DENMARK, Wis. (WFRV) – The Lakeshore Humane Society said the recent rescue of 500 animals from a Kiel home is rapidly draining its limited resources.
Tina Nichols, executive director of the Lakeshore Humane Society, said, “When we went to the property, the effort was much greater than expected.”
These defenders said they struggled to keep their heads above water but received help.
“We’re doing our best,” Nichols said. “There are a number of shelters and rescues trying to help us. We’ve had a few adoption events. We’ve had people from as far away as Michigan.
There were approximately 500 animals recovered in total. “We ended up seizing 275 rabbits, 134 quail and over 70 chickens, ducks and roosters,” Nichols said.
She said they were grateful that a private family donated their property to hold these animals and permanently took in the majority of the rescued birds. Some rabbits had to be placed with foster families while they received veterinary care.
“At this point, we haven’t lost any. But we have some that have wounds and wounds, infections, missing ears,” Nichols said. “So these animals are in foster care and being treated.”
Three of the rabbits traveled to the Upper Peninsula. The Hoppily Ever After Rabbit Rescue in Laurium took in some of those rescued.
Kara Clairmont, president of Hoppily Ever After wrote in an email that one of the rabbits had lost her mind and her will to live. To help, Animal Rescue took the bunny to sunbathe along Lake Superior.
You can read more about Hoppily Ever After here.
A spokesperson for the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office said they could not provide an update on the case as the investigation is still ongoing.
Amid all of this, there is a resounding response from the community.
Jennifer Albright, manager of the 4H club in the city of Schleswig, said: “We donated $100. We had a meeting on Thursday and decided to donate $100 and may give some more in the near future. Or we will help them feed and care for the animals.
Maya Pagel, a receptionist at the Lakeshore Humane Society, said: ‘There were moments of tears, whether it was people sending notes or messages on our Facebook, just the comments in general. I know many of us, it’s a reminder of why we do what we do, especially in these tougher times.
The Humane Society is looking to adopt the remaining rabbits and advocates say they make excellent pets. You can find out more on the Lakeshore Humane Society website.