Happy World Animal Day! Sponsored by the Naturewatch Foundation, World Animal Day is celebrated on October 4th to speak up for those who have no voice, and raise the status of animals to improve welfare standards around the globe. In honor of this day, we'd like to share a topical story that recently took place at JTW Headquarters.
Last month, the JTW team arrived at the office and was surprised to find a group of rabbits hopping about on our office lawn. At first, we thought they were wild, given the vegetation and water nearby – not to mention the other wild animals that frequent the area, such as geese and coyotes.
Upon further inspection, we realized these rabbits were not wild, they were domesticated. We could tell based on their coloring (most of them were all white, while wild rabbits native to Oregon are typically brown with a white tail) and the fact that they appeared lost, scared, and in need of human intervention.
The rabbits were hopping all over the place and hiding in the blackberry bushes; we were concerned they may become food for the local coyotes if they weren’t rescued before nightfall. We called multiple organizations for help with no luck, and then we discovered Rabbit Advocates.
Rabbit Advocates is a non-profit organization whose volunteers specialize in educating the public about the care of domestic rabbits. They aim to place surrendered or abandoned rabbits in loving homes where they will be welcomed as family members. Rabbit Advocates immediately responded to our call by sending volunteers out to rescue our nine fluffy visitors.
The volunteers arrived with fences, nets, animal carriers and treats. They patiently waited for the rabbits to come out of hiding over the course of many hours, then gently collected them and placed them in carriers for transport. Eight of the nine rabbits were rescued on Day One, but these volunteers were dedicated and determined that no rabbit be left behind – so they were back on Day Two and finally secured the final rabbit.
The rescued rabbits are a variety of breeds and ages; some are rare breeds and some are adorable baby bunnies. Since their rescue, Rabbit Advocates has secured foster homes for all nine bunnies and treated them with antibiotics for cold symptoms. The five adult females have been spayed and the two adult males will be neutered as soon as they are healthy enough to undergo surgery. The other two are babies and not yet old enough to determine the sex.
Although all the rabbits are in foster care, one foster parent must house five of them together in cramped quarters. Rabbit Advocates is hoping to find another family to help foster a few of the rabbits until adoption time. They plan to put the female bunnies up for adoption in early November and the male bunnies will be available around Thanksgiving (depending on their needed recovery time once they have been neutered). We are ‘hoppy’ to report that all nine bunnies are now safe, sheltered, and moving forward in the process of finding their ‘fur-ever’ homes.
We want to give a huge shout-out to the amazing team of volunteers from Rabbit Advocates for saving the lives of these innocent animals after they were cruelly abandoned by their owner. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Rabbit Advocates in celebration of World Animal Day or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in fostering or adopting one of these beautiful bunnies.