The Victoria SPCA is overflowing with bunnies after an owner surrendered 22 rabbits this week.
Through the B.C. SPCA’s Drive for Lives animal transfer program, the Victoria branch was able to move 13 of the rabbits to shelters in Port Alberni, Comox, Cowichan and Parksville.
“But we still have nine of the rabbits here in Victoria, as well as 13 bunnies who were already in care,” said Breanne Beckett, senior manager for Victoria SPCA.
She said the rabbits were given to the shelter after their owner wasn’t able to care for them.
“A member of the community came to us seeking help, and our staff have been working to ensure that all 22 bunnies receive the shelter, food and veterinary care they need,” Beckett said.
Beckett said the Victoria branch transferred several cats and dogs to nearby shelters to accommodate the rabbits.
“We are really focused on what the rabbits need to feel safe and happy, including keeping bonded pairs housed together, providing specialized diets and creating areas for exercise and play,” she said. “Currently, half of our dog kennels have been turned into rabbit enclosures.”
The SPCA is looking for foster homes for the bunnies to help with socialization while they await adoption.
It is also seeking donations to help cover costs of vaccinations, medical attention and spay or neuter surgeries.
To learn more about becoming a foster home, or to make a donation, contact the Victoria SPCA at 250-388-7722 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.