Marley-Belle Quaid's story isn't something you read every day. It all started when she saw a post about two neglected bunnies posted by the RSPCA - these bunnies, Woodstock & Wilfred, were in dire need of a new home and had been badly neglected, needing frequent brushing and clipping to live the rest of their lives with dignity.
“The first time I saw them, I knew I would do whatever it took to have them in my life,” Quaid said. “The pair were rescued by the RSPCA but spent a year in foster care because no one wanted the hard work it takes to keep them groomed and tidy. Although I had help day to day, I didn’t know how I was going to manage doing it myself when no one was there because of my wrists, but I wanted to make it work.”
Marley-belle was worried she wouldn't be able to take care of them, after a series of operations on her wrists she was unable to use her hands. Due to this she wasn't able to use her crutches anymore and had to rely on her wheelchair. Her doctors suggested physiotherapy in the hope that it would lead to her regaining some mobility in her hands - it didn't seem to work and she was on the verge of giving up.
Marley-Belle knew it was going to be tough adopting both of them, she had to figure out how to care for them but something convinced her to give it a go. She went ahead and adopted both Wilfred & Woodstock and started the daily task of grooming and caring for them, she did it day in, day out even though it was incredibly difficult for her. Her perseverance paid off and over time her hands and wrists began to heal.
“Within six months, I had full, malleable wrists; I was grooming Wilfred and Woodstock by myself on my own lap and I could use scissors again. My surgeon was quite astounded I had the use that I had with my wrists again. These bunnies were a massive part of my recovery.”
Thanks to both Woodstock and Wilfred, Marley-Belle no longer has to use a wheelchair and is now using her crutches. Both rabbits are being spoilt, as expected, and have full reign of the house - they also have their own bedroom packed with toys and furniture.
“Before, I had to use my wheelchair all the time, because I couldn’t use my hands to grip my crutches,” Quaid said. “That meant there were shops I couldn’t go into or places I couldn’t get to because I needed my crutches. Woodstock and Wilfred have given me so much more than love; they’ve given me independence and freedom.”
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