VIB Bunnies

You can assist through sponsorships or donations for any of our Very Important Bunnies (VIB)

 

More VIB Bunnies

Read about Lucy Lou, Loretta, Lia, Stevie, Indie, Buddy, Chloe, Dewdrop, Bobby, and Piro and the RIP bunnies.

 

No one is perfect - We have never come across a perfect human so why should we expect this of our pets. These Very Important Bunnies deserve a chance to live as creatures of this earth. We see no point in euthanising a happy bunny that is inquisitive and has quality of life because they may or may not require vet treatment into the future. We address vet costs associated with their existing conditions. We cannot do this without the generous support of the bunny community. You can be directly involved in assisting us by donating to the ongoing care of one of these VIB bunnies. Some VIB bunnies can be placed into permanent foster care with their new families and we assist with their vet care and support if and when needed. VIB bunnies can always come back to the orphanage if circumstances change and you are unable to care for them.

 

Lucy Lou January 2012

You can assist us to care for bunnies like Lucy Lou, through donations or sponsorships. Donations can be made through the Donate button on our site.

Lucy Lou is a silent little fighter and has overcome some difficult health issues. She developed weakness in her back legs, and her rescuer, concerned that she would be killed due to her health conditio, adopted her from another shelter to remove her from their system. Lucy Lou then came over to the orphanage where she is safe to recover under the excellent care of our rabbit savvy vets.. Soon after her arrival her condition progressed to headtilt. She is in a padded enclosure and had to be supported to be feed and provided with water as she could not balance herself. She has never lost her appetite and will let us know when she wants food by lifthing her little head up towards us. She will stay with us and be cared for at the Orphanage as she will require ongoing monitoring and care. Bunnies can live happily with headlitl as long as they can eat and drink and support themselves (even if they look tilted to us). They adjust to seeing the world this way.

2012 UPDATE: Lucy Lou is stable and can now support herself to eat. She live a happy life with her head tilt in the company of her little friend Darwin.

ONGOING MEDICAL CARE: YES

Loretta November 2011

You can assist us to care for bunnies like Loretta, through donations or sponsorships. Donations can be made through the Donate button on our site.

Loretta, is shy, and nervous but has gained confidence since her arrival. Loretta is five years old and has lived her life in a metal cage exposed to the elements. She was extremely nervous and and biting and was surrendered as the family was scared of her. She has settled down and is no longer biting. Loretta was desexed in November and a large mass was discovered in her uterus, a suspected cancer. Loretta will stay with us and be cared for at the Orphanage as she will require ongoing monitoring and care.

 

A big thankyou and lots of binkies to the generous hearted people who have donated towards Indie's care.

Karen Luczak and family $500

"In Loving Memory of Claude-Elizabeth Luczak (RIP)"

2012 UPDATE: Loretta requires xrays to monitor the cancer growth. At this time she is well in herself.

Special binkies to the the wonderful Ylva and her bunny Korvan who have welcomed Lia into their home permanently.

Lia September 2011

You can assist us to care for bunnies like Lia, through donations or sponsorships. Donations can be made through the Donate button on our site.

Lia is a beautiful, gentle and friendly cashmere lop. She came to us from one of the councils. Her fur was very matted when she was found - she has since been to the beauty parlor and is back to her georgeous self. She has a tendency to scan her head side to side which is enduring. Some bunnies do this to focus, however we are conducting tests to ensure that there are no other causes. Because she is a cashmere, she requires daily brushing to keep her lovely coat free from matts.

ONGOING MEDICAL CARE: YES

UPDATE: Lia has had a molar trim and is on ongoing medication, she has also recently had a haircut at the bunny vets to control her thick cashmere fur. RRO is assisting with ongoing medical care for Lia.

Special binkies to the the wonderful kind hearted Cassie and Keith and their bunny Harry, who welcomed Stevie into their home permanently.

Stevie July 2011

You can assist us to care for bunnies like Stevie, through donations or sponsorships. Donations can be made through the Donate button on our site.

