Friends of Unwanted Rabbits (FUR) is a rabbit rescue organization founded in 2004. FUR is dedicated to finding forever, loving, indoor homes for abandoned and neglected rabbits discarded at the Bradshaw Shelter. Rabbits are spayed/neutered, litter box-trained, socialized, and adopted to carefully screened indoor homes by FUR volunteers. The rescued rabbits are housed in foster care and at the adoption center at Petco, 855 East Bidwell in Folsom, CA. Rabbits are the third most-discarded animal at shelters. FUR helps to reduce the euthanasia rate of rabbits by educating the public about these highly intelligent animals as pets, spay/neutering, and rescuing from the shelter. TEAM helps FUR by funding the special medical needs of rabbits who are ill or injured.
FUR rescued and saved the lives of more than 500 rabbits over the last three years. FUR raises money to pay for spay/neuter expenses, medical expenses, and foster care expenses. TEAM provided more than $2,000 in 2014 to help fund the medical needs and fostering expenses of rabbits like Hoppington, who came to the Bradshaw Shelter with a fractured leg. TEAM made it possible for Hoppington to have surgery to repair the injured leg so that he could look forward to a long, 'hoppy' life. Elizabeth came to the shelter with a broken pelvis, was rescued by FUR, and funding was provided by TEAM to pay for medical treatment for a rabbit that otherwise would have been euthanized. Angel was shot with an arrow that pinned him to a fence. TEAM provided funds to pay for surgery that saved his life. Peanut was attacked by another animal that left his shoulder abscessed down to the muscle. Without emergency funding from TEAM and FUR, Peanut would not have survived.
TEAM's Special Medical Needs Program (SMNP) helps fund veterinary care for Shelter animals who are ill, injured and victims of crisis. Because the veterinary care and housing of these animals can be long-term and expensive, the Special Medical Needs Program allows the Shelter to provide these services without straining its resources. The community's support of TEAM and the SMNP makes specialized medical care available to Shelter animals who have been traumatized by disaster incidents, confiscated by law enforcement, or who are victims of abuse and neglect. This program enables animals in physical need and emotional distress to receive the care they need, with the ultimate goal of making them well and adoptable. Most of the donations made to TEAM benefit this program and the animals it helps.
In 2013, TEAM paid more than $21,000 for veterinary services for Bradshaw Shelter animals. TEAM also paid $8,500 for x-rays for injured animals at the shelter and $10,000 for lab work. An additional $7,300 covered flea treatment and $2,200 paid for veterinary supplies. Champ was one recipient of the Special Medical Needs Program. Champ had a condition called eyelid agenesis, meaning his eyelids never completely formed. TEAM helped to pay for a veterinary ophthalmologist to perform a partial reconstruction of Champ's eyelids, helping to improve his comfort and potential scarring and loss of vision.
TEAM coordinates quarterly on-site, low-cost spay/neuter clinics for community dogs and cats. TEAM also supports a variety of other community-based, low-cost spay/neuter clinics for dogs, cats and rabbits. Many resources are available to the public.
In 2014, TEAM provided $2,200 in low-cost spay/neuter services for dogs and cats.
Located off the lobby of the Bradshaw Shelter, Critter Outfitter Pet Supply Boutique is staffed entirely by dedicated volunteers. Critter Outfitter is operated by TEAM, the nonprofit shelter partner. All proceeds from the store go toward paying for the special needs of shelter animals and spay/neuter programs.
In 2014, Critter Outfitter raised approximately $12,000 for Bradshaw Shelter animals.