Book Beat: Rescue Tales

Submitted by J. Alder on Fri, 01/06/2023 - 07:30

Animals seem to show up in our lives at just the right time. A year ago, a skinny, tan bunny with helicopter ears arrived at our house. We’d recently lost our pet rabbit and I’d signed up to foster for a local rescue organization. We were also grieving the loss of a beloved family member at the time. The rescue asked if we could foster one of a group of sibling bunnies who’d been dumped as babies on a rural property. Domestic breeds of rabbits are not suited for the wild, but they are turned loose with shocking frequency. This was the last of the siblings caught and he’d been on his own into the winter as, one by one, his siblings had been rescued. Our job would be litter-training, transporting to the vet for neutering, and socializing. We named him Finn and got to work.

Whether it's rabbits, dogs, or cats, fostering saves lives. Most rescues rely on foster homes to supplement their kennel space and increase their capacity. Some rescues are solely foster-based. Fostered animals eventually become loved members of families. Here are some books about rescued animals:

And these books are specific to rescued rabbits:

If you are interested in fostering or adopting a rescued animal, here are some organizations you can contact:

Finn is now a permanent member of our family, having come to us just when we needed him. We’ve continued to foster bunnies who’ve been resilient after tough situations and found wonderful forever homes. Whether fostering is for you or not, I hope you enjoy these books about rescue animals and their humans.

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Janet Alder is marketing and communications coordinator for Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries, which has 15 locations in Clark, Skamania, Klickitat, and Cowlitz Counties. Call 360-906-5000 or visit the library district website for more information.

A version of this column first appeared in The Messenger, January 2023.

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