Denton rescue bunnies in need of foster homes
DENTON — A rabbit rescue organization is looking for foster homes for 20 bunnies, born since the domesticated rabbits were rescued from an abandoned Denton property earlier this year.
The bunnies are too young to spay or neuter and be adopted out to permanent homes, but the volunteers who had been fostering them are no longer able to do so. New foster homes are needed by the end of September.
Some of the adult rescue rabbits still are looking for permanent homes.
The bunnies in need of foster homes were at PetSmart in Easton Saturday, Sept. 22.
The outreach event was hosted by Eastern Shore Rabbit Rescue and Education Center, based in Rock Hall, which rescued the rabbits, in partnership with the Caroline County Humane Society.
At the event five baby rabbits were fostered. In addition to a chance for potential fosters to meet the bunnies, the event will feature a “Bunny Care Basics” seminar.
The ESRREC volunteers are hosting an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, for any interested foster families at 310 Central Avenue in Ridgely.
In May, the rabbit rescue, the only one of its kind on the Eastern Shore, got a call from the Caroline County Humane Society, whose animal control officer had responded to a call about several apparently domesticated rabbits wandering around a property’s back yard.
The rabbits had been abandoned by the property’s previous owner. Over the course of several days, the organization captured 20 rabbits, including some that were less than a month old.
Five of those captured rabbits were pregnant; their litters pushed the total number of rescued rabbits to 50.
To date, 16 of the rescued rabbits have been spayed or neutered, thanks to volunteers who have transported the rabbits to and from surgeries.
The surgeries for the bunnies born in May will happen between late October and mid-November, after which they will be fully adoptable through the Caroline County Humane Society.
The total cost to spay or neuter all 50 rabbits is estimated at about $5,000. ESRREC has been raising funds to help pay for it, and earlier this year it received a $1,000 grant from the Rabbit House Society, a national organization.
For more information about ESRREC, visit www.esrrec.org.
Eastern Shore Rabbit Rescue and Education Center is looking for foster homes for 20 bunnies that were born on an abandoned Denton property.