I’m…. co-o-o-o-o-ld!

A reader writes: "I almost fainted when I saw this handful of preciousness.  He was dropped off in an empty box without food or water at the door of the rescue where I volunteer.  He was so cold when we brought him inside, he now just burrows into any warm thing he gets near.  Like armpits, cupped hands, jacket pockets, belly pouches…"

Bunfull

Outlook

Bunday submishe from the fabu Johanna S. who volunteers at Sante D’Or.

Comments

  1. Aw…poor, chilly bunbun. Stay inside and find the nearest radiator!

  2. Awww… so bleening fluffular and streamlined… and is that bunny tongue in pic 2?

  3. Powder puff bunneh Disapproves of winter.

  4. You can send him up here, I’ll keep him nice and warm!!!

  5. gloomygrrl says:

    must. kiss. tiny. cold. nose.

  6. Wow, this might be the first time I’ve ever seen an APPROVING rabbit.

  7. So happy he was rescued!

  8. Nasty to abandon such an adorable bun, but at least it was left at a rescue. Poor poor cold bunbun

  9. Bunny owner says:

    My bunnies will snuggle with him and keep him warm and call him George! We’ll put him in a big snuggle pile. Glad it’s a happy ending.

  10. totalee puppy says:

    Every day is Bunday with an
    anerable bunny needing
    warmth and love. Keeping
    rescue workers in my heart
    and on my mind.

  11. but i thought snowballs LIKED the cold…

  12. How could anyone abandon such a cutie!!! I’ll take him, I need a bunny, bad…

  13. Thank you for being there for this poor little bunny. So cold and thirsty and hungry.

  14. I think he’s approving, too! Are those eyes blue??

  15. Poor little baby. Now that I volunteer at a shelter, I can’t help but think of all of the unfortunate animals out there with no shelter from the cold. It puts such a damper on my spirit…

    But to lighten it up, he’s a cute little frozen bunbun!

  16. Name him Snowball! You must do it!

  17. Aww, my bunny and I will help warm this cute lil guy up! <3

  18. I luuuuv him. *makes squishing noises*

  19. The EARS!! So pink and delicate and nommable! Waiter, I’ll take two Fluffy Bun Earsicles STAT!

    (And yes, you are now required to name him Snowball.)

  20. This bun has every reason to look disapproving, and yet he looks so content.

  21. Must have eet. OMG.

  22. I want to take that poor baby and warm him up in my hands.

  23. Kwismas bunneh !!!!!!!!!!!!

    And YES, he does actually approve.

  24. And what’s with the happy flappers, these days ? This bun-bun’s approving paws = the tur-tur’s waving flip-flips.

  25. I can’t imagine dropping of a poor baby anything out in the freezing cold like that.. but I have to admit that sometimes I wonder what I would do if it were me and I couldn’t have the animal or pay a fee for a shelter to take it in.. Still poor baby bunny, he could have froze and thats so sad. Im glad someone saved him.

  26. milquetoast says:

    I can understand Mothers dropping off their teen children but BUNS? What has this country come to?

  27. AlbertaGirl says:

    Ahn, poor little bun bun! I’m so happy he ees warm and safe now.

    I followed the link under the picture and learned that the rescue organization where he was dropped off is in financial trouble! They need to raise some money if they are going to keep rescuing baby buns like this one.

  28. binky-mama says:

    I’ll warm him up…in my MOUF!!!

    Seriously, last night was so cold that my kitteh’s ears were like little ice cubes so I popped one in my mouf to warm it up. Kitteh didn’t even wake up! *sigh* Yes, I know I have issues.

  29. I believe that in that second picture bunny is paying homage to mister flying turtle a few posts back!!

  30. Evvie's mum says:

    I’m with Snowpea – at least he WAS dropped off. But gee, they coulda waited ’til y’all were open, and BRUNG him in! Kudos to you for sunggle-warming him. (Has everyone read “DEWEY”? Starts out much the same.) That’s a book should come with a small pack of tissues attached to the front AND back covers!

  31. Evvie's mum says:

    I’m with Snowpea – at least he WAS dropped off. But gee, they coulda waited ’til y’all were open, and BRUNG him in! Kudos to you for sunggle-warming him. (Has everyone read “DEWEY”? Starts out much the same.) That’s a book should come with a small pack of tissues attached to the front AND back covers!

