Penny & Wild was named after two rabbits that led to this rescue being created. The name is our way of carrying on Penny and Wild’s legacies and a reminder to ourselves about why we do what we do. You can read more about them below! There is a huge need for rabbit rescue in South Florida. Every year there are many rabbits bought from pet stores that are no longer wanted, hundreds of rabbits abandoned in parks, neighborhoods, or in the middle of the street, massive hoarding cases full of rabbits with nowhere to go, Easter rabbits that are dumped outside, and so many more cases, some of which blow people away. Guinea pigs are also in a tough situation, requests come in for hundreds that need to be rehomed each and every year for a multitude of reasons. We work hard to save every animal that we can. Because we are 100% foster-based, the number of animals that we save each year is contingent on the number of foster homes that open their hearts and homes to one or a few animals and show them love and safety until they find their forever homes. For every foster that opens their home even once, another animal is able to be saved and have a happy ever after. At any given time Penny and Wild has roughly 150 animals in our care and we appreciate each and every foster, donor, volunteer, and transporter that help us keep these animals safe!
Penny was originally fostered by one of the founders through a different rescue organization. Nobody wanted to go near her because she was branded “aggressive”. All of Penny’s reactions were fear-based and after a few months of work, she started opening up and becoming friendlier. She was one of many rabbits who are labeled aggressive for behaviors that don’t necessarily mean aggression and who are at risk to be euthanized because of it. She became much friendlier after time just as many of these rabbits do. We have a certain number of spots for rabbits labeled “aggressive” each year and work with them in order to improve their behavior and find them homes. Penny was an amazing rabbit and her legacy continues to live on with every single “aggressive” rabbit that we are able to save and help.
Wildflower (AKA Wild) was rescued by one of the founders six years before she started this rescue. Wild was rescued from a breeding situation (hence the ear tattoo). She and some of the other rabbits who were rescued from there were not good enough for breeding so they were ready to go. They were living outdoors on bare wire while eating pine cones and being surrounded by loose chickens. Wild earned her nickname because she was so entirely unpredictable with her “aggressive” tendencies that everybody called her wild and crazy. Like Penny, Wild’s aggression wasn’t genuine and she was sweet and cuddly within six months of being rescued. She had a series of medical issues from the day that she was rescued until she passed away many years later. She had more than four surgeries, multiple procedures, and many other treatments done over the course of her time. Wild is one of the reasons that this rescue focuses so heavily on medical cases (and why we have a soft spot for discarded breeder rabbits). She was very special and touched the lives of everybody who knew her.able to save and help.