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Leaps and Bounds Rabbit Rescue

Aug 01, 2014 09:17AM ● By Style

Photography by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group

When Nola Williams adopted her first rabbit in 2006, she took it upon herself to learn everything she could about her new furry friend, but as her knowledge increased, so, too, did her concern for the local rabbit population. According to Williams, although rabbits are the third most popular pet, they’re also the third most frequently surrendered animal. “Rabbits do not generally make good pets for children and are not ‘starter’ pets,” she explains. “Physically, they are fragile and they are prey animals so they, for the most part, do not enjoy being picked up and carried around.” In 2008, Williams partnered with Kim DeWoody to found Leaps and Bounds Rabbit Rescue, Inc., and to date, the non-profit organization has saved nearly 500 rabbits. The goal, they say, is to provide much-needed veterinary care (including spaying and neutering) and socialization to homeless rabbits before placing them in loving, permanent homes. “Though I’m only able to help now in a limited way, I greatly appreciate how Leaps and Bounds helped my family when we found a large number of rabbits abandoned in a park,” shares volunteer Phillip Scott. “To me, rescuing is a form of respect in that we show our true humanity to others and to our pets.” Currently, DeWoody and Williams host adoptions every Saturday (except those prior to Easter and Christmas) at Petco in Roseville, but they hope to find reliable volunteers who are experienced—both with rabbits and the adoption screening process—to run additional events. Until then, the pair says they will continue to rescue and care for as many rabbits as possible; a reflection of their shared love of animals in need. “I got started in animal rescue during the floods in 1997,” DeWoody says. “I couldn’t help but think, what if it was my animals in this situation? Who would take care of them if I couldn’t?”



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