As a rescue, we often have animals dumped on us without warning. We have to drop what we are doing and immediately take care of very neglected, sick or injured animals. Usually the people that dump these animals on us do not have, or are not willing, to give us money. Of course, that is probably why they are really dumping it on us in the first place.
Honestly, it runs through our minds, too. Can we afford to save this helpless creature? Because, on average we spend $500 which we really can't afford to do. We always hope and pray there is a way to raise enough funds so we can continue on.
This is Rylee's story:
Late one night without any warning, we received a baby rabbit into our shelter. When we picked the bunny up to evaluate, we immediately saw her mouth was in horrible shape. Her bottom teeth were broken off at the gum line and the top teeth had grown curled into the roof of her mouth. She couldn't close her mouth, much less eat. We had to act fast...It was high risk to cut her top teeth but it had to be done. Once we did that she buried her face in a bowl of food for over an hour. She was also covered in fleas. We were fortunate to be able to get her into our dentist first thing in the morning. She had all 6 of her incisors removed. This is painful but necessary. Thankfully her molars actually looked really good.
Since domestic rabbits do not have to forage for food, they use their lips to pull food in, and chew with their molars. They can live normal lives and never have issues. We also treated her for the fleas. Rylee is a lucky bunny. We were able to provide medical care that gave her quality of life. She would have otherwise perished in a few weeks from starvation or no doubt an infection from her broken teeth. The procedure can only be done by an experienced specialist. It is expensive and there is usually a long wait for an appointment.
Please help us by donating, so we can continue to give bunnies like Rylee a second chance.