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Humane Society for Southwest Washington rescues 94 rabbits, prepares them for new homes

Dozens soon to be available for adoption at east Vancouver shelter

By , Columbian staff writer
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A few of nearly 100 bunnies that were rescued from a local house and now reside at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington.
A few of nearly 100 bunnies that were rescued from a local house and now reside at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. (Photo contributed by the Humane Society for Southwest Washington) Photo Gallery

Nearly 100 bunnies will soon be available for adoption through the Humane Society for Southwest Washington after their owner surrendered them to Clark County Animal Control.

The Humane Society and animal control staff rescued 94 rabbits from a single house, and shelter staff are working to prepare them for adoption, according to a Monday news release. Staff estimates 15 bunnies will be spayed or neutered weekly and made available for adoption.

The rabbits are in good health, except for a few with minor injuries, the Humane Society said. Several also had upper respiratory infections that the shelter said are similar to the common cold.

The bunnies range in age from babies, including a litter that’s only a few days old, to adults, the news release states.

Shelter staff hustled to arrange supplies and housing for the group of rabbits that far exceeds the shelter’s typical capacity. Staff even secured a climate-controlled trailer to temporarily house many of the rescues, the Humane Society said.

“On a typical day, we can comfortably house 10-12 rabbits,” Humane Society President Andrea Bruno said in the news release. “Rescues of this scale are uncommon in our community, and always place a strain on resources and space. But we are committed to being here for the animals 365 days a year, and this case has pushed us to find some new solutions.”

Foster volunteers are currently housing 34 of the bunnies, while 60 of them are living at the shelter.

“Ordering supplies and finding space was only the beginning,” Bruno said in the news release. “The next steps in this process will take many weeks if not months. We’re fortunate to have amazing foster volunteers and skilled medical and animal care teams to care for the rabbits, and we’ll need the help of our community to find them new homes.”

The Humane Society said it anticipates offering promotions of reduced fees and fee waivers for adoptions beginning this weekend.

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