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When we took Barney in 2 months ago, he was suffering with severe depression, anorexia, papilloma disease, mange, ear infection, eye infection, an acute kidney infection, a molar spur that had grown into his gum and created a huge infected hole, and sticktights that were embedded in his scent glands that had caused a horrible inflamed infection. His fur had also turned orange from years of being outside with no protection from the sun. Yes, it's safe to say that Barney has endured years of suffering before being callously discarded at the high kill shelter.
. We thought we had him on the road to recovery with only the eye infection to continue fighting. However, a huge abscess appeared under Barney's chin a few days ago. We quickly took Barney to our vet. The x-rays are showing a terrible infection in one of Barney's molars. The abscess is literally the size of an orange under his chin.
2. they have spent countless dollars on a rabbit that could have been better spent on supplies and helping. Is ONE rabbit really worth $2.000? (as this is what this rabbit will end up costing them and more in time, energy, vet bills). Sometimes you need to make sacrifices for the better good of the rest.
3. It's real tear-jerker story which is good for shelters as it tends to bring the dollars in. Holland lops are a VERY popular breed of rabbit right now, so that fact that it's also a holland lop helps the shelter's story.
4. it makes me sad that they are allowing this animal to continue to suffer. "he'll lay in their lap for hours" if they continue to pat his head. Do they ever wonder WHY he will do that? Rabbits are bred to hop and move and be active. Their very lives depend upon this. Rabbits who have something wrong with them are the ones that don't move, hop and be generally active. So the fact that he will do this for hours implies that there is something seriously wrong with this animal.
5. And since i wonder the above it causes me to wonder....where is the humanity in this organization? Why do they continue to allow an animal to suffer? Why can't they take the necessary step and simple relieve him of his suffering? Euthanasia for a suffering animal is not a bad thing at all. In fact, it's a good thing.
6. I recognize that for some rescue organizations that helping an animal is the same as helping a child or a person. Afterall, we are taught that evolutionary THEORY is in actuality a FACT. ERGO all people are is animals and if we'd do all we could to help people, we should help animals with that same fervor. People may biologically be animals, but we are so much more than animals. We are made in the very image of God. We are the pinnacle of his creation.
Treat your animals in your care well.
Recognize they are in your care to be well provided for from birth to death, and that sometimes difficult decisions need to be made.
Remember they are animals NOT people.