Rabbit fostering: Surrey animal shelter looking for non permanent properties for rabbits

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As Easter approaches, the Metropolis of Surrey is searching for volunteers who can present foster properties for rabbits.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Surrey Animal Useful resource Centre had 19 bunnies in its facility, regardless of being outfitted to deal with solely 4 to eight. Centre supervisor Shelley Joaquin mentioned they’ve 23 rabbits of their care in whole, however 4 have already gone into foster properties in response to their plea for assist.

“We’re positively over capability,” she mentioned, and added the atrium the place they usually maintain occasions or coaching is now stuffed with rabbits.

“Sadly we do get quite a lot of stray rabbits, and a lot in order that when folks need to rehouse them we not often can absorb an owner-surrender or a rabbit from somebody that may not look after it.”

To cope with what it calls “a notable enhance in deserted rabbits,” the centre is asking for volunteers who can decide to housing a rabbit for a minimum of two weeks.

“You want sufficient area to have a big x-pen inside your property,” Joaquin mentioned. “You could clear the litter field. They want contemporary greens each day.”

The centre has seen an growing variety of deserted rabbits over the previous couple of years. In 2019, they took in 60 rabbits. In 2020, they obtained 76, and final 12 months, 129 bunnies got here to the power.

“Some are present in parks. We’ve had some really in dumpsters, really within the containers that they had been purchased in,” Joaquin mentioned. “Final 12 months, sadly, we had some dumped in a ravine, in water, in a container … in the event that they hadn’t been discovered, they may have drowned.”

The centre can also be reminding folks that purchasing a pet as a present means taking over years of accountability for that animal’s care. Joaquin mentioned they must be taken to specialised vets, have a continuing have to chew, and don’t usually get pleasure from being picked up or carried.

“I feel lots of people don’t actually perceive what a rabbit wants, or they don’t perceive the dedication degree that’s wanted for a rabbit,” she mentioned. “Rabbits can stay as much as 12 years.”

As for adopting a rabbit from the centre, Joaquin mentioned all bunnies are spayed or neutered earlier than they’re despatched to new properties, together with being tattooed and microchipped. The adoption charge is $51.50 plus tax.

These desirous about fostering a rabbit can contact the shelter by emailing adoption@surrey.ca or calling 604-574-6622.

Different methods to assist embrace donating rabbit-related gadgets from the shelter’s Amazon wishlist, and making and donating a “rabbit care bundle.” 

Extra data will be discovered on the centre’s Fb web page.  

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