  32. Evvie's mum says:

    I’m with Snowpea – at least he WAS dropped off. But gee, they coulda waited ’til y’all were open, and BRUNG him in! Kudos to you for sunggle-warming him. (Has everyone read “DEWEY”? Starts out much the same.) That’s a book should come with a small pack of tissues attached to the front AND back covers!

  33. Evvie's mum says:

    I’m with Snowpea – at least he WAS dropped off. But gee, they coulda waited ’til y’all were open, and BRUNG him in! Kudos to you for sunggle-warming him. (Has everyone read “DEWEY”? Starts out much the same.) That’s a book should come with a small pack of tissues attached to the front AND back covers!

  34. Evvie's mum says:

    I’m with Snowpea – at least he WAS dropped off. But gee, they coulda waited ’til y’all were open, and BRUNG him in! Kudos to you for sunggle-warming him. (Has everyone read “DEWEY”? Starts out much the same.) That’s a book should come with a small pack of tissues attached to the front AND back covers!

  35. Evvie's mum says:

    I’m with Snowpea – at least he WAS dropped off. But gee, they coulda waited ’til y’all were open, and BRUNG him in! Kudos to you for sunggle-warming him. (Has everyone read “DEWEY”? Starts out much the same.) That’s a book should come with a small pack of tissues attached to the front AND back covers!

  36. who abandons such a cute bun? makes me sad…

  37. Gail (the first one) says:

    God bless all the shelters, rescues and volunteers!!

  38. ditto what gail (the first one) said. blessings to all who volunteer in animal rescue shelters. this little bun is way too cute for dumping. glad he has found some warm hands to make him all betterer again :)

  39. Beautiful bun, I would cuddle it all the time to keep him warm. :-)

  40. I can’t believe someone would abandon such a cutie!!! I’m glad he has a place to be warm and safe now, though. Thank you animal shelter workers!!

  41. Live long and prosper, teeny bunbun! Go ye forth and disapprove.

  42. Dreamspinner Cheryl says:

    Snuggles and hopes for a happy forever home to the sweet lil’ bunsickle-and boo to the idiot who dropped him off in the cold!

    Kudos and extra-moisturizing hand lotion for the owner of the warm, loving, chapped hand holding the fuzzy lil’ Snowball.

  43. Awwww – poor little bunners. Yay for warmies! (It was insanely cold yesterday in Chicago, and my bun and I spent most of the day napping)

  44. Jenni, Verona, KY says:

    I followed the link to Sante D’Or and they are indeed having financial trouble!! They have a chance to stay open if we all donate. I’m sending them $20 today. Here’s the address:

    Send a check now to Sante D’Or, P.O. Box 29076, Los Angeles, CA 29076 (write “Save Sante D’Or” on the memo line)

    This shelter has lost one of its faithful sponsors due to the crappy economy. Another one has stepped in and will grant them $15K if they can raise their own $15K by the end of February. Let’s do it, people!!!

  45. binky mama – I too used to nom on my kitties’ ears when they were really cold in winter! But one never needs an excuse to nom on a kitty’s ear … or a bun’s, for that matter. :)

  46. poor baby bun! I’m so glad there are kind people like that to take care of him!

  47. Gotta give props to a business I was at yesterday . . . our shelter takes animals up to a local Petco on the weekends, trying to get them adopted out and some exposure for the shelter. Some IDIOT abandoned a poor lil’ black lab pup out in their parking lot (maybe 8 weeks old at most) and the workers brought him in and worked at placing him that Saturday and while I was there with our adopt a dog on Sunday, a wonderful woman opened her heart and home to this wee lil’ cold and sad pup. So, there’s one merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah story for ya’. Loved watching the Petco workers walking around with the little fella all day. The ‘awwww’ factor was definitely high.

  48. totalee puppy says:

    KATRINA–How are you doing?
    Is it pneumonia for sure?
    Missing you–worried. Hello?
    JENNI–Thanks for the info
    about donating to Sante D’Or–I wrote it down.
    SNOWBALL–You own me!

  49. Cold bunny approves of love. I know lots of people who would love a snuggle bunny for Christmas!

  50. Holy Bunny Buns! He would’ve blended right in with the snow in our region this weekend. Glad he found his way to a shelter though and looks to be getting much love.

  51. Another kudos for you folks who volunteer with animals. I couldn’t do it so I really admire people who are willing to have their hearts broken so easily.

