San Jose shelter crushed with more abandoned rabbits!
Update: October 10, 2012
The San Jose shelter rescue is well underway. This shelter has certainly has kept us hopping.
Some of the rabbits were adopted through The Haven at our adoption shows, a few more were adopted from the shelter, many went into Haven foster care & several rabbits found placement within the local rescue community through the Haven Network.
The San Jose shelter currently has a few spaces open, however, it seems that regardless of our efforts, that rescue will be required on an ongoing basis. This shelter has no foster program and receives an overwhelming number of rabbits. They are constantly overwhelmed with animals of all kinds. The have limited adoptions too so they will need help to save the thousands of animals they take in.
This shelter does offer space for many rabbits, however severe breeding issues, coupled with pet store sales, flea market sales and chronic dumping creates an intense overflow of rabbits needing help in this county.
Kudos to the Haven San Jose shelter advocates, Kyomi and Sarah for helping the rabbits at the shelter. Kyomi takes photos, prepares evaluations, provides grooming, sexing and communication with shelter and Haven – Sarah picks up on Tuesday and is in contact with me every week with a status report. Both advocates help to exercise and support the rabbits while they wait for adoptive homes. Kyomi recently brought in Toys for the bunnies and the Girl Scout troops are supplying hay rolls. Sarah brings in veggies – Great team.
Special position available: We need to add one additional SJ shelter Advocate soon. Coverage is needed on most any day of the week or on the weekend. We are open to all hours within the shelter’s schedule. Please call me if you can help. Just a few hours of your time can make a tremendous difference in the lives of these rabbits. 831 600-7479
Our thanks to the National House Rabbit Society for a grant they sent us. With these funds they are helping to support this recent rescue wave at San Jose and the Santa Cruz shelter rescue as well. With their help we have been able to purchase needed supply and set up fosters as well as care for all those we rescued from this shelter. PAWS of San Jose is also assisting with a few of our injured rabbits we rescued from San Jose.
Thank you to all of our private Haven donors as well for your care and support. It takes money to provide for all these rabbits. We want to do our best. Together, we were able to accomplish all of our goals for the last two large rescues from San Jose.
Special thanks are also due to Scott, Patrice, Kyomi, Ray, Jennifer and Sarah who provided essential transport to rescue at risk rabbits. Also Sue, Cynthia, Jennifer and Michelle who come in to rescue other small animals through the Haven Network. It truly takes a village of people to do what is needed to help the rabbits and other small animals from the San Jose shelter.
Finally, I want to express my appreciation to PAHS for allowing rabbits from this rescue area to receive lower cost spay neuter support. This allows us to save more rabbits and assist the community in this county. Fabulous program and people involved at PAHS.
Note: Hazel’s babies are oh so safe in foster care and Merida is also doing very well.
September 26, 2012
On 9-19 we received notification that the San Jose shelter had gone far over capacity and had no room for rabbits. They just received 17 new rabbits into their shelter in that week on top of a full shelter. They literally had one rabbit in a cage in the hall with no space.
They let us know that they had to have rescue or they would be forced to euthanize. They have two full back rooms and a full adoption area too.
We are doing all that we can. Now the Haven truly need help with rescues, 1-2 more shelter advocates to help our lead advocate Kyomi. We can use a nail trim person there to help all those back room bunnies.
We need others to join us to rescue 4 more rabbits immediately to save lives. You can help these rabbits live by rescuing, fostering or adopting. These rabbits are gorgeous! There are cute young Lops, Dutch, Hotots, Rex, dwarfs, NZ, and all colors. Many already spayed and neutered too.
We really hope that other members of the rescue community will come forward to help by taking in one of the rabbits from the San Jose shelter.
The SJ shelter is completely out of cage space. The Haven is also extremely full. We have been rescuing from San Jose heavily since 6-1 and also taking in those needing out from the Santa Cruz shelter that recently has a confiscation of 27 in one day. We cannot fit anymore cages into the small back rabbit rooms. That is not the answer anyway.
Select Any rabbit: At San Jose you may rescue any rabbit at the shelter- from the front or back rooms. I will send you photos of all as you wish. These rabbits are healthy.
Our gift to you for saving a bunny life! Spay or neuter certificates from Rabbit Haven are available to those of you who rescue those rabbits who Have not yet been s/n. (at Palo Alto or Four paws). Most on list are already s/n. Rabbit Haven can provide transport.
Please call right away, or email, & ask for photos. I will get you what you need. Have mercy on these little rabbits and help now. These rabbit have run out of time. Plus the public continues to dump more at the SJ shelter door.
Foster: If you can foster now is the time to speak up too- We have all the supplies you will need and plenty of support and an active adoption program. If you cannot rescue or adopt or foster, consider contributing to the spay neuter and rabbit supply funds. You may contribute via PayPal, or by check. Call with your ideas, solutions or questions: 11-11 M-F and Sunday at 831 600-7479. Do not sit by and let these loving rabbits perish. They all want to live so much.
Love, Auntie Heather