Pilots N Paws Canada, an organization that brings together volunteer pilots and animal rescues, launched its maiden voyage on June 11. The passengers? Special needs bunnies from Small Animal Rescue in Vancouver who needed transportation to their forever homes on Vancouver Island.
The flight was a success!
From the volunteers at Small Animal Rescue:
The **Bunnies have landed**A big thank you to Chris, PNP and Gini for making this possible.
We had been trying for quite awhile trying to find a way for these guys to get to their forever homes as they have special needs….so the least amount of time spent in transport, the better for them.
Tiny, one of the special bunnies who made it to his forever home thanks to Pilots N Paws.
Three rabbits from the Manitoulin Island mass rescue. Photo: Henry Stancu/Toronto Star
Over 200 rabbits were rescued from a home on Manitoulin Island, an island in Lake Huron in the province of Ontario. The Ontario SPCA, Rabbit Rescue, and other animal organizations rushed in to provide medical attention and find new homes for the bunnies.
The mass rescue is an enormous undertaking, and there are several ways you can help these organizations help the rabbits:
Donate financially – Costs from medical attention, food, housing, and other supplies quickly add up.
If you live in Ontario,
Volunteer to foster- Finding temporary homes for this many rabbits can be challenging.
Donate supplies – Donations of carriers, x-pens, neat idea cubes, food and other supplies are appreciated.
Adopt – Consider adoption if you can provide a forever home for any of these rabbits.
Johna Mennone with Beethoven at the North Georgia House Rabbit Society. Photo by Jon-Michael Sullivan, Marietta Daily Journal.
The North Georgia House Rabbit Society provides care for 25-30 rabbits in their shelter in Marietta, GA. In addition, a network of GHRS volunteers provide foster homes for up to 150 more rabbits. And these numbers increase every year after Easter, when people realize they aren’t prepared for the 10+ year commitment rabbit ownership can be.
An article in the Marietta Daily Journal describes how one North Georgia House Rabbit Society volunteer was introduced to rabbits and rabbit rescue:
“It was two years ago when Johna Mennone of Kennesaw kept seeing a grayish-brown rabbit in her yard. One day, when she threw it some vegetables, it did something suspicious: It came hopping to her.
“That’s when Mennone suspected she wasn’t dealing with any ordinary wild rabbit. In fact, as she latter learned, the bunny was domesticated and one of too many that rabbit advocates like the east Cobb-based Georgia House Rabbit Society say are abandoned around Easter.”
The funding comes at a time when the rabbit charity will need the extra support. Year after year, Easter marks a time when people purchase bunnies for their young children without fully understanding the responsibility and commitment of owning a rabbit. The majority of these impulse buys end up in shelters and rescues.
Rabbit Rescue Inc., a charity providing homes for abused/neglected rabbits in Ontario, has a chance to win a large grant. The rescue is entered an offshoot of Wind Mobile’s Best Conversation Ever contest called the Charity Challenge. Based on top votes, the first place charity will receive $50,000 and the five runners up will receive $10,000 each.
Phoenix receiving oxygen after suffering from smoke inhalation. Photo by Trish Johnson.
Earlier this week in Katy, TX, a house fire killed three women and left their 23 pet rabbits stranded. The flames didn’t reach the rabbits, who were caged on the back porch, but the bunnies did suffer from smoke inhalation. Animal rescue group Special Pals took the rabbits in and treated their respiratory ailments.
According to Yvonne David, Executive Director at Special Pals, “A fireman brought me one rabbit who did not appear to be breathing. I gave him CPR, and the EMS personnel supplied him with oxygen. All of sudden he ‘came to’ and started breathing on his own. We’re calling him Phoenix.”
All the rabbits are recovering and will be up for adoption soon. You can also help by donating fresh produce to Special Pals.
The House Rabbit Society of Missouri has recently taken into their care a rabbit named Easter. He was found by a man in his backyard and was seriously injured. Unfortunately Easter has needed major surgery, including the amputation of a back leg. According to the HRS of Missouri, Easter has a strong will to survive and sweet personality.
The surgery is quite expensive and the HRS of Missouri is seeking donations to help defray the cost.