“Staying Strong in Rescue”, presentation by Debby Widolf at the House Rabbit Society’s National Conference in San Diego, 2017.
Hello, it is my hope that this talk will be helpful to those in animal rescue work, no matter what the species. You are welcome to share my talk as a learning tool. Thank you all in rescue and animal care and advocacy for your courage and dedication.
This is a memorial poster for “Frances”, a lovely rabbit that was recently dumped at one of Las Vegas, NV.’s dumping sites for abandoned domestic rabbits. The volunteers that come to feed, water and to help the seriously ill rabbits noticed her quickly as a newly dumped rabbit. Being a new bunny on the block of a dumpsite where hundreds of rabbits are competing for sparse resources is even more life threatening when the rabbit is not a part of the established colony. Frances was likely the last to get to eat the food left by volunteers. She would not have been allowed to join others in burrows or places of relative safety in a place where few sites exists. So many others in a strange unfriendly world competing for life.
Through the compassion of those doing their best to help the rabbits, Frances was brought to safety. She was weak, dehydrated, frightened and close to death. She tried to eat, live, but her body gave out and she left this world. Frances deserved so much better. We as the human species can do so much better. Please, help the rabbits and those that risk their hearts to help them.
Visit: Rusty and Friends: Vegas Dumpsite Rabbits on Facebook. To donate to the veterinarian care of the LV rabbits:
The dontdumprabbits.org billboard campaign has been a success! Since the campaigns beginning two years ago there has been one large billboard on I-15 and multiple digital billboards throughout the city of Las Vegas, most recent a ten week run prior to Easter. Thank you to all who believed and donated to the campaign. The billboard campaign is now completed. I am looking at plans to go forward with the goal to continue to help abandoned rabbits.
The dontdumprabbits.org website will stay active with news and resources, please continue to visit and contribute to the site by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org.
My rabbits highly recommend E.A.T. – Elliot’s Awesome Treats by Phyllis O’Beollain. All treats are hand picked from untreated fields and Phyllis’ organic garden and are naturally dried She can be contacted at her FaceBook page.
Just returned from a visit to Vancouver, BC, visiting Sorelle Campbell, founder of “Rabbitats”. I share her mission to have colony rabbits spayed/neutered and moving them to safe, “micro sanctuaries” to live in large groups. This recent article is about the sanctuary and shelter programs of Rabbitats. Great work Sorelle and all the volunteers!
“BUNFEST” is happening on September 17, 2016, sponsored by the Ohio House Rabbit Society Rescue in Columbus, Ohio. I attended this event a few years ago and I can testify that it is a great day filled with everything bunny and pretty wonderful people too. I will be giving a talk this year on “Staying Strong in Rescue”. Hope to see you there!
After twenty-eight months, start to finishing the brochure, my R.A.I.S.E art installation is complete. Now what? I am hoping to have the installation shown to benefit rabbits and educate people. The details about where, how to, who etc. will be worked out as inquiries and requests come in and we will see where it goes! Please help me share the work. Debby