Holley’s Hopping Habitat is a rabbit rescue operated by Lou Ann Holley and her daughter, Daisy near Shreveport, Louisiana. In operation for two years, their organization has helped hundreds of rabbits find new homes. Their efforts were recently recognized by their local publication, the Shreveport Times in an article by Val Horvath Davidson. Here are some highlights;
According to Holley, many people buy rabbits without realizing how much time and effort it takes to care for them, and then sometimes neglect them or release them into the wild thinking they’ll be able to fend for themselves. Domesticated rabbits lack important survival skills and most likely don’t last long in the wild.
“They truly don’t have a voice,” Holley said. “Dogs and cats do. They have many advocates, but bunnies don’t. That makes me sad.”
Now Holley, who has a day job as a legal assistant, works tirelessly — and uses a lot of her own money — to provide assistance to rabbits that don’t have anywhere else to go. Instead of taking monetary donations, she lets people who want to help out do so by contributing food and other necessities for her furry friends.
Food, kennels, old newspapers, wicker baskets and even empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls are often needed. Due to their former living conditions, some bunnies require medical care when they’re first taken in, so Holley sees to it they get that.
There are a couple of individuals and families throughout the Shreveport-Bossier City area who regularly foster the rabbits to help the Holleys out.
Renee Collins, of Blanchard, has two bunnies: the first is Hershey, who she previously adopted from the Holley habitat and now uses as a 4-H Club show rabbit, and the other is June Bug, who she’s currently fostering.
“People don’t see rabbits like they see dogs and cats,” said Collins, who thinks it’s unfortunate so many people buy them, especially around Easter time, and then abandon them. “If you don’t want a 10-year commitment, you need to get a chocolate bunny or stuffed bunny for your kids instead. It’s important to educate people about what they’re getting into.”
To read the complete article, please go to: http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20140409/NEWS1302/304090008/Mother-daughter-open-rabbit-rescue?nclick_check=1
Hoppington Post would like to congratulate Lou Ann Holley, not only for her work in helping find adoptive homes for abandoned rabbits, but also for helping to spread the word and educate the local population about rabbits as pets and why they do not make good Easter gifts for children.