I have already posted a little about going to the shelter and falling in love with the little lop eared boy I brougth home this weekend. They told me no one ever adopts them, no one lets them out for play time. They did tell me as long as they aren't sick they can live there forever. They do not spay/neuter before adoption. They "offer" the names of local vets or using a mobile vet clinic appt for spays/neuters. They do not allow people to foster the rabbits unless their 5 small cages are filled. I went last thursday and got to play with three and thats when i fell in love with the little guy I brought home. We talked about what food they are feeding them and they told me they feed whatever they can get. I took them a 10lb container of Purina rabbit chow and some hay. The rabbits are depressed. Its horribly obvious. I think I am gonna call tomorrow and see if I can come on a regular basis. They wont do any more volunteer training until June but I just want to play with the buns so I am hoping they will make an exception.
On a brighter note we went on sunday to a humane society in Columbus, about 1hr north of us. They are linked to their local chapter of the rabbit society. We got to spend the morning before they opened playing with the buns, passing out toys and learning how they operate. Its like night and day from ours! Their buns are fixed, they have awesome literature about the buns available and the rabbits were happy! They get fresh greens daily, fruit, unlimited hay, etc. They even have those little carpet squares in their houses.
We took the rabbits all junior slinkies, cat balls, TP rolls, treats from Bunny Bytes and then each a baggie treat (from the toy idea section). The rabbits were so impressed! lol And the rabbits have good sized homes out front so people can see them.
I am working with the rabbit society to see what we can do to bring our local shelter up to speed on rabbits. Part of me feels very guilty for not getting involved earlier but I had no idea they took in rabbits. I have been dealing closely with the columbus rabbit society so having their support will help a lot.