WHO ARE WE?
Diana's Rabbit Rescue was started in the early months of 2001. We had recently moved into a rural area on the high plains of Colorado. My husband was splitting firewood one day, and was startled by a small black animal that appeared between his feet. Thinking it must be the escape artist, ankle-biting part Scotty canine that belonged to the neighbors next door, he quickly took evasive action. It turned out to be a healthy solid black rabbit with one white foot. We were soon to discover many more domestic rabbits of all descriptions.
Neighborhood inquires resulted into finger pointing, but the theme was that they were children's 4-H rabbits given their "freedom". We also discovered an elderly couple with a single pen full of rabbits that were allowed to breed at will. We believe that they were a food source for this couple, and that some were "released" or "escaped" to prevent overcrowding. Shortly afterward we learned of a mean spirited neighbor that was shooting them for sport (illegally I might add).
Being the animal lovers that we are, we occasionally threw some lettuce and carrots out in the front yard as treats for the house rabbits that were running loose in the area. Before long, as soon as I pulled up in the driveway after work, the front yard would fill up with house rabbits. They would just sit there watching me go into the house, every once in a while nibble some grass and just hang out. As time went by, I would sit out in the yard after work, and these beautiful animals would gather around me eating grass and watch and investigate me. I soon became known as the neighborhood Pied Piper of Rabbits.
We rescued our first rabbit early in 2001. The poor thing was in the front yard, but could not move his back legs. We brought him in to try to make him comfortable, but, not knowing anything about rabbits at the time, he passed away shortly after we brought him in. It was a sore blow to us, and that's when we started our research into rabbits.
A couple months later, there were 3 more rabbits with hind leg paralysis. We had no clue what was causing this problem as there were no obvious signs of sores or attacks from predators, but we brought them in to try to take care of them. We hand watered them, fed them, restricted movement to allow healing, messaged their legs and backs, and with gentle therapy, all three recovered. That was the beginning of our rescue efforts. We've been helping bunnies ever since. We never did find out for sure the cause of the paralysis though we suspect it was a type of virus.
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Diana's Rabbit Rescue, P.O. Box 2, Eastlake, CO 80614
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