PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Trash and debris from the homeless campers who left aren’t the only things that have been found on the Springwater Corridor since the sweep in September.
A group of homeless rabbits were recently found there by a cyclist at 122nd and Ramona.
Rabbit Advocates got the tip 2 weeks ago and volunteers went out with lives traps to catch the bunnies. They managed to catch 3 of the bunnies but one elusive rabbit is still out and volunteers think he’s hiding in the blackberry bushes.
Advocates say it’s dangerous for domesticated animals to be left outside unattended.
“I would recommend that people never turn their pet rabbits loose, there are many many resources you can call,” advocate Mary Marvin said. “You can call the shelters, you can call Rabbit Advocates. It’s cruel to turn a rabbit loose that has no skill to take care of itself and it’s a prey animal, so it’s going to be somebody’s dinner.”
Raptors, dogs and coyotes aren’t the only concerns for rabbits, the volunteers said one of the campers on the trail suggested during the rescue that the rabbit would make a good dinner.
The bunnies, Lexi, Lola and Leo, are being cared for by foster parents until the Rabbit Advocates can find permanent homes for them.
“We always need a place to put them and right now we are very short on foster homes,” Marvin said. “We are eager to get more people involved in fostering rabbits.”
Leo is being fostered by Kristin Pfandler while he awaits adoption.
“I’m just becoming a foster mom,” Pfandler said. “I have another foster I just got a month ago. They really like to be in bonded pairs, so I am going to try to bond him with her so they can be adopted out together. It’s nice to be able to give them a home and get them ready for their forever home.”
These and other rabbits will be available for adoption at Bunny Palooza at the Washington County Fairgrounds on November 5, 2016 from 10 a.m. top 4 p.m.