October 16, 2013: We are currently full, therefore, we are not accepting any new rabbits at this time. If you wish to surrender a rabbit you own or a rabbit that you have found, please contact the shelter in the county/city in which you found the rabbit. You may also try to local SPCA or other rescue groups, but unfortunately we have no space at the present time to take in any additional rabbits.
December 2011: Santa Cruz Area - Confiscation of 114 Rabbits
This rescue was largely handled by the local shelters in this area with the assistance of The Rabbit Haven; however, many other rescues pitched in and took rabbits from this confiscation so that they would not be euthanized. Leaps & Bounds Rabbit Rescue took 8 rabbits from this case in December 2011.
Snow Bunnies, March 2011
We were contacted by a local shelter that had confiscated three rabbits - two females and one male. These three rabbits were literally found on a pile of garbage that was coated with snow. They were in a metal pen on top of the pile with no food or water. Several days after the threesome came to the shelter, both of the girls gave birth to litters. Not all of the babies survived, but the mother named Faith had four surviving babies and the mother named Blossom had five surviving babies. Faith also took on another stray little rabbit as her own, and this little boy was about the same age and size of the rabbits from her litter. This rabbit was initially named Annie (think Orphan Annie), but since he turned out to be a boy, he was named Oliver. Of this batch of rabbits, all have now been adopted!
December 15, 2011 Update to Oroville, CA Rabbit Rescue from May 2010
Of the 9 rabbits mentioned below that Leaps & Bounds Rabbit Rescue took in, all nine (9) of these rabbits have been adopted - Penelope, Amber, Trooper, Ellis, Cyndi, Pooh, Noah, Daisy, and Joshua; however, Trooper was recently returned to us because his owner lost her housing. You may view a photo of Trooper under the Rabbits Available for Adoption tab, and you may view photos of the rabbits that have been adopted under the Adoption Successes tab.
OROVILLE, CA RABBIT RESCUE, MAY 2010 - 21 RABBITS
Some of the images on the below link may be disturbing due to the condition of these rabbits.
Link: Oroville Rabbit Rescue, 21 Rabbits
Disposition of the 21 Buns:
Thank you so much to everyone who assisted in the efforts to rescue these rabbits, and also for taking some of these rabbits in to your organizations to rehabilitate them and find them a new permanent and safe home!
The story of the Oroville rabbit rescue is a sad and all too common one. Leaps & Bounds Rabbit Rescue, Inc. was recently contacted by a well meaning individual who has rescued two rabbits about a year ago.
These rabbits were put in to a dilapidated bird aviary and the person tried to care for them to the best of their ability. All the while, the number of rabbits quickly increased, which is what happens when two rabbits of opposite sexes are not altered and are left together.
On May 9, 2010, Kim of Leaps & Bounds Rabbit Rescue, Inc. did an initial assessment of the site and the rabbits. The number of rabbits on site was estimated at 20, the living conditions were very poor, and the health of the rabbits was clearly at risk and in jeapordy. As you will see from the photos in the above link, many of the rabbits having severe hair loss, matting of the fur, possible eye issues, etc.
A decision was made to immediately move forward with rescuing the rabbits. Due to the number of rabbits involved, Leaps & Bounds Rabbit Rescue, Inc. asked other rescue groups and shelters for assistance. We were greatly relieved when several groups stepped forward including all of those listed above. Kim, Petra, and Marcy participated in Day 1 of the rabbit round-up. A special thank you is given to Marcy of SaveABunny who helped Kim and Petra of Leaps & Bounds with the actual capturing of 15 of the rabbits on May 13, 2010!
On a sadder note though, the first rabbit Marcy picked up had a baby stuck in the birth canal and Oroville does not have ANY rabbit resources. The closest vet is Dr. Dohner on the other side of Chico, which is approximately 45 minutes away. The rabbit, which was subsequently named Daisy, was taken to Dr. Dohner as soon as possible on Thursday. Dr. Dohner kept her overnight to stabilize and make her more comfortable, and she was scheduled for surgery the next day.
With a 15% discount, the estimate for her care came to $602.73, of which $205.00 had been donated by the end of the day on May 13, 2010. Since that time, we believe an additional $100.00 has been donated and the estimate for her care was lowered as she did not require as much veterinary care as Dr. Dohner initially thought might be necessary. Daisy was released from the veterinarians office on Friday, May 14, 2010, and she is currently resting and recovering in foster care. Once she is in a bit better health, she will be spayed.
Trooper, the nearly hairless rabbit in photo above, will require veterinary care for diagnoses of the cause of his hair loss. In fact, all of the rabbits rescued may need treatment for whatever is causing their hair loss.
The remainder of the rabbits, the final six (6) of them left on the property making up a total of 21 rabbits, were captured on May 14, 2010 by Kim.
Leaps & Bounds Rabbit Rescue retained nine (9) of the rabbits rescued including Daisy, Trooper, and Ellis, and several rescue groups took in the remainder of the 21 rabbits as outlined above. We have not yet named the other six (6) rabbits taken we have in foster care at this time, but all rabbits in our care will be spayed or neutered before becoming available for adoption. In fact, two spay surgeries have already been performed and two more surgeries are scheduled for May 17, 2010.
If you would like to make a donation for the nine (9) Oroville rabbits that Leaps & Bounds Rabbit Rescue has at this time, please visit our Donate or Shop! tab where you can make a donation via PayPal. You may also send a check if you would like, and our address can be found under the same tab. With nearly 40 rabbits under our care (counting the rabbits in our care prior to this Oroville rescue), donations are greatly appreciated as is volunteer assisance!
We are sure all of the other rescue groups and shelters involved could also use assistance, therefore, we are including their websites addresses above as well.