    I feel bad for people who’ve lost their homes and have to turn their pets in. Personally, I’d keep ‘em in my car if Iost my house but if I lost that too? Not a good thing for anyone.

  52. ShelleyTambo says:

    My shelter doesn’t charge a fee to drop off, and people STILL leave animals tied up or in boxes on our doorstep while we’re OPEN. Sometimes not even on the doorstep but just on the side of the building.

    All shelters and rescues are having financial problems because of the economy. And adoptions are down, but intake is up. :( The weekend before Christmas is usually one of our biggest weekends of the year, but not this year…

  53. It’s the rare Sylvilagus Approbus, seldom seen in the wild.

    He’s so white he looks like an albunno.

  54. BR-R-R-R-R-R!! I know just how cold bunny feels today, because the heating system where I work is shut down for maintenance. :-(

  55. crazyweinerdoglady says:

    I think they should name him Bunsicle :)

  56. lostbronte says:

    Who could abandon that bun? I’m glad that the shelter saved him!

  57. The Sante D’Or shelter also accepts PayPal donations on their site. If you have the money to spare and want to help out some of the many cute creatures who need homes, it’s certainly a worthwhile cause.

  58. Most of the people who are leaving pets at shelters are more than likely having a realllllly hard time in life right now. Give these folks a bit of a break. They already feel ashamed and hopeless. They don’t need another human looking at them disapprovingly. There are some people trying to drop of their own kids at hospitals cause they can’t take care of them, and to some people their pets are their kids. Lets just pray for everyone who has to make a hard decision like giving up a loved pet. Yeayea I know, there is the whole “you got em, you have the responsibility with it” I personally am that type of person that I would keep my pet no matter what but geez, its the holidays and its tough out there……

  59. Wait, why isn’t this fluffball of joy not posted under “ResQte” as well?…

    [It is now! – Ed.]

  60. D’ohhhhhh <3 Poor little guy! Send him this way I've been told I have the constant internal temperature of a blast furnace. He can curl up on my belleh. :)

  61. biscuithead says:

    Nadular!
    LMAO

    /that is all.

  62. you’re a nice person, derz!

    your post is a nice reminder for us all to practice compassion this season…towards each other AND the leetle ani-mawls.

  63. I will keep you warm, little bun-bun. You can snuggle inside my hoodie’s kangaroo pocket while I type. You can even leave little pellets in there, as I’m sure you will. You’re cute enough that I don’t care.

  64. (the original) Mel says:

    Thanks for the compassion Derz. I wouldn’t do it either, but I understand why people are doing it.

  65. awww, i wish i could adopt him – but i live on the other side of the country :(. i didn’t think it would be that cold in southern california, but suprisingly current temps at noon are 45 per the today show weather map! awww, poor fella <3

  66. Aw, poor bun. They should have left it a blanket, and some food and water. He’ll be a warm bunneh now though. :)

  67. Such a cute bun-bun!

    I realize that there are people in such poor financial circumstances that they can no longer keep and care for their pets properly. HOWEVER, they still have an obligation to see to it that their pet is given up in a humane fashion- NOT dropped off in the freezing cold or turned out to ‘fend for itself’. It may be hard, but it is more humane to drop off the animal at a shelter where it will be euthanized and at least get a peaceful, painless death- rather than slowly starve or freeze as it runs around terrified in the unfamiliar outdoors trying to survive.

  68. So cute. I’m glad he was found in time. I can’t believe they (whoever it was) dropped him off without food or water in the cold. He could have frozen to death waiting for the rescue to open!! :-\

  69. More cuteness can be cuddled up to at this website: http://fuckyoupenguin.blogspot.com/

  70. Awwww, I had a white rabbit when I was a kid and when our son gets old enough we will be getting him one too. They make such great pets.

  71. berthservant says:

    Yay for the ResQte squad! And we’ve all read the book “Dewey,” right? Mebbe this bunneh could get adopted by a library!!

  72. poor little bunbun, who would abandon that precious little guy? :( I want to bring him home to snuggle up with my bunbun and to spoil him rotten.

  73. Aww cuddly cuteness! Hopefully he’ll never know another cold day after his adoption.

    Kudos to all you shelter workers! I couldn’t do it. My house would become a zoo in every manner of speaking after my first day. The animals lucky to have folks like you!

  74. warrior rabbit says:

    My buns were both ‘dumped’ rescues, and poor Radar was found on a golf course (a popular dump spot for idjits).

