I recently helped eights neglected rabbits which are kept as school pets. As a rabbit owner myself, after I learnt this news from my neighbours, I decided to pay a visit to the school to check out their condition.
To my horror, the living condition was unfavourable as they were kept outdoor with dirty environment. Under sunny days, they were exposed to sun, and when stormy days, the roofs were leaking and they were all wet. They were not provided with proper food bowl or water bottle but the pellets were thrown on the dirty floor. And thus, their poo and pee were mixed with the pellets, which were then eaten by the bunnies.
They were also fed with alot fresh carrots and fruits everyday, but this is not encouraged as excessive fresh vege could lead to diarrhea. Besides, their shelter was not cleaned frequently, and there were smelly urine and poo everywhere. Flies were there everywhere, and shared the same vege as the bunnies.
After seeing this, I visited the shelter every week, just to help clean the shelter, and throw away any rotten vege. I helped to bath them as well, as they were stinky with pee and urine stains. I knew rabbits did not need bathing in common condition, but because of the very dirty condition and possibility of mites, i decided to bath them with warm water and dried them properly after bathing.
Of course, I knew that this was not enough to improve their living conditon. Try to imagine, they were going to continue in this state for the following years ? The school still wanted to keep them, but failed to maintain their shelter and give them proper care and love. So, I decided to care for them as much as I can.
Recently, one of the female rabbit gave birth to four bunnies, which all were died within a week. I tried to feed them with milk powder, but bcs the mother was too young and never knew to breastfeed the small babies. After this incident, I quickly bought two cages to separate the matured female rabbits among the others, as I scared there would be more small bunnies.
However, the condition was still not improved. Their pee and poo were seen anywhere. Two days ago, one of the rabbit was injured. I smelled something wrong as he was hiding at a dark corner, and kept licking his fur. Then only I realised he was bited by others and the wound was bleeding and very big. I quickly rushed him to see vet, and the vet said is already infected and need to do a small operation to stitch back the wound. I brought him back to my home, as he needed to be separated from others rabbit and take medicine everyday for two weeks.
I also continued to buy five cages for the remaining rabbits, together with the accessories such as food bowl, water bottle and soft mat for them. I think it is better to keep them in cage and litter train them before letting them all out together. This also prevent any breeding as they are not sterilised yet. I also helped to clean the shelter so that it is clean and they can roam free without pee strains.
There are more that I would like to do. I noticed some rabbits developed sore hocks as they were kept in clement floor, and stepped on their urine. I suspected one of the rabbit has legs problems, as his legs were crippled, and he could not clean himself properly or move around freely. I plan to bring them for medical checkup and continue treatment or surgery as necessary to cure their sore hocks or splayed legs problems. However, the medical bills are definitely one of the major issues i faced.
Therefore, I am appealing to all animal lovers and everybody who is able to donate, for help in constructing a better home for the rabbits and funding their medical bills. I couldnt continue in helping them without your help. Even $1 will make a difference.
Thank you in advance for your help and support!