|Panda - November 2008|
Red Door was contacted by the girl, who wanted to bring Panda back because she was "going away to college". A little checking on Facebook revealed the truth - that the girl wanted a kitten and needed to "get rid of" Panda!
Still, a Red Door rabbit is a Red Door rabbit for life, so we offered to take her back. We received an e-mail from the girl saying that her little brother was going to take over Panda's care.
Over the next several months, our volunteers received several emails from the brother claiming that Panda was "aggressive" and looking for advice as to how to "tame her". They pleaded with the boy to just bring her back, but received no response. Apparently he went off to summer camp, and Panda sat alone in a cage for months, un-socialized and lonely, receiving food and water but starved for companionship.
|Panda - February 2012|
When the family was finally convinced to relinquish her, she was skittish, unhealthy, and very unhappy. She found the shelter environment very stressful, and was absolutely miserable. Luckily, we have many angels at Red Door, and one of them is Patti. She took Panda home with her and gave her loving care, rooms to stretch her legs, and a quiet space to heal. After several months, Panda was coming out of her shell and ready for another chance at a forever home.
Jessica had grown up with a Hotot, and loves pets with "lots of personality". (Some would say "attitude"). When she and her husband decided to adopt a rabbit, fond memories of her childhood companion drew her to Panda. Now renamed Lola, she shares her home with two feline siblings. Pixie is the younger cat, nearly the same age as Lola, and the two have become best friends. Marley, the older cat, seems content to observe and merely seems grateful that Pixie has somebunny to pester instead of him!
|Lola and Pixie - Best Friends|
|Aaah - that's the spot!|
Lola would never have found her Hoppy Ending without the tireless work and dedication of our many Red Door volunteers. But there is always more that needs doing. Cleaning volunteers don't have the most glamorous-sounds jobs, but they are essential to keeping our residents healthy and happy. Foster-parents take animals into their home for more one-on-one time, a quiet vacation away from the shelter, or just to free up a shelter space for another animal needing rescue. Donations of money and pet food help keep our Pet Food Pantry running and provide a way to help people on fixed or limited incomes keep their beloved animal companions. Volunteers staff our events, do community outreach, follow-up on reports of stray or abandoned animals, or just help with the phones and the paperwork. For ways that you can help see our Volunteer Needs page or just give us a call.