Little Paws Animal Rescue is dedicated to the reduction of homeless and abandoned small mammals. By working with shelter staff, animal advocate groups and volunteers we rescue, rehabilitate and rehome small exotic pets. We offer sanctuary to pets that cannot be rehomed due to trauma, stress or injury. We aim to cultivate and improve the public perception of rabbits, guinea, pigs, chinchillas and other small mammals in our state and beyond. These animals are often marketed as beginner pets for children, however these small mammals are high maintenance and can live 12+ years when taken care of properly.
Little Paws Animal Rescue was developed by the Milligan family 6 years after adopting their first bunny from a shelter. They came to understand that these companion animals are often misunderstood and could offer therapy to those willing to embrace them. After hearing about abandoned rabbits and guinea pigs across the state of Utah and finding very limited resources for these pets they began coming up with avenues where they could assist. The final push in developing Little Paws was when our local animal control could not capture an abandoned baby bunny, so they left it to fend for itself. With the assistance of 2 volunteers and a borrowed humane trap. The Milligans spent 1 ½ weeks determined to help this defenseless animal abandoned in winter conditions.
Shortly after that rescue we came to realize that there is limited funding and minimal grant opportunities for rescues of rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas and other small mammals. Living in a rural area where breeding is rampant we discovered a handful of dropsites around the valley where breeders and pet owners would abandon pets that they could not sell or re-home. This being the case it is difficult finding loving homes for these pets. We decided the best course of action is to build a sanctuary and learning center where the public can learn about these small animals and discover that these are not short lived beginner pets.
Our goal is to purchase land or an exisiting farm and retro fit it to our needs as a sanctuary. Your donation will be used as the down payment to secure the property. We intend to offer veterinary clinics where rabbits can get spayed/neutered and vaccinated for Rabbit Hemmorage Disease at a discounted rate. We aim to offer pet boarding, experential education on small animal care and gardening. We will also provide yoga sessions, vegetarian and vegan cooking classes as well as retreats and school fieldtrips. Of course no animal sanctuary would be complete without a gift shop.
With your help we can make Juniper Farms Sanctuary a reality.