From Jackie Fang and Lynne Tan, Co-Founders of Bunny Wonderland
Picture a rabbit hopping in a spacious playpen. It’s delicate whiskers quiver as it snacks on a bundle of hay it has grasped between its paws. Then picture a rabbit, restless and sick, lying in its cage on a HDB corridor. Rabbit droppings line the bottom of the cage, and the space is smelly and barely gets any sun. A stack of carrots lay in the corner, barely nibbled.
Did you feel a small tug on your heartstrings? Jackie Fang and Lynne Tan of Bunny Wonderland hope so.
According to them, many bunny owners are not equipped with the right information to take care of their bunnies.
For instance, some common misconceptions are that it is okay for bunnies to be caged, to feed them mostly carrots, and to avoid regular grooming. Caring for rabbits in a limited space is no easy feat, but they persist and strive to educate the public on the feasibility and importance of caring for bunnies the right way.
Bunny Wonderland is a private organisation, founded in 2002, that rescues and heals bunnies. It is based in Jackie’s home. It started when Jackie first bought a pair of bunnies on impulse when she fell in love with how cute they were. When one passed away before its time, Jackie bought three more bunnies to keep the first one company.
However, the bunnies bred like, well, bunnies, and she found herself with a family of 24 rabbits very quickly. After the experience, she did her research and learned that there was a lot more to bunny keeping and welfare than she thought.
She discovered the cruel reality of breeding farms for bunnies where they live in cramped and dirty spaces. She learned that bunnies need plenty of care and attention, almost as much as cats and dogs. Most importantly, she realised that mistreatment and death of bunnies can easily be prevented if only people were made aware of how to take care of them.
She resolved to help bunnies and bunny owners around Singapore, and became one of the leading bunny activists in the country. She worked with other rabbit rescuers such as Lynne and then formed Bunny Wonderland.
Was it a smooth journey? Not at all. There are incidents that test them, such as when they uncovered 46 rabbits living with cockroaches and rats in an abandoned site in Tampines. Or when a breeding farm that has closed down leaving 82 rabbits abandoned, all of them plagued with infections, diseases and reproductive cancers.
In such cases, there is a lot of work to be done, and the team has to buckle down and work on treating the bunnies as well as finding them loving owners.
With the spirit of “No Bunny Gets Left Behind”, Lynne shares their firm conviction – if one bunny is taken in, all are taken in too. Their sheer dedication for rabbits is insurmountable, as they follow up with every adopted bunny, and are always willing to welcome them back with open arms.