We had a couple of comments about Bertie's owners, and wanted to assure everyone that we tried everything we could think of to find them. He was not microchipped or tattooed, and did not have any other identifying features. He was on display for several days at the clinic to see if someone recognised him. There was a ring around of all the local vets to see if he sounded familliar and to register his details, and also of the pet search groups. Greta spoke with the shop and cafe owners up the road and to people who do a lot with rabbits. Mum has been scouring all the internet sites and classifieds where people commonly put lost ads, and backdating the date peramaters. According to the biggest search company, PetSearch, they get an average of two found bunny reports a day, but hardly ever get any lost bunny reports. They said most people seem to be of the mindset that once a bunny is missing it will not be found, and don't look.
The man who brought Bertie into the clinic said he had been in the car park for at least three days, which means he went missing at least two weeks ago including the time he was in the clinic. Because he was so sweet and seemed like he had known love, we really wanted to find his original owners. After he had been in the clinic for 10 days, mum and Greta were told to get rid of him or it would be done for them, so they needed to act. Being found at the golf course, mum also thinks there is a pretty good chance that he was left there and the original owners don't want to find him. It's a sad situation, but mum and Greta are just trying to do the best thing for Bertie. Knowing that it is hard to re-home rabbits, especially males, in Sydney (one of the rescue groups mum spoke with have had several available for eight months) they thought the best option was to get him into a foster care situation and listing him for adoption while continuing to look for an original owner.