The University of Victoria decided today that instead of maintaining a population of 200 rabbits on their campus, they will relocate all of them. To date, 823 rabbits have been relocated to sanctuaries in British Columbia and Texas. Currently, 50 rabbits remain on the grounds, and they will be relocated within the next few weeks. After March 1st, any rabbits who are abandoned on campus will be euthanized. Campus officials hope this policy will discourage people from irresponsibly dumping their pets.
Laura-Leah Shaw of the Responsible Animal Care Society (TRACS) has spearheaded the mission to relocate the feral rabbits who’d made UVic their home for years. She has personally driven vanloads of rabbits down to the Wild Rose Ranch in Texas and has taken out a $25,000 line of credit to fund the relocation project. If you would like to support TRACS, make a donation at their website.
For more information, see VicNews.com.