Long day but two adoptions. That’s good, right?

SDHRS Rabbit Adoption Center “Bunnies by the Beach”

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This is the first installment of what is and will be known as our San Diego House Rabbit Society (SDHRS) Adoption Center blog. An almost-daily account of what’s happening at the Center. The good, the bad, the ugly, and things that get us excited. We’ll talk about what it’s like, day after day, caring for the rabbits and trying to keep the center solvent (rescues always need more money). What happened, where we made changes, fun things going on, and more.

We hope you enjoy it and please, feel free to give us feedback in the comments below.

Saturday, Nov 1, 2014

Phew…. 6:45 p.m. and time to make salad for the bunnies. Our salad is made in a BIG tub to have enough for the buns. Tonight’s menu? Green leaf lettuce, mixed baby lettuces, Rainbow kale, parsley and chopped collard greens. YUM!  A vegan delight!  Not for me, but for the adoption center bunnies.

Here’s our salad tub.
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Tonight this fed 56 bunnies.

Here are a couple shots of bunnies expecting their salad and enjoying it.

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Bo & Mandy waiting patiently for salad.

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Howard and his mama, enjoying their salad.

Well, it’s 8 p.m. and lights out. The night light is on and the radio is playing 98.1 “smooth” music. What music do your bunnies like?

Oh yeah – we got two adoptions!  Here are photos of today’s lucky bunnies.

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Ashlee goes home with a sweet bunny boy.

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Little Dusty finds a new family.

Good night all!

~ Judith Pierce, shelter manager

 Visit us at www.sandiegorabbits.org

 

Indiana Rex Rabbits

The Indiana Rescue: Hard Work, Lots of Cooperation, But More Work Still Needed!

~ July 16, 3013, by National HRS

In June 2013, Indianapolis Animal Care and Control, responding to a complaint about their care and treatment, confiscated 375 rex and min-rex rabbits from a breeder in the city of Indianapolis. The breeder later signed all but 15 of the rabbits, many of whom were pregnant, over to Animal Control (but once he realized that he could not breed those 15, he left them behind as well), leaving the shelter in a very tight situation.

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Read about it here and here.

How would the shelter care for, much less place, all of these rabbits?
Indiana House Rabbit Society stepped into action. Their volunteers immediately got involved, going to the shelter those first few days, sexing and separating the rabbits, providing immediate care and medical attention, along with assisting veterinarians, and providing hay and food, medicating sick rabbits twice a day, and otherwise providing for all their needs.

Thankful RexIndiana HRS volunteers worked tirelessly, day after day, feeding and caring for the rabbits at the shelter, even as the rabbits grew from the original 375 to over 400, as some of those females gave birth. They also marshaled the help of veterinarians from near and far who began spaying and neutering the rabbits, and started the hard work of calling in the assistance of rescue groups and House Rabbit Society chapters from as far away as Maine and California who stepped up and offered their assistance in adopting those rabbits.

As of Sunday, July 14, all 400 rabbits were out of the shelter, thanks to the groups and individuals named below.        

A very grateful bunny says thank you!

But the work is not over yet.

Through Indiana House Rabbit Society and Exotic Animal Rescue and Pet Sanctuary, there are still 170 rabbits in foster care. These rabbits still desperately need homes, either locally in Indiana, or can be transported to adopters or rescuers in other areas of the country. Indiana HRS’s work is not over by a long shot, so if you can help at all, please contact info@indianahrs.org to offer your assistance.
Indiana House Rabbit Society would like to thank the following groups and individuals for their help in this joint effort:

Indianapolis Animal Care and Control, for giving these rabbits these rabbits a chance to become cherished indoor family companions.

