Hockey star, Zenon Konopka, shares a moment with his rabbit companion, Hoppy.
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~ 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.
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.
Indiana 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 firstname.lastname@example.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:”
• NM HRS (NM)
• GA HRS (GA)
• EARPS (IN)
• 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)
• NYS HRS (NY)
• MO HRS (MO)
• House Rabbit Network (MA)
• San Diego HRS (CA)
• Dane County Humane Society (WI)
• Too Many Bunnies Rabbit Rescue (CA)
• CO HRS (CO)
• Animal Humane Society (MN)
• Brambley Hedge Rabbit Rescue (AZ)
• Friends of Rabbits (Baltimore/DC)
• NC HRS (NC)
• 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
• 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 email@example.com.
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An interesting article is making the rounds about how having rabbits as pets can benefit women’s health. Read more here: http://geniusbeauty.com/woman-health/pet-rabbits-beneficial-woman-health/#bookmarks
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):
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!
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”.
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.”
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.”
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?