Long day but two adoptions. That’s good, right?

SDHRS Rabbit Adoption Center “Bunnies by the Beach”




This is the first installment of what is and will be known as our San Diego House Rabbit Society (SDHRS) Adoption Center blog. An almost-daily account of what’s happening at the Center. The good, the bad, the ugly, and things that get us excited. We’ll talk about what it’s like, day after day, caring for the rabbits and trying to keep the center solvent (rescues always need more money). What happened, where we made changes, fun things going on, and more.

We hope you enjoy it and please, feel free to give us feedback in the comments below.

Saturday, Nov 1, 2014

Phew…. 6:45 p.m. and time to make salad for the bunnies. Our salad is made in a BIG tub to have enough for the buns. Tonight’s menu? Green leaf lettuce, mixed baby lettuces, Rainbow kale, parsley and chopped collard greens. YUM!  A vegan delight!  Not for me, but for the adoption center bunnies.

Here’s our salad tub.

Tonight this fed 56 bunnies.

Here are a couple shots of bunnies expecting their salad and enjoying it.

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Bo & Mandy waiting patiently for salad.


Howard and his mama, enjoying their salad.

Well, it’s 8 p.m. and lights out. The night light is on and the radio is playing 98.1 “smooth” music. What music do your bunnies like?

Oh yeah – we got two adoptions!  Here are photos of today’s lucky bunnies.


Ashlee goes home with a sweet bunny boy.


Little Dusty finds a new family.

Good night all!

~ Judith Pierce, shelter manager

 Visit us at www.sandiegorabbits.org


Halloween means pumpkin!!

When I was a child Halloween was all about carving the pumpkin and putting it outside to scare the goblins away.  As I got older it became more about carving the pumpkin and roasting the seeds.  And, oh yes, handing out candy to the kids.

Then I adopted bunnies.  Now Halloween is about roasting the seeds (for me) and giving the pumpkin to the bunnies.

Rabbits LOVE pumpkin and it’s a food that is actually good for them!  Pumpkin has loads of fiber and not too much sugar that, in moderation, won’t upset your bunny’s good gut bacteria.

I always have either a can of pure pumpkin purée or baby food pumpkin on hand for when one of my bunnies needs some incentive to eat.   But the best is always fresh.  So I buy a pumpkin, put it on the floor and let the buns go to town.  Once they get past the rind and into the flesh, I keep an eye out to make sure that they don’t eat it all up at once!

Since I love pumpkin seeds, I always get a pumpkin for myself.  After scooping out the seeds, I carve the pumpkin into pieces freezing some of it into small pieces for later use.  The rest I roast.  Once cooled, I mash it up and distribute it into ice-cube trays.  Freeze the trays and then empty the contents into plastic bags.  Now you have pumpkin treats for your bunny for any time of the year!

bunny sniffing pumpkin
Smells pretty good!
You can carve it and then let Bunny take nibbles
You can carve it and then let Bunny take nibbles
bunnies eating pumpkin

The Organic Bunny Garden

As summer is upon us, you may be thinking of fun projects for your children, yourself, or your bunny! Why not try a project the entire family, including your bunny, can enjoy? How about planting an organic herb garden? You don’t need a lot of space, and many herbs can be grown in containers if you live in an apartment or have limited yard space.

Below is a list of herbs that are safe for your bunny to eat:

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Not sure which herbs to try? Begin with your bunny’s current diet. What herbs does she currently eat on a regular basis? Based on this list, add a few new ones for fun. Remember, always introduce new herbs to your bunny gradually, and in very small amounts. Monitor your bunny’s litter box regularly in order to detect changes in poop and urine (runny poop, or changes in the color of urine can indicate an issue with bunny’s tummy). Any herbs that don’t agree with bunny can always be enjoyed by you and your family. How does fresh basil and oregano sound on your pasta? Yummy!

Depending on how long you want to wait before you can reap what you sow, either purchase seeds or small plants for your garden. Remember, only use non-GMO seeds or organically grown plants, as well as non-toxic, organic soil. Don’t forget, your bunny is an excellent source of organic fertilizer! Bunny poop is fantastic for your garden, it improves soil and contains nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. It is safe on food plants, won’t burn plants like some manures do, and since it’s considered a “cold” manure, you don’t have to let bunny poop age or compost before you use it. So generously sprinkle bunny poop in your garden, or work it into the topsoil as desired.

Please consider your bunny’s health, as well as the environment. Never use pesticides. For additional herbs and veggies that are safe for bunny, click on the link below. Happy growing!


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Photos courtesy of Alison Giese and Judith Pierce


Bargain Toys for Bunnies



Have you ever purchased an expensive toy for your bunny only to find he prefers to play with a paper plate? Often simple things we find around the house bring more pleasure to our rabbit friends than more costly options found in pet stores or online. 

Read more: San Diego Pets Magazine – Bargain Toys for Bunnies 




Alternative Therapies in Rabbit Care


Holistic or homeopathic treatments, also known as alternative therapies, can be safe options to incorporate into your rabbit’s nursing care plan, in addition to medications your veterinarian may recommend. They can also be a good alternative to harmful chemicals or medications with potential or known negative side effects.

Read more: San Diego Pets Magazine – Alternative

Happy Adoptions from October!!

Here are some photos from our most recent adoptions…enjoy!!! And a big thank you to all our foster parents for giving these buns a loving temporary home.

Calilou with new parents Andrea and Juan




Little Bit with his new mom, Gerri, and new companion Lexi.

Little Bit adoption Oct'13


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Zinnia and her new family




Khloe and her new family




Thanks again to all the families who have adopted their bunnies from San Diego House Rabbit Society. If you are interested in adopting a rabbit or two please visit our website www.sandiegorabbits.org  to find out more information and pictures of our adoptable rabbits.







Recent Bunny Adoptions

Here are photos from two of our most recent adoptions. We’ve had a few more than this; Dino & Phil, Angel, Alice & Dutchess, but are waiting for the families to send us photos. Hopefully we’ll have several more after this Sunday’s adoption day.

O'Ryan with his new family.
O’Ryan with his new family.
Penny and her new family, James & Bunbury rabbit.
Penny and her new family, James & Bunbury rabbit.

Celebrities Support International Rabbit Day

Excellent article about people stepping up to fight for animal equality, starting with a ban on cosmetic testing. This practice is inhumane, extremely painful and illegal in many countries. Hopefully articles like this will begin to generate enough awareness that the US will stop this horrific practice.  Please take a minute to read and sign the pledge to be cruelty free!!!