East Bay Rabbit Rescue will get overwhelmed as extra give up their bunnies

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LIVERMORE – The president of a Livermore-based rabbit rescue group says rabbits are coming in at “alarming price,” and the group wants assist.

“We now have by no means seen something like this,” stated Joan Wegner, president of East Bay Rabbit Rescue. “Our adoptions aren’t making a dent. For each rabbit adopted, there are three taking their place. Within the decade that we now have been rescuing bunnies, we now have by no means felt so helpless.”

Wegner stated in a typical 12 months, the group finds houses for about 200 rabbits. However curiosity has all of a sudden waned. 

“Via Might we adopted out 100 rabbits and now we’re at a crawl,” Wegner stated. “As an alternative of emails from potential adopters, we’re getting electronic mail after electronic mail from individuals who wish to give up their pets or want placement for a stray they rescued working free of their neighborhood. 

“Calls to assist seize strays are rising too,” she stated. “Individuals suppose their best choice is to set their rabbit ‘free,’ not realizing rabbits can not survive within the wild. Rabbits are being hit by vehicles, ravenous, and are falling sufferer to predators. We have seen an uptick of stray rabbits arriving at shelters with well being points and accidents. It is unlawful to set any pet free. But persons are shifting on, each figuratively and actually.”

Wegner stated surrenders appear to be attributed to rising prices of dwelling, the veterinarian care disaster with fewer vets and shorter hours, a housing scarcity that enables landlords the power to be selective about permitting pets, and evictions.

Individuals are additionally not fixing their rabbits. “These are bunnies from Craigslist, yard breeders, flea markets and county festivals,” Wegner stated. “Breeders mislead the general public by saying that rabbits are straightforward and cuddly pets. And they don’t seem to be. Rabbits are complicated, pleasant, fragile, joyful and as a lot work, expense and dedication as a dog or a cat.”

“As soon as mounted, rabbits are simpler to litter field prepare than a cat whereas unfixed rabbits sometimes won’t use a litter field,” she stated. “Sadly, low value spay/neuter is tough to seek out and vets cost a number of hundred {dollars} at a minimal for surgical procedure. Immediately their free or cheap bunny is unaffordable. Lower than 5 % of give up requests are for mounted rabbits.”

Wegner stated individuals who aren’t positive they’re prepared for a dedication can foster rabbits. 

“With sufficient discover, our community of volunteers can help with holidays and busy schedules, all whereas your loved ones helps a rabbit in want till they discover their ceaselessly residence,” Wegner stated.

For extra info, go to https://eastbayrabbit.org/.

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