Your Healthy Happy Bunny

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Little Truman is a happy, active boy, available for adoption through San Diego House Rabbit Society.

Here’s a great article on rabbit care and diet from a couple years ago.

http://sandiegopetsmagazine.com/view/full_story/12473358/article-Your-Healthy–Happy-Bunny?

Adoptions – 9/8/2013

This past Sunday was once again another success at the SDHRS Adoption Center! Five lucky bunnies found their forever home!!!  A big thank you to all the foster parents who gave each bunny a loving place to stay while they waited to be adopted. We couldn’t be happier for these families!

Pretty girl, Lola, was reunited with her friend, Brick (now named Angus) who she used to accompany at education events.  She’s so happy to have a new home with adopters Katie and Todd.

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Brooks & Toby found a great new home with the Balmaceda Family!  They were so excited to take home their new bunny companions and we wish them many happy years together.

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The Barrera family looked and looked until they found the perfect bunny for their family.  Sweet boy, Rowdy, was the lucky bunny who went home with them.

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Jacob is a darling boy whose found a new best friend in Ryleigh.  He loves his new home and has fun exploring his big room.

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Bunnies: Much more than an Easter toy!

Looking around at all the parks and beaches with dog friendly signs, as well as the overly packed shelters, it is evident to see most animal attention is given to the rescue of dogs and cats. In this video, our very own SDHRS chapter manager, Judith Pierce, briefly talks about the importance of rabbit rescue and care as well as the vital role the SDHRS plays in our local community.

Adoption Success Stories

Here at SDHRS we are so thrilled to hear back from families who have adopted one of our foster bunnies and given them a forever, loving home. Just this week, two success stories were emailed to us!

“Hello HRS! Just wanted to thank you for everything and give you a quick update on our family: Dexter and Lily were bonded immediately. They spent a whole day together in our “neutral” zone and were inseparable. We decided to let them spend the night together and they’re in love! Tonight we let them roam our entire house. Lily is definitely the dominant one and gets the most grooms. Neither one have been aggressive. Thanks again Judith!” -Gloria

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“Hi Judith and everyone at the HRS!   Here is Maple and Marshmallow “Sweet Cheeks” Cole, one week later.  They really love each other and it only took 5 days!! Thank you so much for our happy bunnies. ” -Erin Cole

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Three Hoppy Adoptions!!!

Congratulations to the three newest members of the HRS family. This past Sunday three of our foster bunnies were happily adopted to wonderful, loving homes!!!

Boo was adopted by Taylor Castillo

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Roxy was adopted by Danielle Dean & Mycol Thorp

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Lily was adopted by Gloria Cheung

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A big bunny thank you to all of our wonderful foster families for giving each bunny a loving, safe home until their forever family comes along.

Bunny adoptions every Sunday, we’ll see you there!!!

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.

Five Bunnies Adopted!

Recent adoptions include the following lucky bunnies.

Little Jess, our tiny Netherland Dwarf girl, went home with Christina.

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Bandit when home with the Vanderpool Family,

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Monique went home with the Serillo Family,

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Jilliana went home with the Jones Family, and

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and Riley went home with the Miller Family!

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Congratulations to our foster bunnies on finding wonderful new homes and many, many thanks to their adopters for bringing these bunnies into their families.

 

Adopt a Recycled Rabbit

Your New Green Companion

You’re vegetarian, you shop with your own recycled bags and work hard to keep your waste out of the landfill, so it make sense that you are leaning toward an animal companion that matches your green lifestyle.   Look no further – rabbits are one of the most planet-friendly pets around!

Rabbits Create a Very Small Carbon Paw Print

Like you, rabbits are herbivores.   They eat only plants and grasses.  They are “local” consumers, enjoying fresh hay and greens available locally.  Shop at your local farmer’s market for their daily salad and enjoy an extra bonus; ask for the “trimmings” from carrots, beets, turnips, etc. and get them for free! Hay can come from your local feed store or from the House Rabbit Society’s community hay sales program, decreasing the “food miles” required to sustain your rabbit companion.

A rabbit’s waste is composed of broken down hay fibers, which is clean and free from bacteria that are harmful to our environment or us.   This makes them cleaner, fresher smelling, and easier to care for than most other animal companion species.

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Bucket enjoying the tall grass.

Your rabbit’s litter box waste can go straight onto your compost pile, your outdoors plants (the droppings can go into your indoor plants), or into the green waste bins collected by your trash company.  If you use a rabbit-friendly paper or wood-based litter box filler that, along with bunny’s droppings and hay, makes wonderful compost material.

Love to garden?  Plant a vegetable and edible flower garden to feed you – and your rabbit – and use bunny’s litter box contents to fertilize the plants and act as mulch to protect roots and hold in moisture.  You don’t even have to compost it first; rabbit waste is nutrient rich and safe to use right from the litter box.   If you belong to a garden co-op or a gardening club, your rabbit’s litter box waste will be like “gold;” everyone will want some!

Rabbits Love Recycled

Rabbits love “green” toys.  Cardboard boxes make great hideouts and are fun to chew.  Empty tissue boxes or toilet paper tubes stuffed with hay make yummy treats.  Old magazines and phone books translate into hours of shredding fun.  Empty paper bags create fun hiding places.  No need to spend money on expensive new toys; just share your junk mail and paper-based waste with bunny!

Rabbits also love babies’ toys.  Heavy plastic chew toys and rattles are fun to fling, rattle, and chew. Toddler playhouses from Little Tykes make great bunny play areas.   Pick these up at resale shops for children.

Green Cleaning

Use non-toxic cleaning products for your rabbit.  Vinegar & water make the best cleaning solution for bunny’s washable bedding, toys, and litter box.  Not only is it completely safe, vinegar has been proven to kill bacteria.  Also keep your yard and home free from pesticides and fertilizers that can harm bunny – and you.  Instead, use Diatomaceous Earth (available at nurseries, online, and at the SDHRS Bunny Supply Store) to kill fleas, mites and other pests.

Adopt a Recycled Rabbit 

Adopt – don’t shop for your new rabbit companion.  Visit your local shelter, humane society or rabbit rescue when looking for a bunny friend.  Thousands of rabbits end up with local animal welfare agencies, in need of a good home, especially after Easter.  Don’t shop at a pet store or breeder when so many pure bred rabbits are available through rescues.  When you purchase from a breeder or pet store, you are contributing to the problem of animal overpopulation and not enough homes for every bunny born.

To learn more about adopting a “recycled” rabbit, visit www.sandiegorabbits.org.

~ Judith Pierce, San Diego House Rabbit Society