A week outside meant that she had endured days of heavy rains, strong winds, almost freezing temperatures. She had survived the skulk of foxes living in the woods, and the coyotes that prowl the backyards and park in the dark, hungry and hunting for unattended pets. The many dogs running around off-leash. The un-collared cats that roam anywhere and everywhere.
We’ve seen the cars stealing along the streets in the dead of night; dogs and cats-and least one rabbit-tossed out of a hastily opened door before the car speeds away. It happens here all the time.
You never posted notices for your rabbit on the streets, in the newspaper, at the shelters or on the web. But for that perfect timing and sharp eyes of our staff, your little grey rabbit would have surely have died. By starvation or hypothermia if she was lucky. More likely, though, she would have been torn apart and devoured.
“portion of letter omitted due to strong views” to read the entire letter you will find it at; House Rabbit Society
Or perhaps you convinced yourself you were doing her a favor by dumping her; one little anonymous car ride, and your mistake of a pet would be free to live wild or else become someone else’s responsibility. you never once considered that a domestic rabbit isn’t remotely a wily wild one.
Your rabbit is my rabbit now. She she was malnourished, dehydrated, has scabbed over sore on her back, tears in the skin of her ears, an infected eye and according to the vet, urine burns on her bottom and back legs from being in too small of a cage that was not cleaned on a regular basis. I have paid her vet bills, I have taken her into my home. I’ve named her Georgie. And today, for the first time, she let me stroke her head. She stretched out her neck and rested her chin on the floor and closed her eyes as I ran my fingers along her fur, assuming a posture of tentative pleasure and trust that I bet you never once had the patience to see.
So the heck with you (modified from the original letter).
-Revised Edition – Anne-Marie & Becky
HRJ Vol. 5, No. 7, Winter/Spring 2011
If you want further information on rabbit adoption, what to do with wild/domestic rabbits that have been abandoned visit the House Rabbit Society.