Zooh Corner Rabbit Rescue, a 501(c)3 non-profit rabbit rescue organization, has operated out of the San Gabriel (California) Valley Humane Society shelter since 2003. A few weeks ago they were notified that they – and the homeless rabbits in their care – must vacate the shelter by May 31, 2011.
Zooh Corner pays for all food, bedding, and veterinary expenses for the rabbits in their care, as well as a fee towards utilities and trash removal. Management at the SGVHS intends to return to their original charter, which provided only for dogs and cats. (The San Gabriel Valley Humane Society – just like the Humane Society of Greater Dayton – exists solely on private donations and does not receive financial support from the Humane Society of the United States).
The space currently occupied by the shelter rabbits will be utilized for a new animal intake area. After May 31, 2011 the shelter will selectively house and adopt out only dogs and cats. Any surrendered or stray rabbits or other exotic small mammals brought to the shelter after that time will be kept at the shelter for a maximum three-day holding period only.
Says Kate Hays, volunteer board member for Zooh Corner: “Our top priority is to find safe placements for the rabbits currently at the shelter, as well as any additional rabbits taken in before May 31. After that date, it will be our direct goal to help get every rabbit that comes in to this shelter OUT of the shelter before the holding period expires. We are working to develop a network of rescues and additional foster homes to help us ensure the safety and well-being of all rabbits taken into this shelter both now and in the future.”
Zooh Corner is seeking foster and forever homes, volunteers to help drive or fly rabbits to other rescues, sanctuaries or distant forever/foster homes, and assistance with outreach and education efforts: spread the word.
Over 60 rabbits are currently under the protection of Zooh Corner, including fosters in private homes and the bunnies at the shelter; ZC also cares for sanctuary bunnies with medical or behavioral issues.
What you can do to help now
- ALL rabbits currently at the shelter (and any new arrivals) need to be placed before May 31st, 2011. If you can adopt or foster, please contact Cat (Alexandra) Logsdon, president Zooh Corner Rabbit Rescue at [email protected], or phone (909)576-8170.
- Drivers may be needed to take groups of rabbits to other rescues, sanctuaries or more distant forever-homes. If you are able to help, please contact Cat (Alexandra) Logsdon, president Zooh Corner Rabbit Rescue at [email protected], or phone (909)576-8170.
- Of course, donations are the means by which Zooh Corner provides food, shelter and medical care for these abandoned rabbits.
What you can do to help going forward
- Foster homes will be needed – please consider housing a bunny until permanent placement is found.
- Volunteers will be needed to provide daily care for rabbits at local PetCo and PetSmart stores in the San Gabriel area.
- Outreach/Education volunteers are needed for outreach days at local pet supply stores, as well as to give educational talks to schools, Girl Scouts, etc.
- Public Relations – public exposure for the bunnies and Zooh Corner is critical to getting more adoptions, fosters, volunteers and donations. If you have PR experience and wish to help, please contact Cat (Alexandra) Logsdon at [email protected], or phone (909)576-8170.
- Donate safely and securely using PayPal and go here to see just where your dollars will go.
If you can help in any way, or have questions, please contact Cat (Alexandra) Logsdon at [email protected], or phone (909)576-8170.
Zooh Corner is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all the rabbits currently in their care as well as future homeless rabbits, but they need your help. Zooh Corner is not abandoning their mission, but they need a network of rescues, stores and foster homes to help house these rabbits, and they need your help in increasing public awareness of this situation. Follow Zooh Corner on Facebook.
View the slideshow to see some of the rabbits being cared for by Zooh Corner (babies too!).
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