    I’m happy this little bunster was at least taken to a shelter, even if it was so, so cold (and it has been very cold here). Sometimes you really have to look for the silver lining, but it’s there.

    Thanks to all volunteers, and good wishes to all who are experiencing rough times, and may be forced to make tough decisions.

  75. I agree with posts above about not judging people who have to give up pets. But – they could have put something in the box to keep the bunny a little more comfortable! It’s a wonder it didn’t freeze to death. I’m glad bunny is going strong and will soon have a forever person to love her, if she doesn’t have one picked out already!

  76. Boomer's Babysitter says:

    Lovely, sweet bunny! I’m sure he will find a loving home. I’d love to take him – if it weren’t for the anti-fur landlords, and the teeny apartment!!
    In other news: Boomer’s primary human is in the hospital right now, peeps! I’m concerned, as I’m not certain why. His housemate simply said, “he had himself admitted last night, called 911…” Send your prayers and good thoughts for George, Boomer’s daddy.

  77. Boomer's Babysitter says:

    Lovely, sweet bunny! I’m sure he will find a loving home. I’d love to take him – if it weren’t for the anti-fur landlords, and the teeny apartment!!
    In other news: Boomer’s primary human is in the hospital right now, peeps! I’m concerned, as I’m not certain why. His housemate simply said, “he had himself admitted last night, called 911…” Send your prayers and good thoughts for George, Boomer’s daddy.

  78. Boomer's Babysitter says:

    Lovely, sweet bunny! I’m sure he will find a loving home. I’d love to take him – if it weren’t for the anti-fur landlords, and the teeny apartment!!
    In other news: Boomer’s primary human is in the hospital right now, peeps! I’m concerned, as I’m not certain why. His housemate simply said, “he had himself admitted last night, called 911…” Send your prayers and good thoughts for George, Boomer’s daddy.

  79. Boomer's Babysitter says:

    Lovely, sweet bunny! I’m sure he will find a loving home. I’d love to take him – if it weren’t for the anti-fur landlords, and the teeny apartment!!
    In other news: Boomer’s primary human is in the hospital right now, peeps! I’m concerned, as I’m not certain why. His housemate simply said, “he had himself admitted last night, called 911…” Send your prayers and good thoughts for George, Boomer’s daddy.

  80. Boomer's Babysitter says:

    Lovely, sweet bunny! I’m sure he will find a loving home. I’d love to take him – if it weren’t for the anti-fur landlords, and the teeny apartment!!
    In other news: Boomer’s primary human is in the hospital right now, peeps! I’m concerned, as I’m not certain why. His housemate simply said, “he had himself admitted last night, called 911…” Send your prayers and good thoughts for George, Boomer’s daddy.

  81. Boomer's Babysitter says:

    Lovely, sweet bunny! I’m sure he will find a loving home. I’d love to take him – if it weren’t for the anti-fur landlords, and the teeny apartment!!
    In other news: Boomer’s primary human is in the hospital right now, peeps! I’m concerned, as I’m not certain why. His housemate simply said, “he had himself admitted last night, called 911…” Send your prayers and good thoughts for George, Boomer’s daddy.

  82. Having worked at a shelter, it always upset me when I saw people just leaving animals on the steps instead of waiting until the doors were open. Sometimes it was freezing outside and some of the babies were dead, sometimes they had wandered off and we’d find an empty box, etc. If you can’t afford to pay the fee, let the shelter know!! You’ll be hard pressed to find a shelter that will refuse an animal because of something like that. Our shelter charged a $25 fee, but that was ALWAYS waived if the circumstances called for it. It is SO much better than leaving an animal on the steps and hoping someone finds it in time. This bunny is extremely fortunate because it would not have taken long *at all* before he died.

    One of my guinea pigs was left outside last January. A pet store found him in a gift bag next to the dumpster behind their store. They brought him into us, and I brought him home with me. By his behavior, you could tell this little one had been mistreated. On Thursday, he’ll be celebrating his first forever home Christmas with me, my husband, and his two adopted guinea pig brothers.

  83. I found my bun outside my dorm building two St. Patrick’s Days ago. This is her second christmas with us and she’s spoiled. Grandpa is always giving her raisins, Grandma is always letting her stay up late. She’s a good kid, though. I can’t imagine someone just letting her go in the “wild” like that, but I’m glad she’s mine now.

