Bunny Blog

Featured Rabbit Rescue: Buckeye House Rabbit Society

The Buckeye House Rabbit Society, based in Athens, OH, is a chapter of the national House Rabbit Society. Serving Ohio since 1997, their all-volunteer, federally-recognized, non-profit organization rescues abandoned rabbits and educates the public about rabbit care.

With representatives in Athens, Canton, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Toledo, and a growing number of volunteers, they work to bring Ohioans up-to-date information about adopting and caring for indoor companion rabbits.

Three baby rabbits

Meet Karley, Bunny, and Lindsay. The Buckeye HRS took in a pregnant rabbit who was dumped at a cottontail rehabber’s doorstep in Indiana. These are just three of the eleven baby bunnies that resulted!

Learn how to get involved with the Buckeye House Rabbit Society or donate to their organization at their website.

International Rabbit Day 2014

It’s International Rabbit Day!  This weekend is dedicated to promoting the well-being of rabbits everywhere- from pet rabbits, to wild rabbits, to lab rabbits, and more.

Rabbit under table

How can we as rabbit lovers make a difference in a rabbit’s life?  Here are a few ways:

  • Make sure you are providing a safe, healthy, enriching indoor home for your pet rabbit. Take a look at our Rabbit Care and Rabbit Behavior sections for information about proper diet, indoor housing, bunny proofing, enrichment, and more. Our article, How to Care for a Pet Rabbit, provides a basic overview. Share the article with other rabbit owners!
  • Boycott and/or peacefully protest companies and organizations whose practices exploit rabbits (from product testing, to selling rabbit meat, to fur-farming, to conducting rabbit rodeos/scrambles, etc.).
  • Support cruelty-free companies.  Look for the Leaping Bunny logo on products. You can do a product search here.

What will you do to celebrate International Rabbit Day?

Featured Rabbit Rescue: Alabama EARS

Alabama EARS, a rabbit rescue based in Birmingham, AL, is a 501(c) organization and a chapter of the House Rabbit Society.

Their focus is to rescue rabbits from shelters, litter box train them, socialize them, and learn about them so they can place them in loving forever homes.  They also work to spread awareness about house rabbit care, participating in animal education events and working with local animal shelters.

Lop-eared rabbit

Meet Sally, a rabbit available for adoption at Alabama EARS.

Alabama EARS also has sanctuary rabbits, which are rabbits not deemed adoptable who live permanently with one of the organization’s foster parents. Often a serious medical condition is the cause, and the caretaker would need the specialized knowledge to care for a special needs bunny.

To learn more about Alabama EARS or to donate to the organization, visit their website.

Sleepy Cos

After the rabbits’ move from upstairs to downstairs, Cosette has determined that my office is her favorite room.

Sleeping rabbit

Accepting that Cos was going to be a regular in this room, we took steps to bunny proof it properly.  The flex tubing on the wooden coffee table legs, although unsightly, has been quite effective at protecting them.

Sleeping rabbit

Zzz….

Make Your Own Logic Toys for Your Rabbit

We recently published a new article called Logic Toys for Rabbits.  The article was written by Christina Chivers of the online store, Bunny Approved.

Rabbit doing logic toy

The article discusses the types of toys that challenge your rabbit’s mind and provide much-needed enrichment. Chivers also provides instructions on creating your own logic toys.  It includes photos and a video of her rabbit, Bunny, engaging in these toys. (We also included a photo of Cosette playing with one we made using her instructions.)

Of course, if you don’t feel like making the toys yourself, you can purchase them from Bunny Approved.

Learn more at: Logic Toys for Rabbits

Reign of the Internet Bunny

The Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society is launching a new campaign to make Internet Bunnies the new Internet Cats.

Watch a fun music video below:

From the Minnesota Companion Rabbit’s press release:

Starting today, people who love rabbits or who are suffering from cat video fatigue can visit www.mncompanionrabbit.org/internet-bunny/ to view a bunny-themed music video and four-minute documentary about domestic rabbits and the organization’s “Hoppy Hour” events.

In addition, visitors are encouraged to vote on the rabbit they would like to see lead the charge versus Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub, Maru and their army of feline friends. Each candidate has a profile on the site that includes their personality traits, cat rival, least favorite cat video, and why they should win.

Learn more and vote at the Internet Bunny website. Voting ends August 21.

Combat Infantry Bunny Update

In 2009, we were introduced to a story about Carolyn Schapper, an Army sergeant who took a rabbit into her care. (See the post here) She recently update her story on 0-Dark-Thirty, the literary magazine of the Veterans Writing Project. You can read the conclusion to her time with her rabbit, CIB, here, but a word of warning for our bunny-lovers, it doesn’t end well.