A happy Saturday afternoon for Coco, who loves luxuriating in a fresh bed of hay, just eatin’ and poopin’ to his heart’s content.
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.
Learn how to get involved with the Buckeye House Rabbit Society or donate to their organization at their website.
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.
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?
There is a petition on Change.org prompting Carnival and their sister lines Princess and Costa to remove rabbit from their menu.
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.
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.
After the rabbits’ move from upstairs to downstairs, Cosette has determined that my office is her favorite room.
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.
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
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.
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.
On August 17, 2014, there will be a National Day of Action in protest of Whole Foods selling rabbit meat. This event is happening across the nation.
For more info and a list of cities that are participating visit: