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Humane Society Break-in

On Feb. 24 the Grayson County Humane Society in Kentucky was broken into. A cash box was taken during the break-in. What is truly horrifying is what else the culprits did. Dogs and cats were beaten and killed. Several weeks prior to this break-in, someone sneaked into the facility and released all of the dogs.

The shelter is looking for any information that may help catch these criminals. They ask that those with tips contact the Leitchfield Police at 207-259-3850.

In addition to information, the shelter is seeking donations and people willing to foster animals during this time.

To help and to read more, visit their website: http://www.graysonhumane.org/.

St. Nick Poses with Animals

St. Nick came to a PetSmart in Ann Arbor, MI to pose with pets and raise money for the Great Lakes Rabbit Sanctuary.

PetSmart donated supplies needed for the event and volunteers from the sanctuary helped out as well.

Among the animals that came out for photos were an antler sporting turtle and a baby St. Bernard.

About 500 dollars was raised for the Great Lakes Rabbit Sanctuary.

Read more at AnnArbor.com.

Luv-A-Bun Rescue Takes in 34 Rabbits


The Luv-a-Bun Rescue in Lake Worth, FL has recently taken in 34 bunnies rescued from a mobile home. The rabbits were crammed into 3 cages jammed with both living and dead rabbits.

Several of the rabbits were relative newborns and many had never been able to hop due to the cramped conditions.

The recently taken in rabbits have been spayed and neutered by local veterinarians Renata Schneider and Stefan Harsch free of charge.

Visit the Sun Sentinel for more on this rescue.

Endangered Kits are Born

pygmykitThe Columbian Basin pygmy rabbit has been on the state of Washington’s endangered species list since 1993. The population declined so much that biologists took in the last 14 wild rabbits to create a breeding program.

Among the institutions collaborating in the breeding program is the Oregon Zoo, which has been breeding Columbian Basin pygmy rabbits since 2000.

This year the zoo welcomed 26 endangered kits, or baby rabbits. This brings the total to 73 kits for the year among all the breeding programs.

Read more about the program at Zoo and Aquarium Visitor.

Bunny Hat

bunnyhatUpper Playground has created a bunny baseball cap complete with ears and fluffy tail. While I don’t think I can see myself strolling the streets of my city wearing this, you may feel differently.

Get yours at their website before they sell out.

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood

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One of the most recognized rabbits in the world will be returning to the world of literature today. Rabbit, along with Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, and the rest of the gang, invite readers back into the Hundred Acre Wood with new stories.

The book, Return to the Hundred Acre Wood, is the first authorized sequel to the classic stories by A.A. Milne. The new book, by David Benedictus, includes 10 new stories and a new character named Lottie the Otter.

For an excerpt, visit The Telegraph.

For more on Lottie the Otter, visit BBC News.

Scooter Riding Rabbit

bunnyscooterBiscuit is a 2 lb Dutch with an unusual means of transportation, a scooter. Biscuit accompanies her owner on his scooter while he travels to work at a produce stand. There she becomes the center of attention as people stop by to say hello and watch her sample the wares.

Her owner, Coleman Rogers, has had house rabbits for pets for the last 17 years. His first was left at his house by a friend, and he was soon hooked on raising rabbits. Each of his rabbits has been litter box trained and cage-free. Biscuit spends most her time in Rogers’s kitchen.

For more on Rogers and Biscuit, visit North Fort Myers Neighbor.

Littergarden

herblitterRe-Nest has a how-to on creating your own litter box garden. The idea is that the litter box will be filled with potting soil and your bunny’s litter will compost. The compost will be used to feed herbs planted in the soil.

It sounds like a promising idea, but I can see some potential problems for it. Our two bunnies would fill up the litter box well before any of the waste begins to compost. We’d end up scooping out most of the poop and some of the dirt before it starts working. Plus, our hungry little bunnies would eat those herbs down to nothing the first chance they got.

But that’s just our buns. It’s a nice looking project, if not practical for our bunnies.

For instructions, visit Re-Nest.com.

BunFest

bunfest09_flyer2Rabbit Rescue Inc. of Ontario held BunFest on Sunday, August 23rd. The event brought bunny owners from all over for a day of education and pampering. Owners were able to chat with vets and rescue staff about health, diet, care, and a variety of other issues. Bunnies could get pampered with spa treatments. There was even a bunny cafe where the bunnies could have a snack and take a rest.

There was an adoption area where visitors could meet rabbits in search of forever homes. Rabbit Rescue, Inc. took in more than 600 rabbits last year. Each year since being established in 2001 the rescue has taken in an increasing number of rabbits.

Check out a related article from Mississauga.com and the BunFest website for more details.

Four Year Old Raises Money for Rescue

Ollie Parris visited Beech Tree Bunnies, a rescue in Leicester, and came home with two guinea pigs. He also came home with an idea; Ollie wanted to help the rescue. So Ollie took to the streets on his bike for a sponsored ride.

Ollie rode for two miles while his father jogged behind. He raised 217 pounds for the rescue.

His parents are very proud of what he has achieved.

Beech Tree Bunnies was formed six years ago and relies on donations to care for its current group of 30 bunnies and 10 guinea pigs. Visit the rescue at their website, www.beechtreebunnies.co.uk.

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Clicker Training

andrea(17)Andrea Bratt Frick has been clicker training rabbits since she adopted a bunny named Filbert who was able to jump 36 inches. She used a clicker to train Filbert to use his leaping ability to clear hurdles. She uses the clicker to signal the rabbit to do a trick, which is followed by a reward. The reward is dependent on the rabbit, some rabbits like particular veggies or pellets, while others are satisfied with a nose rub.

She also uses the clicker to help abused or neglected rabbits become comfortable around people. Clicker training helped these rabbits become less aggressive and more willing to be handled by humans. Frick works with the rabbits at Bunnies Urgently Needing Shelter in Santa Barbara, CA.

Read the full article at The Examiner.

Rabbit Fever

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After filming behind the scenes action for Lucas Film productions, Amy Do decided to branch out into something more earthly, rabbits. Her new documentary, Rabbit Fever, explores the world of rabbit showing. Do follows the competitors at the National American Rabbit Convention over the course of five years. Each year 20,000 rabbits are entered into competition for Best in Show, Rabbit King, and Rabbit Queen.

The film premiere coincides with the 100th anniversary of the American Rabbit Breeders Association.

To learn more visit the Rabbit Fever website.

Living With Bunnies

jenniferleeThe SF Gate has a nice article on the joys of having a pet rabbit and traces the origins of The House Rabbit Society. The society was founded in 1988 by Marinell Harriman, who published The House Rabbit Handbook three years earlier.

Harriman found that there was little information out there on how to raise a rabbit as a house pet. She learned everything about indoor rabbits from her own bunny, Herman.

The article also discusses misconceptions still held by many regarding house rabbits. The article interviews a woman, Jennifer Lee, who took in her friend’s rabbit only to learn that everything her friend told her about rabbits was wrong.

Read the article at SFGate.com.

Purchase Marinell Harriman’s book House Rabbit Handbook: How to Live With an Urban Rabbit

Bunni Game

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Join me on Bunni Island here

Here’s a cute and addictive game featuring bunnies. It’s similar to Animal Crossing.

INSTRUCTIONS
– Press and hold the mouse button to move in a direction.
– Drag and drop bunnies onto buildings to put them to work.
– Drag and drop bunnies onto your character to make them follow you.
– Plant flowers so your bunnies don’t become hungry
– Harvest gold and wood to buy better items