Friday, April 23, 2010

Help for some bunnies in need

Today's WOD:

8 rounds of:

3 snatches every 2:00

I used 75#. It went pretty well! I had a few ugly ones, but I had some good ones too. Tried to think about being aggressive, shrugging, and using my legs to push and to get under the bar. Last night I went to weightlifting and worked on heavy cleans. Had no trouble with 105#, which was great, but had some mental blocks going beyond that!

Bunnies in Need

Pull up a bowl of hay. We need to talk.

Today I have another bunny-related public service announcement. I got the following email from the Colorado House Rabbit Society (HRS), the place where I adopted my sweet bunnies, Dirk and Greta. The Colorado HRS does wonderful work caring for animals in need, bunnies who have been abandoned, neglected, or even abused. Rabbits are wonderful companions and pets, full of intelligence and personality, but they are often see as throw-away pets and suffer needlessly. This organization finds them homes and takes in even the most hopeless cases, which means they pay a lot in veterinary bills. I'm sending them a check to help out, and if you like to donate to animal charities, I urge you to consider supporting this one.
With the economy the way it’s been, we’ve had many extra rabbits coming in from people in foreclosure, people becoming homeless, and people in deep financial trouble. We’ve also had rabbits coming in because people are being deployed overseas by the military. There was a hoarding case, and a rescue organization that was closed down—12 of the 19 rabbits came to us and the other 7 to the NE Satellite. We’ve had two strays arrive, only to give birth to 8 bunnies—EACH!—and a shelter who assured us a rabbit had been spayed, who produced a litter of four. We’ve also taken in rabbits with serious medical needs. And of course, there are the normal numbers of rabbits that people have simply dumped, unwilling to be responsible for their choice to have them.

Thanks to many wonderful foster volunteers, we’ve managed to save more rabbits than we normally would.

Unfortunately, our medical expenses have skyrocketed as a result. In the entire year of 2009, we spent $45,000 on medical care (including, of course, spays and neuters). So far this year, we’ve spent $20,000 on medical care in the first quarter alone.

The NE Satellite has also incurred heavy medical expenses. The NW Satellite is keeping its nose above water, but only month by month.

We’ve also lost cleaners and feeders—quite a few all at once. These are people who have served faithfully for years, and they truly deserve a break. However, it has left a big load on a few people. As I’ve always maintained, these are the most important people in the chapter. Without them, we couldn’t exist.

So once again, I’m coming to you, our members, begging cup in hand, on behalf of the rabbits.
  • If you can help with cleaning crates or pens, please email Terri Harris at cleancnptrain@coloradohrs.org
  • If you can help with feeding rabbits one evening a week, please email Tonni Louzenheiser at feeders@coloradohrs.org
  • And if you are among those fortunate enough to be financially secure, please do what you can to help.
For the NE Satellite, make checks payable to “CHRS-NE” and indicate “Medical Expenses” on the “For” line. Mail these donations to:

Debby Schmidt
P. O. Box 2798
Loveland, CO 80539

For the chapter located in Broomfield, make checks payable to “HRS” and indicate “Medical Expenses” on the “For” line. Mail these to:

CO HRS
P. O. Box 238
Broomfield, CO 80038-0238

Thanks!

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