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.

excited for salad

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


Indiana Rex Rabbits

The Indiana Rescue: Hard Work, Lots of Cooperation, But More Work Still Needed!

~ July 16, 3013, by National HRS

In June 2013, Indianapolis Animal Care and Control, responding to a complaint about their care and treatment, confiscated 375 rex and min-rex rabbits from a breeder in the city of Indianapolis. The breeder later signed all but 15 of the rabbits, many of whom were pregnant, over to Animal Control (but once he realized that he could not breed those 15, he left them behind as well), leaving the shelter in a very tight situation.

Indiana Rabbits

Read about it here and here.

How would the shelter care for, much less place, all of these rabbits?
Indiana House Rabbit Society stepped into action. Their volunteers immediately got involved, going to the shelter those first few days, sexing and separating the rabbits, providing immediate care and medical attention, along with assisting veterinarians, and providing hay and food, medicating sick rabbits twice a day, and otherwise providing for all their needs.

Thankful RexIndiana HRS volunteers worked tirelessly, day after day, feeding and caring for the rabbits at the shelter, even as the rabbits grew from the original 375 to over 400, as some of those females gave birth. They also marshaled the help of veterinarians from near and far who began spaying and neutering the rabbits, and started the hard work of calling in the assistance of rescue groups and House Rabbit Society chapters from as far away as Maine and California who stepped up and offered their assistance in adopting those rabbits.

As of Sunday, July 14, all 400 rabbits were out of the shelter, thanks to the groups and individuals named below.        

A very grateful bunny says thank you!

But the work is not over yet.

Through Indiana House Rabbit Society and Exotic Animal Rescue and Pet Sanctuary, there are still 170 rabbits in foster care. These rabbits still desperately need homes, either locally in Indiana, or can be transported to adopters or rescuers in other areas of the country. Indiana HRS’s work is not over by a long shot, so if you can help at all, please contact info@indianahrs.org to offer your assistance.
Indiana House Rabbit Society would like to thank the following groups and individuals for their help in this joint effort:

Indianapolis Animal Care and Control, for giving these rabbits these rabbits a chance to become cherished indoor family companions.

The following groups for taking the “Indiana 400:”

• Chicago HRS (IL)
• Buckeye HRS (OH)
• Cleveland APL (OH)
• Empty Cages Collective (NYC)
• Red Door Animal Shelter (IL)
• The Cat Nap (IL)
• BunnyFeathers Rabbit Rescue (WV)
• For Bunny Sake Rabbit Rescue (NJ)
• Angel Paws (IL)
• House Rabbit Network (MA)
• San Diego HRS (CA)
• Dane County Humane Society (WI)
• Too Many Bunnies Rabbit Rescue (CA)
• Animal Humane Society (MN)
• Brambley Hedge Rabbit Rescue (AZ)
• Friends of Rabbits (Baltimore/DC)
• Lollypop Farm (NY)
• Humane Society of Greater Rochester (NY)
• Save Animals Today (SD, CA)
• Hops and Lops (TN)
• IndyClaw (IN)
• Save the Animals Today (CA)
The following groups and individuals for sending in funds, supplies, or providing assistance with transport:

• National House Rabbit Society
• Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control
• New Mexico HRS
• Buckeye HRS
• Arkansas HRS
• Red Door Animal Shelter
• Oxbow
• PetCo Foundation
• PetSmart Charities
• Specks Pet Supply
• Dupage County Animal Shelter
• Chicago HRS
• San Diego HRS
• Stephen Van Linge and Trina Beatson
Veterinary Clinics for providing spay/neuter support:

• Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic, Indianapolis IN (Angela Lennox, DVM; Heather Goldstein, DVM; Amber Lee, DVM and support staff)
• Bargersville Veterinary Wellness Center, Franklin IN (Cindy Baker O’Dell, DVM)
• Deck Veterinary Clinic, Louisville KY (Tara Gunn, DVM)
• Rosehaven Exotic Animal Veterinary Services, Batavia, IL (Susan Brown, DVM; and Richard Nye, DVM; Macy Cooke; Sarah Dehn, RVT)
• Tippecanoe County Animal Clinic, Lafayette IN (Julia Becker, DVM)

Without the above groups, these rabbits would not have gotten the new lives they now have. If you’d like to help the remaining 170, please contact info@indianahrs.org.

