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Bunny World Foundation, Inc.: Petfinder 20th Anniversary Grant Report

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The money was used to pay our extraordinary vet bills. Some of them are mentioned in this video:

Bunny World Foundation is deeply honored to be a recipient of the 20th Anniversary Grant. The awarded funds were used to assist 200 bunnies rescued from [open-admission] shelters in Los Angeles City/County during the winter of 2016-2017. The project, made possible by the Petfinder Foundation, enabled us to continue our mission through April of 2017 and tackle many medical challenges related to the rabbits we rescued. Thanks to charitable Petfinder Foundation, together we continue to make a real difference for animals.

How many pets did this grant help?

Thirty special-needs rabbits!

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

In January 2017, we rescued Buttons (first and second photos), a 9-week old Netherland dwarf baby who had a broken leg, from East Valley Animal Shelter (Los Angeles Animal Services). The pin surgery was successful, his leg was saved, and Buttons is up for adoption now. Meet Buttons: Then there was Honey (third photo), whom we rescued a month later from the West Valley Animal shelter (LAAS) with a broken leg, which was also pinned and is healing nicely. Honey is not out of the woods yet, but at least there is no amputation on the horizon.

BokChoy was found by a Good Samaritan and surrendered to Bunny World Foundation. He was emaciated, in pain, and on the brink of death. Even the vet refused to do surgery on him due to his skeletal state. The BWF Bunny Lady took him in for a couple of weeks, syringe-fed him, stabilized him and got him to the point where surgery was possible. Unfortunately, BokChoy was not as lucky as Buttons and Honey and his leg needed to be amputated (fourth photo). He’s been hospitalized for over a month undergoing surgery and post-surgery treatment. Our vet complimented him on his tenacity and will to live. Dr. Roberts said: “I think BokChoy will do fine. He’s really tough and seems to already be hopping around pretty well.”

On March 18, 2017, a miracle happened: Four BWF foster buns got adopted into a loving household. All four were special-needs rabbits who needed medical attention. Three are still special-needs. Two are seniors. The bunny angels in human form who showed up at the BWF doorstep are Hunter and Lisa Thomas, a beautiful couple who only learned about the BWF mission last year and vowed to help any way they could. They headed over early one morning from Arizona to Los Angeles to spend an entire day with BWF and learn about their new family members. We at BWF have been crying happy tears ever since!

Of course BokChoy needed a bunny wife, and as destiny would have it, Miss Jane (with him in the sixth and seventh photos) fit the bill perfectly! They are having the most wonderful time enjoying the sunshine, space, fresh organic veggies, stimulating household and loving family! All’s well that ends well!

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