Jenniffer (jenniffer) wrote in reno_rabbits,

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...

This is the rescue from the road driving in:
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This is one row of the runs that they've built:
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This is a good view of one of the adult runs:
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Adult bunnies at the water dish:
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Recovery trailer:
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This is from inside the three baby bunny runs...looking at the other two. You can see some of the other vollunteer bunny snugglers:
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Part of the group of baby bunnies in the run I was in:
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Another shot of the babies:
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One of the little ones that kept following me around:
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Baby bunnies drinking (don't worry, they filled the water right after this:
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Bunnies snuggling from the wind:
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A beautiful little rex bunny....but his colours are so light you can hardly tell the difference:
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This little guy I snapped a shot of before petting him...I realized he was pretty sick and called one of the workers...the vet took a look at him, but he died while she was treating him. He was so cute though, I had to put his picture up...
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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!
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