I have a few truly depressing and frustrating posts coming up, so I thought I should start with something more uplifting. And what's more uplifting than updates?
I think my favourite updates are on former foster babies. I love seeing an animal who was born homeless, with nothing, getting the chance to grow up in a loving home.
Do you remember Thelma, Louise and their little ratlings? Two years ago, we ended up with nine rat babies, who were raised in foster care by the amazing Grace. Two of them were adopted by a young man and his family, who also became small animal volunteers. They recently went out of town, so I ended up rat-sitting for them.It's amazing to see how big they've grown!
I also have a fabulous rabbit baby update. Remember Circe & her 7 kits? Circe was dumped on the streets and had to give birth under someone's porch.
Two of the boys in that litter, Achilles and Hercules, were adopted together to a wonderful home. They were renamed Oscar and Leroy, and I got an update right after they were adopted. Today I got another update, celebrating their almost-one-year-birthday!
Both of them are doing great. They had a check-up with the vet last month and are completely healthy. Only thing is that Oscar is a little on the chubby side. He's 6.5 pounds and Leroy is only 6 pounds!! Their personalities have changed a bit now that they're growing up. Oscar has taken over as the dominant bun, which doesn't bother Leroy at all. Leroy is a real sweetie and loves to be pet. He's also very active and loves to do binkies. Oscar loves to run circles around their room and then lie down for a long nap.
Now that the nice weather is here we're building them an outdoor pen so they can eat grass and nap in the sunshine. We've seen a hawk in our yard a few times so we have to make sure there's a roof and a nice secure shelter for them.
We love them very much!!
The last update for this post isn't a foster baby, but it's a great one nonetheless. Jellybean was a laid-back, sweet girl who was adopted once and then returned. It was no fault of hers or the adopters, it was just a bad match, but Jellybean was pretty depressed to be back. That's why I was so happy to hear that her second home is pretty much perfect!
We've discovered that she's a big suck for nose rubs and isn't shy about putting her nose into your hand whenever you come near. Although she's not terribly active - she spends a lot of time happily kicked out relaxing - she enjoys hopping in and out of the hutch and nudged out a hidy spot between the boxes underneath it.
So far so good, Jellybean is our big loving adorable bunny and we're so happy we adopted her.
I love updates! There's nothing better than seeing a homeless animal happily in a home. After a pretty disheartening week at the shelter, it's great to remember that some shelterees do have happily ever afters.