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It’s Rabbit Awareness Week!

Rabbit Awareness Week logoFor all the bunny lovers in the UK, this week is a wonderful time to learn more about proper rabbit care and get free health checkups.

It’s Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) from May 23 – May 29, 2011!

Here are a few facts about pet bunnies:

  • Rabbits can be litterbox trained.
  • Rabbits need space to run and play everyday. In fact, many rabbit owners opt to let their bunnies have free reign all the time in a bunny-proofed room or entire home. They don’t actually need to be caged.
  • Rabbits’ main diet should be hay (not pellets!). Hay should be available to rabbits at all times so they can graze when they want.
  • Most rabbits don’t like being held. They prefer that you sit down with them at their level.
  • Spaying/neutering your rabbit is essential. When spayed/neutered, rabbits become less aggressive and territorial, males stop spraying, litterbox habits improve, there are no accidental babies, and cancer risk decreases significantly.

Watch an adorable video from the RSPCA of how rabbits act when they’re not stuck in a hutch all day:

To find out which places are offering free health checkups and other rabbit-related events, go to the event locator on the Rabbit Awareness Week website.

To learn more about rabbit care, see:

Rabbit Organizations Band Together to Save 79 Rabbits

After a Florida rabbit breeder appeared on the news saying she was broke and would be forced to sell all 79 of her rabbits to a zoo as snake food, first euthanizing them with a homemade gas chamber, several rabbit rescues came together to help. The rescues raised money to provide the woman with the $8/bunny that was promised by the zoo and picked the bunnies up yesterday to be transported to various foster homes and shelters throughout the eastern US.

See the original news story of the breeder and a followup story.

Although the rescues have raised enough money for the “bailout”, they still need donations to reimburse costs for transportation, spay and neuter, and general care of these rabbits. Learn more about this rescue mission and donate to their cause at BunnyTransport.com.

Organizations involved with this mass rescue are:

Revised Edition of Rabbits: Gentle Hearts, Valiant Spirits Available Soon

Rabbits: Gentle Hearts, Valiant SpiritsMarie Mead’s Rabbits: Gentle Hearts, Valiant Spirits, a beautiful book filled with uplifting stories about rescued rabbits, has gotten even better!  A revised edition, being released this month, contains five new stories and two new articles.

From the author:

The impetus behind the revision is the excellent article titled “Modeling Love and Respect for a Classroom Rabbit,” written by elementary teacher Cheryl Rosemary Abbott. It provides interesting, down-to-earth guidance for teachers—and parents—about introducing children to a rabbit, bunny-proofing, rules for everyone’s safety, and the all-important issue of role-modeling love, respect, and responsibility.

You can purchase the book from the publisher or from Amazon.

To learn more about the book, visit:

Nova Maris Press
Celebrating Rabbits

Star Wars Bunny Art

Who knew those tough characters working for the Empire liked bunnies? In Kelly Kerrigan’s artwork, the Nashville artist depicts Boba Fett, clone warriors, and other Star Wars characters showing their softer side, cuddling bunnies.

Boba Fett with bunny

Star Wars bounty hunter Boba Fett holds a bunny in Kelly Kerrigan's painting, "Boba Fett and Fuzzy Bunny."


In an interview with StarWars.com, Kerrigan talks about the impetus for her work:

This new series of artwork is how my creativity has responded to the death of my husband, Paul. He died on December 18, 2010 after finding out in August the he had a rare cancer. We both loved Star Wars and he had a particular connection to rabbits as they are portrayed in movies, books and gaming.

For me, being without my best friend for the rest of my life makes me very angry, among other emotions. Some days I feel ruthless and wish for a menacing helmet to wear as I move through the masses. However, we have a 3 year old little boy named Milo, who is the spark of my life even more so now. He has lost his father and I want no other harm to come to him. As if he was a little bunny, I have to learn how to move through this new life with a sense of maternal nurturing as well as defense and protection.

Read the full interview on StarWars.com »

To learn more about Kelly Kerrigan and see more of her paintings, visit her blog at kellykerrigan.blogspot.com.

Say No to Cruel Cosmetics in Europe

No Cruel CosmeticsThe European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE) has rallied up enough support to ban animal testing on cosmetics made in the EU.  In addition, a marketing ban on products sold in Europe that carry out animal testing outside of the EU is supposed to be put into place in 2013.  However, some people in the cosmetics industry are pushing to delay this deadline for possibly 10 more years.

To ensure that the marketing ban will go into effect in 2013, you can sign the petition at No Cruel Cosmetics.

Support Rabbit Rescue Organizations

Two adoptable rabbits

Crystal & Christin, two adult female rabbits available for adoption from Alabama Ears.

Now that the excitement of Easter has started to subside, shelters and rabbit rescues will begin to be inundated with surrendered bunnies.  Now is the time to show your support for rabbit welfare and rescue!

