Despite recently taking in 104 new residents, Woodstock Farm Sanctuary just knew they couldn’t say no when a rabbit named Fred needed their help! Fred spent his life in a cage the size of a shoebox at a vet tech school. He was used as a prop for the vet techs to practice restraint techniques and injections. As the tattoo in his ear shows, he was simply known as 21M, but thanks to a student who stepped up to save him, he will spend the rest of his days in a sanctuary.

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We have a new rescue, and his name is Fred! His story really breaks our hearts. Fred was used in a vet technician training course. Yes, students practiced injections on him. His cage card shows the procedures he endured in the days leading up to his rescue — warning: it's hard to read. At the end of the course, he was going to be sent to slaughter at a rabbit meat farm. His life would have been so short. He would have never known the warm sun on his back or the cool grass under his feet. He spent his whole life in a cage the size of a shoebox with a number on his ear. He never interacted with other rabbits. His only time spent with humans was during lab classes where students practiced restraint techniques and injections. But thankfully, a kind student rescued him from this and reached out to us. Now Fred’s going to spend the rest of his life at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, feeling that grass under his feet and enjoying that sunshine he’s always deserved. Now, he’ll have rabbit friends and a safe space to sleep, burrow, and eat. No more cages. No more numbers. We’ve had such a busy month — our medical bills for our now 104 new residents are piling up. We couldn't say no to taking in Fred because we knew we could count on you all to be there for him. We’ll update you all when we know more about him but for now, let’s welcome Fred home❤️ Please help us welcome Fred to Woodstock Sanctuary — Venmo us at Woodstock-Sanctuary or use the link in bio. #whywoodstock

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Fred arrived at Woodstock with a cage card that listed the terrible procedures he was forced to endure. At the end of the course, there was still little to no regard for Fred’s life as he was going to be sent to a meat farm to be slaughtered. After only living a shoebox-sized cage, he was never going to be given the chance to be free, live out his life, or be around other rabbits.

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Fortunately, he’s now in loving care. His medical tests show that he has a parasite that attacks the brain and nervous system, but it was caught early on. He cannot be near the healthy rabbits, but luckily for him, there’s a pretty gray rabbit named Delores with the same parasite. Soon they’ll be playing and spending time together in the safety of their new home.

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Have you met Fred yet? Fred’s day to day life used to be being injected over and over again by aspiring vet techs and then put away in a cage the size of a shoebox, entirely alone other than the negative human interaction. At the end of the course, Fred was going to be sent to a meat farm for slaughter. To the lab, he was 21M (you can see that on his ear in the first photo) but the students named him Fred. And one student saved his life. Now here with us at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, Fred needs all of us to make sure he gets the best medical care. We’ve gotten his medical tests back and we’ve found out that he has a parasite that attacks the nervous system, especially the brain and kidneys. Thankfully it was caught early enough so Fred has no symptoms, but despite being treated for the parasite, it is still highly contagious. Fred can only live with other rabbits who have this parasite too, so we’re going to introduce him to Delores (the gray cutie in the second picture🐰🐰) Delores was also rescued from slaughter — she was going to be raised for meat when someone saved her. Stay tuned on here to see them together for the first time❤️❤️ We can’t wait! Fred will never know the pain of being a lab animal again. Now, he will get to be the rabbit he’s always deserved to be. If you’d like to give a gift to Fred and his medical care, Venmo us at Woodstock-Sanctuary or use the link in our bio. We can only give him sanctuary because of folks like you — thank you for helping us rescue him. #yayforfred #whywoodstock

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Woodstock Farm Sanctuary will continue updating their social media accounts with updates for those interested in Fred’s progress and journey. People can also donate to the sanctuary to help them care for not just Fred, but all the residents, especially the 104 new animals who’ve recently been saved!

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