I got one from a rescue, one from a lady giving rabbits away, and one from a breeder
. Here are their stories:
Elvis- I believe Elvis had been found as a stray...either way he had been dumped. A rescue took him in and that's where he stayed for at least a year or so. He was wild and crazy with a lot of behavioral problems...he hated rabbits and wasn't fond of people either. He was a loner and spent his days digging tunnels everywhere and trying to escape. I have a tendency to adopt "un-adoptable" animals so of course I had to take him home
. He's still nuts and has some issues but he's sooo much better then he used to be.
Sakura- My mom saw a flyer for free rabbits and told me about it. I called and the lady said they had three...two dwarves and a dutch. They came with cages and I had assumed they were indoor rabbits. I decided to take a look and went to her house the next day. The rabbits were actually outdoor bunnies living in small wire hutches. Two were mixed breeds and the "Dutch" was a Californian. The Californian was the oldest and the mother of the other two...she gave birth when she was only four months old
. Yet somehow she had managed to raise the litter and was a great mother. The rabbits were all skittish...especially the female. The lady said they were never handled or anything. It didn't look like the hutches were cleaned much either =/. Their food was all mushy and grey from the rain and the wire was cutting into the Californian's feet since she couldn't get off of it. Of course they had no toys or anything either. I only had room for one and took the mother (who was now over three years old) since she was the least likely to be adopted (she was the least friendly, the biggest, had red eyes, and was extremely overweight from lack of exercise). I named the new bunny Sakura
. Her fur was falling out from malnutrition, cuts covered her feet, she was terrified of everything, and she couldn't hop. Yes, she couldn't hop
. Her muscles hadn't developed properly since she had been in that hutch from the time she was a little baby. After vet visits and a lot of TLC she recovered from her neglect and is now doing great
. She even has her own toy box, haha. Sakura is now a free-range house rabbit who enjoys playing, being pet, and begging for treats. Oh, and she can hop much better
. By the way, in case you were wondering why the family got Sakura in the first place...she was an Easter bunny -_-.
Fiona- Fiona doesn't have a sad story, hehe. I got her from an awesome breeder
. She had been handled since she was a baby and has always loved people. Fiona is well-socialized, well-behaved, and healthy. It's so weird having a bunny without medical/behavioral problems
. She's the first rabbit I've gotten from a breeder. French Angoras are never in shelters here and I wanted a friendly one so grooming wouldn't be a nightmare.