  84. Hi everyone,
    Thank you so much for your kind comments. This is Tiny Dancer, and I’ve passed on the popular demand for a renaming to Snowball :-)

    SDO is an amazing rescue. Everyone (including city officials) have been amazed by the cleanliness, the care, the health of our babies, and the love from our volunteers. All our critters are happy, but we are, as the site says, needing your helping hand.

    Blessing to all, and stay warm during the holidays.

  85. Hi, Peeps. Thanks, Totalee, I am breathing easier. Oh, yes, P-nuemonia with the full rack of attending tempting sides dishes. I hope you are happy and healthy. I just came back today-whadImiss?? Happy,Healthy and Merry to Peeps all around the world! My family got my an ipod nano and I’m listening to cello music (and other good stuff, too).
    Sweet little bunbun, so towel or anything? Even a sock would have helped. I am so grateful to be where I am warm and safe and getting better.

  86. BunnyGuyBryan says:

    So glad to see an adorable little bun rescued from the cold! My little guy was also rescued from a cold door step, so i am very thankful that there are wonderful rescue places to take these guys in!

  87. Katrina — YAY FOR FULL RACKS! ;)

  88. Melanthios says:

    Even tiny cute cold bunny Disapproves. This pleases me.

  89. Snowball is an adooorable bun bun. We (adults and children) need to learn to be responsible for our pets. They all need our TLC … Btw, a small donation would help many animals at Santa D’Or. Merry Xmas.

  90. I used to volunteer at a shelter when I was in college. Once I got there early because my clock broke and while I waited for the workers to arrive and open the door (in January) a man walked up and handed me a box, then ran away around the corner.
    He didn’t say a word, and he didn’t look too happy. I opened the box and saw a litter of newborn kittens minus their mama! No old towel or anything, either. I took out my trench coat’s liner and put it in with the babies, then wrapped the box in my coat. I was fine – I had thick boots, a scarf, a hat, thick gloves, turtleneck, warm pants, socks… Luckily the volunteer wasn’t long and we got them in and fed, and every last one found homes. I’d hate to think what would have happened if my clock hadn’t decided to act funny.

  91. This time of year it’s got to be Barrington Bunny.

  92. Dexter Fishmore says:

    +1 for “nadular regions.”

    -1,000 for leaving bunnies out in the cold.

  93. This shelter is in Southern California, Hollywood to be exact, and the temperature last night was about 45 degrees, so there would have been no frozen bunny-sicle this morning, regardless of how long it had been there. Not to worry peeps.

    And we have no idea the circumstances under which this bun was delivered, so we cannot impute any judgement onto the deliverer.

  94. he shall be named “Powshes”

  95. Johanna,I have a friend who adopted her cats from a shelter. As a Christmas gift, I was looking for an appropriate place to do a one-time donation (in her name) and I think your shelter just might be the place. I’m just a high school student, so it won’t be any whopping sum, but I’m sure every penny counts and that no other gift could mean more to my special friend :)

    I saw that you need to raise $15,000 to get that amount from a donor, but how far along are you? There doesn’t seem to be a meter or something to show people your progress :)

  96. Bagpipe_mouse says:

    Hey, pass the word around…if you know of someone who may be losing their home and is uncertain of how they will care for their pet, or if you are a landlord or loan holder with a renter or creditor who has abandoned a pet, there is an organization that can help. No Paws Left Behind helps people find temporary shelter for animals and pet friendly rentals. They also provide care for abandoned animals in foreclosed properties until legal arrangements can be completed.

    http://www.nopawsleftbehind.org

  97. Hi Annie,
    Your comment made me all teary. I will forward your excellent suggestion of a donation meter to be added to the site. It may take a while because even the computer people are volunteers. And please, do NOT worry about the amount you donate. That you are doing so is enough.

  98. Katrina, glad you’re perkier and have some groovy sounds. Which cello music are you listening to?

  99. Gail (the first one) says:

    Hey, Katrina! Glad you are feeling a little better!!!

  100. My dearest CO friends, you all just rock. There are no better or more inspired peeps anywhere. Donations have been coming in from all around the country, and we are all just dazed. Per Annie’s suggestion, we are designing a donation meter for the site.

    But I also have some very sad news. I just received a phone call from the rescue; Snowball’s extreme cuteness was not enough to help him endure his ordeal. Though he was under constant care, hydrated, and fed (not to mention cuddled to the perfect temperature), he passed today.

    For all of you who were inspired by Snowball to donate to SDO, we all thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Know that your kindness is helping abandoned and neglected kitties receive the love and attention they deserve.

