By Leigh MunroAustralian Animal Protection SocietyHomeleigh Road, Keysborough, Ph: 9798 8415www.aaps.org.au firstname.lastname@example.org I’m pleased to report August was a good month for bunnyadoptions and only medical euthanasias. We haven’t hadmany bunnies in this month compared to July, and all theboys we’ve desexed I’ve managed to put together in thebunny area - no mean feat I can tell you! If you’ve ever triedto bond newly desexed and hormonal boys you’ll know howawesome and rare this is.We got a baby bunny surrendered to us just this week (onthe 27th) because he was given as a gift to keep the dogcompany, but the dog wanted to eat him. The bunny hadsomething on his fur that was irritating his skin. They didn'tnotice! I gave him a bath and the next day his skin wasalmost back to normal.Gembrook, featured in the last update, is still trying to loseweight so she can be desexed and go to her new home.She’s down to 4.4 kg from 5 kg so still has a way to go.Please give her "get less fat" vibes!Every month I stress out wondering if we’re going to getbunnies dumped from a breeder we’ve previously hadaround 80-90 bunnies from. His/her MO is to drop them offearly morning in the overnight pens, in banana boxes withfilthy hay, no food or water, and all the bunnies eitherneglected or with some major issue. I think we’ve only beenable to rehome a dozen or so of them. These were the lastbunnies we had to put down (not sure if pictures are clearto see how bad they were). There were others in the samelot who got put down (9 in total) because of ulcerated hocksand bad teeth (rex), bad teeth (white bunny- it's hard tosee, but he had a huge mouth abscess, definitely couldn'teat). We haven't had any for a few months so I hope that'sthe last of them.I'd like to share a picture of a real cutie who is up foradoption. His name is Ollie (above), and he wassurrendered for not getting along with another maleundesexed rabbit.The woman who surrendered him also had an entirefemale she was trying to bond with the remaining entiremale - she didn't even consider the female getting pregnantbecause they were siblings! She said she would bring inthe bunnies for desexing, but it hasn't happened yet, so I'msure we'll get the babies soon enough.A big thank you to Catherine and Michael, and also to Suewho donated $120 combined towards the rabbits. I gotsome very positive feedback after the last newsletter, sothank you to all those who emailed me. Words ofencouragement are very much appreciated!
31 August 2009 – update
Just when the dumping rates of bunnies was looking okayfor August, 15 rabbits were dumped in the overnight pensat the shelter. The security footage revealed who dumpedthem. It was a man, the time was 8:35pm and all rabbitswere left with no food or water. Unfortunately, theregistration number on the car wasn’t visible. One of thebunnies dumped was blind, one had a foot missing and badforelegs, one had severe head tilt, one had very bulgy eyesand one had a massive throat lump. There were about 6rexes, also lops and one giant chinchilla (the blind one) aswell as a couple of dwarves. We wish there was a happyending with these bunnies, but unfortunately there wasn’t.
Harry & Tiana
by StellaI thought you might like this photo of my bunnies. Theylove each other so much.They are very much free range bunnies. They live inside,but can go outside to a cat proofed area through a littlebunny flap.Harry is the white tipped one and Tiana is a grey brownbunny.I have learnt so much from my first experience withbunnies, that bunnies definitely need a friend.Harry is a desexed boy and Tiana a desexed girl. We gotthem from lovely Leigh’s animal shelter in Keysborough.