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Sweet Binks Adopts Out 1000th Bunny

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

MaggieCongratulations to Sweet Binks of Rhode Island for adopting out its 1000th rabbit today. The lucky bunny is called Maggie.

For more info, see: Sweet Binks Rabbit Rescue.

Rabbit Rescue Spotlight: House Rabbit Society of Missouri

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Joy Gioia and Rembrandt, a flemish giant rabbit.As the owner of one especially mischievous rabbit, I loved the anecdote told by Joy Gioia of the Missouri House Rabbit Society in the St. Louis Suburban Journals:

Belle loved to play with decorative pillows. She once used her nose to push one from the head of the bed to the foot of the bed and onto the cat sleeping on the floor. It hit the cat, Paws, with a plop.

The bunny hopped in a way that made Joy Gioia think she enjoyed what she had done.

“I just watched an animal size up a situation, think up a joke and carry it out,” Gioia said. “I know people who don’t have that type of humor. (Bunnies) have a wicked sense of humor.”

Gioia started out as a wildlife rehabilitator who specialized in cottontails. When a park ranger brought in an injured domestic rabbit, Gioia embarked on a new journey: she became chapter leader of the House Rabbit Society of Missouri.

Now Gioia and her team of volunteers foster rabbits in their homes and educate the public about proper rabbit care. They are holding Bunny Expo 2009 on June 7, 11am – 4pm at the Humane Society of Missouri. The expo will feature free nail clippings, information booths, photo sessions, children’s activities, and seminars.

For more info:
Suburban Journals
Missouri House Rabbit Society

February is “Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month”

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

CosetteI wrote an article for the local paper here in southeastern CT about the benefits of adopting a rabbit in honor of February being “Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month.”

Here’s an excerpt:

If you are uninitiated to the world of bunnies, you may not realize that February is “Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month.” So in the spirit of spreading awareness, here are a few benefits of adopting a pet rabbit from a rescue or shelter.

But before you get too excited about getting a rabbit, it should be noted that although rabbits make wonderful indoor companions (who can be easily litter trained), they are not low maintenance pets. Rabbits require the same amount of care and attention as cats or dogs, and they can live around 10 years or more. But if you and your family are willing to make the commitment, read on!

Read the full article here >

PETCO Phasing Out Rabbit Sales; Moving to Rabbit Adoption

Monday, November 17th, 2008

PETCO announced today that it is phasing out its rabbit sales. Instead, the chain of pet stores is expanding its rabbit adoption efforts across the US. According to PETCO CEO Jim Myers, “Rabbits are great companion animals, and we believe PETCO can play a pivotal role in partnering with animal-welfare groups to connect responsible pet parents with happy, healthy neutered rabbits through in-store adoptions nationwide.”

The shift in policy is welcoming news to the thousands of rabbit rescues overrun with abandoned bunnies in need of forever homes.

For more info:

UPDATE: Pet Rabbits Affected by National Housing Crisis

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

As a follow up to my post, Pet Rabbits Affected by National Housing Crisis, here is a link to another article about the Sacramento SPCA and their influx of stray rabbits. This article includes a video that shows their facility and a lot of their available bunnies. I found the beginning of the video to be a little ominous… I think it was because of the black and white background and the choice of music. Plus, the rabbit they showed (from the shoulders up) had a really skinny neck and looked a little robotic. However, the rest of the video was very informative- it makes it very hard for people resist adopting one (or more) of these bunnies.


Rabbit Rescue Spotlight: Leaps & Bounds Rabbit Rescue

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Leaps & Bounds Rabbit RescueA new rabbit rescue in Roseville, CA will host their Grand Opening event on September 27, from 4-8pm at the Roseville PETCO on 1917 Douglas Boulevard.

If you live in the area, you can join in on the festivities, which include a ribbon cutting ceremony, petting stations, a silent auction, games, prizes, and of course, the opportunity to adopt a rabbit.

Leaps & Bounds Rabbit Rescue began when Kim DeWoody and Nola Williams decided to dedicate their volunteer efforts solely to the special needs and requirements of rabbits. The rescue cares for its rabbits in foster homes, providing them with medical attention, socialization, and retraining as needed.

If you would like to support Leaps & Bounds, you can volunteer with them or foster a bunny. Donations are also appreciated.

For more information:
Leaps & Bounds Rabbit Rescue Website
Leaps & Bounds Petfinder Page
Grand Opening Press Release

Rabbit Rescued from Air Intake Vent in Wakefield, MA

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Kerry Quintilliani caught a glimpse of a white, lop-eared rabbit outside her office in a business complex in Wakefield, MA. She’d seen wild rabbits there before, but this one stuck out as a domesticated bunny. She called her sister to help try to capture the abandoned pet, but to no avail. So she left some food out and decided to call the House Rabbit Network and try again the next day.

Unfortunately, the white rabbit was nowhere to be found. But Quintilliani and volunteers from the House Rabbit Network did discover the white rabbit’s buddy, a brown domestic rabbit, who was trapped in an air vent. According to Quintilliani, “There was no way into this space except for a 3-inch gap the bunny had fallen through. The bunny responded to food and water passed into the space [by volunteers] and seemed to be healthy so a plan was made to find someone who could open up the grates so he could be rescued.”

That someone was Joe Voto, who spent 5 hours sawing through the vent to make a hole large enough for a person to get in and bring the rabbit to safety.

The rabbit, named Joey after Voto’s son, will be neutered and available for adoption from the House Rabbit Network soon.

Good job to the good samaritans and and the volunteers of the House Rabbit Network for sparing one rabbit’s life!

For more info:
House Rabbit Network

Rabbit Fosterer Donates Prize Money to Rabbit Rescue

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Ray Milkey of Los Altos, CA won $1000 when the photo he entered of his two foster bunnies was chosen as the best entry for‘s “Cutest Baby Pet” contest. He has generously opted to give the prize money to The Rabbit Haven, the shelter where the two baby dwarf hotot rabbits, Lassen and Denali, came from. Due to the popularity of the contest, Lassen has already been adopted, and with any luck, Denali will find a forever home soon too.

For more info:

Rabbit Rescue Spotlight: Dance with the Bunnies Rabbit Rescue

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Now is the time when many rescues get a lot of unwanted rabbits. It’s been just long enough after Easter that bunnies that were bought for the holiday start to lose their charm with people who didn’t have accurate expectations of owning a pet rabbit. And so the bunny gets “set free” in the wild or placed in shelters.

Bonnie Pulver of Dance with the Bunnies Rabbit Rescue in Greenville, NC has tried to curb this trend by passing out informational flyers and directing people to Make Mine Chocolate. She runs a foster home for bunnies out of her house through the Friends of the Pitt County Animal Shelter. And while “bounce-back bunnies” are less than ideal, she would prefer people relinquish their unwanted pets to a no-kill rescue/shelter rather than setting them loose in the wild, where they have little chance of survival.

According to Pulver, “Turning them loose does not set them free. It makes them food. That white bunny has no security in the wild … They are on the very bottom of the food chain.”

For more information, visit:

Rabbit Rescue Spotlight: Kind Heart Rescue of Monmouth/Ocean

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Jody Caizza has run Kind Heart Rescue for 20 years out of her log cabin home, which is located on 14 wooded acres in Cream Ridge, NJ. Her rescue provides sanctuary to homeless dogs and rabbits. Devoting 35 hours/week to caring for the animals and contributing $5000-$10,000 of the necessary $20,000/year it takes to maintain the rescue, Caizza’s love for animals is unquestionable.

For more info: