Rescued Indiana rabbits making North Texas home

02/18/2014 3:56 PM

02/18/2014 3:57 PM

North Texas just got a little warmer and fuzzier.

Twenty-eight rabbits rescued last summer from breeders in Indiana have been placed in foster homes in North Texas, ready for adoption in an unusual rescue effort by rabbit groups.

The 28 were among 92 rabbits that arrived Sunday morning at the SPCA of Texas in McKinney, which was acting as a relay stop in an effort to relocate some of roughly 600 bunnies confiscated last year from breeders in Indiana. Officials seized the rabbits after many were found standing in their own waste. Several had fur rubbed off their feet from standing in wire cages.

Rabbit rescue groups have managed to adopt all but 150 rabbits and none had to be euthanized.

The breeds that made the trip to McKinney included mini-rexes, holland lops and lion heads, officials said.

“They were all in great condition,” said Maura Davis, a spokeswoman with the SPCA of Texas.

The rabbits arrived in vans from the Indiana House Rabbit Society in Indianapolis, and those that were not left in North Texas were moved to other areas of Texas, New Mexico and California. Some of the groups that will receive the rabbits include the San Diego House Rabbit Society, Bunny Buddies in Houston and Too Many Bunnies in California.

The groups will put the rabbits up for adoption.

“As part of the program, we had to have homes to place them in here and we did,” said Dianna Leggett, director of WildRescue/Rabbit Rescue Inc. in Denton. “We found homes as far away as Longview.”

Rabbit foster parent Amy Canton of Longview jumped at the chance to have orphaned bunnies, taking 18 with 14 already adopted. Canton is now taking foster care of four mini-rexes.

Canton has had two Angora rabbits in the last year. She knows a few things about raising animals. The former FFA and 4-H member showed cattle, pigs, goats, sheep and donkeys.

“I mostly showed cattle, so rabbits are somewhat new to me,” she said. “But I’ve been involved with them for the last year and they’ve been great.”

Canton said the orphans have adapted to Longview.

“It takes them a few days, but they’re fine,” she said. “And the best news is that I think I already have someone who will adopt them.”

For information about adopting the rabbits, call the SPCA of Texas at 214-742-7722.

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