In the lead-up to Niagara VegFest 2015 on June 7, we’d like to introduce you to some of our wonderful vendors, exhibitors and volunteers who make the festival happen. In this Q&A, Kaylie MacIntosh, founder of Hoppy Hearts Rabbit Rescue, tells us about her organization, about what she’s looking forward to at VegFest and why rabbits are popular companions for vegans.
NVF: Tell us about your organization.
KM: Hoppy Hearts is a non-profit domestic rabbit rescue that serves London, ON and other parts of SW Ontario. We take unwanted, abandoned and neglected rabbits in, have them seen by a vet, spayed/neutered and then find them loving forever homes. We were founded in February 2014, and we rely on foster homes and community support to maintain the needs of our rescue and the rabbits within it.
NVF: What are you most looking forward to at Niagara VegFest 2015?
KM: Hoppy Hearts is looking forward to being recognized beyond London. Very few rabbit rescues exist in Ontario! We are also looking forward to meeting many new friends, current Facebook friends and visiting/networking with the many other compassionate vendors that will be at VegFest!
NVF: Why is Niagara VegFest important to you?
KM: VegFest is important to Hoppy Hearts as the vegetarian/vegan community is very compassionate towards life. It is one of the few communities that really value an animal rescue for their efforts and often support them the most. Rabbits are also one of the more popular companions for vegans, as their natural diet does not consist of any animal by-products unlike dogs or cats. The founder of Hoppy Hearts is vegan and takes compassionate lifestyles to heart.