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HUMANS OF SARNIA: Ashley Mulvihill and Sweetie's Rescue


The Sarnia Journal has partnered with local photographer Art Connolly to feature his captivating “Humans of Sarnia” series as he delves into the lives and experiences of everyday people in Sarnia. Follow his series on Instagram and Facebook

Capturing Compassion: Ashley Mulvihill and Sweetie's Rescue

In the heart of Sarnia, amidst the bustle of everyday life, lies a sanctuary of compassion and care — Sweetie's Rescue, nurtured by the kind soul of Ashley Mulvihill, a native daughter of Sarnia.

The tale of Sweetie's Rescue begins with a moment of kindness and concern. Over a decade ago, a friend reached out to Ashley, sharing the discovery of abandoned rabbits along a lonely roadside near Sarnia. Without hesitation, Ashley and her friends embarked on a rescue mission, saving those small, helpless creatures. Since that pivotal day, Sweetie's Rescue has been a haven for abandoned and injured rabbits, guided by Ashley's unwavering dedication.

Sweetie's Rescue, affectionately named after one of its first rescued rabbits, officially took root six years ago in Ashley's home. The rescue's mission is clear — to rescue stray, abandoned domestic rabbits and specifically focus on those at high risk for uterine cancer, offering them a second chance at a loving home.

Domesticated rabbits, often bought impulsively or as Easter novelties, face a harsh reality when novelty fades into responsibility. They require substantial care and attention, akin to cats and dogs. Despite their popularity as pets, domestic rabbits are commonly abandoned, leading to a concerning issue that Sweetie's Rescue confronts head-on.

In Canada, abandoning or harming domesticated rabbits is a criminal offence, highlighting the seriousness of their welfare. Sweetie's Rescue stands as a beacon of advocacy, educating the community about responsible pet ownership and the legal implications of neglecting these beloved animals.

Currently, Sweetie's Rescue seeks passionate volunteers to support their various programs, including the Foster and Adoption Program. Sponsors/families are provided with everything required including X-pen, house/dome, toys, food dishes, blankets, Hay, pellets, litter and all Veterinarian care! Fosters provide weekly herbs/veggies, a loving and safe home., showcasing the rescue's commitment to comprehensive care.

Sweeties Rescue is in crucial need of our community's help. There are ongoing high Veterinarian costs, increased costs in hay, litter, pellets, and other supplies as well as storage and sometimes emergency travel costs. At this time, there are 20 rabbits awaiting required surgeries, medication and yearly vaccines against the (RHDV2) a deadly rabbit virus that hit Canada/Sarnia 2 years ago.

Moreover, fundraising plays a vital role in sustaining Sweetie's Rescue, covering essential expenses like food and medical shots for the rabbits. Local veterinarians contribute their expertise, but ongoing support from the community remains crucial. Please e-transfer or PayPal to [email protected]

If you're inspired to join Ashley and Sweetie's Rescue in their noble mission, opportunities abound. Whether through volunteering or contributing, your involvement can make a world of difference to these furry friends.

The Lambton community can visit Sweeties Facebook Page and/or email Ashley Mulvihill ([email protected] ) directly regarding the Foster, Foster-To-Adopt or Adoption Programs or any questions pertaining to volunteering with animal rescues, driving rabbits to and from Vet appointments, picking up Hay bundles and other supplies, fundraising and/or attending events. 

“Humans of Sarnia” founder Art Connolly is a man fuelled by curiosity and a passion for connecting with people in Sarnia. Inspired by the renowned “Humans of New York” series, with a camera in hand, he captures the very essence of the individuals he encounters, preserving their stories through his lens.

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