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Spread the Word to “Make Mine Chocolate” this Easter

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Make Mine Chocolate campaignMany of us in the bunny community already know that year after year, shelters and rescues get inundated with unwanted pet rabbits a few weeks after Easter.

So let’s try to spread the word that pet rabbits should not be Easter impulse buys! It comes down to this: if you haven’t done any research or put any thought into whether or not a real rabbit is a good fit for you and your family, go the chocolate bunny route instead.

Here are a few resources on the topic:

Happy Bunnies Part 2

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Check out the adorable video of happy, enriched bunnies created by the RSPCA. You can find out more tips on providing enrichment to your bunny at the RSPCA site.

For more bunny enrichment tips, view the following articles by My House Rabbit:

New York House Rabbit Conference

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

March hareRabbit lovers in the northeast US: You may be interested in attending the annual House Rabbit Society / Rabbit Rescue & Rehab Conference on Sunday, October 23 from 10am – 5pm at the Radisson Hotel in New Rochelle, New York.

The rabbit care conference will cover topics such as rabbit behavior and training, bunny bonding, medical Q&As, demonstrations, goodies, and more! You may even run into actress/comedienne and longtime rabbit advocate Amy Sedaris!

For more information, see the Rabbit Rescue & Rehab website.

Get Ready for International Rabbit Weekend!

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

September 24-25, 2011 (the fourth weekend of every September) is devoted to learning about proper rabbit care and appreciating the unique companionship pet rabbits offer. Below is a sampling of how you can celebrate rabbits this weekend!

Various Rabbit Rescue Events

Saturday, September 24:

Sunday, September 25:

(If your rabbit rescue is hosting an International Rabbit Day event, contact us, and we’ll add you to the list.)

Rabbit Care Information

Check out our articles in Rabbit Care, Rabbit Behavior, Rabbit Health, and New to Rabbits? sections for information on providing a safe, happy environment for your pet bunnies.  There is also a wealth of information on the websites listed on our Resources page.

Fun Bunny Gifts

Funny Bunny Videos

Bunny Binkying

Bunny Show Jumping

Baskets for Bunnies

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Baskets for BunniesBaskets for Bunnies is a new nonprofit organization that assists rabbit rescues with supplies and funds. Founded by Gretta Parker, the organization hopes to take some of the fundraising burden off shelters, so they can focus their attention on rescuing more bunnies.

This year, they have chosen seven rescues to aid:

In the future, Parker plans to expand Baskets for Bunnies to include a spay/neuter program and to support rescues internationally.

If you are interested in learning more about Baskets for Bunnies, the rescues they support, or donating, please visit them at their website or  find them on Facebook.

 

Flying with your Bunny: 2011 Update

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

AirplaneBack in 2009, we wrote about the limited options rabbit owners had when flying with their rabbit(s).

Petfinder has put together a new list for 2011 of pet friendly airlines, and there is another rabbit-friendly air carrier that we can add to the list.

Along with Continental Airlines, rabbits can now fly in-cabin on WestJet. However, Pet Airways (a pet-exclusive airline), which used to accept rabbits, now no longer does.

Bunny Garden 2011

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Here are some photos of our bunny garden this year. So far we’ve harvested for Coco and Cosette some bok choy, oregano, lettuce, mint, cilantro, strawberries, and a teeny tiny carrot that I pulled out by accident while weeding.

Bunny Garden

In this bunny garden, we’re growing lettuce, cilantro, oregano (which is trying to take over the entire garden), and basil.

Romaine lettuce

Closeup of the romaine.

Bunny Garden

In this (mostly) bunny garden, we’re growing carrots, Swiss chard, basil, and a couple non-bunny items.  We harvested bok choy from the corners earlier in the spring.  In the background, you can see our pots of mint.

Do you have a bunny garden this year? If so, what are you growing for your rabbits?

It’s Rabbit Awareness Week!

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Rabbit Awareness Week logoFor all the bunny lovers in the UK, this week is a wonderful time to learn more about proper rabbit care and get free health checkups.

It’s Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) from May 23 – May 29, 2011!

Here are a few facts about pet bunnies:

  • Rabbits can be litterbox trained.
  • Rabbits need space to run and play everyday. In fact, many rabbit owners opt to let their bunnies have free reign all the time in a bunny-proofed room or entire home. They don’t actually need to be caged.
  • Rabbits’ main diet should be hay (not pellets!). Hay should be available to rabbits at all times so they can graze when they want.
  • Most rabbits don’t like being held. They prefer that you sit down with them at their level.
  • Spaying/neutering your rabbit is essential. When spayed/neutered, rabbits become less aggressive and territorial, males stop spraying, litterbox habits improve, there are no accidental babies, and cancer risk decreases significantly.

Watch an adorable video from the RSPCA of how rabbits act when they’re not stuck in a hutch all day:

To find out which places are offering free health checkups and other rabbit-related events, go to the event locator on the Rabbit Awareness Week website.

To learn more about rabbit care, see:

Revised Edition of Rabbits: Gentle Hearts, Valiant Spirits Available Soon

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Rabbits: Gentle Hearts, Valiant SpiritsMarie Mead’s Rabbits: Gentle Hearts, Valiant Spirits, a beautiful book filled with uplifting stories about rescued rabbits, has gotten even better!  A revised edition, being released this month, contains five new stories and two new articles.

From the author:

The impetus behind the revision is the excellent article titled “Modeling Love and Respect for a Classroom Rabbit,” written by elementary teacher Cheryl Rosemary Abbott. It provides interesting, down-to-earth guidance for teachers—and parents—about introducing children to a rabbit, bunny-proofing, rules for everyone’s safety, and the all-important issue of role-modeling love, respect, and responsibility.

You can purchase the book from the publisher or from Amazon.

To learn more about the book, visit:

Nova Maris Press
Celebrating Rabbits

Happy Earth Day!

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Today is Earth Day! To celebrate, here are two articles relating to bunnies AND helping the environment.

Rabbits in harmony with nature7 Ways Rabbits are Environmentally-Friendly Pets
There are many benefits to owning a pet rabbit: they’re utterly adorable, they’re funny, they’re quiet, they’re clean… I could go on and on. But one thing many people may not realize is that rabbits are ecologically-friendly pets. [Read more]

 

Lettuce headBunny Gardening for Beginners
One of the great things about owning a pet rabbit is that you can grow a lot of their food yourself in a backyard garden. In fact, you don’t have to be a master gardener or own a huge plot of land to grow a few of your bunny’s favorites. [Read more]