May I ask how old you & your daughters are?
I am about 2 years old and my daughters are 11 months.
Where did you & your daughter’s names come from?
I was named after Venus the Chimera Cat because of my “double face”. Phoenix was named because her fur color made us all think of the mythical bird and we also rose from the ashes of abuse much like the phoenix bird would. Clarity was named for her bright blue eyes and providing clarity in all our lives.
Can you share the story (or can I link the video) of how you came to your forever family?
You can link the video if you’d like. There is so much to the story I could write a whole book about it! If only i had thumbs to hold a pen. . .
Well, as it goes, I was born in a typical breeder barn with stacks of wire cages and being treated like breeding machines. I became pregnant here and for some reason we will probably never know, the food ran out. We all went hungry and one day we were sent to auction. Most animals that go to auction are sold for cheap meat so I was very lucky to survive. Another breeder bought me and some what nursed me back to health. I was allowed to raise my babies and sometimes come out of my cage, but nothing much better than that.
When my sons came of age, about 6-8 weeks old, they were yanked away from me, boxed up, and sent to the auction. It was the last time I ever saw them and I was crushed. How could someone who saved me from that place send my young boys back there? I don’t like to think about what happened to them. . .
Eventually my time came where I was no longer wanted and myself, Phoenix, and Clarity were due to be sent to auction again when my real family found me in a Craigslist ad in early 2014. They came to our rescue and we never looked back. This place is heaven! No more wire floors, no more pain, no more hunger, no more death. We are happy as can be and it shows!
How long did it take to nurse you and your daughter back to health?
It was a long road for us, Clarity especially. Phoenix got off lucky. She only had a minor case of ear mites and just needed a few ear drops. I, myself, had ear mites and a URI which sometimes still makes me sneeze from time to time, but my human family is always there to make me feel better.
Clarity was worst off. She was very ill and on the verge of death when we were saved. She had the worst case of ear mites the kind vet had ever seen. The blockages and mites were so bad that they ate away at her ears and she had the potential to go deaf. She also had a mild URI and probably the most heartbreaking condition of all was her leg. She had a mass infection which caused her leg to balloon up to 3 times the normal size with pus. She was in such excruciating pain she wanted to give up and stopped eating. I couldn’t do a thing to help her!
The humans syringe fed her every few hours, got her on powerful pain meds, and inserted drainage tubes to save her leg from having to be amputated. She needed them flushed out daily which was very painful for her, but she never once fussed. So proud of my beautiful girl! It took about two months for Clarity to be able to walk again and get a clean bill of health.
How long did it take for you to adjust to your new surroundings?
We were very scared. I hated people because all they ever did was hurt me. I’d taught the same to my girls, but these humans were different. They gave us treats and talked gentle to us. They let us do what we wanted and not what we were told to do. It only took a few weeks for me to realize that maybe not all humans are bad.
Was it easier to adjust knowing Clarity & Phoenix were with you?
Most definitely! I love my girls more than anything, they are all I had for the longest time. If we were scared or felt alone we could always go toward each other for comfort.
Did the other bunnies help ease your fears?
At first we were not allowed to see the other bunnies, at least not until we were spayed. They all seemed so happy and comfortable around the humans. I wondered why, but eventually decided to try a few petting sessions and fell in love.
How do you get along with the other bunnies?
For the most part we are all separated into our own groups. Not all of us get along. We did play with Ashlyn Cinders, our one handicapped bunny friend, a few times and she is great! I also relaxed with Legacy and Shadow as well who live with Ashlyn and they are pretty great too.
What are some of your favorite things about having a loving forever home?
Everything is perfect! I love being free, playing outside and feeling grass beneath my feet. I absolutely love veggies! (that’s how the humans won us over) I love my friends, the petting, the litter box. But I think what I love most of all is not having to wonder if today will be the day I am slaughtered or if a hand will reach in and rip my only remaining children away from me and kill them too. I love the peace of mind and finally knowing what it means to be loved.
What would you or your forever family like to say to people who may want to adopt a rabbit?
I hope every day that all my bunny friends in shelters and abusive homes find better ones like I did. Please, anyone who wants to adopt, please know that rabbits are out there. They are the 3rd most abandoned pet and shelters overflow with them just as much as cats and dogs especially around Easter time. Rabbits, adults and babies alike, are killed every day in shelters to make room for more. Please don’t forget them. They need love too.
Spaying and neutering can also be done and should be done. Statistics say that 85% of female rabbits will die of uterine cancer from not being spayed. This simple surgery is very safe, quick, and prevents millions more rabbits from having to suffer like I did because no one wants them and allows your pet to bond with other rabbits and stops bad behaviors like mounting, spraying, missing the litter box, etc.
Do your homework. Rabbits are NOT easy pets and are NOT for small children. We are fragile and break easily with our tiny bones. We don’t like being carried around or chased. It is possible to scare us to death. We require lots of specific care and tons of attention. Once you learn though, rabbits can make amazing pets. Just ask my family! There are 11 of us here! Don’t throw us in a cage, in prison. We want to run and play and be with you. We are smart creatures and social ones too. Don’t treat us bad. We want nothing more than what you want, to be loved and wanted.
Do you have any links you would like to share about rabbit care or tips?
Sure! There are lots of amazing places to read up on proper rabbit care. Here are a few links our specialist vet gave us!
Is there anything you or your forever family would like to add?
We would all like to just thank everyone so much for stopping in and saying hello. Our facebook page and instagram have been open for just about a week and already over 2000 people have started following us. We never expected such a thing to happen and are glad that it did. Now we can promote spay/neuter, rabbit care, and the adopt don’t shop message. A lot say my story is captivating and maybe that is why I am becoming as popular as I am. Who knows? All we know is that we will not waste this grand opportunity. All of us bunnies here are from bad situations. Mommy is big into rescue and spends a lot of her time and money on us. We want to help as many animals out there as we can and we hope that we will.
As mommy says “We can’t save every animal out there, but we sure are gonna try and who knows? We may end up just saving a few on the way.”
Thank you all so much for listening and I hope to see you around!
Author’s Note: Many thanks to Venus & her mom for letting me ask questions. Pictures were used with permission. Please visit Venus on her Facebook page – Venus the Bunny.
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