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Rabbits are damn cute. But are rabbits rampant in your community? Now it’s a hare situation.
That’s where Orlando Rabbit Care and Adoptions, Inc. steps in, helping residents of Azalea Park, Florida get their rabbit situation under control.
The Rabbit Breakup first unfolded in the fall of last year, and with the onset of spring, residents and volunteers are increasingly concerned.
“In November 2021, three house rabbits were released into a backyard by their owner in Azalea Park,” Susan Chairvolotti, adoption coordinator for the organization, told Fox News Digital.
The three rabbits eventually escaped to this Florida suburb, about five miles east of downtown Orlando.
“They bred quickly, and we think there could be up to 50 rabbits, including many pregnant females, living within a three-block radius,” Chairvolotti said.
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After Orlando Rabbit Care and Adoptions learned of the situation in March, they got to work helping raise awareness of the situation.
“This large number of rabbits grew in such a short time because rabbits can get pregnant the day they give birth and their gestation period is 28 to 35 days,” Chairvolotti explained, noting that male rabbits can impregnate a female rabbit by the age of 10 weeks and a female can get pregnant as early as 12 weeks old.
This means that the need for help becomes more urgent.
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“Right now, all 11 rabbit rescues in the state of Florida are over capacity. All rabbit rescues across the country are overwhelmed,” Chairvolotti said, adding that only one or two in Florida have shelters. and the others are all in foster care. rescues.
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Orlando Rabbit Care and Adoptions has placed more than 80 rabbits in foster homes as of March 21.
“In order to save all of the rabbits in Azalea Park, we are seeking help from the community in the form of a shelter (preferably with air conditioning), foster homes, and monetary donations,” said Chairvolotti.
Last year, the organization received requests to help 575 rabbits. Among these requests, they were able to bring 122 rabbits to the rescue.
In February 2022, they had already received requests to accommodate 130 rabbits. If this trend continues, Orlando Rabbit Care and Adoptions will far exceed the number of rabbits needing help finding loving homes. With no shelters or foster homes, the nonprofit said the number of rabbits its staff can rescue is limited and it needs the public’s help, so these rabbits can find their ” hopping” forever.
Visit OrlandoRabbit.org to learn more about promoting a rabbit, adopting a rabbit, or donating.