Prince Harry – let’s hear it for the Bunnies!

Prince Harry – let’s hear it for the Bunnies!

Prince Harry rocks a “bunny tie” while attending a tea party at the White House.  Way to go, Harry!

Prince Harry stole the spotlight fromMichelle Obama during his visit to the White House yesterday for a—what else?—a tea party with one seriously standout accessory. Though the fashionable first lady looked stunning in a feminine Prabal Gurung dress, our eyes were immediately drawn to the dapper royal in a sharp suit paired with a tie decorated with—wait for it—adorable little bunnies!  More…..

Prince Harry


Companion animals are banned in many apartments in Nagoya, Japan. As a result, pet-themed cafés that allow patrons to eat, drink, and interact with animals, have become popular. 

The cafés are usually cat-themed, but the Usagi-to-Café is All About Rabbits: 18 resident bunnies are available, in a separate room, for patron interaction.

The café charges 900 yen, or about $11, for 30 minutes inside the café (includes one drink). There is also a fee of about $1 per minute to cuddle bunnies. People may “BYOB” (Bring Your Own Bunny”) which is promoted as a way to “socialize” bunnies.

For about $35 per person, the café offers a 2-hour special that includes one drink, a “random salad”, rabbit pizza (and I do hope they mean rabbit-shaped pizza…), rice and dessert.

Personally, I’m skeptical about any benefit that rabbits might get from “socialization.”  Especially if the bunnies are not spayed or neutered. In fact, I imagine it to be something like the bunny version of the old Wild West.

As most rabbit-savvy people know, the bonding process (introducing two bunnies to each other) is both an art and a science. And it rarely happens in 30 to 60 minutes.

My own bunnies would be unhappy about leaving their familiar surroundings, and being forced to see, much less, interact with other rabbits. 

“Hot and cold like the child dying” ?
The café Web site does emphasize that it is not responsible for fighting or “trouble.” It also warns against “mounting.” I don’t know if the café rabbits are spayed and neutered. It would be interesting to learn more.

If you read Japanese (or know someone who does), please check out the Web site and let us know what you find.

I tried to use Google’s language translator to find out more from the café Web site, however the results can be hit and miss, generating some nonsensical translations (see the photo/description below):

Name: Ramune
Gender: Female
Date of Birth: May 5, 2008
Type: Banifaraion

Feature: hot and cold like the child dying ♪


Do you think a Bunny café would do well in the U.S.? Would it be a good way to educate people about rabbits in an entertaining way? Let us know what you think!

Five bunnies in the U.K. saved from “bored” family

March Pet Shop wants Christmas homes for five rabbits after rescue last night
From the Cambs Times24

A RESCUED rabbit got a new home today after six were collected from Chatteris, a town in the district of Cambridgeshire, England, because the owners got bored with them.  

Caroline Bates, of Parson Drove, came into The Pet Shop, in March, this morning to pick up some supplies for her dogs, cats and rabbit, but left with festively named “Holly”.

Caroline Bates with Holly

She said: “I will take her home and put her in front of my pets and will introduce them to their new friend. In the summer, I will let all my pets go out in the garden together to have some fun.

“My husband daren’t take me to a rescue home as I normally want to take something home with me.”

Shop assistant Debbie Kowbass with one of the remaining bunnies

The Pet Shop manager Rob Phipps collected the six rabbits, all in good condition and aged between one and three, last night after the owner tried to rehome them, as RSPCA Block Fen Animal Centre was full. He said he would like to find new homes for the remaining five pets before Christmas.

