Ronnie the Runaway Rabbit Escapes Factory Farm Hell

Ronnie escaped from a farm where he had been living in a tiny cramped cage in the pitch black for his entire life. During his escape he severely injuredhis leg, but thankfully he was found by a kind hearted woman.

Petrified and screaming in pain, she rushed him to the vet to find out what was wrong.Ronnie’s leg was dislocated and it had been out of place for so long that there was no easy fix.

The only option left for Ronnie was to undergo a risky operation to cut the head of the femur to alleviate pain and give him a chance of walking again.


Time For The Big Op

When the big day finally came for Ronnie to have his operation nothing went according to plan. The anesthetic didn’twork, so everything had to be rescheduled.

A week later it was round two, and this time it was a success. After spending a few nights at the vet’s office, he went home to his foster mom where he could heal in peace before making the long journey to the sanctuary.

At first Ronnie was terrified of humans, and he would cower in the corner afraid of what might happen to him if he let his guard down. It didn’t take long though for him to realize that this sweet lady that had taken him in to her home didn’t want to hurt him. In fact she just wanted to give him lots of cuddles and chin rubs, and as it turns out he kind of liked it!

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To help Ronnie heal faster he needed to get outside and stretch his legs, but this wasn’t easy as his foster mom didn’t have a garden. She did have a leash and a park nearby though, so off they went.

Ronnie loved being outdoors and navigating his way through the grass, and each day he grew stronger and stronger.

Although not fully recovered, it was time for Ronnie to travel to the sanctuary where he would be able to be outdoors exercising his leg as much as he wanted, as well as meet his new family ofrabbits who were rescued from laboratory experiments.

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Ronnie Finally Arrives at His New Forever Home

Packed up and ready to hit the road, Ronnie and his foster mom made their way here to Mino Valley Farm Sanctuarywhere we had all been eagerlyawaiting his arrival.

Just days before he arrived we had welcomed a small family of rabbits who were living in one of the sanctuary’s smaller enclosures for extra protection. We thought this would alsobe the perfect place for Ronnie to start his new life before finally integrating with the rest of the rabbits in the larger enclosure.

When he arrived he wasintroduced to his new roommate Nutmeg, before spending the day exploring his new surroundings and reveling in the beautiful spring sunshine.

Despite being a little apprehensive, Ronnie soon grew accustomed to his new home, and by the end of the day he had settled right in.

Now he has made great friends with all the other resident rabbits, and also a pair of baby goats that have recently arrived at the sanctuary. He loves sunbathing, digging in the earth and making a burrow in the hay.


Photo Credit: Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary


Mark Donner
Mark Donner1 years ago


"Whole Foods Market’s sale of rabbit meat began in Summer 2014 as a pilot program and drew widespread criticism from pet lovers across the nation, attracting dozens of protests at their stores as well as a petition signed by over 50,000 people.

A House Rabbit Society member and long-time Whole Foods shareholder traveled 800 miles to attend the annual Whole Foods Market Shareholders Meeting in Charlotte, NC today to speak on behalf of the bunnies being killed for the grocery chain’s meat case. She does not consider herself an activist, but felt strongly that the shareholders meeting would be an integral outlet to bring up her concerns as both an investor in the company as well as a lover of pets. After her heartfelt plea to the Whole Foods leadership team, she was told by Whole Foods’ Chief Operating Officer, A.C. Gallo, that Whole Foods had decided to cease the sales of all rabbits by the end of 2015."

Dianne D.
Dianne D2 years ago

God bless all the animals in the world and those that love and care for them. Many curses on those that abuse, abandon, intentionally maim or kill an animal.

Melania Padilla
Melania P2 years ago

Awwww love happy endings.

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Marcia Geiger
Marcia Geiger2 years ago

All who helped Ronnie are angels on Earth. Thank you.

Elizabeth Z.
Elizabeth Z2 years ago

Rabbits are my companion of choice. It is sad how Whole Foods decided to support factory farms and have New Zealand rabbit meat on their shelves.

Jane R.
Jane R2 years ago

He Is one lucky rabbit He ha more than on lucky rabbits feet. Anyone old enough to remember rabbit foots on a keychain? So glad they no longer exist.

Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for the article.

Bonnie Bowen
Bonnie Bowen2 years ago

My heroes!
Thank you all!

Georgina Elizab McAlliste
.2 years ago