21 August 2005
On 20th July 2005, HRSS received an email from Tony*
requesting for relocation help after taking care of
Faith for four years. After further enquiries, we realised
she is suffering from sore hocks. We advised him to
take her to the vet as soon as possible and update us
accordingly. Several weeks later, we had not heard from
Tony and decided to call to check if everything was
ok, but to our dismay, nothing was done. We took the
initiative to retrieve Faith on 21st August and took
her immediately to the vet.
Upon our arrival, we discovered Faith crouched-up in
a wired bottom cage with a cabbage heart lying nearby.
We learnt that her condition has been ongoing for a
while. His grandmother mentioned that she cleans her
wounds with Dettol!.
We struggled to comprehend how Faith could be neglected
for such an extended period. Faith was extremely tame
and enjoyed our petting during the journey to the vet.
After the vet assessed Faith, the conclusion was sad.
All four paws were inflamed (see pics). There is a lump
on her chest due to prolong pressure. The infection
has gone to her joints/bones at her hind legs and is
most likely in pain. We could see pus oozing from her
hind leg. The vet suggested surgery to remove the pus,
but it’s extremely complex - under normal circumstances,
a rabbit will still have their front paws to support
them to move around. But with all four of Faiths paws
suffering from inflammation, this reduces her mobility
to zero. Even then, it will be an extensive healing
process and chances of succumb to it are high. The vet
gave us two options; to go ahead with the surgery or
We had dilemma, but in the end, we decided to give
her a chance to live and to allow her make the decision
whether she wants to continue to live or not. We know
that she will be as strong as our tenacious faith. Despite
what has happened, we want her to know there is love
in this world and she can find it here with us.
If you would like to donate for Faith’s medical/care
costs, please write a crossed cheque payable to House
Rabbit Society (Singapore) and mail it to HRSS, Toa
Payoh Central Post Office, PO Box 108, Singapore 913104.
Please also indicate at the back of the cheque “Faith”.
You can view a short video on Faith here.
Sponsor(s): Faith is lovingly sponsored
by Ms Elsee Kwan and bunny Mochi.
*Owner’s name has
been edited for privacy’s purposes.