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Jul 24 2009
Shelter of Origin: 
San Francisco Animal Care and Control

I've been adopted!
Aurora is a happy,very friendly and outgoing bunny.
We love her a lot and hope to find her a great home soon.
She is no longer a special needs girl!

UPDATE 11/11/08
Aurora's recovery has been nothing short of amazing! We are THRILLED to report that she is thriving. The wounds on her lip, tail, and feet have healed. When she arrived at SaveABunny she was weak, filthy and emaciated.

Below is her BEFORE picture

She was deemed healthy enough to be spayed and came through the surgery with flying colors. Overall, she is doing fabulous, plus she is a very loving and grateful girl. Whoever adopts her will be a lucky person.

We no longer consider Aurora to be a special needs medical bunny even though she has a cataract on one eye. She is a older or middle-aged bunny and so whoever adopts her should be prepared for proper care of an older bunny, such as monitoring her eyes and teeth.

Aurora is an incredible survivor who deserves a special home with people who will treasure her. Please visit her soon!

Meet Aurora, a new rescue at SaveABunny. People often ask me how I choose a name for a rabbit and why we rescue special needs rabbits.

I met Aurora the day after she arrived at the SF shelter. She was extremely emaciated at 4.4 pounds, when she should weigh at least 6.5 pounds. Her backbone and hip bones protruded from crusty, matted and filthy fur. She had large welts and sores on her feet and lip from being encased in a wire cage. Her left eye had a cataract. She was and is a mess. However, she's a loving, sweet mess that chatters her teeth with pleasure when stroked and lowers her head for love and attention.

Aurora was the Roman Goddess of the Dawn. The transition between dark and light, night and day has significant spiritual significance. Dawn is the time for rebirth, reawakening and new beginnings. It doesn't get much darker for bunnies and other sentient beings who have been horribly neglected. This little girl was clearly at the threshold of life and death. Without care she would die. Without rescue she would be euthanized.

Do we take her knowing that she will require extra time and care? Finding a forever home for a bunny like Aurora can be very challenging. We don't know how old she is. One of her front teeth is broken. We think she broke her tooth struggling to free herself from a horrendous small-caged experience. That's the story her feet tell with their sores and pain. Her escape likely saved her life.

When I first met Aurora at the shelter she came over to greet me and could barely stand. It was both sad and touching. I truly believe that animals recognize the energy of someone who is there to help them. I asked her if she wanted rescue or was ready to go--OK with being euthanized at the shelter. I just didn't know if we would be able to find the resources--space and financial to help her. There are just so many bunnies all the time who need help. She seemed at peace with whatever her fate would be.

We had an adoption of Mr. Magoo, another special needs rabbit, so that freed up a space for a special needs rescue. So Aurora came to SaveABunny for healing--whatever that meant. It might be hospice. Or, she can find a home. She seems older and unlikely to be spayed. When she is stronger we will consider that.

Whatever happens from this point on she will be safe and loved. She will never need to worry again about people being cruel. She will have soft fleece in her cage, healthy food and people who care for her.

Already she is looking much better, eating well and grooming herself. She is happy. She is grateful.

Sadly we have to pick and choose the bunnies like Aurora to save. There are so many needing help every day. Our group already takes many rabbits who have no other rescue options.

It is both heartbreaking and soul inspiring work. To see a wounded little being recover, regain trust and thrive is a miracle that I think all people should experience at least once. It is deep, deep work that is life-changing.

If you have not lived with a special needs rabbit, I encourage you to contact us about fostering and learning more.

You will know what it means to be needed and truly make a difference!