Stevie is a pretty seal point who has recently suffered the lost of her bonded partner. She is well but has had a previous health issue that was successfully treated in the distant past, and this is why she is a VIB bunny. . Stevie has a slight head tilt, a result of a condition that was treated successfully and has not caused her any problems since. Head tilt is usually caused by EC or ear infection, both of which are treatable. EC is very common in rabbits and most rabbits will have an EC condition during their lives, which is often brought on by a level of stress.

ONGOING MEDICAL CARE: YES

2012 UPDATE: Stevie is well but being monitored for teeth issues. RRO is assisting with ongoing medical care for Stevie.

Indie May 2011

You can assist us to care for bunnies like Indie, through donations or sponsorships. Donations can be made through the Donate button on our site.

Indie was rescued from a shameful and neglectful environment. She and another bunny, Paris were from the same household and were left to be terrorised by children without any parental control. Concerned people encouraged the parents to surrender the bunnies so that they could receive appropriate care. Indie had front incisors that were malformed and long causing her pain and distress and not allowing her to eat properly. She was taken straight to the vet to have the front teeth trimmed temporarily. These front teeth will require further attention. She can lead a normal, happy life with no more problems.

ONGOING MEDICATION: NO

A big thankyou and lots of binkies to the generous hearted people who have donated towards Indie's care.

Anne Marie Ramsey $200

Jodie Kuriata $100

Cassie Peace $300

Special binkies to the wonderful kind hearted Carol and her family who are caring for Indie in their home permanently.

2012 UPDATE: Indie's front incisors and her front peg teethwere removed. She has recovered well and is eating and managing well without her front teeth. Carol and her family have welcomed Indie into their home permanently. RRO will assist with ongoing medical care for Indie.

 

Buddy May 2011

You can assist us to care for bunnies like Buddy, through donations or sponsorships. Donations can be made through the Donate button on our site.

Buddy was born in Jan 2009 and is a white/fawn seal point cross. Buddy was originally a rescued bunny and his carer was unable to look after him due to work which took her away from home often. Buddy was due to be surrendered to the orphanage in late April. A distressed call from his current owner and a visit to the vet confirmed that he had multiple teeth abscesses, and a bulging eye. Further investigation confirmed that he has an abscess behind the right eye and abscesses on each eye as well. We accepted him into the orphanage and have started his treatment and recovery. He is very friendly and loves a pat and is a very good patient and tolerates his treatment regime. He is a lovely gentle and inquisitive bunny.

ONGOING MEDICATION: YES

A big thankyou and lots of binkies to the generous hearted people who have donated towards Buddy's ongoing care.

Maria $500

 

2012 UPDATE: Buddy continues to deal with teeth absesses but is happy in himself.

Chloe 2011

You can assist us to care for bunnies like Chloe, through donations or sponsorships. Donations can be made through the Donate button on our site.

Chloe has had a rough start to her young life. Brought as a 6yr old's pet, Chloe began to nip as a fear response to being grabbed by the child. She was surrendered to a vet to be killed, as the child did not want her anymore. She was rescued and came to live at the orphanage at 4 months old. She has been limping and not putting weight on her back leg and this has required many visits to the vets to explore what is wrong.

ONGOING MEDICATION: NO

A big thankyou and lots of binkies to the generous hearted people who have donated towards Chloe's ongoing care.

Emma and Greg Allen-Clein $500

"In Loving Memory of Thumper Allen-Clein (RIP)"

Special binkies to the wonderful kind hearted Carol and her family who have welcomed Chloe into their home permanently.

2012 UPDATE: Chloe hs fully recovered and was adopted and continues to do well.

Dewdrop 2011

You can assist us to care for bunnies like Dewdrop, through donations or sponsorships. Donations can be made through the Donate button on our site.

Dewdrop is 11 months old. She is a lovely little girl who was diagnosed with a cyst on her neck. We will not know the extent of her condition and if it is an abscess or a cyst until she has her operation. We are hoping that it is operable with no further complications. Dewdrop is a lucky girl, the cyst was a tapeworm cyst, which was removed and she is recovering well from her ordeal.