Here are a few options:

  • Donate to the national House Rabbit Society (which funds national education efforts and Emergency Rescue Grants)
  • Donate to local rabbit rescues, including House Rabbit Society chapters
  • If you are an experienced house rabbit owner and have the space, sign up with a local rescue to foster bunnies in your home
  • Volunteer with your local rescue
  • Donate supplies (hay, litter, puppy-pens, etc.) to your local rescue

You may also want to put focus on Alabama-based shelters (e.g. Alabama EARS or Huntsville Friends of Rabbits), who may have to accommodate rabbits displaced from the tornadoes in addition to the annual post-Easter influx.

Basketball Bunnies

Charles Barkley holdng a rabbit

Johna Mennone from the North Georgia House Rabbit Society shares some tips with Charles Barkley as he holds one of the shelter bunnies.

Two volunteers and two bunnies from the North Georgia House Rabbit Society visited with basketball greats Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Chris Webber on the show “Inside the NBA” to share some bunny facts on Easter Sunday.

Watch the Video on NBA.com »

[via House Rabbit Society]

Happy Earth Day!

Today is Earth Day! To celebrate, here are two articles relating to bunnies AND helping the environment.

Rabbits in harmony with nature7 Ways Rabbits are Environmentally-Friendly Pets
There are many benefits to owning a pet rabbit: they’re utterly adorable, they’re funny, they’re quiet, they’re clean… I could go on and on. But one thing many people may not realize is that rabbits are ecologically-friendly pets. [Read more]

 

Lettuce headBunny Gardening for Beginners
One of the great things about owning a pet rabbit is that you can grow a lot of their food yourself in a backyard garden. In fact, you don’t have to be a master gardener or own a huge plot of land to grow a few of your bunny’s favorites. [Read more]

Rabbit Stories: Growly Rowley

Rowley the rabbit

Rowley the rabbit. Photo: Eloise Jonas.

Here’s an excerpt of a sweet story in the SF Gate about a temperamental, yet artsy house rabbit named Rowley:

Ten years ago, when Eloise Jonas and Frank White saw the handsome rabbit named Einstein at San Francisco Animal Care & Control, they also caught the warning on his cage: “For experienced rabbit handlers only.”

Seemed the sweet-faced bunny had bitten everyone at the shelter, except, that is, for the supervisor – proof of the intelligence promised by his name. Partly out of concern that the naughty 1-year-old wouldn’t find a home and mostly because he was quite the looker, the smitten San Francisco couple adopted the bunny and renamed him Rowley.

Read full story at the SF Gate »

Rabbit Rescue Spotlight: North Georgia House Rabbit Society

Johna Mennone with Beethoven at the North Georgia House Rabbit Society.

Johna Mennone with Beethoven at the North Georgia House Rabbit Society. Photo by Jon-Michael Sullivan, Marietta Daily Journal.

The North Georgia House Rabbit Society provides care for 25-30 rabbits in their shelter in Marietta, GA.  In addition, a network of GHRS volunteers provide foster homes for up to 150 more rabbits.  And these numbers increase every year after Easter, when people realize they aren’t prepared for the 10+ year commitment rabbit ownership can be.

An article in the Marietta Daily Journal describes how one North Georgia House Rabbit Society volunteer was introduced to rabbits and rabbit rescue:

“It was two years ago when Johna Mennone of Kennesaw kept seeing a grayish-brown rabbit in her yard. One day, when she threw it some vegetables, it did something suspicious: It came hopping to her.

“That’s when Mennone suspected she wasn’t dealing with any ordinary wild rabbit. In fact, as she latter learned, the bunny was domesticated and one of too many that rabbit advocates like the east Cobb-based Georgia House Rabbit Society say are abandoned around Easter.”

Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal – Rabbits good pets but not best gifts

Rabbit Rescue Spotlight: Virginia Rabbit Inc.

John C. Doub feeds Rosemary the rabbit at Virginia Rabbit Inc.

John C. Doub feeds Rosemary the rabbit at Virginia Rabbit Inc. Photo by Bill Tiernan, The Virginian-Pilot.

Located on the second floor of a Mack truck dealership in Chesapeake, VA, Virginia Rabbit Inc. provides shelter to 45 homeless rabbits up for adoption.  The rescue is run on a daily basis by Ashleigh Watts and was founded by her father John C. Doub 10 years ago.

From an article in the Virginian-Pilot:

“The tear-jerker stories behind the rabbits are quite familiar to Watts. Many of them are labeled “Vacation neglect,” as folks will often drop their pet bunny off when leaving for vacation and never return to pick it up.

“Black and white Reggie was dumped with a broken leg. Pepper was kept in a 10-gallon fish tank. Silver’s previous diet was hot dog buns, leading to the removal of all of her teeth. Pooh Bear is blind. Doub and Watts care for each as if it was their only.”

Read the full article on HamptonRoads.com.

For more info on Virginia Rabbit Inc., see their website.