The Rabbit Haven Silicon Valley Rescue
Update: February 22, 2017

Silicon Valley rescue summary:

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The Rabbit Haven was alerted to a large hoarder dump at a Silicon Valley Shelter in the eve on Feb 5th. 29 rabbits and 9 guinea pigs had been dropped off at one of our shelters. The shelter was already almost full with rabbits and other small animals, so 38 additional animals truly stretched the space limits for this shelter. Our Haven advocacy team for this shelter went into action immediately to assist with their overload. We offered greens, brought in extra food and offered to pick up supplies as needed. We assessed the need and went to work.

Advocates organized and set schedules to be able to help get these rabbits evaluated, photographed, and the care they needed. Then a plan was set in place to move them out of the shelter to safety in foster sites. Thank you to Sarah Camp (advocate lead) and Rita, Kelly, Ivy, Liesbeth, Meredith, Kyomi, Raymond and Ray M for all of your help in this rescue.

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Shelter medical staff pulled together, evaluated and identified those rabbits they felt were adoptable. Those who were not adoptable based on the shelter standards became our focus. Even adoptable rabbits were added into our rescue list due to space concerns. 19 rabbits were our priority and those given review or end dates received even higher priority.

Next, we sent in staff to evaluate all the rabbits and make sure there were veggies, food and water. All along the advocacy team also worked another room full of rabbits (the shelter existing rabbit population) to come in and exercise, evaluate and groom.

Our grooming team was sent out to offer help. Vicki and James took care of all grooming for the new rabbits. Ray and Kyomi went out to do evaluations, and physical/emotional status and documented all with id numbers and initial photos. Ray M went out to take photos which we maintained in Google docs for ease of reference for the three main people involved in their rescue.

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The shelter vets then spayed and neutered many rabbits in both the rescue group and in the general population. (That really helped.) The shelter was able to adopt out some rabbits this way.

Our Haven admin/placement team set about to rescue and place rabbits in need. The guinea pigs were placed. There were two groups that offered to take all of them. HSSV came through first. We made these arrangements and that reduced the numbers right away. Next we took out 12 rabbits, taking them into foster and then some were transferred on to trusted nonprofit rescues. Thank you to our transport team members (Rita and family, Sarah, Ray M, Ray/Kyomi O, James W, Ian, and Adam). They made these long transport trips to great rescue/foster sites. Many of these rabbits have already been adopted!

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House Rabbit Society worked in partnership with us and formally rescued 3 at risk rabbits direct from the shelter. Other rescues and shelters that offered space in their foster systems included Leaps & Bounds, OAS, PAAS, PCSPCA, and SSPCA.

Over the next two weeks The Rabbit Haven took out a combined 25 rabbits from both the existing rabbit population and the new rescue rabbit group. The shelter was also able to adopt out 7! At this point the entire shelter has only 8 rabbits left for adoption (including just a few from the initial 29 rescue group, all in-house rabbits, and new additions post rescue). This puts the shelter back in a normal operating range.

Love to everyone involved and thank you to our donors who helped with support along the way, gifts on Amazon to help set up fosters and cash donations too. Assessment: Ray O and Kyomi, Pictures - Ray O, Ray M, Rita. Transport: Ray M, Rita & her husband, Sarah, Ray/Kyomi and James. Shelter Adoption Support: Meredith, Kelly, Ivy, Angie, Sarah. Gift bags: Cynthia and family. Hay rolls by Ray M, Food donation by Kathy C, cash donations by our awesome Haven donors. Together you helped these rabbits make it through a very tough time.

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Thank you so much everyone. This was a labor of love. It was well worth the effort to have so many placed in loving homes. From a hoarding situation, to shelter, then to their own forever homes is a beautiful outcome. The few left at the shelter can be easily managed and the crisis is over.

On the last day in this rescue we took in Carisma, Elliot and then Maelee and her babies. Maelee in on Facebook already with her charming little babies. At the end of the SV rescue The Rabbit Haven secured space for 25 rabbits and 9 guinea pigs. A happy beginning for so many. This rescue is held in honor of Ophelia and Sunshine. Next, we move on to assist the Monterey SPCA who just took in a large group of confiscated animals including 15 rabbits.

Update: February 16, 2017
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Hello bunny friends,
Only 7 of us rabbits remain from the big rescue who need help at the silicon valley shelter. We each want and deserve a special home. Will you please help us? The Haven has detailed info about all of us, just ask. Email Heather at or call 831 239-7119 11am to 11 PM - We need your help! Two of us have end dates of the 18th and the 20th. The Rabbit Haven will transport - Please call right away.
Love to you -The shelter bunnies

Call now 831 239-7119 Email director@!

February 5, 2017

Rescue, Foster and Donations urgently needed to cover expenses, exams, spay and neuter for 29 rabbits

A local shelter we work with just took in 29 rabbits! This is on top of a full shelter with rabbit on the needs rescue list. In addition at the same time 9 guinea pigs were dropped off. We also rescue guinea pigs. Cavy house just picked up 9 others last week and now this. We are overfull.

The rabbits are a combination of lops, rexes, hotot mixes and gold or black dutch mix bunnies in a variety of sizes and breeds. All are so precious. They are all so scared, yet friendly and eager to get clean, warm and to eat. They were so hungry. Imagine just being brought in boxes and dumped at a shelter! They ate nonstop as soon as they were given food tonight. Poor babies.

The Rabbit Haven sent out our first assessment team to evaluate each rabbit's sex status, to check for injuries, new mothers, pregnancies, and to gather weights and other health data. Nail trims and grooming will begin soon as well.

We need to bring hay, pellets, and additional dishes the shelter right away. It is shocking to have this herd of animals dumped on this small shelter. We will need to work fast to get them all out and into proper rescues and foster sites. Watch for the individual photo and updates soon.

Call Heather at 831 600-7479 or 831 239-7119 if you can help. Call 11 AM to 8 PM M-F or email Want to donate hay, food, or toys? These sites can take donations directly:

  • For Other Living Things, 1261 S Mary Avenue in Sunnyvale (408-739-6785)
  • PetPals, 36600 Soquel Drive in Santa Cruz (831-464-8775)
  • Scotts Valley Feed, 5470 Scotts Valley Dr in Scotts Valley (831-438-3194)

Call us and we can arrange a pick up. Thank you for helping these rabbits! They need your love.

Interested in fostering to save a life? We provide all the set up, you provide the love and support. Please help us get these bunnies to safety. Last but not least we need funds to help these rabbits. They will need veterinary care, spay and neuter surgeries, transport and foster set ups. If you would like to donate to support these bunnies, please use The Haven's PayPal account online or donate by check.

Thank you for helping and please consider rescue or foster. We will post more info as we learn more about the situation. I hope to hear from you soon.
Auntie Heather
831 600-7479 831 239-7119

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