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Here's a sneak peek at this month's newsletter... Take a look back at 2020, learn about our efforts to rescue bunnies before outdoor colonies form, and read about cute bunny sisters searching for a loving home.
JANUARY 2021 NEWSLETTER 

2020 By The Numbers

2020 was a challenging year, but with the hard work of volunteers and support from our community, Rabbit Advocates had some record-breaking achievements! 
 
Found adoptive homes for 175 bunnies 
Newly rescued 150 bunnies 
Certified 40 new foster homes
 
We are hopeful for an even better 2021. And we hope you will be part of it! Read on to learn more about some of our current efforts and find out how you can get involved.

Rescue Team Dispatch: Preventing a Feral Rabbit Colony in Tigard

Nathaniel R rescuing Adaline from a crawl space.  
Adaline gave birth to a litter of babies shorty after being brought into safety.

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!

Adoptable Bunny Spotlight: Parsnip & Papaya

Adoptable sisters Parsnip and Papaya
Watch this video documenting the rescue of Parsnip & Papaya in September 2020. 
Parsnip & Papaya are an adorable bonded pair of sisters who were caught in SW Portland in 2020. The girls are currently available for adoption and can be found demonstrating their Olympian athleticism every day on Instragram @pdxbun. For more information about the Rabbit Advocates adoption process, please visit our website at: 
https://rabbitadvocates.org/adoptable-rabbits/adoption-faq/ 
Foster with RA!
Volunteer with RA!

About the Rabbit Advocates Newsletter

The newsletter contains the latest and greatest updates on Rabbit Advocates, as well as important information on issues concerning domestic rabbits in the Greater Portland and Vancouver Areas. 

The newsletter is prepared by the Rabbit Advocates Communications Team in partnership with the Board of Directors. Submit your newsletter ideas to communications@rabbitadvocates.org

Many thanks to Lori B, Nathaniel R, Victoria M, Tracy C, Nik H and Wu F for contributing to the January 2021 newsletter. 
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