by Ana Palles
The animal rescue called with the good news that the bunny we brought in with a puncture wound had recovered nicely and would soon be released into the wild. Our young dog was responsible for the puncture, which my daughter was convinced was due to the dog thinking this was a cool new squeaky toy.
She certainly hadn’t tried to eat the bunny. In fact, she dropped the bunny as soon as she heard our cry of horror. As both dogs and humans stood looking at the tiny wild, grey bunny lying on the deck, we realized it was still alive. My daughter Lisa took quick action. Making sure to keep our voices hushed, she gathered the bunny into a box and covered it with a cloth to keep it warm. Stopping only to note the address of the animal rescue and pick up the donation check I had hastily written for her, she headed out to deliver the wounded bunny to folks that could help at Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation.
A week later, the bunny was weaned and eating hay and we were relieved that all had ended well. Even though this is a natural cycle of nature, it was good to shift the course of events a little bit, a tiny nod to the butterfly effect.
We are fortunate to live in an area with various animal rescue groups doing outstanding work. Some of the bird rescue programs have made great strides in treating West Nile, some very successfully using complementary care techniques such as flower essences and oils. For the volunteers at these non-profit groups, the work is both challenging and rewarding.
If you come across a hurt animal and don’t know who to call, try your local Humane Society. They generally have contact information for the animal rescues in your area. Also check the information and listings on The Wildlife Rehabilitation Information Directory. Some animal rescue organizations specialize in specific animals, such as horse and raptor rescue programs, others are more generalized.
We are often unaware of the work being done in our communities to help animals in need. Remember that many of these organizations provide community outreach programs. Invite one of these groups to come out to your school. Children and adults alike are fascinated by their presentations and they provide a good teaching opportunity on what to do if one encounters hurt ,or what may appear to be orphaned, animals in nature.
And don’t forget, this is another service path, and a lovely way to give back. Go online and check out the websites of your local groups for information on upcoming events and helpful tips.