Large Rescue Ongoing in Santa Cruz County
Update: October 10, 2012
The Santa Cruz rescue is well under control at this time. A few of the rabbits were adopted through The Haven at our shows, a few more were adopted from the shelter, several went into foster care & others went into rescue groups including 13 The Rabbit Haven took in. The Santa Cruz shelter has a high but manageable number at this time.
Thank you to the shelter advocate, Leslie from driving up to get rabbits spayed/neutered. We still have many more left to do.
Thank you to the donations we received we were able to provide all supplies for these new rabbits and continue to support those at the shelter and in rescue. Our appreciation for FOWAS, FOSCCA & private donations that helped us cover the cost of immediate supply and several spay & neuters plus foster set ups as well. The House Rabbit Society grant is helping us support both Santa Cruz and San Jose rescues with adoptions services, foster support, medical care and other expenses related to the two large groups we have taken in. PAWS of San Jose is assisting with special need medical care required by several of that shelter rabbits. Together we were able to put these rescues together and take care of most all of the rabbits involved.
Many thanks are due to Beecher photography for going in to take all the photos of the new rescue group and to Haven volunteers who helped go into the shelter to settle, clean, and exercise Rabbits while they stayed in the Sally port at shelter, and to the SC shelter staff and advocate who made our work at the shelter seem easy.Update: September 18, 2012
Haven Staff came in first thing on Monday morning, September 17, to the SC shelter and met Lula to get started implementing our service plan. Six Haven volunteers provided services for these rabbits today. Rabbits were evaluated for injuries (none noted), Rabbits were sexed, groomed, and set up in the sally port housing and fed. Haven photographer, Zack Beecher came in to take photographs of every rabbit including every baby in the large litter. Then the Santa Cruz Sentinel reporter came in to photograph rabbits at shelter and he mentioned that a full story will run tomorrow SC sentinel.
All rabbits appear to be healthy. One large female that has a litter of 12 , may not be the only mohter of this group. The litter appears to be 3 and 4 weeks of age and varies in shape and breed. It appears that multiple litters were placed with one nursing female. We are taking care of this mother and her babies now as she was spayed today and cannot nurse. Her kits require hand feeding. Most adult females are most likely pregnant as they were housed with males, so we have offered our assistance with spay neuter. We are waiting to hear back from the shelter about what they need. Of course we are working on immediate rescue for all of the remaining rabbits.
Supplies brought in to Shelter Monday for Rabbit Confiscation:
Rabbit Haven Services (4 volunteers):
Love to all our volunteers. We had four today - WE need at least two people for tomorrow
Please call me asap to set your time. Call 600-7479 OR LESLIE AT 588-6676
Thank you to Kim for her generous donation to help us with supplies for these rabbits. xoxox Thank you Todd, Lula and Sarah for making the day seem easy.
Sunday September 16 at 3 PM, 27 rabbits (babies, adolescents and adults) discovered living in very poor conditions were confiscated from a backyard breeder in Watsonville. Rabbit Haven is working with the Santa Cruz Animal Control officers to assist in the provision of the care for these rabbits. We need everything from litter boxes to hay, pellets, dishes and litter. And ...Very important... we need people to help clean, exercise and care for these rabbits now while they wait to rescue, and or adoption.
The shelters were already over full prior to this rescue. Now with 27 additional rabbits to care for, our help is needed urgently.
It would help to move the babies out into foster. There are 10-12 babies, gold and white. They are adorable and still filled with joy in spite of their miserable beginning.
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