La Fleur (French for The Blossom) was found abandoned in a park in Central Illinois in January 2022. She was caught and brought to a shelter, who reached out to several rabbit rescues, to no avail. They had two other rabbits who were more colorful, and they were transferred to other shelters quickly. When the coordinator at the shelter reached out to the rabbit rescues a second time asking if no one would step up to help her and again being told no, I knew I had to help the poor girl, so I told them my rescue would take her, despite not having room for her at the time. White rabbits with ruby eyes take the longest to get adopted, yet they tend to have wonderful personalities. They are my favorite rabbits, because they're so underappreciated and overlooked. I did not intend to adopt her myself, however my spouse, daughters, and I quickly fell in love with her.
CEO of Hoppy Haven Small Animal Rescue
I am the CEO and founder of Hoppy Haven Small Animal Rescue. My first rabbit came to us in 2017 from a coworker who had lost interest in her and was not providing her with proper care. I agreed to take her, not prepared for what I was getting into. I spent hours researching proper care. I quickly learned how sweet bunnies are and dreamed of starting a rabbit rescue in the future. As it would turn out, that would happen quite soon. I began working with an established rescue based in the southern Chicago area, and my work in central Illinois was very successful, and I was encouraged by the woman who runs that rescue to start my own. She helped me, and in 2019 Hoppy Haven Small Animal Rescue was born.