New photos will be posted as they become available on our Facebook page, which is located at:
PLEASE DON'T GIVE RABBITS (OR ANY OTHER PET) AS A GIFT!
Every year about this time people starting getting the idea that giving someone a pet for a gift is a good idea. It's not.
Trust us when we say this because we know first hand what happens when someone gets a rabbit (or any other animal for that matter) as a gift and they do not have the desire, time, ability, funds, etc. to care for the rabbit. Unfortanately, we get all too many calls from people wanting to surrender a pet given to them as a gift for all of the above reasons and we do not have the capacity for an unlimited number of rabbits.
More frequently than not, the rabbit will wind up as unwanted, at a shelter, or "set free" to fend for itself, which it cannot because it is not only a domestic animal, but also a prey animal. If you think someone might like a rabbit as a pet, ask them first and then let them go with you to pick it out!
Education regarding any animal is key to successful pet ownership - or what we like to call parenting. Also, please always consider adoption first and have your pets spayed or neutered by a qualified veterinarian who specialized in rabbit care.
Rabbits require specialized care so we always recommend that you choose a rabbit savvy veterinarian, and all of our rabbits that are available for adoption have already been spayed or neutered. Ask about if you would like a recommendation for a veterinarian.
Spay. Neuter. Adopt. It's that simple. It saves lives.
Update as of September 20, 2009:
We are SO HAPPY to report that all of the initial Rocklin Rabbits have now been adopted! Bandit, we will greatly miss you, but we are very glad that you now have a new permanent home!
Update as of February 19, 2009:
Leaps and Bounds Rabbit Rescue was called in to assist a local animal control agency with a case involving the seizure of rabbits at the start of this year. A Rocklin resident had a large number of rabbits in his backyard that needed to be rescued, and 18 of the rabbits were seized by law enforcement.
Leaps and Bounds Rabbit Rescue was able to obtain assistance from the Placer County SPCA who took in two of the rabbits for us - thank you Placer County SPCA!, Brambley Hedge Rabbit Rescue in Arizona who is taking in five of the rabbits for us - thank you Brambley Hedge Rabbit Rescue!, and we took in the remaining ten rabbits. Unfortunately, the remaining rabbit making up the initial 18 that were siezed did not survive.
Many of these rabbits were in good physical condition despite having a few cuts and scars from fighting; however, there were four rabbits with serious injuries and infections and they needed more extensive veterinary care. Almost all of the rabbits mentioned above needed medical care due to bites, fleas, infections, being out in the elements, and all of them needed to be spayed and neutered.
Leaps & Bounds Rabbit Rescue would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Sandra McRoberts of PetCare in Roseville, CA for her kind and caring assistance!
Leaps & Bounds Rabbit Rescue would like to extend a special thank you to the House Rabbit Society (www.rabbit.org) for their kind and caring financial support!
If you would like to donate towards the medical expenses of these rabbits, please send it to: Leaps & Bounds Rabbit Rescue, Inc., P.O. Box 466, Roseville, CA 95661, or you may make an online donation through Paypal using the Donate button.
We are happy to report that six of these rescued rabbits have already found their new permanent indoor home! A special thank you to our dedicated volunteers, in particular Kathryn, Adam, Andrea, and Jordan!
The photographs below show six of the rabbits that we have rescued so far and some of their injuries.
January 18, 2009: Seymour, the rabbit in the bottom left picture, has been adopted!
January 26, 2009: Josephine, the rabbit in the top left picture and her sister Isabella, have been adopted!
January 31, 2009: Nathan, the rabbit whose mouth wound is in the top center of the picture, and Clint, not shown have been adopted!
MOM AND NINE (9) BABIES!
Updated as of April 18, 2009:
Only Sasha remains with us at this time. All of Sasha's babies have been adopted to new permanent homes, and Howie and Gina were even adopted together as a bonded pair. Many of the others were adopted as a friend for another bunny!
Updated as of January 13, 2009:
In an unrelated case but from the same animal shelter, we also have a mom who just gave birth at the shelter on Sunday, January 4, 2009, to nine (yes, 9) babies. We have been fortunate enough to find temporary foster housing with SaveABunny for mom and her babies for approximately the next two months, but will need to find space for them after that time. Eight of of the nine babies survived.
Update as of January 14, 2009: We are told that the babies are already popping around like popcorn kernels, and that one actually popped out of the nesting box last night! They do grow fast!
Leaps & Bounds Rabbit Rescue would like to extend a special thank you to SaveABunny (www.saveabunny.org) who has graciously agreed to foster mom and babies for us for two months!
After the two months, mom and babies will come back to us, we will need to find foster space for them, we will need to have them spayed or neutered, and then we will be able to place them up for adoption. Given the large number of babies, the spaying and neutering fees alone will be quite costly and donations would be welcomed! If you would like to help with Sasha and her babies, please visit our Donate button for mailing or PayPal options - and thank you!
Here is mom, Sasha, and her babies:
OTHER HOMELESS RABBITS!
Updated: April 10, 2009:
In addition to the above rabbits, we still looking for assistance with housing (either temporary or permanent) for two rabbits. These rabbits are currently in foster care; however, the foster space is a bit full at the moment. We are now able to house 12 rabbits at the PETCO store located at 1917 Douglas Boulevard, Roseville, CA, thank you PETCO!, but with such a large amount of rabbits coming in at once we seriously need help with space and volunteers.
We are also looking for assistance with veterinary expenses as for the above rabbits. If you would like to help, please visit our Donate button for mailing or PayPal options - and thank you!
The following are key points of contact:
Telephone: (916) 78BUNNY (782-8669)
Host via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Kim via e-mail: email@example.com; or
Nola via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
WE ARE ALWAYS IN NEED OF ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEERS!
Thank you again!