    If you have not yet donated but still want to, we have over 20 equally precious and adorable furry pals who need your help.

    Bless you all.

  101. Ohhh, my heart just broke reading of Tiny Dancer-Snowball’s passing. Such a sweet little bun. May he rest in bun heaven. :(

    I haven’t felt this sad since the passing of the little otter guy.

  102. Junior, while I understand your sentiments, I have to disagree that there is nothing to worry about. As we can see by Johanna’s heartbreaking comment…the precious bun DID wind up dying. If this was a domesticated bunny, 45 degrees is too cold and it can go into shock. If it’s a wild bunny, it can still be too cold as most bunnies stay in their burrows, which are much warmer than outside temps and the bunny can still go into shock. That also does not take into account the lack of food and water. Baby buns are VERY delicate, and when not cared for properly they can generally have a less than 10% chance of survival. “Not to worry” doesn’t quite work here.

    Speaking as a former shelter employee, I can say it is MUCH better for the animal to be delivered to an actual person. Wait until a shelter opens, drop him off at a vet (most cities have at least one 24 hour vet clinic…including Hollywood, CA). I may not know the exact circumstances to which caused the animal to be dumped outside a shelter, but when there is *always* an alternative, my experiences have led me to believe that more definitely can be done.

    Johanna, I’m so sorry to hear of his passing, but I’m so grateful to you and others who work diligently to not only care for these precious animals, but also to provide them the love they so deserve.

  103. Oh, no, Johanna. I’m so sorry to hear the sad news about the bunny. I’ve sent a little cash to the shelter in hopes of your reaching the %15,000 goal.

  104. aww, poor little guy… at least he knew people who loved him before he passed :(

  105. Thank you very much Johanna for your speedy response! I am sad to hear of Snowball’s passing, but on the bright side, at least we all partook in his cuteness ;)

  106. Thank you Johanna for letting us know. And thank you for your work there at the shelter.

    Showball knew he was loved, in the end.

  107. God bless this girl for working at the shelter that saved this little precious ball of floof! THAT makes my Christmas for this whole year =-)

  108. Despite the fact that he passed, he did have lots of love.

  109. @Lori!! You made MY Christmas and beyond by calling this “mid-level adult” a “girl”.

    To all, Snowball’s journey across our plane was swift indeed, and he broke many hearts when he left. But yes, he was very, very loved while with us.

  110. Aesthetica says:

    awwwwwwwww johanna i’m so sad to hear about poor sweet snowball. bless you for your efforts though he had to pass on. i noticed that i live somewhat near to this wonderful resQTE facility, and it has been bitterly cold at night lately, and raining at times. i always worry about our furry and feathered friends out in the weather during these cold snaps.

    i am going to make a donation in the name of my beloved cat baby Boo (age 15) whom i had to put to sleep last week after a sudden brain disorder appeared — yes i’m still crying and deeply heartbroken. bless you for all you do, johanna and your staff.

    i also noticed that anyone with a Ralph’s grocery store Rewards card can link their card so that a rebate is forwarded to them every time you make a purchase there with your card. California and other C.O.ers with Ralph’s stores should consider signing up for the program.

  111. MacWorld is out…and…CuteOverloadWorld is in!

    http://www.geekculture.com/joyoftech/joyarchives/1187.html

  112. Poor little guy.
    I don’t like rabbits, but that was cruel to abandon a baby in the cold. There is no excuse for that. Hope he finds a good home.

  113. poor little bunz. i’m crying. my newest bunz was left out in the cold in her cage next to the dumpster as if she were garbage. she’s such a sweet little girl. I cry every time I think about what could have happened to her if she hadn’t been found. It’s so sad the way some people treat these innocent little creatures.

  114. Thank you Aesthetica! In fact, that is a very good way to help. There is no direct out-of-pocket through the Ralph’s rewards. Do stop in and say o hai!

    But I must clarify that Kelly is the actual powerhouse behind SDO. I’m just one of a bunch of incredibly generous and loving volunteers. And I occasionally take pictures :-)

  115. *sniff*

    This just went from ResQte™ to Cute and DEFINITELY Sad.

    Hopefully, we can help Kelley, Johanna and all of those others at SDO with the other babies who are dropped at their door on a cold morning.

  116. Anyone else see Nightline tonight? Dear heavens.

    People who can’t afford to keep their pets.

