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Baskets for Bunnies

Baskets for BunniesBaskets for Bunnies is a new nonprofit organization that assists rabbit rescues with supplies and funds. Founded by Gretta Parker, the organization hopes to take some of the fundraising burden off shelters, so they can focus their attention on rescuing more bunnies.

This year, they have chosen seven rescues to aid:

In the future, Parker plans to expand Baskets for Bunnies to include a spay/neuter program and to support rescues internationally.

If you are interested in learning more about Baskets for Bunnies, the rescues they support, or donating, please visit them at their website or  find them on Facebook.

 

Post-Irene at My House Rabbit

Fallen tree from Hurricane Irene

Fallen tree from Hurricane Irene

Here in coastal Connecticut, Hurricane Irene wreaked a fair amount of havoc, damaging trees and property, causing flooding, and leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power (including us).

Slanted apple tree after Hurricane Irene

We found our apple trees at 45 degree angles.

Gardens after Hurricane Irene

We had staked everything down on our raised beds and moved most of our potted plants to the basement.

But through all that, Coco and Cosette were happily oblivious to the storm.  (Apparently bunnies aren’t that bothered when they don’t have lights or internet access.)  Their veggies stayed cold enough in the fridge and there were still cardboard castles to renovate.

Rabbits grooming

Here they are today, two days after the storm, still happily oblivious.

Rabbit grooming

Yesterday, while we were still without power, we spent a very pleasant, sunny day cleaning up the yard and gardens. It was the perfect opportunity to plant some fall crops as well! We planted bok choy, romaine lettuce, and spinach.

Tree staked after Hurricane Irene

We staked our apple trees so they are now growing upright again.

Garden cleaned up after Hurricane Irene

We cleaned up our gardens, brought the potted plants back out, and planted new fall crops.

For those of you also affected by the hurricane, how are you and your bunnies faring now?

Special Needs Bunny Receives Prosthetic Device

Rabbit with prosthetic bucket

Haviva Lush, founder of Rabbit Rescue, Inc. and daughter Anika help Pipkin with his new prosthetic bucket. Photo by Graham Paine/Canadian Champion.

Special needs bunny Pipkin was taken in by Haviva Lush,  founder of the Canadian charity Rabbit Rescue, five years ago.  Pipkin was born with several issues: his front legs were splayed, he was missing a hip joint, and one hind leg was shorter than the other (and was later amputated).

Yet despite all this, Pipkin’s temperament remained surprisingly happy.  So when the opportunity arose to be fitted with a prosthetic bucket to help stabilize him and keep him upright, Pipkin was a great candidate.

The device was created by Dr. Joyce Olynich, a Toronto-based vet who specializes in prostheses. It was the first prosthetic bucket made for a rabbit in Canada.

To learn more about Pipkin’s story, see InsideHalton.

Bob Barker Advocates Being a Caring Consumer


(Note: The video contains images of animal testing.)

Watch the Public Service Announcement above featuring Bob Barker and his bunny pal Benny, which discusses the importance of using personal care and household products that are not tested on animals.

To view a list of cruelty-free companies (and a list of companies that DO test on animals that you should avoid), see PETA’s searchable database of companies.

Lab Animals in the UK Need Your Help

The British government is considering replacing current lab animal regulations with a new EU directive that offers less protection.  Adopting the EU law could result in reduced inspections in labs, less oversight by ethical committees, inhumane methods of killing,  and an increase in suffering by lab animals in the UK.

Every year approximately 10,138 rabbits are used in experiments in the UK.  These animals need your help.  If 10,000 people raise their voices by September 5th and urge the British government to say no to the EU law,  this could prevent a huge step back in animal welfare in the UK.  If you live in the UK, you can say no to the consultation by clicking here.

To learn more about the campaign, visit Give Animals a Voice.

Flying with your Bunny: 2011 Update

AirplaneBack in 2009, we wrote about the limited options rabbit owners had when flying with their rabbit(s).

Petfinder has put together a new list for 2011 of pet friendly airlines, and there is another rabbit-friendly air carrier that we can add to the list.

Along with Continental Airlines, rabbits can now fly in-cabin on WestJet. However, Pet Airways (a pet-exclusive airline), which used to accept rabbits, now no longer does.

Cleveland Art Rabbits

Garden Party rabbit art by Laurie Musser

"Garden Party" by Laurie Musser. Sponsored by Key Bank. Photo by Tony Barchock.

In honor of the Chinese Year of the Rabbit, the St Clair Superior Development Corporation put together a public art campaign in the city of Cleveland, OH. Local artists decorated 25 fiberglass rabbit sculptures which were installed in key locations throughout the city.

For more information and photos of these stunning works of art, see:

Mass Rabbit Rescue in Ontario

Rabbits from Manitoulin Island mass rescue

Three rabbits from the Manitoulin Island mass rescue. Photo: Henry Stancu/Toronto Star

Over 200 rabbits were rescued from a home on Manitoulin Island, an island in Lake Huron in the province of Ontario. The Ontario SPCA, Rabbit Rescue, and other animal organizations rushed in to provide medical attention and find new homes for the bunnies.

The mass rescue is an enormous undertaking, and there are several ways you can help these organizations help the rabbits:

  • Donate financially  – Costs from medical attention, food, housing, and other supplies quickly add up.

If you live in Ontario,

  • Volunteer to foster- Finding temporary homes for this many rabbits can be challenging.
  • Donate supplies – Donations of carriers, x-pens, neat idea cubes, food and other supplies are appreciated.
  • Adopt – Consider adoption if you can provide a forever home for any of these rabbits.

To learn more, see:

 

Bunny Garden 2011

Here are some photos of our bunny garden this year. So far we’ve harvested for Coco and Cosette some bok choy, oregano, lettuce, mint, cilantro, strawberries, and a teeny tiny carrot that I pulled out by accident while weeding.

Bunny Garden

In this bunny garden, we’re growing lettuce, cilantro, oregano (which is trying to take over the entire garden), and basil.

Romaine lettuce

Closeup of the romaine.

Bunny Garden

In this (mostly) bunny garden, we’re growing carrots, Swiss chard, basil, and a couple non-bunny items.  We harvested bok choy from the corners earlier in the spring.  In the background, you can see our pots of mint.

Do you have a bunny garden this year? If so, what are you growing for your rabbits?

Japanese Earless Bunny

An earless bunny in Japan is sparking up debate about whether we are seeing signs of mutation as a result of the Fukushima nuclear site’s meltdown back in March. I wasn’t going to post since I felt like the sample size of one rabbit wasn’t sufficient to back up these claims, especially since we’ve posted in the past about another earless rabbit named Vincent Van Gogh.

But the video of the white bunny was cute, so here it is:

For more information, see:
AOL Weird News
MSNBC’s Cosmic Log