This page is a collection of information on a large rescue at a home in Greenfield, Indiana. (These are not sanctuary rabbits, the information is just posted on this page on our website to make it available for other rescues who may be able to assist in placing the rabbits)
At the time of IHRS involvement early April 2018, there are 21 adult rabbits, mostly lops, and three litters of approximately 20 babies.
A woman agreed to care for her terminally ill friend's three rabbits. The friend passed away, and the caretaker did not know how to care for rabbits. A year and a half later, the population has grown and intervention is needed. The goal is to place rabbits into rescue, ensuring spay/neuter for all. Local animal control in this rural county cannot handle this number of rabbits without significant rescue assistance.
Conditions are indoor and outdoor homemade and commercial pens/hutches, some rabbits living in groups of females, males are mostly single or in pairs. The yard/outbuilding where the rabbits are located is also home to many chickens. Rabbits have contact with chicken droppings and feed. Rabbits take turns (currently segregated by gender) running in and out of the building and the yard (no foliage left). IHRS is providing pellets and hay for the rabbits and first visited, gendering all adults, on 07APR2018. No obvious major medical issues on brief gendering-based exams other than the French lop who has eye wetness and a dirty tail area, urine scald; probably URI (or dental issue?) and inability to keep himself clean. Most rabbits are getting exercise time but those housed in the building have stagnant/dirty air and outdoor pens tend to have issues with rainwater ingress and general dirty floor conditions.
Several rabbits have torn ears. A few with URI symptoms.
Goal is to move out/place rabbits with rescue and spay/neuter before additional litters are born or babies grow to reproductive age, and before summer weather makes conditions harder for the rabbits. Our plan is once rabbits moved out of the location they will not return. The first six females moved to IHRS care on 18APR. First group for S/N tentatively scheduled in Indianapolis on 21APR2018.
Rabbits are listed by M for male or F for female with a number.
Adults: there are 11 males (9 are lops) and 10 females (8 are lops). Other than the original three rabbits, all rabbits are less than two years old.
Babies: three litters, reported as 8, 7, and 5 kits - IHRS volunteers did not count/gender the kits yet. Two of the litters are living with groups of adult females so the nursing mama is uncertain. Third litter is with mama only. Two litters reported to be born 19MAR2018; third litter was found in the yard after 07APR and is a similar age to the first two or slightly younger.
All rabbits are available for immediate transfer EXCEPT possibly the original three; all others are offspring of these three or offspring of offspring.
M1 black and white English Spot looking uppy eared male
M8 brown agouti French lop
F6 gray female mini lop
All others are available at this time. 15APR2018
Five more rabbits moved to IHRS, all males. French lop has urine scald and significant URI concerns and will get vet care. Other ten are targeted for S/N ASAP.
22APR2018: Ten rabbits (6 female, 4 male) were altered on 21APR2018 and are ready for placement.
23APR2018: Four altered rabbits moved to rescue! (Two male, two female) A mom and litter are now spoken for. But.... a litter of seven was born today, and another female is nesting. Today, IHRS took in a male who was in a fight and needs some first aid, as well as a mama with 7 babies (about 4-5 weeks old), a mama with 8 babies (about 4-5 weeks old), the mama who gave birth today to seven babies, and the potential mama who is nesting. We also did intake on five babies about 4-5 weeks old who are either the babies of the one who gave birth today or the one who is nesting. They are eating well on their own.
The good news is there are no more females at the site, so no more pregnancy!
Current status: Looking for homes for four altered females, two altered males, one unaltered male (should be neutered very soon), one uppy eared mom with 8 babies (4-5 weeks old), one gray minilop mom who gave birth today to 7, they all appear to be gray as well; one brown agouti helicopter ear mom who is nesting; five 4-5 week old orphans. Such cute babies!!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org (Amy, Indiana House Rabbit Society) to assist in placing rabbits or providing support for S/N costs and food. Thank you!
Public facing news page: http://www.indianahrs.org/news-details.aspx?newsId=240
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