Rob said: “They’re nice looking rabbits, I just can’t see them left on the street.

“The owner did the right thing and tried to get them rehomed but the other animal centres were full so we took them in.”

Shop assistant Debbie Kowbass said why they were the perfect pets: “They’re just so cute, absolutely gorgeous, and fluffy.”

Rabbit rescue responds to recipe in Washington Post

On October 27th, the Washington Post published a recipe for Rabbit Gumbo.

RabbitWise, a rescue group in the D.C. Metro area, submitted a response which was published in the Post today.

RabbitWise’s blog also mentions their response.

What do you think? Was their response effective? Do you think it would dissuade cooks from trying to prepare the recipe?

26 neglected bunnies seized in NY state

Ulster County (NY) SPCA Seizes Neglected Rabbits
Man Sought in Cruelty Case

By Tod Westlake

The Ulster County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (UCSPCA) rescued a total of 26 neglected rabbits from a Kerhonkson property on October 21.

UCSPCA Executive Director Brian Shapiro poses with "Freckles," one of more than 20 rabbits rescued in Kerhonkson last week.

The animals were being kept at the home of Juan “Victor” Caniglia, of 18 Foordmore Road, and were living in filthy conditions, according to Brian Shapiro, executive director for the group. Some of the rabbits were in very poor condition, but are now being cared for at UCSPCA facilities.

“The animals are being cared for in our newly renovated barns,” Shapiro said. “They are acclimating well.”

Caniglia, it turns out, had previously been charged with animal cruelty, after it had been discovered that he was keeping more than 100 birds and three rabbits in a small outdoor shed on his property.

Earlier this month in the Town of Wawarsing Court, Caniglia received a $2,200 fine payable to the UCSPCA, and was barred from owning birds or rabbits.

The discovery of the rabbits last Thursday means that Caniglia would appear to be in direct violation of this court order, according to Shapiro. He was not at home at the time the animals were seized.

“We’re going to be pursuing a warrant for his arrest, based upon the fact that he was in violation of the court order,” Shapiro said. “We’re also strongly considering further charges due to the neglectful care of the animals.”

The good news is that all but one of the rabbits survived the ordeal, and the others are now doing well and are receiving medical care as needed. One rabbit, unfortunately, had to be euthanized due to a malocclusion with its teeth that prevented it from being able to eat normally.

“He couldn’t eat, and he was in such poor shape, that we had no choice,” Shapiro said.

Shapiro also mentioned that three of the rabbits are pregnant and that there has been a terrific response from members of the community who are interested in adopting a rabbit.

“The public has been very supportive,” Shapiro said.

Some of the responses have come from groups as far away as Massachusetts, according to Shapiro. This particular group, the House Rabbit Network of Woburn, MA, actually intends to fly a small plane into Kingston Airport this Saturday in order to take three of the rabbits, Shapiro said.

Shapiro said that he had no further information on the status of Caniglia. It is worth noting, however, that the two recent cruelty incidents involving Caniglia are not the first. Back in 1994 the UCSPCA had seized dozens of animals from his property.

Another good bit of news is that many of the rabbits are now ready for adoption. If you are interested in adopting a rabbit, please contact the UCSPCA at 845-331-5377 x-211.

Update: Happy ending for Amos the dumped bunny

On September 10th we reported this story about Amos, an abandoned bunny in Scotland.

We’re happy to report that Amos’ story has a happy ending:

A badly injured rabbit dumped in a cat carrier outside a pet health care centre has had a happy ending.

Amos was found trapped in the container with a deep wound to his face and overgrown teeth by staff at the Scottish SPCA’s Angus, Fife and Tayside Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre last month.

However, as soon as resident Ann McLeod heard about the bunny’s plight, she decided she wanted to be the one to take him in – which she has now done, renaming him Louie in the process.

“Now he has a whole double bedroom to share with Floyd, who enjoys having another rabbit for company. Louie is a real character and is so laid back, despite what has happened to him in the past,” she said.