ONGOING MEDICATION: NO

Special binkies to the the wonderful kind hearted Uma and Mario who have welcomed Dewdrop into their home permanently.

2012 UPDATE: Dewdrop has not had any further complications and is now ready for a special family to welcome her into their home. Dewdrop was adopted in early May 2011 and will be supported by the orphanage if needed..

Bobby 2010

You can assist us to care for bunnies like Bobby, through donations or sponsorships. Donations can be made through the Donate button on our site.

Bobby is 5yrs old and was surrendered when his owners relocated overseas. He is a house bunny and his life bunny partner died prior to his surrender. He is a sweet, gentle rabbit and finds comfort in his little lion and bear which he grooms continuously. When Bobby came to us he was a tubby teddy and also required extensive medical treatment and would have been euthanised at a regular shelter. We require assistance to cover his vet expenses which are teeth and eye related. He is in permanent foster care with Kylee and her family and her gorgeous bunny Rosie, who also loves Bobby. If you can assist, donations for Bobby can be made through the Donate button on the site. Bobby has been adopted and will be supported by the orphanage if needed.

A big thankyou and big binkies for the generous donations towards Bobby's care

Cathrin and Michael Plunkett $500

The Magnificent Mr Bernard (Boo) and Joanne Gallpen $500

 

Special binkies to the the wonderful kind hearted Kylie and her family and her bunny Rosie who have welcomed Bobby into their home permanently.

2012 PDATE: Bobby underwent further investigation for ongoing teeth issues as well as molar trims. He is on ongoing antibiotics and ontinues to be under vet care for his conditions. He is coping well.

Piro 2009

Piro is a high needs bunny and our first special needs rabbit.

You can assist us to care for bunnies like Bobby, through donations or sponsorships. Donations can be made through the Donate button on our site.

Piro is a beautiful, courageous harlequin bunny who is afflicted with headtilt. Piro first came into our care through another shelter, where he was one of two bunnies that survived after being dumped by a backyard breeder. He was a healthy and happy boy when he came into our foster care. The rest of his group were in such poor condition that they were euthanaised. The headtilt first surfaced after his girlfriend Bella died. He recovered on medication, but the condition returned after our move to Olinda. It is common for conditions to surface at times of stress. Piro has stabalised and leads a happy and contented life with his new girlfriend Coco. In severe headtilt cases the bunny can roll over and over and they cannot eat or drink, however Piro is stable most of the time and runs around (be it in circles) grooms Coco and mounts her at times and generally acts like any normal bunny. He is under the care on Dr Brendan Carmel at Warranwood Vets. DR Carmel is undertaking research on headtilt and is extremely pleased and amazed at Piro's progress. Headtilt bunnies can still lead quality lives.

MEDICATIONS: YES

 

Special binkies to the wonderful kind hearted Madonna, Cerile, their daughter Matisse and their bunny Coco who have taken Piro into their hearts and their home permanently. Piro is under their excellent care.

2012 UPDATE: Piro is under ongoing vet care and continues to be on daily medication. He is doing very well and races around his enclosure at a rate of knots. He loves his girl Coco and it is a joy to watch them grooming each other. Piro is very protective of his girl - tilted and all as he is, while. Coco also watches out for him.

Jezz RIP 2011.

We need to raise $800 to cover Jezz's care. If you can assist, donations can be made through the Donate button on our site.

Jezz was adopted from the orphanage in Jan 2011 and went home as a companion to another bunny. We have always suspected that due to his gentle nature, Jezz is prone to suffer from stress. With the stress of the bond and the girl bunny continuing to try to dominant the relationship, Jezz has developed a tooth abscess that has caused him to loose a substantial amount of weight. He was surrendered to the orphanage so that his health needs could be managed and remove him from the stressful situation in his new home. Jezz has a long way to go towards his recovery as he has dropped over one third of his weight.

ONGOING MEDICATION: YES

A big thankyou and lots of binkies to the generous hearted people who have donated towards Jezz's ongoing care.

