Ann Arbor News. Instead of caring for abandoned pet rabbits, the writer suggested, why not cook them and feed them to the homeless? That person may have been channeling Jonathan Swift, but other writers were equally disdainful. One suggested euthanizing sick animals instead of paying for veterinary treatment, while another described the sanctuary's mission as "pointless." Brockman acknowledges that people eat wild rabbits but firmly maintains that these bunnies are different: "These are not cottontails. They are not wild animals. They're not a food source. They're pets." GLRS board chair Tim Patino points out that the average domesticated rabbit released into the wild survives about two weeks. GLRS is a no-kill shelter that takes in pet rabbits ab..."/>
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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."    (end of article)

[Originally published in July, 2009.]

 

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