Tags: animal, bel-rea, blog, bunny, duffy, rabbit, rescue, small
We were finally able to rescue that sweet little bun in Melville earlier this week thanks to help of 12 volunteers and locals. It’s a boy! He is with his foster family now and they are calling him Duffy. He seems healthy and is set to be neutered next week. This rescue was quite a story, which I’ll blog about in more detail once Duffy has been to the vet and is ready for adoption. I don’t know who is more relieved that he’s safe now, me or Duffy!
This week I also found that Bel-Rea, one of the largest Vet Tech Schools in the country named the Rabbit Rabble as one of their Top 25 Small Animal blogs of 2017! I am thrilled that students are reading my blog and that my musing about bunnies might help future vet techs working with rabbits. I’m all about educating and spreading rabbit knowledge to help bunnies, (and their human friends) everywhere. Thank you Bel-Rea and my bunnies thank you too!
Tags: bunny, butterscotch, catch, charlie, mirabelle, pet, rabbit, rescue
This past week has been crazy for this bunny mama! Last Wednesday I helped to catch a dumped rabbit just a few blocks from my house. We named her Mirabelle, after the street she was found on. Several of the neighbors in the area had seen her and had been feeding her for several weeks or months. She’s a very sweet bun will hopefully be adopted soon!
I’m also in the middle of another catch of an abandoned rabbit in Melville this week. We attempted yesterday but were unsuccessful. Hopefully we’ll have more luck tomorrow.
My Charlie had a checkup at the vet to make sure nothing was causing his drop in appetite and slight weight loss. Seems as though it’s just his age catching up with him. He’s only lost a couple of ounces so I’m not worrying yet. He did have slightly elevated creatinine in his blood work, so the vet suggested I decreased his Metacam to 3 times a week and see how he tolerates it. I’m going to give him cranberry juice in a syringe the other 4 days so he doesn’t hate me outright for taking away his yummy medicine.
In the middle of all of this, my Butterscotch had another bout of stasis, but he seems completely recovered now. He’s incredibly difficult to medicate, but fortunately he takes Reglan in a little dish. He gets that for 2 days after he starts feeling better and having to pick him up to give it to him would cause too much stress for human and bunny alike!
Tags: bunny, nellie, pet, rabbit, rescue, scooter
On Monday my mom and I set out east for Ridge, NY for a rabbit rescue. We were going to meet two other volunteers to catch two domestic rabbits that had been running around the neighborhood for weeks already. We had no idea how long it would take, or if we would even be able to find them, but the bunny gods were smiling down on us that day. As soon as we arrived at the initial finder’s house, my mom spotted something darting across the backyard. “I think I saw a rabbit!” she cried as I made haste to the back gate.
Luckily for us the buns were in the corner of the yard, so we just surrounded them with a pen while I dropped carrots to calm them down. The big brown bun, Nellie, was gobbling down as many carrots as she could and almost took one right out of my hand. The white bun, Scooter, was a little more apprehensive and stuck close to Nellie. Another volunteer, April, arrived and helped us get the buns into carriers. Nellie continued munching on carrots and greens and eventually Scooter felt comfortable enough to eat something as well. I’m sure they were both very hungry. Once our final volunteer, Jacey, arrived, we loaded the buns into our cars and headed to her house to look the buns over indoors.
First we determined that the brown bun was a female and the white was a male. We all had thought the reverse based on their behavior. Both buns had some bite marks and potential ear mites, which is to be expected on buns who have been living outside. Since this pair had been living together there was a risk of pregnancy so once an appointment was secured, my mom and I headed back to the western end of Long Island to bring the buns to Catnip and Carrots Veterinary Hospital.
Fortunately, Nellie does not appear to pregnant, but still requires monitoring for the near future to make sure. Both buns stayed the night at the vet and got cleaned up and given some medication for mites. Hopefully they both will find forever homes soon!
This rescue was an incredible experience with two rabbits who were clearly ready to be rescued and brought indoors. If you ever see domestic rabbits outside, please contact your local animal shelter or rabbit rescue group. If a local chapter is not listed here: http://rabbit.org/hrschapters try a google search to see if one exists in your area. Domestic rabbits everywhere will thank you!