The following groups for taking the “Indiana 400:”

• NM HRS (NM)
• GA HRS (GA)
• EARPS (IN)
• Chicago HRS (IL)
• Buckeye HRS (OH)
• Cleveland APL (OH)
• Empty Cages Collective (NYC)
• Red Door Animal Shelter (IL)
• The Cat Nap (IL)
• BunnyFeathers Rabbit Rescue (WV)
• For Bunny Sake Rabbit Rescue (NJ)
• Angel Paws (IL)
• NYS HRS (NY)
• MO HRS (MO)
• House Rabbit Network (MA)
• San Diego HRS (CA)
• Dane County Humane Society (WI)
• Too Many Bunnies Rabbit Rescue (CA)
• CO HRS (CO)
• Animal Humane Society (MN)
• Brambley Hedge Rabbit Rescue (AZ)
• Friends of Rabbits (Baltimore/DC)
• NC HRS (NC)
• Lollypop Farm (NY)
• Humane Society of Greater Rochester (NY)
• Save Animals Today (SD, CA)
• Hops and Lops (TN)
• IndyClaw (IN)
• Save the Animals Today (CA)
The following groups and individuals for sending in funds, supplies, or providing assistance with transport:

• National House Rabbit Society
• Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control
• New Mexico HRS
• Buckeye HRS
• Arkansas HRS
• Red Door Animal Shelter
• Oxbow
• PetCo Foundation
• PetSmart Charities
• Specks Pet Supply
• Dupage County Animal Shelter
• Chicago HRS
• San Diego HRS
• Stephen Van Linge and Trina Beatson
Veterinary Clinics for providing spay/neuter support:

• Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic, Indianapolis IN (Angela Lennox, DVM; Heather Goldstein, DVM; Amber Lee, DVM and support staff)
• Bargersville Veterinary Wellness Center, Franklin IN (Cindy Baker O’Dell, DVM)
• Deck Veterinary Clinic, Louisville KY (Tara Gunn, DVM)
• Rosehaven Exotic Animal Veterinary Services, Batavia, IL (Susan Brown, DVM; and Richard Nye, DVM; Macy Cooke; Sarah Dehn, RVT)
• Tippecanoe County Animal Clinic, Lafayette IN (Julia Becker, DVM)

Without the above groups, these rabbits would not have gotten the new lives they now have. If you’d like to help the remaining 170, please contact info@indianahrs.org.

Grand Opening of Bunny Bungalow in Murietta!

Our Pepsi grant money has been put to great use and we are pleased to announce that the Bunny Bungalow at Oak Grove in Murietta is ready! The Bungalow will house rabbits who are ready for adoption, and is overseen by our satellite group, Lucky Bunny Rabbit Rescue.

Come join us for the Grand Opening! Learn about the great things that Oak Grove does for children and animals.

  • Meet and pet our adorable Bungalow bunnies
  • Learn about our pet-assisted therapy program
  • Enjoy a slice of carrot cake and other goodies

Friday, December 10th, 3-5 pm
Bunny Bungalow at Oak Grove

24275 Jefferson Avenue, Murrieta, CA.

Oak Grove Center Open House
11 am – 4 pm
Enjoy holiday shopping, refreshments, and a very special musical performance by Oak Grove students, from 2-3 pm in the school cafeteria.
For more information, email info@luckybunnies.org

From New Mexico HRS: Digital Buns

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With Bill Velasquez, New Mexico House Rabbit Society

Since 2007, Bill Velasquez has been involved with rabbit rescue, and in January 2010 he helped to launch the New Mexico House Rabbit Society. Recently, Bill began producing podcasts as an alternate way to educate people about house rabbits and their care. (Check out Bill’s podcasts at http://www.rabbit.org/newmexico/podcasts.html)

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“Like most people, I live a mobile life and I exclusively listen to podcasts in the car rather than the radio. It seemed only natural to bring the pages of www.rabbit.org to a mobile platform so people can learn about buns while they drive. This is how I get my news and hobby information on a daily basis.

As anyone involved in rabbit rescue knows there is a tremendous need for continuing education – for volunteers, foster homes, and adopters. Not everyone enjoys reading books, so podcasts can fill an important educational niche.”

Bill promotes his podcasts through Facebook and encourages new volunteers and adopters to tune for basic information.

Bill also plans to include interviews and information from other HRS chapters: “Send me your MP3 files and I will post them!” He would also like to include video podcasts to show, “buns and bun tune-ups.”

To see video presentations on topics such as disabled rabbit care, alternative medical therapies, dental care, bunny gardening, and game-playing with bunnies, visit San Diego HRS’s Vimeo page. The page is regularly updated with presentations from our Speaker Series.