Northwest NEWS

October 26, 1998

Editorial

Group needs help to save and take care of rabbits

   I am writing on behalf of the 500-700 abandoned domestic rabbits living in the Overlake area of Redmond, between 148th Avenue and Highway 520.
  
   As the rabbit population increases in this area, they suffer from disease, predators, dangers of cars and loss of habitat due to development.
  
   The vast majority do not live to adulthood. In July the Redmond Rabbit Rescue Coalition was founded.
  
   It is comprised of the House Rabbit Society, The Humane Society for Seattle/King County and The Progressive Animal Welfare Society. Their goal is to humanely capture, temporarily house and provide medical treatment, spay or neuter and then release the rabbits into a secured sanctuary to live out their lives. In addition, the coalition will work with local government and businesses on an ongoing basis to prevent future dumping.
  
   Donations are needed and are tax-deductible. Please mark donations "Redmond Rabbit Rescue" and mail to The Humane Society for Seattle/King County, 13212 SE Eastgate Way. Bellevue, WA 98005.
  
   A wish list of materials may be found at www.houserabbit.org. Many volunteers are also needed to help with routine rabbit care, transportation to and from veterinarians and to pick up and deliver vegetables from local grocery stores.
  
   Training will be provided at The Humane Society in Bellevue; no previous experience is required.
  
   Food will be used as the primary enticement in the round-ups, and any other feeding will hinder rescue efforts.
  
   If you have a rabbit that you can longer keep, contact your local animal shelter. We must work together as a community to successfully relocate these rabbits and encourage owner relinquishment to humane shelters as an alternative to abandonment.
  
   Please give generously for the rabbits.
   Diane Venberg, volunteer