SPCA CRUELTY LINE
If you see ANY domesticated animal in danger, please call this phone number and give them as much information as you can.
THESE ARE THE PEOPLE MANDATED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THE ONLY PEOPLE WITH THE LEGAL AUTHORITY TO HELP SAVE THESE ANIMALS.
Please do NOT call the SPCA shelter as they are a different part of the organization and are unable to help.
Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD) is a virus that has been making it's way across Canada and the United States.
It is a man-made virus that was created to cull the rabbit population in Australia and has since spread to rabbits and hares throughout the world.
It is a very horrible disease that makes those affected literally bleed to death (hemorrhage) and once they show symptoms, there is almost no chance of survival
Things to know
- RHD is a highly contagious and extremely lethal virus.
- ONLY lagomorphs (rabbits, hares and possibly pikas) can get this disease and it can not be transmitted to humans or other animals.
- It is difficult to kill and can survive in the environment for many months.
- Signs of illness generally show within 1-4 days of exposure and is ALMOST ALWAYS LETHAL.
-There is a vaccine that is effective and now available in Canada for use with domesticated rabbits.
- As of December 2022, there are NO KNOWN CASES of RHD in Nova Scotia.
Contact your Veterinarian or Fall River Animal Hospital to get your rabbit vaccinated!