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16 March 2011


Case 2

Tim's left foot burst 3 times and the vet advices us to schedule a operation for him.

Before Operation

After Operation

One of the toes was amputated and the huge lump was removed on 11 March 11. The wound is healing well and Tim is more active without the "burden". He is doing well and will be able to discharge from the clinic this friday. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Case 3

Chester (below left) and Bessie had recovered from scabies after 4 weeks of treatment. They are sterilised and quite malnourished at the moment. The sibling are fostered at our volunteer's house now.

19 February 2011

By Betty Tan

The start of the Year of the Rabbit has been rough for HRSS. Since the start of the Rabbit year, we had responded to more than 10 cases of abandoned rabbits.

Our latest 3 cases are as follows:

Case 1 - Marlon

Marlon, a handsome black lionhead cross boy, was picked up from a rescuer from Marsiling on the 3rd day of the Chinese New Year holiday. He had been packed into a carton box and left outside the HDB flat of the rescuer with scribbling on the box that the rabbit was abandoned and picked up by them. The previous “rescuers” had named this sweet boy Mafia, which seemed like a cruel joke as he has been the one being bullied by the real mafias. We renamed him after the actor in the classic movie, The Godfather, and hope one day he could help us punish all the irresponsible owners who abandoned their rabbit. Marlon, however, turned out to be a peace loving boy who enjoys attention. Apart from suffering from fur mites, he is in good health and will be ready for adoption once he has been sterilized and litter trained.

Case 2 - Tim & Don

Tim & Don, 2 local breed boys were rescued from a Chinese temple in the central part of Singapore on 15 Feb, following an urgent email from one of our members. The 2 boys were spotted hopping around out in the open. Further checks by our volunteers revealed that they had been abandoned at the temple by their previous owners and had been seeking refuge at the temple.

Don the grey rabbit was in generally fine condition but his friend, Tim, the brown rabbit, was in terrible shape.

A huge lump/abscess (the size of a table tennis ball) was growing from Tim’s left foot, a similar lump, although much smaller but looks equally painful, was spotted on his right spot as well. It was a heartbreaking sight for all of us and we wondered how much discomfort and pain he must have felt having to stand on this big lump every day. The vet has advised us to beef him up before we consider surgery. He is also estimated to be a senior rabbit, but despite the condition, he appears to be bright and was very cooperate with the vet. Both rabbits are now safely being cared by our volunteers.

Case 3 – Bessie & Chester

Bessie & Chester, 2 young white local albino rabbits, were rescued from Hougang on Feb 18.

They had been abandoned in their cage with together with the box of all their pellets, shampoo, bedding etc by their owner. Bessie (girl) and Chester (boy) were both suffering from a serious case of scabies. We were pretty sure that was the reason why they were abandoned. The 2 rabbits were sent to our vet for immediate treatment.

It will take at least 4 weeks of treatment for their scabies, and they will be boarded with our vet during this time.

HRSS is seeking generous contributions to help us defray the medical/boarding and daily expenses of these rabbits and foster home to care for them.

If you would like to help HRSS, you may do so in the following ways:

1. Donation:

Please make cheque payable to House Rabbit Society (Singapore) and mail it to HRSS, Toa Payoh Central Post Office, PO Box 108, Singapore 913104.

Funds Transfer
Bank Name: OCBC Bank / Branch Code: 7339/ 611 (Toa Payoh Central branch) Account Number: 611-322-363-001

Please send an email to betty@hrss.net Subject: “For Jan & Feb 2011 Appeal” to advise the mode of payment so that we can look out for it.

2. Foster Home:

Fosterers need to be able to foster for at least 6 months. Foster parent needs to have space for playpen housing setup. Please consult your family and household members prior to contacting us. Things to expect: Twice feedings daily, daily cleaning of litterbox (as these girls are not sterilized and littertrained yet, foster parent must be prepared for possible pee and poo outside of the litterbox). Litter-training will be guided by our fostering offficer.

Please contact us at betty@hrss.net for more details if you are able to foster any of our rabbits.

Thank you.


Note from HRSS:

Abandoning a rabbit or "setting it free" to the wild is a death sentence. It is a misconception that rabbits are able to survive and thrive well in areas where there is ample grass or in large grassy fields. Domesticated pet rabbits have lost their natural instincts to survive on their own.

A RABBIT IS FOR LIFE. Rabbits should NEVER be obtained on impulse or as gifts for children or friends. Unfortunately, animal shelters and rescue organizations rarely have openings for animals given up after their owners have lost interest or they no longer have no time for them. There are a very limited number of people willing to foster rabbits. Sadly, there are always a lot more people wanting to give up their rabbits than people who want to adopt one.

Relinquishing your rabbit through abandonment is also a poor lesson for children about assuming and following through on responsibility. Surely they deserve a better role model.

When surrendering a pet to a shelter, do visit this link and consider the points.

Animal abandonment is a crime and punishable by law in Singapore.

Please be responsible and we can all help put a stop to the suffering abandoned rabbits like The Three Musketeers have endured.

If you are no longer able to take care of your rabbits, consider the following options instead of choosing abandonment:

- Place an ad in a newspaper's pet section. Be sure to screen any potential adopters to ensure the rabbit is going to a safe home.

- Place flyers with the rabbit's picture at veterinarian's offices, pet supply stores and on other community bulletin boards that feature pets up for adoption.

- Ask your friends and family for help

If you are interested to adopt our rabbits and give them a Home for Life, please visit our adoption gallery or contact us.

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