Thank you everyone for your support. I sucessfully adopted one of my rabbits out today! The university found space for another one of my undersocialized rabbits in their program, and he is currently being socialized to people by two vet students. On wednesday, I am taking another rabbit in to the vet to get a physical and some tests done, and if all looks good, she will be going to a nursing home to make friends with people who really need her.
Some of the rabbits I have are perfect for outdoor pets, while others just don't belong outside. Keeping rabbits outside take a different approach than keeping house rabbits. People who are interested in parasitology and animal husbandry work hard to solve the problems that one encounters when it comes to keeping rabbits outside. Years ago, few people kept rabbits inside. For years, people have been working on the challenges of keeping rabbits safe inside the house, so that they don't eat clay litter, suffer from intestinal blockage from grazing on carpet, and get electrical shocks from chewing on electrical cords. If people can work on solving problems for keeping rabbits inside, is it wrong for others to work on solving problems for keeping rabbits outside?
As for hoarders, I think some rescue organizations unknowingly attract them. If there is a foster provider in an organization that is always willing to take in animals, but finds excuses to never adopt them out, it is time to check out that foster parent.
Right now I keep my rabbits in large dog cages, because I can set them up and take them down and store them with little effort. I usually mount a shelf in the cages for the rabbits to hop up on, put a little hut inside and provide a litter pan for them. The situation is not ideal, but I am not going to beat myself up over it because I know what I am providing for some of them is much better than what they had before they arrive in foster care. I know that with effort on my part, these rabbits will eventually go on to live happy lives in permanent homes.
Last edited by moonchild; 05-29-2010 at 03:06 AM.