104 Rabbits Rescued by Ontario SPCA, Peterborough Humane Society and Animal Welfare Partners and Funders

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104 Rabbits Rescued by Ontario SPCA, Peterborough Humane Society and Animal Welfare Partners and Funders

Peterborough, ON  (November 30, 2016)Over 100 rabbits have a new lease on life thanks to the Peterborough Humane Society and various Animal Welfare partners who came together to rescue and rehome the rabbits, which were found living in deplorable conditions.

On July 11, 2016, Ontario SPCA investigators and a veterinarian visited a Peterborough residence to assess the care being provided to rabbits on the property. They found 104 rabbits, ranging from newborns to adults, living in a shed in  conditions that were both unsafe and unhealthy. The rabbits were examined and transported to the Peterborough Humane Society for further veterinary care and evaluation.

Once in the care of the Peterborough Humane Society, preparations began to secure suitable foster homes and, ultimately, forever homes for this big bundle of bunnies. A team of dedicated partners stepped up to assist the Peterborough Humane Society with the care of these rabbits, including Rabbit Rescue Inc., PetSmart Charities of Canada™, the Renfrew SPCA, the Oakville & Milton Humane Society, the Upper Credit Humane Society, the Orangeville SPCA, the Kawartha Lakes Humane Society and PetSmart Peterborough.

“It was truly an inspiration to see so many organizations coming together to give these animals a chance at a new life and the Peterborough Humane Society could not have done it without their support,” says Andrew Fraser, Executive Director, Peterborough Humane Society. “There were quite a few heroes in this animal welfare story, as so often is the case.”

In addition to the challenge of trying to find homes for this many rabbits, the Peterborough Humane Society was also faced with the cost of spaying and neutering the rabbits.  They applied for an emergency relief grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada and were provided over $13,000 in funding—enough to cover the cost of spaying and neutering the entire group of rabbits.  Locally, the PetSmart store in Peterborough has been instrumental in changing the lives of animals in need.  For many years, the Peterborough Humane Society has featured adoptable pets in-store through dedicated space within PetSmart Charities of Canada’s Adoption Centre.

“In their lifetime, one rabbit has the potential to have over 1,000 offspring. Spaying and neutering is very important and we are very grateful for PetSmart Charities of Canada’s generosity,” says Christine Pazder, Registered Veterinary Technician with the Peterborough Humane Society.

Fraser credits the success of this re-homing effort to the dedicated staff at the Peterborough Humane Society and the support it received from its many partners.

“With Rabbit Rescue Inc. taking such a large number of this population into their foster network, and PetSmart Charities of Canada granting their financial support, we were able to save the lives  of over 100 rabbits  in need. I am humbled and honoured to call these groups our partners in animal welfare” says Fraser. “I’m also extremely proud of the Peterborough Humane Society animal care staff for diligently caring for these rabbits.  To all the other animal centres, PetSmart Peterborough, and to the local vets and those beyond Peterborough who provided triage care and spay/neuter services, they cannot be thanked enough for being part of this success story.”


Media Contacts:

Peterborough Humane Society

Andrew Fraser, Executive Director

705.745.4722 ext. 207



Rabbit Rescue Inc.

Haviva Porter-Lush, Executive Director




PetSmart Charities of Canada
Carrie Trembinski, PR Manager



Peterborough Humane Society – www.peterboroughhumanesociety.ca

Rabbit Rescue Inc. – www.rabbitrescue.ca

PetSmart Charities of Canada. – www.petsmartcharities.ca

PetSmart Peterborough – www.petsmart.ca

OSPCA – www.ontariospca.ca

Renfrew SPCA – www.renfrewcounty.ontariospca.ca

Oakville & Milton Humane Society – www.omhs.ca

Upper Credit Humane Society – www.uppercredit.com

Orangeville SPCA – www.orangeville.ontariospca.ca

Humane Society of Kawartha Lakes – www.hskl.ca