Heartland Humane Society in Corvallis, Oregon is overrun with rabbits, having taken in as many in a few weeks as they usually do in a year. It started two weeks ago when a breeder brought in thirteen. She returned earlier this week with seven more.
Canda Fuqua reported the story in the Corvallis Gazette-Times:
On Wednesday, volunteers converted a cat room into a temporary rabbit room and some of the bunnies went to foster homes when two more unwanted rabbits showed up.
A volunteer discovered yet another surprise addition to the shelter’s small animal collection on Thursday. Diana Thompson, a member of the organization’s board of directors, was cleaning rabbit cages.
“I looked inside and there were about four or five little things less than the size of your pinky, all pink,” she said. “They haven’t even developed rabbit ears yet.”
Heartland Humane Society, one of only four shelters in the state that accepts small animals, is overrun with rabbits. Until staff can find them loving, permanent homes, they will settle for donations of supplies such as fresh vegetables and water bottles.
The six cages in the small animal room usually provide enough space for the shelter’s non-dog and cat population — rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and other pocket pets — but not since taking in 20 rabbits from the animal breeder.
“That’s a year’s worth of bunnies for us,” said Brittany Gardner, the Humane Society’s director of operations. “That’s pretty much what we’ll adopt out in one year, but it’s all at once. So it’s a little overwhelming.”
The good news, Gardner said, is that the animals are friendly and fit for adoption.
“They were really well taken care of, really clean and socialized,” she said.
The previous owner became overwhelmed when the rabbits did what they are known to do, Gardner said.
“She was breeding bunnies to sell to pet stores to make a profit, but they just procreate faster than people adopt them out,” Gardner said. “She ended up with a lot more than she wanted, and then some of them got loose and made some mistake bunnies.”
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Hoppington Post was unhappy to see the operations director of the Corvallis Humane Society quoted as saying that rabbits are low-maintenance pets that are confined to a cage. It has been our experience that rabbits often require a significant amount of maintenance, and that those house rabbits that spend a lot of time running free are much happier than ones kept in lonely cages.
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