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How a Scared Bunny Trapped in a Blizzard Finally Found a Home

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It Was 18 Degrees Below Zero

Over the next few days, I tried to be patient despite the cold, but time was running out. Winter had come early to Calgary. It was -18 and had snowed most of the day, and now a blizzard was expected.  That night I couldn’t catch Dalton. I put some straw at the base of one of his favorite trees, and I brought a cat cube and covered it with tree clippings thinking it might provide him with some warmth. The next night I went looking for him hoping to see some paw prints in the snow to track his whereabouts but there were none. I went to the places I usually found him but he wasn’t there. My heart sank. I made the slow journey home believing Dalton could not have survived the wind and the cold. I thought about him as I slowly went to sleep.

On my way to work the next morning, I crossed the park making my way to the garden center. The grass in the park had been covered with a foot of snow, and the fir trees had turned into mountain peaks and slopes.  There were no sightings of small paw prints. I thought about Dalton all day.  Although I felt he could not have survived the last two nights, I decided to look for him again. I called out his name.  Behind the garden center I looked under the fence and then my eyes caught the sight of a shivering Dalton. I felt so sorry for him. I knew there and then if I couldn’t catch him that night I would never see him again.

I Ran Home to Grab a Blanket

Despite the deepness of the snow, I ran home as quickly as I could to grab the trap, food and a blanket. I was hoping Dalton didn’t think I had abandoned him. As I quickly filled the trap with food, I knew I was not going to use any gadgets to trigger the trap, but rather instead of positioning myself at the back of the trap trying to lure Dalton towards the food, I would place myself closer to the front of the trap and quickly flip the trap door to close it. This would require an element of speed on my part.  I was breathless when I reached the area I had last seen Dalton, but would he still be there?

I looked under the fence and the poor little guy hadn’t moved. He was still shivering. I positioned the trap near the fence but despite not having eaten in two days, he wasn’t moving towards the trap filled with food. Perhaps he was too cold to move I wondered. I threw some smaller pieces of vegetables towards him. He was cautious at first and then possibly because he was so hungry, he gradually hopped forward and ate the offerings. To my astonishment, he then headed for the trap and without any hesitation hopped towards the food at the end of the trap. Seeing Dalton inside the trap I quickly flipped the door and it shut within the blink of a second. Dalton was caught! High above behind me I heard a yelling of “Halleluiah”; it was Jean. To my surprise, Jean had watched the whole episode unfolding through her binoculars! I waved to her and yelled that I had to get him home. As I said the words “home” I knew Dalton was finally safe, and the promise I made to the boy had been fulfilled. I threw the blanket over the trap and crossed the park carrying the trap for the last time.

I set up a crate in a room for Dalton, but I was determined that once settled he was not going to be a rabbit that lived in a cage. That evening I warmed some towels for him to snuggle up with. To my surprise Dalton hopped out of the crate and snuggled beside me. I started to laugh. I couldn’t believe after all these weeks of trying to catch him here he was snuggling beside me!

Since so many people in the community expressed their concern for Dalton, I wanted them to know he was safe. I put up “Good News” announcements.  Jean spread the word to the residents in her building.

Within two weeks of being caught, he was neutered, microchipped and tattooed. I would not allow Dalton to be abandoned again; therefore, he became part of my family. Dalton has added so much joy to our household; he taught me a lot, especially the importance of endurance and compassion.

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6:34PM PDT on Jun 29, 2015

Thank you for sharing.

12:02PM PDT on Apr 21, 2015

thanks for the article.

10:29AM PDT on Mar 25, 2015

Bella storia.

12:47PM PDT on Mar 20, 2015

Several members were wondering how Dalton is doing, so here’s a little update. He actually hasn’t grown much from when he was captured in 2012. He likes to chill out in the cat condo, or under the large bird cage. He has his own safe room at night. His favourite toy is the cardboard pipe (from a paper towel roll) which he likes to flip into the air. He loves his timothy hay, and he is able to smell a Dad’s cookie from across the room! He does get a tiny piece once in awhile as a treat, but only as long as he has eaten his veggies! One of his quirks: he won’t go into a carrier unless there is a towel in it. Someone asked why he was tattooed as well as microchipped; this is because should he escape then the tattoo immediately indicates to a finder he has an owner, but since tattoos fade overtime I also prefer to both microchip and tattoo my pets. The hope is to adopt a companion for Dalton this year from a local rescue group. Dalton is a happy camper and is adored lots! I am glad his happy ending also brought much joy to others, and at the same time creates an awareness about pet abandonment in our society. Thanks, Patricia and Dalton.

10:43AM PDT on Mar 19, 2015


8:58PM PDT on Mar 18, 2015

Poor bunny , i am glad he is safe .

4:49PM PDT on Mar 18, 2015

I am so glad that you took the time to save this bunny, saving a life is always worth it. Thanks for posting, it is a wonderful story.

2:44PM PDT on Mar 18, 2015

Compassion is just magic. Good lucky for all..

10:02AM PDT on Mar 18, 2015

Dalton has an angel and a hero, you, his determined rescuer.

9:30AM PDT on Mar 18, 2015

lovely story, thanks for sharing

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