By Nathaniel Riggle, RA Rescue Team Co-Lead
Seldom are two rabbit rescue cases alike. Each presents its own unique situations and challenges. The Rescue Team relies on the reports of individuals in the community to carry out our work, and often what we expect to find turns out to be something altogether different.
This was the case in November 2020, when Rescue Team Co-Leads Lori Babcock and Nathaniel Riggle were dispatched to a rabbit abandonment call in Downtown Tigard. The employees of a dog boarding business contacted Rabbit Advocates about three domestic rabbits that showed up in their parking lot about 2-3 weeks prior. That same evening, we drove out and discovered two rabbits out in the open upon arrival. After speaking with the reporting person, we discovered that the two rabbits we initially observed were not part of the original three, but rather another bonded duo that was living on an adjacent property.
Thanks to the amazing help of Rabbit Advocates volunteers who worked around the clock over three days, we were able to rescue a total of five adult rabbits: three adult females and two adult males. Eight kits were subsequently born into RA’s care. Rescue Team volunteers carefully caught the adults, and then the Medical Team ensured that the bunnies all received the necessary care. With help from the Foster Team and Hay Team, the bunnies and their babies are all doing well. Needless to say, they are enjoying the indoor house rabbit life.
If Rabbit Advocates had not intervened when we did, this situation could easily have spiraled out of control, leading to a domestic rabbit colony of abandoned bunnies and their homeless children. Five adult rabbits can easily produce dozens of additional rabbits in a few short months. Stay tuned for next month’s newsletter for updates on the big Tigard rescue and an ongoing discussion of domesticated rabbit colonies and what we are doing to prevent them.
Now 2.5 months old, the Tigard babies are enjoying the items from RA’s Baby Bunny Wishlist on Amazon. Thank you for helping us care for the babies!