Patino tries not to think about closing the sanctuary. "If I had to close out, I don't know what I would do," he says sadly. "I would place the rabbits throughout the country. I cannot walk away."
With just enough funds to operate through August, Patino lives with a peculiar mix of fear and excitement. "It's a lot of money" to raise, he says. "But considering how far we've come, I believe we can do it."
[Originally published in July, 2009.]