The Las Vegas Dump Site
There is a central location in Las Vegas where people continue to dump their unwanted pet bunnies at a large State mental health facility because there are already hundreds of “feral” bunnies running around at this site. These bunny dumpers probably figure “Hey, what’s one more bunny there? They’ll be happy here!” The problem with that is that bunnies are very territorial and if you haven’t ever seen bunnies fight, it is more brutal than you can imagine. The new bunnies that are dumped here will be attacked by the other bunnies (Caution Graphic Post), be malnourished, suffer heat stroke and/or run out in the street and get hit by cars because they are being chased.
There are also cruel people who maliciously try to hurt or kill the bunnies at the site as well. The story that we’ve heard from a few different people is that around 2007, the State thought that it would be calming for their mental patients to have bunnies running around their huge, many acre facility, so they let about 40 bunnies loose, not spayed or neutered of course.
Rabbits Breed Like Rabbits
Apparently the State did not take into consideration that rabbits breed like rabbits. Since the bunnies at this site have never been fixed, the 100’s of female bunnies can have between 4 and 12 babies EVERY 30 DAYS and their offspring can start reproducing at the ripe old age of 3 to 4 months old. Obviously, it doesn’t take long for the bunny population to explode and areas to start having major bunny issues as they reproduce. The ONLY reason the population is somewhat under control here is because bunnies had been constantly dying from disease or injury (being hit by cars) or purposely being killed by one of the State’s entities. Please help by donating and/or volunteering so that we can help stop this bunny suffering from continuing.
Failed Rescue at the Las Vegas Dump Site???
The state of Nevada had contracted a rescue called V Sanctuary (Fall 2015) to “fix” the bunny issue but according to the owner, he was not given enough funds to solve the problem (200 bunnies at $40 each I was told on the phone with him). In this Channel 13 news story on the Las Vegas bunny dump site, it states that V Sanctuary was actually paid $17,000 to try to fix this problem but whatever amount was spent, it was a complete waste of time and money. While initially the “rescue” effort got the bunny population smaller for a short period of time, since ALL the bunnies weren’t rescued and fixed, six months later (May 2016) the population is out of control again. There is once again a huge population problem again and more bunny suffering is happening as there is usually little food or water.
Floyd Lamb State Park – Another Las Vegas Dump Site
More dumping and bunny suffering. While there is better access to grass and water here at this State park, still in the winter the grass turns brown and all the green plants and brush they hide in die, not giving them many places to hide or escape from prey. Coyotes get hungry and will come down and feed on them. Many do survive with the help of great bunny heroes like Lucy and Duncan (feed and water coordinators at this park) who not only spend their own time and money to help water and feed them, but make these great fun videos to help bring awareness to this bunny disaster.
Neighborhood Dump Sites
These are feral bunnies in a NW Las Vegas neighborhood that made a home under my families shed and began breeding which is how my daughters and I became aware that there are little resources for bunnies here in Las Vegas. There are several neighborhoods in Las Vegas that dumped bunnies are breeding and struggling to survive. We’ve personally been trying to do our part in our neighborhood and have done TNR (Trap Neuter Return) on our property to help stop the breeding. Since spring 2015, many of the TNR bunnies have run away but some have been taken in and adopted. Currently we still have several ready for adoption. Unfortunately there are many other park and neighborhoods that are dumpsites for bunnies as well.
Condition of the Bunnies at the Various Las Vegas Dump Sites
During the spring and fall at the properties, there is usually some grass for the bunnies to eat and water to drink from the sprinklers so they can survive but the weather in Vegas is very brutal on these bunnies in the other 2 seasons and they do suffer without any outside help (and even with a lot of outside help as they aren’t meant to survive in the extreme heat or cold ). We have found parts of bunnies, dead bunnies and some “grass roots” bunny rescuers have even had to put a few bunnies to sleep (PTS) because of the severely injured or possibly poisoned bunnies they have come across. (Warning – Graphic video of baby bunny Vegas PTS on April 17, 2016). The bunny is this video was poisoned by a food deadly to bunnies but no one could prove who did it. We currently help to rescue many of the dump site bunnies that our volunteers find in distress out on site but this is very expensive. One of our favorite rescues (Matty/Lucky) cost our volunteer $1500 to vet her.
How can you help the Las Vegas Dump Site Bunnies?
We currently need volunteers to help feed and water at the two main dumpsites. We will also need bunny supplies such as a x-pens, cages, litter boxes, paper litter, bunny pellets, Timothy & Alfalfa hay, etc. plus monetary donations for medicine and the actual spay and neutering fees at the different vets. We will do everything in our power to keep the costs down to a minimum so that we can keep these guys healthy as we start to spay and neuter and finally help to stop all this unnecessary bunny suffering.
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