Hi! My name is Melissa Krawczyk and I have loved rabbits since I was a little girl. They are spunky, funny, full of personality and make wonderful house pets.
I met Jude Ferguson (Kribs for Kritters in Lake Elsinore, CA about two and a half years ago - when I adopted a young rabbit named Taffy that was born to one of the rescued bunnies she had in her care.
Please take a few minutes to contribute the cost of a coffee ☕ to this fund to spay & neuter & vaccinate the sweet foster rabbit family in my care - costs will be in the $1000 range for just these 6! That's all in addition to feeding them hay, food pellets, greens & housing them!
All funds will be given to Jude to take care of the rabbits in her care - food, supplies, medical needs, adoption and foster coordination, etc. I will pay any fundraiser fees.
Jude is a rabbit rescuer! She pours her whole being and her whole life into cleaning up after other people's mistakes: Buying rabbits on a whim - for kids, or because they are cute and fluffy - and then dumping them into parks or yards, or dropping them off at shelters, or surrendering them to shelters when they aren't "friendly" enough, or are too much work, or "my kid doesn't want to take care of it anymore" - for anyone who does dog or cat rescue work, these reasons sound familiar, don't they?
Domestic rabbits are not related to wild rabbits, and they don't have the skills to dig burrows to stay cool, to find sufficient food, to easily avoid predators and they have very little camouflage because of unique and often bright coloration.
Many of the bunnies that get dumped are not fixed - and you know the expression "breeding like rabbits"? Well, there is a reason for it. A female rabbit can get pregnant within days of giving birth, on average has 6 or 7 babies in a litter, and can have as many as 10 or 11 pregnancies a year as gestation is less than a month!
Jude currently has many rabbits in her care, and in foster homes, in her location in Lake Elsinore, CA! Jude does all this care with her own time, money and because of gifts of supplies, food and money to take care of them and lists her available bunnies for adoption on Petfinder .
But with more rabbits coming in every week, and adoptions continuing to drop, while owners continue to dump and surrender their animals, she can't keep up - really, no one can. (This is why I offered to foster a mom and her litter of 5 -so they can be socialized, and to free up space for other rabbits.)
Every rabbit up for adoption needs to be spayed or neutered - which requires significant funds, time, transport and care. Every rabbit ( or bonded pair) needs it's own sizeable indoor space, a constant supply of a LOT of fresh hay, food pellets, fresh greens and water, clean litterboxes (yes they can be potty trained!) and toys! Every rabbit needs the RHDV2 vaccination to protect from a lethal rabbit hemorrhagic disease that is now present around the US in the wild rabbit population.
Please join me in helping provide funds to help Jude continue to provide care for the rabbits that desperately need people like her. When I saw her last week, I could see the sadness in her eyes and hear the frustration in her voice when she talked about how they keep coming and coming and there's no way to save them all. That there's so little money to work with, and adoptions rates are flat or decreasing. When the rabbit rescues have no room, and fosters can't be found, then they end up in shelters, where the conditions are dismal compared to their needs, and the outcomes are very poor. Jude runs a no-kill rescue so the bunnies she houses stay with her until they have loving homes - and she screens owners and provides so much education about how to care for a happy and healthy rabbit.
Whether you can gift $5 or $500, you can help care for so many sweet bunnies, find them homes, and help spay and neuter to stop the cycle of more and more rabbits coming into need!
Please consider sponsoring the care of a few rabbits today, sharing this fundraiser, fostering a rabbit temporarily, or bringing one (or a bonded pair) into your home as long-lived pets!