Thursday, February 24, 2011

Spay/Neuter Means Rabbits Too

 Over the weekend, someone surrendered five 12-week-old rabbits to the shelter. They're sweet and flipping adorable, and they were well cared for, but why do you have five 12-week-old rabbits? Unless you are a professional breeder who knows what you're doing, no one has any business having five 12-week-old rabbits.
I understand it might not be that person's fault - pet stores sell pregnant rabbits, a friend gives you their rabbit for free and suddenly that rabbit multiplies.
It's just that it's so easy to stop this. Spaying and neutering your rabbits makes this 100% preventable, not to mention it extends their lifespan by years. And if you're too cheap to pay for the surgery, adopt a rabbit who's already had it done!
I don't know whose fault it is, but someone dropped the ball on spaying their rabbit, and now we have five more homeless rabbits. Bravo, whoever you are. Bravo.
Let's meet them, shall we?
This is Mac, the only boy in the whole group. He's a handsome blue-eyed devil, and while a little rowdy (he is still an unneutered teenager, after all), he's a pretty nice guy.
Callalily is just a movie star, look at her. I am such a sucker for black and white bunnies. You will also notice that she has one ear up, one ear down - this seems to be genetic, as they all have a tendency to do this, but only Calla and one of her sisters has it permanently. It's ridiculously cute.
Poppy is the other one with mismatched ears, and she is the sweetest thing. While a little shy and withdrawn, she's very gentle and easy to handle.
Petunia is the opposite of Poppy - she is incredibly outgoing, bold and confident. She has no problem sticking her nose into everything and is clearly the leader of the group. She also seems to be the identical twin of her brother Mac.
Rose is the shyest of the group, and she likes to complain. She thumped at me a few times, but it's just a show and really she's a timid little sweetheart. I'm sure her shyness will melt away with age, because I think she's just used to hiding behind her sisters.

So there we go - I always enjoy it when the Room's occupancy spikes with one surrender. Ah well, it was only a matter of time before we filled up.
Seriously people. Spay and neuter your rabbits.


selkie said...

they really are adorable! but yes, it is amazing the number of people who get TWO little animals (hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs or bunnies) then are shocked when they breed! Having said that, spaying and neutering rabbits is ridiculously expensive - I wish they had cheaper clinics for smaller animals as can be found for dogs and cats. When we ended up with a rescue rabbit (neighbours found her hopping around on a super busy street- obviously dumped and we ended up taking her) - I looked into it has I know they are social little creatures. Could not afford it - two kids in university, two in high school - in the end I got a guinea pig to keep her company and they were inseparable until she died last March break (we had had her for 7 years).

Frappy, the immortal guinea pig is still going strong mind you...

the good thing about the person 'dumping' those little rabbits is at least they brought them to you - so many people are like "oh, they can survive" and dump them outside...

Suzy said...

Well, if it helps you guys breathe a little easier, I adopted Daffy, now named Sofia. She now lives in a pen in my living room measuring 4'x4' that has a rug, litter box, hidey spots, tons of timothy hay and a front door.
She's doing well so far. She's actually quite curious and has been hopping about eating and tearing apart a paper towel tube.
I will take pictures for you when she's settled in.

Interesting side note, that blog entry you had put up some time ago about the fella that bought a snake for his six year old, that's my ex-boyfriend. It actually found a good home, thankfully. He never fed it and I had to take over care of it, despite the fact that I wasn't terribly fond of him (both the snake and the ex-boyfriend, ha!). It was an incredibly vicious snake. The person who took it in has experience dealing with snakes with bad temperment. Although, despite my best efforts over the last year to tame it, it just never worked so I don't have much hope that it will ever be tame.

andrea said...

Spay and neuter your rabbits for sure! Just so you know though these babies were actually born at a TAS shelter and have been in foster care since they were two hours old. The foster home was in regular touch (weekly from the time they were 6 weeks old) with TAS to see when the babies should come in - and was told after they reached a kilo in wieght - or they would have to wait to be spayed/neutered anyhow.(Which is FABULOUS - I am THRILLED by the progressive policies of TAS) When a spot opened up in your BEAUTIFUL room the babies were lucky enough to be welcomed with open arms. I offered to bring them in as pairs in order to not stress the room but I was asssured that all 5 were welcome.
I am glad to hear they are doing ok - I left a request to be told if there were any issues as my fosterlings are always back here if they need extra fostering or end up being unadoptable for any reason. I have a lead on a home for a pair that I am guiding through what's involved in rabbit care - so far I love them so expect to be sending them to the shelter soon! Thanks for the pictures - I'm missing them lots - especially Maybelline (your Poppy) she was a mumma's girl but maybe she's just missing home! (They all got make up names as one of our christmas guests thought they were all "made up" with eye liner etc .. Rose aka Marilyn was named for M. Munroe with herr beauty mark :) Looking forward to hearing about their adventures - though I must admit to hoping they are in homes fast .. thanks for loving on them and the fabulous pictures ;)

Laura HP said...

Hi Andrea,
The staff just told me today where these guys came from (yesterday the only info I got was "surrender", ha). Somewhere along the way it's a shame someone didn't spay their bunny, but I am glad that these little guys had such an awesome foster home! They were clearly well loved and well socialized, they're just fantastic! They were lucky to be so spoiled for their first few months. Poppy/Maybelline is a total sweetheart, and she had come out of her shell already today. It's quite a shock for them to arrive in the shelter, although they're playing and running around and don't seem too traumatized! I'm sure it won't take them long to find homes, and I will post here if anything changes. Thanks for taking such good care of them!

Hi Suzy,
THANK YOU for adopting her! Sofia is the perfect name for her! She arrived with the name Daffy but I never thought it suited her. Haha, I'm not surprised she's tearing up cardboard already. Looking forward to photos!
I'm very glad to hear the snake found a good home - hopefully that guy is able to calm him down a bit!

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