On Tuesday, the 14th of June, two of our rabbits came back to the center. Their adopter couldn’t keep up with the level of commitment the buns required. She had them only 4 short months but it was clear they were never once groomed during that time. Dakota, a beautiful Jersey Wooly mix was in an awful state! Her hair so matted that it had turned to felt, old food and hay were woven within. Her mats were so dense that they hid an infection that was brewing in her foot. A wound she is now being treated for.
It took Chapter Manager Edie, 3 hours to groom and trim Dakota. One of our volunteers documented the session. We are sharing these photos with you now. It pains us to see rabbits so neglected. We are heartbroken that it happened to a pair that we adopted out. We hope that this serves as a reminder to why we make everyone interested in our rabbits go through our screening process. The application helps us determine the level of commitment people are prepared for and how serious they take their responsibility to their animals. Unfortunately, even though we have a system in place we still occasionally see rabbits return to the center. It is rare we see them return this obviously neglected though!
Dakota is feeling much better now after her trim and her foot is on the way to being healed. She and Winken are now back at the Rabbit Center. They may not having a loving forever home just yet but we are thankful they are back here safe and at least getting the care and supervision they were so desperately missing.
If you are interested in adopting Dakota and Winken, please read about our adoption procedures and fill out an adoption application here. It is also crucial that anyone considering adoption do their research first! Please take advantage of our Care, Health and Diet section. There you will find many articles about rabbit care which should prove incredibly useful. Reading through these sections should give one a good sense of the care and proper housing a rabbit will need to live a comfortable, healthy life. Caring for a rabbit is a 10 year commitment if not more. Please do not enter the relationship on impulse.