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The House Rabbit Society and Petfinder.com have teamed up to designate February as Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month!
According to Director of the Richmond House Rabbit Society Mary Cotter, “Promoting adoption and educating potential adopters early in the year helps to prevent the impulse purchase of bunnies a month or two later at Easter time. This, in turn, will reduce the number of rabbits relinquished to shelters.”
So, if you’re thinking about bringing a new pet into your home, you can read all about rabbit care and behavior at the My House Rabbit website, and you can read our article on the Benefits of Adopting a Rabbit.
We also have a good list of rabbit rescues and shelters on our Rabbit Resource Page.
Peter Simpson captured this scene of a Stone curlew protecting its mate from a formidable foe.
Simpson’s photo won first prize in the BirdGuides Photo of the Year 2007 competition.
17 lop-eared Angora rabbits were found wandering around near highway 91 in Ivins, Utah. Their fur was matted and their ears were damaged. The rabbits were rounded up and brought to the local animal shelter.
Cheryl Rosenthal of the Oshkosh Area Humane Society (OAHS) writes about the many rabbits abandoned outside. Many people, laden with misconceptions about rabbits, let their unwanted bunny loose, assuming they will be able to fend for themselves. Unfortunately, domestic rabbits lack the necessary survival skills in the wild. Rosenthal writes, “Unless they are rescued by a Good Samaritan and brought to the animal shelter many of these submissive animals suffer miserably and die.”
The arts-and-crafts chain has agreed to a no-fur policy after receiving a request from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). According to PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk, “There’s a world of suffering in every piece of fur. A.C. Moore should be commended for saving countless animals’ lives by pulling the pelts off its shelves and pledging to go fur-free.”
For more info: http://www.peta.org/mc/NewsItem.asp?id=10803
Good news for all the rabbit owners living in northern Wales. Daleside Vets in Pandy is offering free dental checkups for rabbits during National Rabbit Week (January 21-27). Many rabbits, when not fed enough hay or given enough wood/cardboard to chew, suffer from elongated teeth. As rabbits’ teeth grow continuously throughout their lives, it is imperative they wear them down daily. Otherwise, teeth grow long and curl into the back of their mouths, inhibiting their intake of food.
For a full list of vets offering free dental checks in the UK, visit this link: http://www.nationalrabbitweek.co.uk/rescue/index.php?page=map&type=vet
This is very true for Cosette.
I will say that I grossly overestimated her weight for her profile. She’s very strong- forcefully nudging me, digging on my back, lifting the puppy pen (which now has 12 pound weights keeping it down), so I assumed she was a lot heavier than she was. But actually according to the last visit to the vet’s, she’s only 4.7 pounds. (Sorry Cos!)
Scout leaders in England discovered an abandoned pet rabbit in the scout hut yard on December 28. A note had been stuffed in the gate dated December 25. It read: “I’m not wanted any more, please look after me.” This tale has a happy ending however. Andrea Bisacre, the sister of one of the scout leaders, fell in love with the rabbit, adopted her, and named her Alice.
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has begun a campaign against Mars Inc in response to their cruel treatment towards rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, and mice. They are asking shoppers to boycott M&M’s, Snickers, Twix, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, Starburst, Dove, and Skittles. Experiments by Mars included forcing rabbits to eat high cholesterol diets with cocoa, then killing them to cut out the blood vessels to their hearts. Their competitor, Hershey, does not experiment on animals.
For more information: http://www.peta.org/mc/NewsItem.asp?id=10660
For photos: http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/slideshow/photo//071213/480/ed8ce1979d40414b94c500c727330d0c/#/071221/photos_us_rank_afp/e6bdd7f5e9fedea18edeafea3cb66e5f