In all honesty, North never took many small animals and they weren't very successful at adopting them, despite some excellent efforts by a few staff. Still, this development means there are only two shelters in the entire city that are open admissions for small animals - East region, and us.
A couple of weeks ago, we got 14 rabbits from a hoarder. The staff asked me about the foster situation, and I said we could keep six. We ended up keeping five.
When I asked why, the staff member shook her head. "We only got 5 out of that bunch. They were in terrible condition - teeth growing out of their mouths and everything. This one kind of went after me, but he's really cute and he was good for the vet, so we saved him - maybe it was just stress."
So we kept five out of fourteen.
Almost all of them are Netherland Dwarves (or Netherland mixes), so they are incredibly tiny with itty bitty ears. Blackjack here is staying with another foster home. He is a sweet boy although a little shy.
This tiny little scruff is the one who 'went after' the staff on the first day. It wasn't just stress. Poe is a territorial little bugger. He also fits in one hand, and he has beautiful colouring although his coat's a mess and good nutrition is doing a slow job of clearing it up.
It's not really his fault. From what I understand, he lived in a tiny cage on his own, probably for most of his life. It's not surprising he's territorial. Hell, it's more surprising they're not all territorial.
Part of me asks why I'm bothering to try and fix this guy when there are rabbits being turned away at the door. Why spend the time to calm this one down when there are perfectly nice rabbits who don't get the chance to find a home? But for whatever reason, I'm trying. I think there's a nice rabbit in there somewhere - once you get him out of the pen, he really likes to give kisses. As long as you don't upset him, which is ridiculously easy to do. We'll see what happens.
All five of these guys are still in foster care. Abeline and the delightful Poe are at my house for the long-run, Raven is also at my house but hopefully leaving soon (?), Blackjack is at another foster home and Boris is living the sweet life with Grace.
I think my posts are becoming gradually more gloomy and negative, but the Room feels like a pressure cooker these days. It's meant for on average, 6-8 rabbits, but these days we regularly have over 15. Who knows when these guys will get a chance to find a home?