They're absolutely beautiful kitties. Thx for the photos!
On a related subject: I spent some time (1.5 hours) at a local rabbit rescue org. yesterday afternoon. I've decided to adopt one (or two, if bonded pair) Angora rabbits, both for their companionship and for their fur/fiber. As I was talking to the three young (two of them probably in middle school) volunteers, it turned out that *all* of their bunnies are "sprung" from shelters just at the brink of euthanization.
They keep the bunnies until homes/adopters turn up. Angoras are especially difficult to place, they said, because
of their long coats. Since I already have two Bernese Mtn. Dogs (long-haired doggies) and one long-haired Maine Coon mix cat and two others with shorter coats, rabbits with long hair won't be anything difficult by a long shot.
Especially because, as long-term members of this board remember, I worked in two grooming shops and volunteered in two shelters from 2005 to 2010 and groomed...cats. There is no dog on earth (well, maybe
my current 105-lb rescue boy) who can fight grooming like a really determined cat can. I have the scars to prove it from attempts on my life by a couple of cats early in my tenure at each shop *before* the owners of each clarified their policies: "Cats who aren't in the mood to be groomed today
may be sent home and rescheduled for another day." I definitely could've used that information before
Cat bites are extremely painful, since they're so deep, and the scratches likewise. Believe me: my doctor was involved in my recoveries from these cat attacks. (Note:
I had to stop grooming at the shelter in May 2010 because a fire destroyed the building; see https://www.berkeleyhumane.org/about/mission
, last paragraph.)
So, after the grooming-shop experiences with Orangie and Delilah, Angora bunnies will be positively vacation-like.
And, of course, they'll never know that...I have a garden.
They'll live in the house and have exercise in an ex-pen, like they do now at the center. There are huge
crows--maybe 15 inches (37 cm) from front of head to base of tail--in the redwood tree behind the house, and I wouldn't put it past them to make attempts on small rabbits.
How difficult is it to place Angora rabbits? I asked questions about the bunnies RabbitEARS (https://www.rabbitears.org/
-- website is very much out of date) currently has.
--White Angora female: since July 2012
--Black Angora male with lionhead bonded partner: since July 2012 (littermate of white Angora female)
--One white Angora female I didn't get to meet: since June 2012 (mother of previous two; pregnant when sprung, center didn't know she was pregnant but would've sprung her anyway
--One white Angora, don't remember male/female or how long it's been with the center
--Large white Angora female with large white male bonded partner: since...well...she's been living at the center for five
It's just too bad that the two littermates didn't bond to one another, but rabbits, like people, dogs, and cats, choose their own friends.
I had the first two Angoras on my lap for about 40 minutes each, but when I asked for "the next bunny," I was told that "she's eating now." "OK, how about another one?" "Oh, they're *all* eating now."
I was a little surprised. If I'd known they'd be eating at 4:00 in the afternoon, I could've communed with them for a shorter time each and made at least an acquaintance with each of the bunnies in question (seven) yesterday. But the place was a center of very slightly controlled chaos the entire time I was there. The oldest staffer was maybe 22 years old? and a bunny person although not a business person or, apparently, very organized, for all that the center raises funds by selling pet supplies (dog, cat, rabbit, pocket pets).
My plans were to return today and meet the other Relevant Rabbits, but Rescue Boy here at the house took care of *that plan* last night: he decided that my left wrist bends more than the normal amount in the normal direction and put his full weight behind that decision ("No, Mommy, I want you to scratch me HERE!" "ACK! Nooooo!"). I spent most of today reading, with an immobilizing splint on my left hand and wrist, unable to cradle bunnies on my lap, comb them, or do much of anything.
So, if anyone reading this thinks that a bunny for Easter or Christmas
is a great gift, please: make it a stuffed rabbit toy
. There were maybe 30 rabbits in ex-pens and/or double-occupancy former cat kennels (donated by the remodeled City of Berkeley shelter) looking for homes. The most I can adopt is only 2, but I'll be taking at least 1 hard-to-adopt long-haired rabbit (each of the bonded Angoras is bonded to a non-Angora, so I won't be able to adopt 2 Angoras at once, which was my original hope). Each and every one of these rabbits was surrendered or dumped at a shelter and was then on the Put To Sleep (PTS) schedule. Some were sprung within 2 hours of their PTS time, one of the Angoras within only 40 minutes of PTS. <shudder>
Yet another reason I miss working at BEBHS: we never did PTS except for animals whose medical condition was such that they would never again enjoy any quality of life *or
* animals who were so dangerous to people that even the lead trainer couldn't work safely with them. Perhaps, I was told, 1 or 2% of the animals taken in.
Is it just me, or does it seem to others that gardeners have tender souls when it comes to our furry companions? (as long as those furry companions don't threaten our tender plants!)