Danielle Rath $700

UPDATE: Jezz has completed his treatment and his tooth abscess has gone down, and he is maintaining and slowly gaining weight. In August 2011 Jezz had aa relapse of his condition and he is under intense treatment with us. When he gets sick he can lose one third of his body weight within a few days.

On Sunday 28th August 2011 , Jezz lost his fight for life and died whilst in the care of Animal Emergency Centre. Jezz had a recurring condition of bloat over a two week period. He spent the last 3 days of his life in the care of the vets, who were unble to save him. RIP dear boy you were loved and are sadely missed..

Special binkies to the the wonderful kind hearted Cassie and Keith who welcomed Max and Fern into their home permanently.

Max (RIP) 2011

Max is 1.5yrs old and spent the first part of his life being called Mini, until he came to us and was identified as a boy. His previous owners gave him up after Max began to bite. Once his identity was sorted out, he met the lovely Fern at the orphanage, whom he just adores, and his desex and a quiet environment has seen an end to his antisocial behavior. Max has a displaced hip that would benefit from surgery. We require assistance to cover his vet expenses prior to his rehoming. In December 2010 Max was also identified as having teeth problems and a protruding eye. His hip surgery has been delayed while we concentrate on his more urgent condition. He had dental surgery early January 2011, which was followed by an eye removal recently. Max has had his eye removed and is making a good recovery. His eyelid was stitched closed and when he came home from the vet, Fern started to lick him to try to open his eye for him - it was very sweet. After a talk to her she stopped - bunnies are very smart. He is very good taking his medicine. His hip will be operated on when he has fully recovered from his eye surgery.

A big thankyou and lots of binkies to the generous hearted people who have donated towards Max's care.

Kerrie Cormack $300

Cassie Peace $1100

Greg & Anne Stanford $300

UPDATE on Max

On Wednesday 2nd March 2011 our courageous little boy died suddenly after a restless night. He was quiet in the evening and we administered pain relief to get him through the night. We gave him cuddles and checked on him hourly through the night. At 5am we saw him settled in his favorite place on the bottom shelf of the hall stand, we gave him a pat and he passed away soon after. Little Fern his girl, licked him. An autopsy showed that he had a ruptured gastric ulcer, undetectable until after his death. He was a courageous and special little boy and his spirit now runs free in the beautiful gardens of Rabbit Run. RIP little boy.

Myst (RIP) 2010

Myst was a courageous and beautiful spirit, that came to us in the mists of winter.

Myst came to us with his brother Alaska, they were both beautiful cashmere lops. The brothers spent the first 2 years of their young lives locked in a hutch in a garage. Myst has malocclusion, where his teeth looked like antelope antlers. He was taken to the vet and his teeth trimmed. Soon after this treatment we noticed that he had a lump near his back leg. He underwent surgery and to our horror he was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer and was given approximately 2 weeks. Myst was happy and lived with us free range showing no signs of distress. His only hope for survival was to undergo a new cancer treatment which was very successful in treating cats and dogs. He was the only bunny to receive the treatment and we watched and waited. In three days the cancer which was now the size of a coke can, had started to die and shrink.

Soon after Myst died suddenly in our arms. An autopsy showed that the treatment had worked, but the cancer had pierced an artery and as it receded, Myst suffered internal bleeding which took his life. RIP dear Myst.

Luke (RIP) 2010

Luke was a happy and cheeky young giant who struggled to stay alive.

Luke came to us for rehoming with his 8 siblings. Within a short time after rehoming him with his sister Lily, he developed a heart condition and came back to live at the orphanage with Lily who loved him dearly. We nursed Luke back to health a number of times over three months. Each time he lost more weight and became more frail. One day he would not take food and was rushed to the vet. He had complications and started to fade whilst at the vet. It was time for him to go and he was gently put to sleep. Lily mourned for him and was eventually rehomed as a single bunny, as no one could replace Luke in her eyes. RIP our brave Luke, you will always be remembered.

 

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