Special Thanks to the Fur-Bearer Defenders for the Spay/Neuter Budget that has Made This Rescue Possible.
Please Support Them!
Thanks to the Pacific
National Exhibition, Tisol, Martin Mills/Little Friends, World Park Foto,
Arbutus West Animal Clinic, Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital, Little Paws
Animal Clinic, Carmina Gooch, Terry Roberge/Roberge Trucking, Jason Khaira, Cindy Howard, Best Friends Animal Society, Kathy & Michael
Dohnalek, Samantha and the Bunnz, Suzannah Daniel, Sharon Samuels, Lynn &
Darin Richie, Lorna Appleby, Jonine Lichtenwald, Event Star Services, Denise Quesnel, Angela
Cotter, Judy Yates, Danuta Rogula and Susan Slywchuk
with a special shout out to driving forces Susan Vickery, Laura-Leah Shaw and Roslyn Cassells.
Also thanks to Christina Keats, RAPS, Homefinders/Hillary Wilson, Amy Tran, Shannon Tucker, Lizzy Gregson, the Surrey SPCA, VOKRA, Katie’s Place, Meow Aid and many more lifesavers!
June 30th, 2011
Texas Troubles Mean Tough Times For UVic Bunnies
The 230 rabbits rescued from the University of Victoria campus in Victoria, BC, are facing tough times thanks to a fight with city hall. The rabbits are being housed at the Wild Rose Rescue Ranch in Whitehouse, Texas, which recently passed a new ordinance to limit the number of pets allowed within the city limits, where the 50-acre property resides.
The city did not have a problem with the rabbits, housed in large, secure pens, but wanted the ranch to reduce its population of dogs, horses and other animals. The owners have been forced into litigation over the matter.
The already-limited budget has consequently been drained by the costs.
The rescue organizers, TRACS For Texas Bound Bunnies in Westbank, BC, and the ranch managers are putting out a desperate plea for funds for rabbit food and hay.
Can you help?
To donate by cheque, please make the cheque out to TRACS and mail to this address:
The Responsible Animal
PO Box 26097, Westbank, BC, V4T 2G3
All donations over $5 are tax deductible.
Canadian donations can also be made using the ‘Donate’ button on the TRACS website:
US Donations, which are IRS-deductible, can be made directly to the Wild Rose Ranch:
P.O. Box 278
Whitehouse, Texas 75791
(903) 253-6147 or (903) 839-8948
Online donations can be made on their website.
We have come so far, thanks to donations from generous rabbit lovers. All totaled, over 900 rabbits have been handed over by trappers, spayed/neutered and transported to sanctuaries.
Now all we have to do is feed them!
pre-Easter Bunny Fest!
UVic Rabbit Rescue
YARD SALE and UVIC RABBIT RESCUE WRAP PARTY
Saturday, April 16th, 2011
11 AM to 3 PM
Tisol Pet Nutrition and Supply Store
3033 Grandview Highway
(near Renfrew on the Grandview Hwy in Vancouver)
It’s the Year of the Rabbit, almost Easter and a wrap for the UVic Rabbit Rescue!
A celebration is a must!
It’s the final goodbye for the last of the UVic bunnies who head to their new home in Washington State next week.
Come meet some UVic bunnies (or at least their offspring), giant Easter rabbits and other furry friends.
Bring your own pet rabbit! Dr. Uri Burstyn from the Arbutus West Animal Clinic will be conducting health checks (by donation) and the Right Touch Mobile Massage Chair will be on hand for the humans!
Yard sale items include bunny cards, art, crafts, posters, ornaments, fine china, stuffies and other toys, glassware, knickknacks, jewelry, kitchen items, small furnishings, electronics, books, CDs, DVDs and much much more!
Material on rabbit care, ‘Rabbitats’, rabbit advocacy and rabbit adoptions (manned by Homefinders) will also be available.
