“It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little.”

We helped at another public shelter this weekend, feeding and cleaning cages for a lot of rabbits, providing medical intervention, and making them more comfortable as we could. These efforts are so discouraging when we consider we wouldn’t want any of our own pets living like this, but to know they have a chance and are at least a little more comfortable than when we arrived makes it worth it. I can’t go into more details about their situation at the moment.

This is my favorite picture from today, summarizing the fear and hope and possibility and evil all at the same time.

We were able to get the bunnies in the teeny tiny cages into more reasonable accommodations after rummaging through the shelter and patching together what we could. That was the most rewarding activity today for me.

This is the gas chamber, a horrible way to die. Thankfully the shelter recently stopped using this method with domestic animals and is phasing it out for wildlife. I did see several dogs and cats (humanely) euthanized today. It makes me sad that people care so little about their pets that it comes to killing them for lack of space and homes. I just want to make them watch; I want to see if they have any remorse for their convenient excuses.

On the other end of things, new life is always cute and hopeful. Two litters were born today, though not all survived. The rest of the babies face an uncertain future, and probably not one destined to be happy given the circumstances.
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These rabbits are lucky to have one of the larger cages. The one on the left has had his ears chewed off.

Lots of cages to clean, for rabbits of all sizes.
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11 thoughts on ““It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little.”

  1. Wow, it’s hard to even read this post. Oddly, I was just looking at the MalteseRescue.com page today and wanting to help somehow.

    Thanks for helping all those animals today. You made their lives better!

  2. I thought I was ok, but I’m pretty upset tonight. It’s hard enough seeing a sick animal euthanized but to watch it for a healthy one makes me sick. And there are far fewer people who care about the welfare of rabbits than dogs.

    Some people suck.

  3. I believe Dawn is trying to organize/direct people to the appropriate shelter contacts. You can respond directly to her email to offer help (she listed several ways to help, from donating items to cleaning cages). The need is probably greatest during the week cleaning cages since many of us live far from the shelter, and donating any available non-consumable items ASAP to get the rabbits more comfortable. Depending on how long this lasts, hay donations will be needed throughout.

  4. I want the gray bunny with the big ears! I live about an hour from Louisville, is he there or has he been moved to Indiana already. I have 2 angoras and 2 lionheads all spayed/neutured. Thanks Pam

  5. Check the more recent posts on the blog… all but two of the Flemmies went back to the breeder. 🙁 Our rescue has not taken in any of the Flemmies; they went home with a local vet.

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  7. I actually just stumbled across your page. I think it’s great what you are doing, however the quote at the top of your page is not actually your own quote. It is the first part of a quote that was spoke from the great Sidney Smith. The quote in it’s entirity is “It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can.” Please give him the proper respect and quote him properly and not use it as if it were your own saying.

  8. Well, actually I put that post title in quotes on purpose to indicate that it is someone else’s. None of my other post titles are like that.

    I found the quotation online after someone else sent it to me in an email, and since it was not properly credited at the place where I found it, I didn’t know who said it (plus you can’t always trust the info you find online). Thanks for the info!

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