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.
Cindy Stutts of Rabbit Rescue and Rehab
Cindi Stutts has been volunteering with Rabbit Rescue and Rehab, New York City’s HRS chapter, for 15 years. Due to her efforts, more than 3,600 rabbits have been saved from euthanasia and have been placed in good homes.
Not only does Stutts personally screen people looking to adopt bunnies, she also ensures that she or one of her 30 volunteers will follow up with new owners after the adoption to make sure everything is going well.
According to bunny owner Abigail Aldridge, Stutts has “made a lot of people happy by helping with the adoptions and bringing the rabbits and the people together, and she is dedicated to this all on a volunteer basis.”
For more information about Stutts and Rabbit Rescue Rehab, see:
The House Rabbit Society of Missouri has recently taken into their care a rabbit named Easter. He was found by a man in his backyard and was seriously injured. Unfortunately Easter has needed major surgery, including the amputation of a back leg. According to the HRS of Missouri, Easter has a strong will to survive and sweet personality.
The surgery is quite expensive and the HRS of Missouri is seeking donations to help defray the cost.
You can read the whole story and donate at their website: www.hrsmostl.org.
Here are some wonderful alternatives to getting a real bunny on a whim for Easter:
The Brave Bunnies by 22 Reasons
Stuffed Bunnies by Leaps & Bounds Rabbit Rescue
If you live near Roseville, CA, you can purchase one of these sweethearts in person at the Roseville Petco on Saturday, March 20, 2010 from 12 to 3:30 p.m. Bunnies range from $20 – $40 depending on the style, and all proceeds benefit Leaps and Bounds Rabbit Rescue. If you don’t live in the area, email email@example.com to arrange for a bunny to be shipped. Shipping costs $5.70.
Vintage Chocolate Easter Bunnies by Historical Chocolate Company
The Historical Chocolate Company is pleased to offer chocolate Easter bunnies patterned from antique chocolate molds, donating a portion of the proceeds to the Make Mine Chocolate! campaign and the House Rabbit Society’s Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia chapter. (Photo courtesy of PawPrints Photography )
Congratulations to Sweet Binks of Rhode Island for adopting out its 1000th rabbit today. The lucky bunny is called Maggie.
For more info, see: Sweet Binks Rabbit Rescue.
The 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
The Vancouver Rabbit Rescue & Advocacy, a chapter of the House Rabbit Society, is looking for photos for their 2010 calendar. The theme, in honor of Vancouver hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics, is “The Olympic Rabbits.”
They are looking for photos of rabbits doing natural rabbitty behavior like yawning, stretching, binkying, digging, bulldozing, standing, grooming, and snuggling.
Does your bunny have what it takes?
Learn more: http://www.vrra.org/photo_info.htm
And while we’re on the topic of cute bunny photos, don’t forget to check out the latest additions to our rabbit photo gallery!