January 27, 2012
My husband and I have been volunteering with COHRS since 1997 when we were introduced my a mutual friend and bunny lover. During this time, the group has grown from a couple dozen rabbits housed in a basement to more than 100 of them in their own shelter with skylights, hay barn, organic veggie garden, outdoor exercise pens, and gift shop. The enthusiasm, dedication and compassion that the army of organizers and volunteers exhibits is impressive in the extreme. The constant and daunting struggle for funding and space has not discouraged this group from pursuing their dream of a world where every bunny is loved. Their unwavering resolve and crystal clear vision have contributed to major advances in animal rights legislation as well as veterinary medicine. We have witnessed many miraculous recoveries from maladies that had previously proved fatal in most instances. Sepsis from GI stasis is one of the most common causes of "sudden" death in rabbits because it progresses so quickly that many caregivers don't recognize the symptoms until it's too late. By educating adopters on preventive measures, raising awareness of critical first signs and teaching emergency countermeasures, many lagomorph lives have been extended. I personally was able to save the life of my beloved Chico countless times without expensive trips to the vet, just by employing those countermeasures. Head-tilt is also common in rabbits. The causes for this have traditionally been fatal in the vast majority of cases, but recent advances in understanding the triggers have saved many lives. Sadly, the wry-neck or tilted head is still usually a permanent after effect. Again, the refusal of this entirely volunteer group to take "permanent affliction" for an answer has led to miraculous improvement in posture and mobility! Just imagine how many more miracles there might be if this group had a reliable source of sufficient funding. Please endorse the miracle workers at Colorado House Rabbit Society. Thank you.
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