Las Vegas Dump Site Bunnies
THE LAS VEGAS DUMP SITE – There is a central location in Las Vegas where people continue to dump their unwanted pet bunnies at a large State mental health facility because there are already hundreds of “feral” bunnies running around at this site. These bunny dumpers probably figure “Hey, what’s one more bunny there? They’ll be happy here!” The problem with that is that bunnies are very territorial and if you haven’t ever seen bunnies fight, it is more brutal than you can imagine. The new bunnies that are dumped here will be attacked by the other bunnies (Caution Graphic Post), be malnourished, suffer heat stroke and/or run out in the street and get hit by cars because they are being chased.
There are also cruel people who maliciously try to hurt or kill the bunnies at the site as well. The story that I’ve heard from a few different people is that around 2007, the State thought that it would be calming for their mental patients to have bunnies running around their huge, many acre facility, so they let about 40 bunnies loose, not spayed or neutered of course.
Rabbits Breed Like Rabbits
Apparently the State did not take into consideration that rabbits breed like rabbits. Since the bunnies at this site have never been fixed, the 100’s of female bunnies can have between 4 and 12 babies EVERY 30 DAYS and can start reproducing at the ripe old age of 3 to 4 months old. Obviously, it doesn’t take long for the bunny population to explode and areas to start having major bunny issues as they reproduce. The ONLY reason the population is somewhat under control here is because bunnies are constantly dying from disease or injury (being hit by cars). Today (July 9, 2016), we lost another little bunny that we could not save from the conditions at this site. Please help so we can stop this bunny injustice from continuing.
Failed Rescue at the Las Vegas Dump Site???
The state of Nevada had contracted a rescue called V Sanctuary (Fall 2015) to “fix” the bunny issue but according to the owner, he was not given enough funds to solve the problem (200 bunnies at $40 each). In this Channel 13 news story on the Las Vegas bunny dump site, it states that V Sanctuary was actually paid $17,000 to try to fix this problem but whatever amount was spent, it was a complete waste of time and money. While initially the “rescue” effort got the bunny population smaller for a short period of time, since ALL the bunnies weren’t rescued and fixed, six months later (May 2016) the population is out of control again. There is once again a huge population problem again and more bunny suffering is happening and there is usually little food or water.
Condition of the Bunnies at the Las Vegas Dump Site
During the spring and fall at the property, there is usually some grass for the bunnies to eat and water to drink from the sprinklers so they can survive but the weather in Vegas is very brutal on these bunnies in the other 2 seasons and they do suffer without any outside help (even with some outside help). We have found parts of bunnies, dead bunnies and some “grass roots” bunny rescuers have even had to put a few bunnies to sleep (PTS) because of the severely injured or possibly poisoned bunnies they have come across. (Warning – Graphic video of baby bunny Vegas PTS on April 17, 2016). The bunny is this video was poisoned by a food deadly to bunnies but no one could obviously prove who did it.
Some of the dump site bunnies have been rescued and they would have eventually died if left there because they could not feed or defend themselves or they would have died from sickness or from infection of their injuries. Before the Channel 13 news story on the Las Vegas bunny dump site, bunny lovers for the most part could go out and feed the bunnies, although security would sometimes tell you to leave. Since the story, now some of the security guards are making threats and have physically grabbed someone trying to feed the bunnies. All this does is going to create more bad publicity for the State and more bunny suffering as well.
What are we doing?
Currently all the Las Vegas rabbit rescues are over-full and people are still dumping their unwanted bunnies at this site, in parks and in neighborhoods. There are no viable, established rabbit rescues in Las Vegas that are willing to help with such a massive undertaking at this time but we are hoping that the local House Rabbit Society will eventually step up to the plate here in Vegas. If not, we have another local animal rescue in mind who has said they may help us. We are currently just starting to try to get volunteers to sign up on our volunteer page and help us with this “grassroots” effort to help the general bunny population here at this dump site. We have a preliminary very low cost proposal into the State which basically would be an all volunteer effort to help them start a TNR program on their property.
How you can help the Las Vegas Dump Site Bunnies?
We will need volunteers to feed, volunteers to foster, volunteers to drive to vets and we will also need bunny supplies such as x-pens, cages, litter boxes, paper litter, bunny pellets, Timothy & Alfalfa hay, etc. plus monetary donations for medicine and the actual spay and neutering fees at the vet. We will do everything in our power to keep the costs down to a minimum so that we can keep these guys healthy as we start to spay and neuter and finally help to stop all this unnecessary bunny suffering.
PLEASE BE SURE TO PUT A COMMENT COMMENTS THAT THIS IS FOR THE LAS VEGAS BUNNIES “DUMP SITE” BUNNIES.
Currently we are gathering contact information (email addresses) for 3 groups of volunteers; People who wish to volunteer to feed at the Las Vegas Dump Site once we reach an agreement with the State of Nevada, people who wish to Foster Las Vegas Dump Site Bunnies once they are fixed to ready them for adoption and people who can volunteer to drive bunnies to and from the different vets we will be working with.
VOLUNTEER & HELP LAS VEGAS BUNNIES BY SIGNING UP BELOW!
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP TO BE A VOLUNTEER DRIVER (FUTURE – NOT ACTIVE)