnies, but they admitedly have no experience with rabbits, especially large numbers. This was a first for them, and for us. Their resources are depleted and they cannot keep any of the rabbits any longer. We’ve worked so hard to save them that we couldn’t bear to leave these behind to an unknown fate. We’re stepping out in a leap of faith that we can find homes for all these bunnies, or transport them to other rescues who can make a little more space to accept a few. Some of the rabbits have been adopted out by Gwinnett Animal Shelter, and a few were humanely euthanized due to severed medical issues. Many are still too young to spay or neuter, so that will be ongoing in the next 3-4 months.
We especially want to thank everyone who has supported us with their time, donations, supplies, foster homes, transportation, and prayers. We could not be doing this without you! While these bunnies are now safe, and getting healthy, and learning to play and binky, they still need forever homes. We’ve taken in almost 150 rabbits in 3 weeks, and our total adoptions for 2014 were 200. Please share your love of bunnies with friends and family. If you have a single bun and want to get them a friend, or if you have room to open your heart and your home to another bunny or two, please come see us! And by all means – Adopt and Don’t Shop! Your continued support will still be needed for some time. Giving of your time at the shelter will give the bunnies clean pens, clean blankets, and socialization. Giving of your funds will ensure they have food and medical attention, heat and air conditioning. Opening your home to foster gives them experience with a loving family and a place to live. Providing transportation gets them where they need to go, when they need to go, and frees up shelter staff to hold down the bunny fort at the shelter. Giving of your time and ideas helps us raise the necessary funds to keep saving bunnies – these, and the next ones that need us. So thank you for what you’ve already done, and what we know you will continue to do.
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