The superstition of rabbits being regarded as lucky dates back to the Celtics in 600 BC.  In today’s society it isn’t uncommon to see people post “Rabbit, Rabbit” on twitter on the first of the month with the belief that it will bring good luck all month long. These so-called lucky bunnies are often bought as gifts and once “bunny fever” is over, they may be given to animal shelters, uncared for, or released into the wild where they can fall prey to other animals.

Heidi, a two-year old female rabbit, found her way to the Minneapolis Animal Care and Control in December 2018 as part of a cruelty case. Heidi’s front leg was broken while in the care of her owner. It wasn’t known if it was intentionally broken or was injured due to an accident. What was known was she was wretchedly neglected, not receiving any care for her badly injured leg. Heidi’s leg was forced to “heal” on its own causing it to set in a backwards position.

ISF Grantee HeidiThe Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society was contacted in early January with the hopes that Heidi could be accepted for treatment and adoption. They immediately took her into their care. It was apparent that despite Heidi’s current pain and compromised mobility, she was healthy and could live a normal happy life as a house rabbit.  Veterinarians at The Jordan Veterinary Clinic evaluated Heidi and determined amputation was her best option. As previous recipients of an Ian Somerhalder Foundation Emergency Medical Care Grant for Animals, The Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society reached out once again and was awarded a Grant for financial assistance with Heidi’s surgery.

Heidi’s amputation surgery was successfully performed on January 31, 2019. She was placed in a foster home where her curious personality lead her to investigate her new surroundings right away. Her foster family had this to say, “Heidi is young and interested in exploring her new home, so she’s motivated to get used to moving around on just three legs.” It was here she recovered and became mobile without the pain of her damaged leg holding her back. In just a few weeks, Heidi was scheduled for spay surgery to get her ready for adoption. Leah Gannon, from the Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society said, “Her adorable looks will be sure to win over an adopter. Heidi’s profile was posted on our Pet Finder page and had quite a few applications. Her story has already endeared her to our supporters.” One of those supporters was the first to send in an adoption application. She is an experienced rabbit owner who attends Hoppy Hours which is a rabbit socialization session, and other events such as Bunny Basics, Rabbit Agility, and Bunny Yoga. Heidi met her new mom at an adoption event and it was a perfect match! Heidi’s new mom shared “she had a quiet couple of days” in her new home “and then really relaxed and spread out.” The Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society told ISF, “There is a forever home for every animal, regardless of their abilities. We’re hoping we’ll see Heidi at a Hoppy Hour once she’s all settled in at her new place. Thanks so much for supporting her care.”

Some people believe in the lucky rabbit superstition while others do not, but we should all believe every animal is deserving of care, as we are the lucky ones to have these precious creatures in our lives. 

Written by Theresa Blangiforti

ISF Grantee Heidi

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