Watch the beautiful story of Heather and Lillian who are currently living at the HRS Rabbit Center after starting their lives as lab rabbits. These two experienced many firsts at the rescue – first loving touch, first hay, first lettuce, first flop. They are waiting to be adopted into their first (and forever) loving home.
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Marcy Schaaf is the woman behind the California rabbit rescue, SaveABunny. Fifteen years ago, burnt out from working as a high-level advertising and marketing executive, Schaaf decided to step out of the rat race. She used this new found free time to foster bunnies, and quickly fell in love with the species. Since then, she’s put her work ethic and business skills to work running SaveABunny. The all-volunteer organization has saved over 5,000 rabbits from being euthanized.
Recently, the group was awarded a $25,000 grant from the ASPCA to expand their operation.
To learn more, visit the SaveABunny website.
Spread some love this Valentine’s Day with a Rally Round a Rabbit Charity Gift. You can send a sweet card to your special someone and support a rabbit cared for by the RSPCA at the same time!
Choose either an e-card or a printed card. 100% of the profit benefits bunnies. (More animal Valentine’s gifts are available here.)
Another idea is to make a donation on someone’s behalf to a local rabbit rescue. Rabbit rescues will certainly appreciate the support.
Don’t forget- February is Adopt a Rescued Rabbit month!
Jenny Nichols has started a rabbit rescue at her Lamoine, Maine home. She takes in unwanted and neglected rabbits from the area, working with the local SPCA. She cares for the rabbits until they are adopted into their new forever homes.
A few years ago, Nichols wouldn’t have imagined she’d be running a rabbit rescue. She never identified as being an “animal person” and wasn’t particularly drawn to rabbits. But when her daughter begged her for a pet rabbit, she conceded… only to realize that once the excitement wore off, the rabbit was now her pet. She researched how to properly care for rabbits, and over the years, developed a deep respect and love for them. She wanted to do something to help abused and abandoned rabbits, and so Cottontail Cottage Rabbit Rescue began.
Rabbits come to her for a few different reasons, including impulse-buy Easter gifts for children that are no longer new and exciting a month later or from breeders who’d like to cull them for physical deformities.
Now with over 30 rabbits in her care, Nichols is appealing to the public for donations. For more information visit the Cottontail Cottage Rabbit Rescue website or their Facebook page. See also the Bangor Daily News.
Here’s what you do to get involved in spreading awareness:
If you have a blog, create a post anytime during this week about rabbit care or share information about adoptable bunnies. Add in the Rabbit Adoptathon badge (code below) so others can do the same on their blogs.
If you’re on Facebook, you can share an adoptable bunny’s information by using the Facebook Share button located on each animal’s profile page on Petfinder.com.
Learn more about the Adoptathon Hop at AfFURmation.
(Copy the code above and paste it into your blog if you want to get involved.)
Last year, the Canadian town of Canmore, located about 60 miles west of Calgary, had a big problem. Abandoned pet rabbits had bred with each other and caused a feral rabbit explosion. Town officials initially planned to cull the rabbits, but a public campaign and the Earth Animal Rescue Society (EARS) made it possible to sterilize them and relocate them to sanctuaries.
From January until April, the town of Canmore trapped and sterilized hundreds of feral rabbits. These rabbits are now happily living in local sanctuaries.
EARS plans to break from the trapping for the summer and resume in October to catch the remaining rabbits.
For more info see:
The folks at Mint.com and Humane Society Silicon Valley put together a helpful infographic outlining the lifetime costs of pets. It’s so important when you decided to adopt a pet rabbit or bonded pair into your family, that you are willing and able to shoulder the costs.
See how rabbits compare to other pets:
In case you didn’t know, February is Adopt a Rescued Rabbit month!
To celebrate, Petco is hosting a “Meet the Critters” adoption event this weekend, February 18th – 19th, from 1-2pm in their stores nationwide. Petco does not sell or breed rabbits. Instead, they work with local rescue groups to find forever homes for available bunnies. During the event, volunteers from the rescue groups will be on hand to offer advice on how to properly care for house rabbits.
If you’re wondering if a pet rabbit is a good fit for you and your family, see our article, Thinking About Getting a Pet Rabbit? to find out. To learn more about why adopting a pet rabbit from a shelter or rescue is a wonderful alternative to buying one from a store or breeder, see our article, Benefits of Adopting a Pet Rabbit.
It was near midnight on a rural road in New Jersey when Sharon Coughlin caught a glimpse of a fluffy white object at the side of the road. She drove on, but the thought of an animal possibly in need nagged at her.
“I made a U-turn and slowly drove up to the white fluffy object. My headlights shone on it. It did not move. I pulled off to the side of road and got out of the car.
“It was a rabbit! A tan and white rabbit. It was just sitting there, apparently uninjured, looking terrified. I love animals, but knew little about rabbits. I wasn’t sure how to pick it up or how it would react, but I knew I had to rescue the little guy.”
You can read the full story at The Great Animal Rescue Chase website. This site features articles submitted by people all over the world who have a rescue story (big or small) to share.
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:
- Georgia House Rabbit Society Wine Tasting & Silent Auction, Marietta, GA
- House Rabbit Society Singapore Bunny Care / Adoption Event, Downtown East, Singapore
Sunday, September 25:
- spcaLA Rabbit Adoption Event, Los Angeles, CA
- San Diego House Rabbit Society Adoption Day, San Diego, CA
- Wisconsin HRS Madison’s Bunny Day, Madison, WI
(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
- Make Your Own Toy Bunny (Sewing/Knitting/Crochet Patterns) on Etsy
- Bunny Notecards and Bunny Christmas Cards by My House Rabbit / Grizzly Bear Greetings
- Rabbit Jewelry, Art, Cards, Dolls, and Accessories by the Etsy Rabbit Team
Funny Bunny Videos
Bunny Show Jumping