Archive for the ‘New Rabbits’ Category

Baby binkies

August 30, 2017

When it rains, it pours…and you can help us hold the umbrella! Please join us on Sunday, September 10th, for a Baby Shower to welcome our newestminiature additions.

You’ve heard the old phrase “raining cats and dogs”. Around here, it’s been raining rabbits! First our heroic hoarding survivor Nala surprised us with eight tiny kits. Almost immediately afterward the Michigan Five arrived, all impossibly adorable and all under two months old. The deluge continued with four babies from Belleville.

Then just to mix things up, along came Maisy the piglet!

18 youngsters? That’s a kindergarten class! That’s both sides of a Little League game! That’s most of the Duggar family (and even they procured their kids one at a time)! You can see how this might have come as a shock. But now that the sheer terror has worn thin, we’re ready to celebrate our fresh fuzzy furbabies. And we’d love for you to join in.

Our baby shower will run from 1-4 PM, with free admission (although “diaper donations” are greatly welcomed!) Start your afternoon with light snacks, punch, and of course, cake! Stay for shower games and a silent auction (win a box of goodies to use to “baby” yourself!) Enjoy a tour of the grounds and barns, and of course, meet our irresistible guests of honor.

For more information, or for the sanctuary address, please contact info@rabbitsanctuary.org.

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Sweet Sixteen

August 9, 2017

“It takes a village” is an apt phrase for raising children. It’s also the mantra of animal rescue groups everywhere. How else could you even begin to manage the nightmarish scenario that recently unfolded in southern Ohio?

Acting on neighbors’ complaints, authorities discovered over 80 animals crammed into a filthy, reeking house. There were some dogs and cats, but the majority were rabbits. A nearby rabbit shelter answered the call to help with removing the animals. By the time the day was finished, River Road Rabbit Rescue found themselves responsible for 53 bunnies!

As if finding pen space for so many wasn’t difficult enough, RRRR also had to deal with the various health issues that stemmed from the rabbits’ neglect. And they had to do it fast. Clearly, it was time to flash the Bat, er, Bun Signal and call in reinforcements!

Rescue groups around the country responded, including GLRS. We found room for eight of the rabbits, and willing volunteers drove them several hours to our sanctuary. At least, we thought we were receiving eight…Imagine our surprise when one of the females almost immediately presented us with eight tiny kits!

Our sweet sixteen are more precious than gold. They’re also just as expensive! Vet bills, medications, neutering, food (and these buns can eat!)…If you’re so inclined, we could definitely use some help. (You can donate here.) Many thumps of thanks!

 

Calling all bunny whisperers

March 30, 2016

Rabbits come to our sanctuary with an assortment of physical issues. Some are underweight, others iu-1have untreated wounds, a few are infested with fleas. Most need to be spayed or neutered. We give every rabbit a medical checkup, and any necessary treatment. But there’s more to healing a rabbit than patching their broken bones and fattening them up.

Many rabbits who come to us are scared of people, have been neglected or mistreated and need extra TLC. That’s why we’re always looking for socializers, kind volunteers (like you!) who have a little time and love to spare. Socializers sit with our rabbits one-on-one, giving them the gift of undivided attention, and helping build trust between these gentle creatures and the big scary humans they’re afraid of.

karen_100_3386_ch-picThe job requirements are simple. Pick a day and time that is most convenient for you, then show up with a few sprigs of parsley in hand. Dress in your most bunny-friendly clothes–there’s a good possibility you’ll get hay, urine, fur or little gnaw holes all over them!

Take a seat beside your chosen rabbit and start a conversation. Tell her about your day, discuss your grocery list, expound on your philosophies of life, or sing the theme song from “The Facts of Life”. It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. Using a soft, cheerful bunny voice helps your new friend relax.

It’s a slow process, just 15-20 minutes every week, but eventually your rabbit will feel comfortable enough to approach and accept treats from you. You’ll know you’ve fully earned her trust when she allows you to touch her for the first time. There is nothing like that feeling!iu-2

A socialized rabbit is happier, less  stressed, and ultimately more adoptable. And socializing is as therapeutic for our volunteers as it is for our rabbits! After a long hectic day of demanding deadlines, gridlock traffic, and toilet training toddlers, there’s no better way to relax and unwind. What could be more calming than a quiet session of bunny therapy?

iu-3We’re always on the lookout for volunteers who have personalities well suited to socializing–calm, focused, exceptionally patient. Does this sound like you? Would you enjoy making a real difference in a rabbit’s life? Can you commit to least one hour a week? Drop our coordinator Karen a line at karen@rabbitsanctuary.org.

Our little trooper

September 21, 2011

Little Gizmo arrived at our sanctuary with a suspiciously mangled leg. Her owners didn’t care enough to take her to the vet, and instead dumped the injured bunny off with us. It’s hard to believe that anyone could be so callous, but unfortunately, we see it all too often.

We took Gizmo to see Dr. Lewis at All Creatures Animal Clinic. Gizmo’s leg was severely damaged and required extensive surgery. Dr. Lewis wired the pieces of leg together in the hopes that they would heal normally. Then she put on a cast to keep the leg immobile.

Gizmo came through surgery with flying colors. She even earned a certificate of bravery signed by Dr. Lewis! She’s eating, drinking, and pooping—all very important signs of recovery for a rabbit.

Gizmo’s been given pain medication and an antibiotic to ward off infection.  She’ll receive plenty of TLC from foster mom Carol while she recuperates. It will be six to eight weeks before we know if she’ll regain full use of her leg.

Surgery is expensive, and Gizmo will require several follow-up visits. Your generous donations make it possible for our little girl to get all the care she needs. A huge thank you from all of us at GLRS, and from our little trooper Gizmo!

Please help us help Gizmo. To donate, click here.

Full house

June 1, 2011

MerlinThe sanctuary is bursting at the seams! With the arrival of the newly rescued Tuttle Hill bunnies, we’re filled to capacity with over 70 bunnies. You may have heard about the Tuttle Hill gang. They were living in horrible conditions in the back yard of a hoarder, just a few miles down the road from the sanctuary. It took a sanctuary worker, Noelle, and volunteers Tim and Shelly over a week to catch them, with the aid of live traps and a lot of sweet talking. So far they’ve rounded up 14, and there may still be more.

MuffinThe gang had temporary digs in the garage of the sanctuary, but that wasn’t suitable for the long term. So the staff did some bunny shuffling and found room in the Binkyville barn. Now Merlin, who used to be confined to a cage not much larger than he is, has a spacious pen with plenty of room to stretch out and hop around. All the bunnies are enjoying their new clean, safe environment. If you stop by to see them, be sure to save some pets for Solomon, a striking jet black bunny. He’ll stand up on his hind legs begging for attention and treats!

SolomonThanks to generous donations from sanctuary supporters, we can now start making arrangements with the Humane Society of Huron Valley to have the rabbits’ medical needs addressed. Of course each bunny will be spayed or neutered. Then they’ll be available for adoption. Watch for them on petfinder.com!