Today we are featuring another one of our animal rescue vendors that will be taking part in VegFest London on November 14, 2015, Hoppy Hearts. We interviewed Founder, Kaylie McIntosh recently to learn more about this amazing organization. All of the photos in this post feature rabbits that are looking for a home. If you are interested in learning more about adopting a rabbit, click here.
What is the mission of Hoppy Hearts Rabbit Rescue?
Hoppy Hearts mission is to rescue homeless rabbits and find them new permanent homes. We also strive to educate the public on proper rabbit care as well about the lack of animal welfare and protection available for the domestic rabbit.
How did Hoppy Hearts begin?
Hoppy Hearts was inspired after the rescue of Mallory. The founder of Hoppy Hearts was at a live animal auction with a different rescue at the time and she found a rabbit in the sale that appeared to have a broken leg. Kaylie (founder) seen that the rabbit was not sold and had the owners surrender the rabbit to her at the end of the auction. This rescue opened up our founders eyes and she began to notice how very little support (essentially none) there was available to rabbits in the community. After parting ways with the previous rescue, Kaylie began the roots of Hoppy Hearts and became a voice for rabbits.
Can you share a highlight you've experienced since founding Hoppy Hearts?
Besides the first rescue of Mallory, the owner surrender of Ellie, the blue-eyed white dwarf/lionhead with head tilt (caused by a nerological parasite) stands out the most. She was one of the strongest, bravest and most adorable rabbits that you would ever meet. Anyone that met her or even just seen her picture fell in love. She was quickly adopted by our founder because of her health, and became the love of her life. Ellie faced many struggles, but fought through each one and lived life to the fullest. Sadly, she had to be humanly euthanized shortly after her first birthday, when a number of health problems arose and basic functions became too difficult for even this little fighter.
What does compassion mean to you?
Compassion to me means to love equally and to help those that cannot help themselves. The team behind Hoppy Hearts is compassionate about more than just rabbits. 3/5 of us are vegan, and all of us will help any animal in need if they need us.
If someone's reading this and is interested in supporting Hoppy Hearts, how can they get involved?
There are many ways people can get involved with us. We are always looking for volunteers at events, we are in urgent need of foster homes, we have printable documents on the volunteer page of our website for anyone wanting to post information in stores for us. We are also looking to expend our executive team in London with like minded, crazy rabbit people who want to see better outcomes for rabbits in the community. We also accept donations in many forms.
What are you most looking forward to about this year's VegFest?
We are really excited to connect with the compassionate, animal loving humans of London. We also cant wait to eat delicious food all day.
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