The abandoned and neglected are cared for at Prairie’s Edge Humane Society

HPIM0073All too often there are days at the Prairie’s Edge Humane Society shelter when we receive in animals who have been abandoned or neglected and we find ourselves doing whatever we can to ease their pain and hope that they will heal (physically and emotionally) and at some point we will be able to find them loving homes where they will be cared for and loved as they should be.

This week has given us two abandoned kittens left in a cardboard wine box in our parking lot. We estimate their age to be approximately 3-4 weeks old.   One with a horrible soar on its side from a botfly larva, now the size of a quarter, that had implanted itself in this poor kitten’s skin.  (see photo) 

HPIM0081Dr. Charlie Gumbusky, our contracted veterinarian for the shelter, happened to be at the shelter at the time these kittens were found in our parking lot so he immediately removed the botfly from the kitten.  This left a large soar in the side of the kitten which will be treated with antibiotics and watched closely for infection. 

HPIM0085It is against the law to abandon animals in our parking lot.  The shelter was open at the time and several employees and volunteers were available and could have helped whoever abandoned the kittens.  If the person was not able to pay a turn in fee to PEHS, we would still take the kittens and care for them.  We do not turn any animal away due to financial situations.  It was a very hot day outside and one of our staff was taking items to the dumpster when he noticed a box sitting in the parking lot.  We do not know how long they had been there.

HPIM0104This week also brought us two adorable rabbits that had been very much neglected.  Both had claws that had never been trimmed and were over an inch long. (see photo)  Their claws had grown so long that they were curling.  One of the rabbits had fur that was so matted, causing it pain, so our staff spent hours slowly and delicately working on the tangled mess of rabbit hair, having to stop for periods of time so as not to stress the rabbit too much.  This process took place over a two day period.  When finished there was enough hair removed from the poor rabbit that the pile of hair was enough to cover another rabbit.  (see photo) Both rabbits were very stressed and our staff is working to do whatever we can to avoid further stress for them.

HPIM0101These precious kittens and the rabbits will all be lovingly cared for over the next few days and weeks by our staff and volunteers until they are someday ready to go on the adoption floor.   The added special attention required by these animals over the next few weeks is an added cost to the already stressed budget of the shelter.  You can help us to care for these special cases by donating to the Animals with Special Needs Fund.

4 thoughts on “The abandoned and neglected are cared for at Prairie’s Edge Humane Society”

  1. As the owner of a house rabbit, I’m always sad to hear stories of neglected rabbits. The vast majority of the time, they are purchased at Easter as gifts for children, and once they get too big, are abandoned. Thanks to the PEHS for rescuing these bunnies (and kittens)!

  2. Thank you Travis. Rabbits can be a wonderful companion pet. They are very social, entertaining and very trainable when cared for in the proper manner. I myself had a house rabbit for several years. She was litter box trained, played constantly with my cat and was a real character. Many people do not realize the distinct personality a house rabbit can have. She was a loved member of my family just like my other pets. When she passed away my cat searched the house for several days looking for her friend. Animals have emotions and care for each other just as humans do.
    As you stated, many people choose a rabbit as a pet with good intentions but without the knowledge of the special care they require. Unfortunately, PEHS receives many of these rabbits who were purchased as pets and then after realizing the care needed they are turned over to us. The Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society is a great resource for anyone considering bringing a rabbit into their home. The domestic rabbit population is a problem many people do not even realize exists. We work with rabbit rescue groups as often as we can when we receive rabbits at the PEHS shelter. Unfortunately, they are so full they rarely are able to take a rabbit from us. PEHS does spay and neuter any rabbit brought to us prior to being adopted out again in an attempt to help the domestic rabbit overpopulation problem.
    These two rabbits will be cared for with love at the PEHS shelter as long as they need until someday they are adopted into a home where they will be properly cared for and loved. Anyone adopting these rabbits will need to be approved and trained on the care of a house rabbit by our staff, as well as agree to follow up visits in the home if we determine necessary. Thank you for your support Travis!

  3. The care, attention and nurturing that the animals receive at PEHS is truly astounding. I have observed this first-hand. The staff and volunteers work together to provide such a safe and loving environment for our abandoned animal friends. Thank you for your ser

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