Tags: bunny, island, jimmy, rescue, sherwin
Yesterday I helped a bun who was brought to a local town animal shelter. None of the shelters here on Long Island are equipped to handle rabbits, so our group, the Long Island Rabbit Rescue, takes them in as soon as we have room. I picked little Sherwin up from the shelter and brought him right over to the best rabbit vet in the area, Catnip and Carrots. He’s a young bun and incredibly sweet. Even though he didn’t know me at all, he let me rub his head and purred. He got neutered later in the day and will be up for adoption soon. I don’t think it will take too long for this little guy to find a forever home!
Another bun from a local shelter that is now in our group’s care, Jimmy, had a few health problems. Fortunately a stay at Catnip was able to help him out. He’s on the mend now (hooray!) but leaves a costly vet bill behind. I don’t usually post these, but he has a YOUCARING page set up. If you can help donate, even just a few dollars, all the bunnies on Long Island will be grateful, especially Jimmy.
Tags: bunny, charlie, pet, piper, rabbit, rescue
My local rabbit rescue group is attempting to get legislation passed to protect domestic rabbits and ban the sale of rabbits in pet stores on Long Island. I’m sending letters to all my local, state and federal representatives. If you’re on Long Island and you’d like to help out, please send letters to your local reps: Nassau Residents / Suffolk Residents
Here is the letter that I will be sending to all my representatives. Please feel free to use any (or all) of what I’ve written to send to your reps.
Dear (Various Legislators),
Rabbits are the third most popular pet on Long Island and they are also the third most abandoned, neglected and abused animal on Long Island. A great contributor to their abandonment is the ease in which rabbits can be bought in local pet stores.
I am a volunteer with the Long Island Rabbit Rescue Group. We are an all-volunteer organization whose mission is to rescue abandoned and neglected domestic rabbits, have them medically treated and find them safe and loving indoor homes. Despite our best efforts, the situation for domestic rabbits on Long Island continues to be one of great struggle. We are turning to you and your colleagues for help.
Domestic rabbits are frequently purchased in pet stores for children or as an impulse buy. If they tire of the pet, parents often “release” them in the wild, basically abandoning them. Unlike cats and dogs, rabbits are a prey animal and considerably more vulnerable when abandoned. Unlike their wild North American cousins, domestic rabbits do not have the skills and instincts to survive on their own in nature. Abandonment is essentially a death sentence.
In 2015, our rescue group was contacted about 565 domestic rabbits that were abandoned and neglected via email, and dozens more via phone or social media, bringing the total to nearly 1,000 rabbits. That number will likely be similar, if not higher for 2016.
There are almost certainly many more we don’t hear about. We work closely with the Nassau County and Suffolk County SPCA teams and each of the Town shelters, but none are equipped to care for rabbits. Local rescue groups like ours are forced to house the rabbits in make-shift shelters and foster homes scattered throughout the homes of volunteers.
We have a chance to make a real positive difference by banning the sale of domestic rabbits in pet stores on Long Island. New York City enacted legislation to ban the sale of domestic rabbits in pet stores in 2015. San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and most recently Boston have implemented similar laws.
Long Island needs to step up on behalf of domestic rabbits. I ask you to please support any legislation to protect the abandoned, abused and neglected domestic rabbit population.
Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.
Tags: bunny, group, island, long, rabbit, rescue
My local rabbit rescue group is holding a fundraiser. These guys are the reason I have my rabbits, this blog, and hours and hours of joy from these little bundles of fur. Please donate if you can and share on Facebook. The Kronenbuns really appreciate it!
Tags: bella, great, island, leche, long, nancy, neck, rescue
After meeting several beautiful buns in Great Neck, we brought 3 year old Leche home with us. She’s our foster bunny, but we’ve already fallen in love with her. She’s supposedly a bit of a nipper, but she was such a sweetie with us. Mom liked that she was actually able to pet a rabbit and felt her purr for the first time. Even dad gave her a head rub. She’s very curious and both she and Charlie are totally aware that the other is in the house. Charlie seems a bit jealous, but I’ve made sure he gets quality time in the evening. Leche seems to have settled in nicely in our living room, but I have a feeling that she’ll be creeping into mom’s room (and her lap) very soon!