Animal Rescue League of NH leaps in to offer assistance

BEDFORD – The MSPCA Boston took in 25 rabbits in just one day, recently, bringing its rabbit count to an overwhelming 53.

Looking for some help, it turned to the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire to take in some rabbits. While the league has been filling up with rabbits of its own, it was able to get creative with housing options and take in seven additional rabbits. Even the organization’s president/CEO has a rabbit roommate in her office.

"The great thing about shelters, unlike many other businesses that are in the same industry, is that we are not in competition with each other," said Maureen Prendergast, director of outreach and investigations. "We all have the same goal of finding homes for the animals and providing the best care we can for them while they wait. If another shelter is overwhelmed with animals, we want to help them out."

Having a full house of rabbits has not been uncommon at the league, and with this in mind, the Hop Along Home program was created. This program lets individuals who are not sure if owning a rabbit is right for them to try it out.

Everything the rabbit would need is loaned for a week, including the rabbit – or even two. The program encourages those who are interested in a rabbit to adopt, since there is no financial risk involved if it doesn’t work out.

For more information, visit www.rescueleague.org/rabbits.

Adoption hours at the league are 1-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

The nonprofit Animal Rescue League is at 545 Route 101.

To help people who love their pets but are struggling to care for them, the league offers community programs such as a pet food pantry and low-cost spay/neuter clinics.

The league receives no state or federal funding, and is almost entirely dependent upon fundraising events and donations to support its work, but there are many more ways to help. To adopt a pet, learn more about the league’s programs or help support its cause, visit www.rescueleague.org.