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The Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

After Hurricane Sandy swept through My House Rabbit headquarters in New London, CT, some structural damage did occur.

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Ok actually, that wasn’t caused by the storm. The bunnies happily continued on their normal business of renovating their cardboard castle as the hurricane raged outside. They don’t seem to pay attention to keeping the structural supports.

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But in all seriousness, our area did sustain some pretty serious flooding and strong winds which caused a lot of destruction. We consider ourselves pretty lucky that we live pretty high up on a hill so we were safe from the coastal floods caused by the converging weather systems and the presence of a full moon.

We lost power yesterday afternoon (and continue to be powerless). We also had several big branches fall down, and we wondered if the tree was going to get uprooted and tip onto our house. The pavement by the roots looked cracked like the tree was trying to tilt.

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But all in all, we made out pretty well considering. Hope everyone else on the east coast fared as well or better!

Maine Rabbit Rescuer on a Mission

Baby bunnies at Cottontail Cottage

Baby bunnies at Cottontail Cottage

Jenny Nichols  has started a rabbit rescue at her Lamoine, Maine home. She takes in unwanted and neglected rabbits from the area, working with the local SPCA.  She cares for the rabbits until they are adopted into their new forever homes.

A few years ago, Nichols wouldn’t have imagined she’d be running a rabbit rescue. She never identified as being an “animal person” and wasn’t particularly drawn to rabbits. But when her daughter begged her for a pet rabbit, she conceded… only to realize that once the excitement wore off, the rabbit was now her pet. She researched how to properly care for rabbits, and over the years, developed a deep respect and love for them. She wanted to do something to help abused and abandoned rabbits, and so Cottontail Cottage Rabbit Rescue began.

Rabbits come to her for a few different reasons, including impulse-buy Easter gifts for children that are no longer new and exciting a month later or from breeders who’d like to cull them for physical deformities.

Now with over 30 rabbits in her care, Nichols is appealing to the public for donations. For more information visit the Cottontail Cottage Rabbit Rescue website or their Facebook page. See also the Bangor Daily News.

 

Rising Sea Levels Means Shrinking Habitat for Endangered Rabbits

Marsh rabbit

Photo by Tomfriedel.

The Lower Keys marsh rabbit (Sylvilagus palustris hefneri) is an endangered wild rabbit living in the Florida Keys. Subtle changes in sea levels have deeply affected their access to suitable habitat. Now, only a few hundred rabbits remain on just a few of the keys, including Boca Chica, Sugarloaf and Big Pine. Increased development on their habitat exacerbates the problem, as it blocks the rabbits from moving inland and it also limits the vegetation necessary to the rabbits’ survival from spreading inland.

According to Jeff Gore, a statewide wildlife biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, “Obviously, it’s already having an effect on the marsh rabbit, but in a state like Florida with so much coastline and so many endangered species, it’s going to be a major concern for decades to come.”

Read more at Science Blog.

Rabbit Awareness Week

Rabbit Awareness WeekRabbit Awareness Week 2012 takes place September 15-22. Each year during this special week,  vets, pet retailers, welfare charities and manufacturers in the UK work together to promote the proper care of pet rabbits.

Thousands of vets throughout the UK offer free health clinics, while retailers and rescues offer fun and educational events.

If you live in the UK, you can learn about these special events or submit photos of your bunny at www.rabbitawarenessweek.co.uk.

Houston SPCA Takes in Hurricane Isaac Evacuees

Rabbit evacuee affected by Hurricane Isaac

A rabbit evacuee welcomed by the Houston SPCA on Monday.

The Houston SPCA held an adoption event over the Labor Day weekend which allowed 264 pets to find new adoptive homes. This freed up space at their shelter to take in pets from shelters in Mississippi and Louisiana who have been hit by Hurricane Isaac.

In the latest group of evacuees welcomed by the Houston SPCA, 12 are rabbits. If you live in the Houston area and are looking to adopt a bunny, you can see their available rabbits on Petfinder. If you’re not looking to adopt or don’t live in the area, you can support the bunnies at the Houston SPCA by donating at their website.

Romaine Lettuce Recall

Bunny owners in the US take notice: Tanimura & Antle Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of Field Fresh Wrapped Single Head Romaine lettuce on the possibility one lot could have been contaminated with E. Coli.

The products affected are packed in a plastic bag with the UPC number 0-27918-20314-9 and may have an expiration date of August 19, 2012. A total of 1,969 cases were shipped to the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, GA, KS, KY, MD, NC, NM, NV, NY, NJ, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA and Puerto Rico.

For more info, see:

Inhumane Treatment of Rabbits at Oregon Rodeo

The Cottage Grove Riding Club in Oregon hosts an annual event called the Animal Scramble in which 75 rabbits (specifically bred for this event) are placed in the center of the arena, and a crowd of children chase them.  If a child catches one, he/she brings the rabbit home as a pet.

There are several troubling aspects to this event:

  • The rabbits are placed in a terrifying and dangerous situation during the scramble.
  • The children (and their parents) who bring the rabbits home are not prepared for the commitment, nor have they been educated on proper rabbit care.
  • Rabbits are being bred despite a huge overpopulation of pet rabbits in shelters (NOT that we think those rabbits should be used in this event either).
  • It sends the message that live animals are simply objects of entertainment or toys; that animal welfare is not important.

