Animals are such amazing, beautiful, intelligent creatures – whether we’re talking about dogs, bunnies, pigs, or sheep. I really do love and cherish them all, and my feelings towards these animals help to drive my veganism in every aspect of my life. I adopted a plant-based diet over a year ago, my bath products and cosmetics are all animal-free and not tested on animals, and I no longer have animal products in my wardrobe. I’ve even begun trapping and releasing bugs that find their way into my home! They are not my favorite creature in the world, but they deserve a chance as much as anything else.
Being vegan has allowed me to help end the suffering of almost 200 animals each year and that really makes me feel good about my choice. I’ve visited an animal sanctuary and was shown in person what the confines of factory-farmed animals look like. I’ve known for quite some time now that what I’m doing is the right decision for me and for the animals that I care so deeply about. But last night, I had an experience that made me realize I can be doing MORE to help those furry friends in need. Last night, I had the opportunity to ACTIVELY help to save an animal and it was an amazing experience!
I am the bunny slave to Patches, my quirky and plump broken Rex bun. When she came into my life last August, I had no idea how much she would open my eyes to the intelligence and capacity to feel that animals have. She has done more for me than I could ever do for her.
I am a part of a wonderful group on FB called International House Rabbits – a place where bunny moms and dads come together to share pictures, stories, advice, and general bunny info. The group is incredibly supportive and full of people that truly care about their buns. Yesterday, a member of the group (Erin) posted that her friend had spotted a domestic bunny running around in the streets/yards of Northeast Philadelphia. She was worried that something would happen to it, and wanted to capture it and give it a loving home. Her friend had no way to catch the scared little bun, and she asked for help. I’m not incredibly far away, so I offered to help if they needed.
I got a text last night saying that the bunny was out, so I packed a “rescue bag” with a carrier, a towel, some hay, fresh veggies and a banana to try to capture the little guy. I met up with Erin’s friend, and he went with me to find the baby bun. After a few attempts, some creative maneuvering from Erin’s friend, and some sneaky moves, I was able to throw a towel over the bunny and put it into my car to transport to Erin, the waiting bun mom! This skinny little thing was SO scared and cowered in the corner of the box that a neighbor had given us, so I decided to put the bunny in my lap for the trip. After a minute of so, the bun calmed down and even laid in my lap! It boggles my mind that someone would dump an adorable and defenseless domesticated bunny in Philadelphia – I truly hope that karma pays a visit to that person.
Thankfully, there are good people in the world, like Erin and her friend, that want to help animals and it was such an amazing experience to work with them to give this baby a good home. Even though my choice of lifestyle has allowed me to help animals somewhat passively, this was the first time I took an active, hands-on role in something like this – and it really made my heart happy. I now understand that, even though I’m choosing a cruelty-free lifestyle, there is still more to be done and more animals that need help.
I’m excited to say that I will be volunteering with TWO local bunny rescues/shelters in my area in the upcoming weeks: Luv-N-Bunns Rabbit Rescue and the Animal Coalition of Delaware County. I’ve reached out and have received responses from both, and I am really looking forward to using my free time to help spread the word about adopting vs. shopping, giving love to buns that need it, and helping bunnies in need to find great, loving homes.
Wild bunnies have a brown coat, sometimes with lighter and darker spots that resemble camouflage. Grey, white, or black buns (or any combination of those colors) are usually domesticated bunnies that have been dumped. Even though they are still rabbits, domesticated buns don’t stand a very good change of surviving out in the wild. If you spot a domesticated bunny in the wild, please contact your local rescue/shelter to help you.
If you would like to know more about life with a domestic bunny, please check out the House Rabbit Society’s page – they have articles and posts about everything imaginable, including rabbit-savvy vets around the country.
“Service to a just cause rewards the worker with more real happiness and satisfaction than any other venture of life.” ~Carrie Chapman Catt