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Below are the 4 most recent journal entries recorded in Rescue Rabbits from Reno, Nevada's LiveJournal:

Saturday, April 15th, 2006
10:24 pm
For those of you keeping track, there was no update about the bunnies last week. I am sorry. I was sick, I think I had the flu, and was unable to go visit the bunns. Look for one next this week.
Friday, April 7th, 2006
11:39 pm
2nd day at the rescue
Today was my second day of volunteering for the rabbit rescue. it was almost all different people than the last time, with the exception of one or two. They'd built quite a few more runs and had things a little better organized. But I have to say my favorite part still is playing with all the babies.

I had pruned our apple tree this week, so I took all the pruning up with me as treats for the bunnies. They absolutely loved it, and it was a good way to earn some trust points with the adult rabbits. I also bought quite a few wicker baskets and wooden blocks for them to play with.

The rescue is working hard to get all the bunnies spayed and neutered, still more are being born every day. Though, now that they've been separated by sex for a few weeks that should stop soon.

I took some pictures of the newborns, I'll post them as well as many others.

It's amazing to see the bunnies warm up to people the more we sit and work with them. I spent quite a bit of time with the adult rabbits today trying to socialize them a bit more in hopes that they'll be adoptable too.

But I know what you're all here for...you want the pics, which I'll post by age...so without further ado I present

the newborns and infantsCollapse )

the babiesCollapse )

The adults!Collapse )

Anyway, that's all for now....don't forget to check out the Best Friend's web page and donate if you can!
Friday, March 31st, 2006
8:56 pm
First day at the rescue
I started my day with the rabbit rescue in Reno at about 11:00 this morning. As I drove up I could see the house, a trailer, and the 50 or so "runs" they've built for the bunnies. After pulling up and being introduced around to the 10 or so people working that day, I was paired off with Anne, a Best Buddies employee from Utah who is out to help with the rescue effort. This weekend they have vollunteer vets in from Missouri helping to spay and neuter. My day began with transfering recovering bunnies from dirty carriers to clean ones. This included spays, neuters, and treatment bunnies...most of whom are being treated for abssesses. Most of the adult bunnies I encountered and even some of the older babies have bite and tears on their ears, almost all of which are completely healed but have simply left scars and tears.

The team out from Utah has been working tirelessly, building shelters and separating boys fromt he girls. Every girl rabbit is being treated as if pregnant until proven otherwise. Nests can be found in most if not all of the adult runs. Any rabbits born at the rescue are left with their mothers because of the sheer amount of rabbit, they have a better chance of survival that way. Three of the runs contain baby rabbits found on the origional property who could not be matched up with mothers.

Each run at the rescue has 10 to 14 rabbits in it, except the baby runs which I wasn't told how many there were...but if I could guess I'd say it was probably 30ish. That's just a guess though, it could be less...they're fast little things.

After cleaning carriers I went out to socilize the motherless babies. The hope of the rescue is that the younger ones can be socilized and adopted out to people looking for house and or pet rabbits, where the older more feral ones will need to go to experianced rabbit owners who are willing to put in a lot of time and energy or who have the set up to let them be. The rescue is also adopting out groups of 10 to 15 feral bunnies for people willing to create a proper living arrangement on a larg property.

I got a few pictures while at the sanctuary that I'll put under a cut later for your ISP's sake...

I found that the younger the babies were, the more open they were to being cuddled, I even had one little bity one that followed me wherever I went...he was so cute and so tiny, it was all I could do not to put him in my pocket and take him home.

As they get old enough to tell, the babies are being sexed and separated, but the spay and nueter priority is for the adults right now. While I was at the rescue (until about 5:15) They'd done 6 or 7 spays and 4 or 5 neuters. Which is great for one day, but only took a small nibble out of the 1400 or so bunnies they have there.

Now that they're getting more settled, and getting the sexes separated and cared for, they've realized that the bunnies need play time too. Each run has some makeshift shelters and some have baskets or wooden houses in them, but that's about it aside from a large catbox full of water and a whole bunch of hay.

I told them I'd talk to every bunny owner I knew of to see if y'all knew of some inexpensive toys that can be made/bought...or how to make climbing structures and other such things that the bunnies may love. What have you created for your bun that they seem to love more than anything? The director of this project would like to have some ideas to tell the local people who are calling asking if they can bring anything.

Well now...onward to the pictures...
WARNING: picture intencive...14 of themCollapse )

Anyway....I'm kind of tired, it's been a long day...but it was nice being able to help and I'll for sure be going again on my next day off. In the mean time, like I said...if you have any good play time ideas for the buns please let me know so I can pass them on to the Rescue coordinators. Thanks!
Tuesday, March 28th, 2006
4:32 pm
Lack of Room for all the bunnies...
Here's the latest article from the Reno Gazette Journal on the Reno Rabbit rescue effort...

Rabbit rescuers run out of room
Group finds more than expected in Reno backyard
Posted: 3/28/2006

The Utah-based rescue group trying to save more than 1,000 rabbits from a backyard in southeast Reno has temporarily run out of room.

"There are a lot more bunnies than we even thought," Rebecca Preston, a leader of the effort, said Monday. "We had fencing for about 800. Now we're going to have to scramble and build more fences."

Rabbits were being transferred from the property near Reno-Tahoe International Airport to a 65 acre ranch in Lemmon Valley leased by Best Friends Animal Society of Kanab, Utah. The operation started last week and continued until 80 large cages were filled with 10 bunnies each.

"I think we are at capacity now," Preston said. "Now we just have to get more (cages)."

The rescue will resume when more cages are ready.

The society is removing rabbits from the one-acre property owned by Jackie Decker, who requested assistance from Best Friends. Decker said she'd been caring for rabbits for 28 years but became sick and couldn't deal with the large number of bunnies.

Preston estimates the society will end up with about 1,200 rabbits at the ranch.

"I would say there are 300 or 400 more," Preston said of the bunnies remaining on Decker's property. "It's hard to say. They hide."

The society, with 300,000 members worldwide, coordinated the rescue of about 7,000 animals in the Gulf Coast area after Hurricane Katrina.

Society administrators estimate the project will cost $500,000 to $1 million and said the rabbit transfer is the second-largest rescue in the organization's 14-year history.

"This is stretching us, staffwise," Preston said. "We still have people taking care of dogs and cats from Katrina."

The rabbits, which rescuers said were reproducing rapidly on Decker's property, are being spayed and neutered at the Lemmon Valley ranch.

The society operates a 30,000-acre animal sanctuary near Kanab. But Preston said Best Friends wants to see the bunnies adopted, not transferred to Utah.

"We've had 20 phone calls wanting to adopt," Preston said.
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