Pet Of The Week

Community Animal Network has been asked to help with a property that is exploding with rabbits. One of our trappers is working on site, and there seems to be a dispute on what should happen to the breeding bunch.

Two opposing views are trying to work together with great difficulty. The owner of the property has a conservator of the estate who feeds the rabbits that believes that the rabbits should have a natural life cycle; Darwin's theory of "natural selection" and Community Animal Network believes in TNR (trap, neuter and release). TNR controls the population and avoids over-populating and suffering.

There are already reports that kids are chasing the rabbits and being mean, and some have been hit by cars. People should not discard their unwanted pet rabbits in city parks, vacant lots or natural areas. It is better to give unwanted rabbits to a municipal shelter than for them to become a neighborhood nuisance and cause animal control to deal with an even larger problem.

So far 13 bunnies have been rescued. One litter is eight weeks old and ready to go to homes: There are five Albino bunnies — three short hair and two with long hair called Angora's. Another litter is just 12 days old with eight bunnies, seven white and one brown.

Tons of Bun's Bunny Rescue, (714) 335-3799, and All Creatures Care Cottage, (949) 642-7151, are housing these bunnies. Please consider adopting grown-up rabbits that are already spayed and neutered for pets!

For cats, kittens and our bull mastiff Labrador mix, Melody, call (949) 759-3646.

Thank you, we received $725 to help feed local animals. Rescue is costly, so please consider helping by mailing your check to Community Animal Network, P.O. Box 8662 Newport Beach, CA, 92658 and memo your check "Help Local Animals" nonprofit tax ID 33-0971560.

DIANNA PFAFF-MARTIN is the founder of Community Animal Network.

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