  117. To be honest, buns usually look kind of evil. But this bun was so cute, and I’m so sorry for his loss. I wish I could snorgle him/her and tell her everything will be okay, but I can’t. I’m sorry for this bun..it didn’t deserve to be treated this way. Thanks for your efforts Johanna.

  118. First let me say that it’s very sad news that the bun did not make it. It was very young and probably was not ready to be separated from its mother yet.

    As for its demise, we don’t know what caused it, but we do know that bunnies are far more susceptible to heat than to cold.

    As to the judgements being made to the person dropping said bunny off, how do we know this person was the owner of the bunny? Perhaps this person found the bunny? Perhaps the mother of the bunny was killed and the person was trying to do the right thing by bringing it to the shelter? Perhaps was doing the best they could with the time and resources they had available to them?

    Do we even know how long the bun was was there before it was found? Perhaps bunny was lost out in the elements for DAYS without food and water before he was found and delivered to the shelter to be cared for?

    You see? All sorts of different scenarios can be possible if one does not immediately jump to the worst conclusion that the bunny-dropper-offer is heartless and cruel.

  119. Gail (the first one) says:

    @Aesthetica: I’m so sorry to hear about your dear kitteh, Boo! He must have been a happy kitteh, sounds like he was so loved.

    @Junior: Thanks at least for the reminder that we don’t always know the hearts of people who do these things.

    @Johanna: Thank you and your compadres at the shelter for all your hard work!!! Wish I had a Ralph’s here in Chicagoland….

  120. ='(

    Poor bunny. How could anyone abandon pets! I hate them. Boo. Hope the bunny are jumping and happy now.

  121. Very sad news that Snowball didn’t make it… tears on my face … I will miss Snowball cute face.

  122. I’m so very sorry about poor little Snowball.

    My Pepper-Bunny was dumped in a public park but was found by Animal Care and Control in late November in Chicago. Her story could so easily have ended like Snowball’s, but she was lucky. She made it into a rescue program and was spayed and then spent nearly a year in the shelter before I came along to take her home and spoil her rotten. She has pasteurella, so I have no way of knowing how long she will be with me (though at the moment it’s under control) but she will be loved every day of the rest of her life.

  123. Aesthetica says:

    @Junior — sometimes it’s better not to say anything at all.

    @Johanna — best of luck to you AND Kelly, and thanks for sharing dear snowball with us. i hope the added publicity helps keep your shelter in business t o save more animals. and yes, next time i’m in los feliz i will come in and play with the kitties and pups and buns!

    and @Gail — thank you so much for your sympathies. it really helps during this hard time adjusting to his loss.

  124. “As for its demise, we don’t know what caused it, but we do know that bunnies are far more susceptible to heat than to cold.”

    That doesn’t make the temperature ok for the bunny as it induces shock in such young critters, which more often than not is fatal. Being more susceptible to heat doesn’t make the cold temperature safer for the bunny. Just because 45 degrees is a safe temperature for a human being (or a larger adult animal used to that temp) doesn’t make it safe for a lone vulnerable bunny.

    “All sorts of different scenarios can be possible if one does not immediately jump to the worst conclusion that the bunny-dropper-offer is heartless and cruel.”

    I didn’t say the person was heartless and cruel. Those are your words, not mine. I said there ARE alternatives that the person didn’t take (whether it was the owner or not). And having seen this scenario first hand play out literally hundreds and hundreds of times over the course of one year alone, I get bothered by it. When you’ve dealt with your fair share of animals being dropped off somewhere, you’d get upset by it too. Trust me, people *always* have a “reason” for not taking the alternative route when one is always available (such as 24 hour vet clinics, which are available in Hollywood, CA). Being the owner or not has nothing to do with it.

    It just makes me sad that there is more defense for the people who could have done something more rather than for an animal who could do nothing for itself. Anyway, I will rest my case now…as my point has been made already. Thank you to those who do make the extra effort.

  125. *turns on superman theme song…this one! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPmTFJkmjRg*

    Whatever the case is, the reality of the matter is that these animals end up somewhere, at shelter doorsteps or near dumpsters. That’s where….

    *cranks up music*

    SUPHERHEROS LIKE JOHANNA COME IN!!!

    *audience claps as volunteer peoples stand triumphantly, cuddling animals*

    Haha sorry this played out in my head and I couldn’t resist XD

    Happy Holidays! Hee hee :)

  126. The bunny DIED? wah

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