January 8, 2014 - Congratulations to the Georgia House Rabbit Society, they are a $1,000 grant recipient from the 2013 Adopt-a-Pet.com Veterinary Care Fund! We are so moved by the amazing lengths rescues and shelters go to give homeless pets a chance at getting healthy so they can be adopted – and think you will be too! Here’s how this grant will change the life of a pet or pets in their care:
Georgia House Rabbit Society
“Please find below answers to the Adopt-a-Pet.com Veterinary Care Fund grant questions. Supporting photos are also attached. Please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions. We appreciate your time and attention.
Presently, GHRS spends between $1,200 and $1,500 per month on vet care. Our veterinarian gives us a generous discount, but bunny medical bills continue to make up an overwhelming percentage of our monthly expenses. With $1,000, GHRS could pay for almost a full month of vet care for all of the bunnies under our care. At $35 per neuter, we could neuter 35 bucks; at $65 per spay, 15 does could avoid pregnancy and the risk of developing cancer. We could heal painful malocclusion in three bunnies by safely removing their teeth ($350-400 per procedure; see photo of Russell.). We could clip 25 bunnies’ teeth and remove 25 wolf worms ($40 per procedure; see photo of Isabella.). We could get X-rays for 10 injured bunnies ($100 per X-ray) to ascertain any bone breakage or flush 25 bunny noses ($40 per procedure) to help clear up “snuffles” (upper respiratory infection. We could provide medication (such as Metacam, Baytril and Difloxacin) for the buns who beat the odds and survived surgery – and now need antibiotics to prevent infection.
As you can see, providing our buns with the medical care they deserve is expensive. We have excellent members and wonderful community support, but it takes an enormous effort to help save these precious little souls. We never skimp on medical care for any rabbit and with the generosity of grantors like Adopt-a-Pet, we will never have to.
I have attached four before-and-after picture series of some of the toughest warrior bunnies we’ve ever met. All of them faced terrible odds but pulled through and today are healthy, happy and loved. Details below:
Malibu: We suspect she was actually set on fire. Her skin was scalded and her fur burned off on a large percentage of her body. Little Mali has been through so much. She was in pain and terrified but she made it! We’re so proud of Malibu and so happy she made her way to us!
Zazzle: Zazzle was found pregnant and limping with a broken leg in a grocery store parking lot. A compassionate soul brought her to us. With love and fast vet attention, she delivered five healthy baby buns and her leg healed very nicely. She had to wear a little pink cast for a while!
Mayflower: Poor Mayflower was so infested with mites she could not see or hear. Her fur had been slowly eaten away and her eyes and ears had become crusted over. It took some time, but our wonderful vet, Dr. Colby, helped nurse her back to health. Just look what a beautiful rabbit was underneath!
Marshmallow: Snow-white Marshmallow was dumped at a shelter that didn’t have the knowledge or resources to care for rabbits. His genitals were dangerously swollen and inflamed and his eyes were so crusted with mites he was nearly blind. When GHRS became aware of his presence at the shelter (from a photo on the shelter’s Facebook page) on a Saturday night, one of our volunteers tracked down the on-duty animal control officer, convinced him to let her in, and administered First Aid to the bunny. The next morning, he went straight to the vet. Look how lovely he is now!
If you require further information or materials, please let me know. We appreciate your time and attention and look forward to hearing from you soon.
Save the bunnies,
To learn more about Purina’s support of animal welfare organizations around the U.S., and to see if you are eligible, visit www.purinashelterchampions.com