Sanctuary Rabbits

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mostly lops
Male

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. **see below, additional litter born

Please see this link for currently available rabbits seeking transfer to rescues: http://www.indianahrs.org/news-details.aspx?newsId=241

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

20APR2018 update:
Five more rabbits moved to IHRS, all males. French lop has urine scald and significant URI concerns. entropion, 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. Thank you Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic!!

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!!

01MAY2018 update:
Please see this link for currently available rabbits seeking transfer to rescues: http://www.indianahrs.org/news-details.aspx?newsId=241

To date eight adults have been placed in rescue, and two others plus a mom and litter are spoken for. There are five more males at the site we cannot intake until more rabbits move out. There are two single/altered adult females, a mom with babies, and a litter of babies (no mom) currently in IHRS foster care awaiting rescue placement.

05JUL2018 update:
Much activity since the last report here! As of 17JUN2018, ALL rabbits have been rescued from the original site. All adults have been altered except one nursing mom in our care and adults that were transferred to other rescues that will S/N upon weaning/medical clearance. Three neuters have occurred for bunnies from the litters that are now adolescents, remaining babies will be altered as they are old enough/vet has room in schedule. Multiple litters were prevented through segregation at the site, removal of rabbits from the site to rescue, and emergency spays. Estimated total number would have been 85 - 90 rabbits without these measures in April 2018.

A total of 49 rabbits were removed from the site. Two newborns died shortly after birth. Of the remaining 47 survivors (21 adults and 26 babies), 25 have been transferred to other rescues, 4 are pending transfer, and 18 remain in Indiana House Rabbit Society care awaiting transfer or adoption.

In addition to rescue/transport/housing/feeding and routine spay/neuter, costs were incurred for several rabbits who were treated for injuries from fighting, several treated for mites, and individual rabbits were examined, diagnosed, and/or treated for e. Cuniculi, syphilis, urine scald, anemia, heart murmur, entropion, abscesses, renal insufficiency, and neurological symptoms.

Please see this link for currently available rabbits seeking transfer to rescues: http://www.indianahrs.org/news-details.aspx?newsId=241

Contact amyd@indianahrs.org (Amy, Indiana House Rabbit Society) to assist in placing rabbits or providing support for S/N/veterinary costs and food. Thank you!

Public facing news page: http://www.indianahrs.org/news-details.aspx?newsId=240

View Greenfield rabbits 2018's full bio, including more photos!


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Holland Lop
Female
Age: 5 years 8 months
Weight: 3.5 lbs.

Helen is one of the rabbits from the 215+ Holland Lop/Lionhead confiscation of December 2013. She was confiscated because she was living in an unheated garage in fetid conditions.

Helen came into rescue very ill (February 2014). She had bilateral indolent corneal ulcers, which we worked extensively with a veterinary ophthalmologist to help them heal. She is now in a foster home where she is supervised to ensure that her healing remains on track.

Helen is a super sweet bunny who is active and curious. Her adopted family will need prior bunny experience. If you are interested in adopted Helen, you will be rewarded by earning her trust and watching her unfold like a blossom in your family. Helen will not likely be a lap bunny who loves lots of snuggles (many bunnies aren't), but she will express her love and appreciation for you in many, many other ways.

Are you ready to learn the language of Helen's love?

View Helen's full bio, including more photos!


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lionhead
Male
Age: 2 years 6 months
Weight: 4 lbs.

Little Nemo was lucky - he and several other rabbits were abandoned after 4H and left to die. Nemo made it and the police brought him to a southern Indiana shelter. When IHRS came to check on the bunnies, our volunteer found he had a crazy curly incisor sticking out of his mouth! Nemo is lucky this was discovered before it grew enough to block his eating; dental issues like this can lead to starvation.

Nemo had his offending tooth removed by an exotic veterinarian. We waited to see if the remaining incisors would line up, but they needed correction. But when Nemo went back for removal of the remaining incisors, the vet discovered he had an abnormal heart. Nemo is awaiting an ultrasound to determine what is going on.

As soon as we know what is ailing Nemo and hopefully fix it, he will be ready for adoption. He is a bit shy but curious about being indoors and pampered. Nemo enjoys living in the main part of the house and begging for treats when everyone walks by!

View Nemo's full bio, including more photos!


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Netherland Dwarf
Male
Age: 11 years
Weight: 5 lbs.

Oscar along with his bondmate, Emmy, were rescued from a municipal shelter when their time ran out after being residents for over 6 months. They were devoted to each other, though Emmy passed away earlier in 2016.

Oscar loves to be petted. He loves to explore and hide in cardboard boxes and chew them up.

Due to Oscar's age, he is listed as a sanctuary bunny with the rescue and will remain with us. But he would appreciate sponsorship/donations for his daily and veterinary care! If the right elderbunny girl came along we would consider placing Oscar with her.

View Oscar's full bio, including more photos!


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mini rex
Male
Age: 6 years 9 months
Weight: 5 lbs.

Hi. I'm Owen. I have a tattoo in my ear that says "Zin," but I don't like that name anymore. It reminds me of my past and since coming to IHRS, I am a new bunny!

I used to be in a tiny cage housed in bad conditions. When I was rescued, I was very sick and wasn't sure if I was going to make it. A team of donors, volunteers and vets rallied to support me and I pulled through! I'm neutered and on the mend, though as I write this, I still have some sniffles that I'm being treated for. I'm also on a special diet to help me continue to get and stay healthy and happy.

I'm very friendly and social. I love to be pet and am VERY interested in you and what you are doing. I'd be good with children (as long as they are careful of my fragile small body). I might even want a female mate some day. I have good litterbox habits and am quite tidy and non-destructive. I'm training to be a free-range bunny some day! Yay!

I will need someone with prior experience to keep a good eye on me and support me. I have a chronic respiratory condition that needs to be monitored and treated from time to time. This is a likely a life-long condition. IHRS is working with the best vets in the state to try to help me get rid of it and be fully healthy, but it hasn't been 100% successful despite valiant efforts.

Can I come home with you?

View Owen's full bio, including more photos!