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Mrs. Corn finally rests at the Rabbit Sanctuary.
It was late in the afternoon when the Rabbit Sanctuary received the call. An 80-year-old woman had just caught a little white, female bunny under the deck of her trailer. She had located the owners, who said they had put the bunny outside because they were allergic to her.
Marcia Corn, the bunny’s rescuer, knew she had to bring the bunny indoors; neighbors’ dogs had already killed some cats and several small goats kept penned on a vacant lot. She didn’t know much about rabbits, but she knew this was an awful thing to do to such a small, defenseless bunny.
Mrs. Corn is an animal lover who was already caring for stray cats she had taken in over the years. While she knew she couldn’t keep the bunny permanently, she’d read about the Rabbit Sanctuary through a local animal welfare periodical, Critter Magazine. and brought the bunny inside. The bunny, only a few months old, was promptly named in honor of her kind savior, Mrs. Corn.
As with all bunnies new to the sanctuary, Mrs. Corn stayed in the health care building awaiting her spay surgery. Mrs. Corn must not have been on her own for too long as she was in good health. She did need to get on a proper diet, however. Commercial pellets, likely what her previous caretakers were providing for her, are cheap and easy food, but they should be given in small amounts only, secondary to good, fresh hay and greens.
Mrs. Corn’s favorite place to "hang out" was the bottom shelf of a large work table, a safe, secure spot where she could watch everything going on. After recuperating from her surgery, Mrs. Corn’s was welcomed into her permanent home, where she resides with her companion, Ro. Here they will live out their lives in a natural environment.
Allergies are listed among the top reasons why pets are relinquished, and because rabbits, like cats, are profecient self-cleaners, there is a good liklihood that allergens will be released into the air as part of that process.
Allergy sufferers are sometimes directed by their physicians to get rid of their pet as a fool-proof way to reduce the symptoms; however, it is important to not react hastily and first reduce all inputs that may trigger allergies. Relinguishing your pet should be the very last step, and it is never humane to let a companion animal loose in the wild. If you cannot find a suitable living arrangement, contact your local humane society or animal shelter, which provide the best opportunity to adopt out your bunny. And if anyone in your family has allergies, make sure to get tested for pet allerties before adopting a pet.
Learn more about what you can do if you are allergic to pets and download a free brochure offered by The Humane Society of the United States.
posted January 16, 2007