Mefi animal lovers, I adopted two bunnies ~6 months ago from the local house rabbits society. A few surgeries later, my finances are on the brink. I am now up a creek, and thinking about returning them to the society. How can I be sure I am making the best decision possible for all parties involved?(bonus, adorable pics!)
About 6 months ago, I impulsively decided to adopt some bunnies. I am a vegan, and I charmed myself into the idea of having some vegan buddies to munch salad with.
I went to the local shelter, and really fell for an adorable flemish giant named Ashley. Ashley had been an outdoor bunny, and was attacked months before I adopted her. She had battled an abscess, which the person at the society said was most likely dealt with, but could return. She made it clear I would be responsible for any future medical bills.
From the beginning, I was a bit overwhelmed. I am used to living alone, and Ashley is only sort of potty trained, so yea, basically, lots of time spent cleaning her enclosure. Furthermore, in my head I figured rabbits were these lovable playful animals. Ashley is a cutie-pie, but she doesn't really 'play' persay, and our interactions are basically just me petting her. To top things off, I work quite a bit, and when I'm off of work, I get right to hobbies. I barely ended up spending anytime with her, and I felt bad leaving her alone all of the time, so I got her a buddy named Pasha to keep her company. They bonded, and now are quite inseparable.
I was holding things together, then the abscess returned. A few thousand dollars worth of surgery later, and Ashley is doing well. My finances are not though, and I put all of those surgeries on already near maxed out credit cards.
The sum total of what I owe now is about 25k, a massive amount of money. I make near 6 figures though, so paying off what I owe is very doable(if I live like a complete miser).
I am struggling now with what to do next. Part of me wants to return the bunnies to the society so I can save ~100 bucks a month and pay off my debt sooner. Also, the abcess could return, and I cannot afford anymore medical care for these bunnies. In addition, if I return them to the society, they will be fostered or immediately adopted out. There is no risk here of them being put down or ending up in a shelter. However, part of me loves these bunnies madly, and wants to do whatever I can to keep them.
I am having a very hard time making the right decision here. Historically, I am an extremely impulsive person. Getting the bunnies was an impulsive decision and I really do not want to return them simply because they are 'inconvenient.' On the other hand, I have an overdrawn bank account and 25k in debt, so do I really have any business holding onto these animals when my own life is in such disarray? Working 12 hour days, and on weekends, I barely get to enjoy their company anyways.
How can I think about all of these issues in an objective fashion?
Just for perspective, here