We’ve received so many wonderful submissions for the Purina Veterinary Diets® Adopt-a-Pet.com $50,000 Veterinary Care Fund! We were 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 thought you would be too! So we’re sharing some of the submissions, and all of the recipients’ stories here on our Shelter Blog. Here’s how a $2,000 grant would (or, in the case of our recipients, WILL) change the life of a pet or pets in their care:
New Moon Rabbit Rescue
A $2000 grant would be a huge help to New Moon Rabbit Rescue. With
donations decreased significantly from previous years and demand for help
increasing by the day, we are more in need than ever.
Recently, we gave aid to an overwhelmed Montreal SPCA in transferring 7 of
their rabbits to our care, while only weeks later aided in an emergency situation
involving 200+ rabbits. Due to financial issues, we were only able to take 10 of
these rabbits in need. All 17 of these rabbits required spays and neuters, which
would total almost $4000. Unfortunately, this estimate does not include
treatment required by the “Manitoulin Ten.”
Over the past 5 years we have dedicated our resources to helping rabbits in
need in our area and beyond. The prospect of a $2000 grant excites us
tremendously; not only would it help pay for the rabbits already in New Moon’s
care, but also those still waiting for us!
Here are a few stories of some of the most special “New Moon Rabbits.” Please
help us help rabbits just like them now and in the future.
On the night of January 4, 2007, a New Zealand White mix rabbit was found at
the side of the road in a snow bank. New Moon Rabbit Rescue was contacted
and the rabbit, immediately named Rupert, was taken to our veterinary clinic.
When the veterinarian placed Rupert on the floor, she thought for sure he would
need to be euthanized. He was so weak he could barely move and appeared to
have back injuries. However, when she attempted look at his teeth, Rupert
bucked up like a regular bronco and showed her who was boss. Rupert had life
in him yet.
His hock sores were horrific on all four paws and his ears were severely infested
with mites. He could barely hold his ears up.
Rupert’s odour was noxious – a mixture of urine, feces, infection and general filth
that even caused some of his caregivers to break out in hives. The heat coming
from his festering wounds seemed almost enough to burn skin. He was
emaciated, weighing a mere 3.96 lbs. and had a heart murmur, which was later
attributed to anaemia. No one was sure if Rupert would make it.
He was treated for the ear mites that day and the rescue began treatment. He
ate everything in sight and started to gain weight rapidly. Rupert was in very high
spirits throughout his treatment and would “slither” across the couch with great
difficulty just to say hello. He often exerted all his energy to reach up and give a
kiss on the mouth or nose to his caregivers. Everyone knew Rupert was special.
Today, 4 years after his miraculous recovery, Rupert remains a happy,
affectionate boy. He is a rescue resident and “life of the party” at rescue events.
He moves around with ease and is thankful for every day he gets to experience
On March 12, 2008, New Moon Rabbit Rescue was contacted by a local high-
volume shelter with a request to take in a lop rabbit on “death row.” He had been
diagnosed with a simple eye infection that the shelter felt was too much for them
to handle. New Moon agreed and we were soon met with a challenge larger than
This adorable fawn lop, given the name Sawyer, was not eating on his own and
upon examination, it was determined that Sawyer’s eye was bulging terribly and
that he was likely suffering from an abscess behind the eye (retrobulbar
Sawyer was quickly scheduled for surgery. His veterinarian removed the molar
that had caused the infection in the tooth root, which in turn had formed the
abscess, but was not able to access the abscess from inside his mouth.
Unfortunately, Sawyer had to lose his eye as well. However, Sawyer came
through surgery with flying colours and began a long road to recovery.
Despite all precautions, including antibiotic beads implanted in the abscess
pocket and weekly penicillin injections, Sawyer’s abscess returned and he
required a second surgery. This would prove to be his last and was completely
Three years on, Sawyer is a happy and beautiful rabbit who receives more love
than he knows what to do with in his forever home. He remains healthy to this
day, has had no further dental or infection issues and copes well with having only
Sawyer’s treatment over a four month period exceeded $2700.
THOR AND THE MANITOULIN TEN
In June 2011, 200+ rabbits were seized from a very neglectful situation at a
Manitoulin Island area home.
On June 27, 2011, New Moon Rabbit Rescue received a group of 10 of these
rabbits: 7 male and 2 female Netherland Dwarfs and 1 male Holland Lop. All
required treatment for upper respiratory illnesses due to Pasteurella, and some
also required treatment for rabbit syphilis and abscesses. Most were covered in
wounds (some severe) and missing hair from fighting with other rabbits. All also
needed spays and neuters.
One beautiful little rabbit we named Thor had an extremely large and deep
abscess on his left foreleg. It wrapped around his entire leg, originating where
there had been an obvious wound on his outer elbow. A second abscess pocket
attached to the first was located on his rib cage. Needless to say, little Thor was
in excruciating pain and was unable and unwilling to use his leg.
Thankfully, within a few days, with antibiotic treatment (along with pain relievers),
Thor’s abscess began to drain on its own and he has now begun a long road to
recovery. His abscess has since continued to drain on its own with help from
Thor’s caregivers and we hope that he will be able to use his leg more in the
future. His veterinarian is now very optimistic that it will not need to be
amputated as was originally feared. Thor has also recently developed another
abscess on his gum.
The spays, neuters, ongoing care, abscess removals and treatment of the
“Manitoulin Ten” will easily exceed $3000.
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