Here is a video of the event created by Red Barn Rabbit Rescue who urged Cottage Grove Riding Club to discontinue the event but has so far been ignored by the organization. Warning: There is footage of rabbits being kicked and thrown in the video. Don’t watch it if you will be too upset by the imagery. Scroll below the video for contact information for the Cottage Grove Riding Club if you’d like to write letters urging them to discontinue all future Animal Scrambles.

Cottage Grove Riding Club can be reached at:

Cottage Grove Riding Club
Attn: Eugene LaRoe
PO Box 485
Cottage Grove OR 97424

To learn more, visit Red Barn Rabbit Rescue’s website.

There is an online petition on Change.org that you can also sign. Sign the petition >

A Special Flight for Special Bunnies

Pilots N Paws Canada, an organization that brings together volunteer pilots and animal rescues, launched its maiden voyage on June 11. The passengers? Special needs bunnies from Small Animal Rescue in Vancouver who needed transportation to their forever homes on Vancouver Island.

The flight was a success!

From the volunteers at Small Animal Rescue:

The **Bunnies have landed**A big thank you to Chris, PNP and Gini for making this possible.
We had been trying for quite awhile trying to find a way for these guys to get to their forever homes as they have special needs….so the least amount of time spent in transport, the better for them.

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Tiny, one of the special bunnies who made it to his forever home thanks to Pilots N Paws.

Read more on the Pilots N Paws website.

The Rabbit Adoptathon Hop

Rabbit Adoptathon Hop BadgeTo promote rabbit care and adoption, AfFURmation and Bunny’s Blog are co-hosting a Rabbit Adoptathon Hop starting Sunday, May 13th at 6pm ET and ending at 6pm ET on Saturday May 19th.

Here’s what you do to get involved in spreading awareness:

If you have a blog, create a post anytime during this week about rabbit care or share information about adoptable bunnies. Add in the Rabbit Adoptathon badge (code below) so others can do the same on their blogs.

If you’re on Facebook, you can share an adoptable bunny’s information by using the Facebook Share button located on each animal’s profile page on Petfinder.com.

(Copy the code above and paste it into your blog if you want to get involved.)

So Far So Good for Canmore Bunnies

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One former Canmore bunny recovers from spay/neuter surgery at Edmonton’s Southside Animal Hospital.

Last year, the Canadian town of Canmore, located about 60 miles west of Calgary, had a big problem.  Abandoned pet rabbits had bred with each other and caused a feral rabbit explosion.  Town officials initially planned to cull the rabbits, but a public campaign and the Earth Animal Rescue Society (EARS) made it possible to sterilize them and relocate them to sanctuaries.

From January until April, the town of Canmore trapped and sterilized hundreds of feral rabbits.  These rabbits are now happily living in local sanctuaries.

EARS plans to break from the trapping for the summer and resume in October to catch the remaining rabbits.

For more info see:

Zoo Gorilla Befriends Bunny

Gorilla and rabbit

Samantha and Panda: New friends. Photo by: Greg Wohlford/Erie Times-News

The Erie Zoo in Pennsylvania houses an unusual pair of friends. Samantha, a 47-year-old western lowland gorilla, had been without a pal since the death of Rudy, a male gorilla, in 2005.

Zoo keepers decided she was too old to be paired with another gorilla, so they introduced her to Panda, a Dutch rabbit, in February.

According to zoo director Cindy Kreider, “To have something sharing their space that they can observe and interact with is always going to be beneficial.”

The two get along well. Samantha gently pets Panda and shares her food.

For more information, see:
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Petco’s Meet the Critters Adoption Event

Rescued rabbits: Coco and Cosette

In case you didn’t know, February is Adopt a Rescued Rabbit month!

To celebrate, Petco is hosting a “Meet the Critters” adoption event this weekend, February 18th – 19th, from 1-2pm in their stores nationwide. Petco does not sell or breed rabbits. Instead, they work with local rescue groups to find forever homes for available bunnies.  During the event, volunteers from the rescue groups will be on hand to offer advice on how to properly care for house rabbits.

If you’re wondering if a pet rabbit is a good fit for you and your family, see our article, Thinking About Getting a Pet Rabbit? to find out. To learn more about why adopting a pet rabbit from a shelter or rescue is a wonderful alternative to buying one from a store or breeder, see our article, Benefits of Adopting a Pet Rabbit.

House Rabbit Society Art Show and Auction

Rabbit painting by Eileen Crowley

Francesca, 5x5 in., acrylic, by Eileen Crowley

The House Rabbit Society is holding a Holiday Art Show and Auction on their Facebook page. Proceeds from the auction/art show will go to the Emergency Medical Fund for the House Rabbit Society and to East Bay Rabbit Rescue.

This is a great opportunity to purchase fabulous rabbit art and bunny supplies at affordable prices while also supporting two rabbit organizations.

The auction/art show ends at 1 pm PST on Dec 6.

View Auction »

Giveaway Winner

Bunny Christmas Cards

Congratulations to Wing T. from Honolulu, Hawaii for winning our Bunny Christmas Card giveaway!

Many people chimed in on why rabbits make great indoor pets. Here are some popular reasons:

  • Easily litter-trained / clean
  • Binkies and other bunny behavior
  • Quiet
  • Loving / social
  • Intelligent
  • Cute

For those who didn’t win, you can purchase these Christmas cards, along with a slew of other bunny-themed cards, prints, and gifts at our Bunny Lover Gift Shop.

For a wide variety of animal cards and prints (including bunnies), stop by Grizzly Bear Greetings, the Etsy shop of My House Rabbit co-editor Abi Cushman.  You’ll find pole-vaulting hippos, bulldozing aardvarks, and many other fun designs.