February 9th, 2023
UPDATE on the Velveteen Fourteen! (Our fun name for the 14 rabbits rescued on Sunday).
Yesterday all 14 were seen by our incredible vet Dr. Benham at Animal Doctors Veterinary Clinic and are doing pretty well all things considered! We are so thankful to them for getting these bunnies in so quickly and getting them the treatment they needed.
Here is a rundown of what we found:
-The rabbit with the abscess had it drained - it was huge and very nasty but he is on antibiotics and will be monitored as it heals.
-One rabbit presented with a swollen tongue and is being given antibiotics and monitored. She will be given additional treatment as we figure things out with her.
-Head tilt bun is doing well, but we will need more testing on her to determine the cause.
-One female gave birth to a single live baby yesterday morning! (So technically the Velveteen Fourteen is actually Fifteen!)
- One female is VERY pregnant and will likely give birth soon!
-The other three females aren't obviously pregnant
-The boy with his nose torn will need surgery to remove the flap so that it doesn't get caught on anything or further injured.
-Every other bunny just has superficial wounds that should heal with time!
-NO MITES OR FLEAS!!! (This is hugely helpful!)
We know that is a lot of information, but we want to keep everyone in the loop because the support we have gotten is just incredible. The packages just keep coming and we are overwhelmed with how much people care about these sweet buns. THANK YOU from the tips of our ears to the bottom of our thumpers.
More updates will come as every bunny gets a name and continues treatment. We can't wait to introduce you to each one individually.
February 5th, 2023
RESCUE UPDATE: Earlier this week we started preparing for a large scale intake of possibly 20+ rabbits. Today, we were able to rescue those rabbits and we have both good and bad news. The good news is that while we were told to expect 20+ large breed rabbits, we actually got 14 rex mixes. And while 14 is a lot easier to manage than 20, the 5 females in that group are all on pregnancy watch, so 14 is only the current number.
The bad news is that these rabbits were living in very poor conditions and were obviously fighting as most of them are injured. There will need to be significant veterinary care for these sweet buns as they recover. One rabbit has a baseball size lump, another has head tilt, one male's nose was mostly torn off, and many others have large wounds.
Today they were sexed and separated, assessed on basic health, and were given much needed nail trims. That was plenty of stress so this evening we are leaving them alone to decompress as they are terrified and exhausted.
It is going to be a long road for these beautiful buns, but the future is bright! Thank you to everyone who donated supplies and money for these rabbit's veterinary care. A HUGE THANK YOU to our board members Erin and Jen for facilitating the rescue and braving rough conditions to make sure every rabbit was caught, and to Heaven, our amazing volunteer who helped to trim everyone's nails so they can be more comfortable.
We will give you more updates on this group as they receive names from our Patreon members, medical attention, and as we get to know them. It will be a few months before they are up for adoption, but if you are interested, keep an eye out on our page!