So. San Francisco/Peninsula Rabbit Foster Home

(Formerly House Rabbit Society-San Francisco/Peninsula Chapter)



*Special-Needs Bunnies*

Even if you can't adopt or foster a rabbit, you can help us rescue a rabbit in another way. Some of our rabbits here at the Burrow Inn are considered 'Special-Needs bunnies' and will require medical attention for the rest of their lives. These bunnies have proven time and time again that they want to be alive. Many times, these bunnies were placed on the euthanaisa list at the local shelter and rescued at the 11th hour because of that "special spark" in their personality that said..."I want to live". Although many are not available for adoption at this time, most of them do need medical sponsors to help the Burrow Inn pay for their care. They rely on people like you to help support them.

Again, if you love rabbits, but are not able to adopt or foster, sponsoring a rabbit is another compassionate and helpful way to save lives.

Update: Cosmo goes to the Rainbow Bridge

posted: January 10, 2007

It is with heavy heart that I share with you our loss. Cosmo has gone to the Rainbow Bridge.

Cosmo came to us last Jan. with his mate Snow. They were surrendered to PHS at the age of ten years old when the children got tired of taking care of them. Snow had a huge tumor on her side the size of a small orange The tumor was drained but within two weeks it had come back. She was very weak and you would offen find her leaning against Cosmo for support. He was totaly bonded to her and would even snap if you tried to touch her. He was very protective of her. Two weeks after Snow came to live with us the black rabbit beckoned for her to go to the Rainbow Bridge. Cosmo was so lonely. So we bonded him with Belle and Hamish two other special needs rabbits. They bonded very quickly and seemed very happy with each other. Cosmo was in good health and always had a very good appetite. I had notice the last few months his body was taking on a different shape and had become thinner. I attributed it to old age but nevertheless, maybe something else was going on. Last night at about 12:00am, after making my rounds before going to bed, I noticed he was very listless and his breathing was labored. I just had a strong feeling he was going to leave us before morning. We said our good-bye's and I told him that if he wanted to leave, that it was ok. I told him that he must be brave and not be sad as he was going to a beautiful place. He woud be with his beloved Snow and they would be reunited again. When I woke up this morning I was very surprised to see that he was still with us. He was very weak and his breathing was still labored. I told him that I would take him to our vet in Oakland where they could help him cross to the other side.

The bunnies and I have always had an understanding that I would like them to die at home with there brothers and sisters in a loving place and not in a vets office. In 16 years I have only had to euthanizes one rabbit at a vet's office.

They took Cosmo to the emergecny room once we arrived. It wasn't more then five minuets when the vet came into the examine room, where I was waiting, and said that the moment when they turned him over and he passed away. I was so grateful that he was able to go on his own without any help.

I am so glad that I was able to give him a year of happiness and love that he wouldn't have had otherwise. Here at the Burrow Inn, he had two friends who adored him and kept him company in his golden years.

Cosmo, you will be greatly missed.

Donna Jensen

Burrow Inn/HRS


Update: Snow's mate - Cosmo's story...

posted: December 1, 2006

And the beat goes on.

As you all have read, my pretty mate Snow went to the Rainbow Bridge. It was a really, really sad time for me and I was pretty depressed for awhile. Slowly though, with my new mommy's help, my broken heart began to mend when I was matched up with my current suite mates, Hamish (white lop) and Belle (brown and white lop). Thank you again to everyone who had me and mate Snow in their thoughts and prayers.



Goodbye Snow

Snow the rabbit went to the Rainbow Bridge.

February 06, 2006 - I am very sad to say that Snow went to the Rainbow Bridge early this morning.  To update you, she was the bunny that was brought to PHS with her mate Cosmo to be euthanised.  Both rabbit's were 10 years old. Snow had a mass on her side that was the size of  a small grapefruit.  The cyst was drained two weeks ago but on Friday I noticed it had returned to it's original size.  We had it drained again on Saturday but on Sunday she began to get really weak and refused food.  We said our goodbyes on Sunday evening and some time during the night she slipped away with Cosmo by her side.  He was so devoted to her and they were extrememly bonded.  She would lean up against him and he would kiss her face when she was too week to stand.  Their love for each other was a joy to watch.

These last two weeks were very happy for Snow.  She knew she was loved and wanted by us and in kind, she responded to our love.  She loved her time outside where she could be found frolicking all around.  She loved all of her toys and greens and was thankful for everything we gave to her.  She will be greatly missed.

Donna Jensen



Ten year old rabbit with large mass in her side brought to shelter for euthanasia.

South San Francisco, Calif. (January 23, 2006) ­– Donna Jensen, House Rabbit Society fosterer, took in a 10-year old rabbit whose owner had brought her to the Peninsula Humane Society for euthanasia. Snow, who was brought in with her partner rabbit, had a grapefruit-sized mass growing on her side, and had never received medical attention for it.

Thanks to the veterinary staff at the Peninsula Humane Society, Snow’s mass has been drained and she and her partner Cosmo will live out their lives at Donna Jensen’s foster home. Shelter cruelty officers will pursue cruelty charges as well.



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