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Animal shelter overcrowded with rabbits in Roseburg

There has been an increase in rabbits being brought to the Roseburg shelter since early 2018, officials added.

Posted: Sep 13, 2019 7:12 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Too many people are surrendering their rabbits to the Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center, leading to overcrowding at the facility, shelter officials say.

There has been an increase in rabbits being brought to the Roseburg shelter since early 2018, officials added. They said many buy the animals for their families and then later decide to give them up or release them into the wild. Then, the rabbits end up at the shelter.

Right now, the shelter said they're housing 11 rabbits. However, they only have room for six to eight in their designated small animal room at a time.

To give them room to live comfortably, officials said they have to put the extra animals in other parts of the shelter.

“It takes a lot of staff time plus a lot of volunteer time just to be able to provide that quality of care that they need,” Executive Director Wendy Kang said.

Kang said they’re doing everything they can to make it work. She said they’re working with other shelters in Oregon to transport the rabbits to different places so they can be adopted elsewhere.

However, Kang said other facilities are having the same issue too.

“They really are meant to be a pet,” said Kang. “Something that can be part of the family. When we bring these bunnies into our lives, we need to be caring for them their entire lifetime.”

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