Den­ton res­cue bun­nies in need of fos­ter homes

Times-Record - - NEWS - By ABBY AN­DREWS aan­drews@car­o­line­times­record.com

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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Eastern Shore Rab­bit Res­cue and Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter is look­ing for fos­ter homes for 20 bun­nies that were born on an aban­doned Den­ton prop­erty.

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