Thanks to the Fur-Bearer Defenders, Martin Little Friends Pet Food, the Arbutus West Animal Clinic, Tisol Nutrition and Supply, The Pacific National Exhibition, Staples, Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital, World Park Foto, Best Friends Animal Society, the Precious Life Animal Sanctuary, Kathy and Michael Dohnalek, EventStar Services and many many others!
It’s the final goodbye for the last of the UVic bunnies as 50 rescues head from the Pacific National Exhibition Fairgrounds in Vancouver to their new home at the Precious Life Animal Sanctuary in Sequim, Washington, Wednesday, April 20th.
The 50 remaining rabbits are the tail-end of a rescue effort that saved the lives of 902 of the 1000-plus abandoned pets or their feral offspring scheduled for extermination by the University of Victoria campus in Victoria, BC.. (One hundred and four were euthanized before the rescue began). Three different rescue groups represented sanctuaries in Washington State, Texas and Vancouver Island.
Precious Life Animals Sanctuary co-founder Ralph Turner will be the primary chauffeur for the final group, arriving early Wednesday morning to help the Vancouver-based rescuers load the bunnies up for the four-hour drive to Sequim. The rabbits will spend a day or two in a holding area on the property before being transferred into their new half-acre enclosure -- just in time for Easter!
The Canadian rabbits will be co-existing with bunnies rescued by the sanctuary in conjunction with the City of Seattle in 2008.
The UVic campus is now rabbit-free and the University will be destroying any new rabbits found on the grounds (in spite of the willingness of rescue groups to take them).
The campus rabbits are considered wildlife by the Ministry of the Environment and not eligible for adoption but their offspring born in captivity while awaiting rescue will be at the event and looking for homes and donations under the auspices of the Homefinders rescue group.
To help send them on their way, the UVic Rabbit Rescue group is having an Easter Bunny Fest Fundraiser Wrap Party and Yard Sale on Saturday, April 16th in the parking lot of the Tisol Pet Nutrition and Supply store at 3033 Grandview Highway in Vancouver from 11 AM to 3 PM.
The rescue group responsible for the UVic rabbits currently housed at the Pacific National Exhibition is proposing an alternative to the just-released University of Victoria Feral Rabbit Management Plan. The University amended its original plan on Thursday (January 20) which called for the campus to allow 200 rabbits to remain on the grounds after turning over the rest to rescue groups. They now say that all the bunnies will be cleared from the campus and any rabbits found there after February 28th will be euthanized.
Rabbitats Canada believes that the abandoned pets and their feral offspring can be safely, securely and happily housed in a number of small 'rabbitats' built in conjunction with animal shelters, pet rescues, institutions or on private land under the care of responsible citizens.
Rabbitats Canada is an association being formed by Sorelle Saidman, who runs the www.uvicrabbitrescue.com and currently holds a permit to possess and transport up to 160 rabbits to the Precious Life Animal Sanctuary in Sequim, Washington (www.preciouslifeanimalsanctuary.org), and Carmina Gooch of the Rabbit Advocacy Group of BC (www.rabbitadvocacy.com).
A ‘rabbitat’, based on a sanctuaries designed and built by Quan Myers of the Maine, USA-based Rabbitats For Humanity, can provide safe, affordable colony housing for anywhere from six to 60 sterilized rabbits. The designs vary but they all incorporate similar elements that make them 100% escape proof and 99% predator-proof and will be readily approved by the Ministry of the Environment and fall within the laws of the municipalities they are housed in.
The organization will also strive to educate new rabbit guardians on low maintenance and sustainable care.
The initial response to this proposal from people tentatively interested in housing small numbers of the rabbits has been strong.
Controlled rabbit populations can replace feral colonies.
Rabbitats Canada has entered the Pepsi Refresh Contest, which will be voted on by the public from now until the end of February. People wishing to support this idea can vote daily by visiting http://www.refresheverything.ca/rabbitatscanada
The full proposal can be seen here:
The full proposal can be seen here: