Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Open House at the Cat and Bird

Many of our members take their bunnies to the wonderful vets at North Alabama Cat and Bird Veterinary Clinic. We are happy to say that we'll be at the Clinic's Open House this Sunday, July 10th, from 2 to 4 pm. We'll have an education table and several of the foster bunnies will be joining us. So if you would like to meet our vets and see the clinic, please come join us!

Monday, May 2, 2011

In the aftermath of the tornadoes that swept across our state of Alabama, we and the bunnies we love seem to be doing ok. But a dear friend of ours is not.

Marsha Weaver, who has The Cozy Cavy , lost her home and a number of her animals in one of the tornadoes. She and her family are ok, although her daughter was hospitalised. Their home is gone.

Marsha is such a good friend of the bunnies. She took this photo and others of our foster bunnies for our petfinder and web pages, and she has donated fleece and fleece pads for our sanctuary bunnies who need them. Marsha has also had a program to send her fleece products to guinea pigs in rescue all over the US. Her son, Kevin, is a special friend of our sanctuary bunny Esmeralda, who just loves him.

Marsha is just a sweet woman with a beautiful family. She needs our help now, and we want to encourage everyone who loves animals to donate to a fund that has been set up for her. You can read more about Marsha's situation here. To donate, please either donate at the Paypal site on this page with a note that states the donation is for Marsha!!! or go to the fund set up through Sponsor A Guinea Pig. Either way will work fine.

Here is a photo of Ace with one of the beautiful fleece pads that Marsha made for him. He has severe arthritis in his knees, and Marsha's pads have made his life so much more comfortable.

Thank you for helping Marsha - she is truly a real Friend of Rabbits!!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Media Blitz!!

It's been a wonderful week here! Bunnies have been in the news - and not with the usual "Easter Bunny" themes. In fact, quite the opposite!!

Our main fosterer, Ruth, did a segment with T.W. Starr of WAAY 31 about the problems associated with parents getting live bunnies for their children at Easter, and then discarding them. It was a very well done segment, and we appreciate how much effort T.W. and his cameraman put into it. The segment got the point across, and had some very cute footage of bunnies, too! If you want to see it go to WAAY's website then scroll down to the videos. You will probably have to click "Next Five Videos" several times before "Did You Know: Bunny Basket" comes up. Enjoy!!

Next, Yvonne Betowt of the Huntsville Times did a story on our very own Heather Van Dyke and our former foster bunny, Wolfie. They are an animal assisted therapy team with Therapy Partners, and Wolfie is Huntsville's first Delta Certified therapy bunny!!! You can read the article here.

It's so much fun to see them in the paper! Heather has worked very hard for the certification and Wolfie is a very special bunny.

We are very proud of them!!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

An Easter Message!

As most of you know, the issue of bunnies and Easter is very close to our hearts. We have to deal first hand with the number of bunnies who are purchased impulsively as Easter pets for children, only to be abandoned when Easter is over and the thrill has worn off. Starting immediately after the holiday we get calls and emails from parents who want to "get rid of" the bunny, or worse, from people who have found a bunny running stray. Often these bunnies are sick or injured. Even worse are the large groups that show up when people get two bunnies for Easter and don't realise they have a male and female. They think they have two females or two males....until the first litter shows up!! Not realising that bunnies can give birth the day they get pregnant, there are often two or three litters to deal with when people bring them to the shelter or turn them loose. That is a lot of bunnies for us to deal with in rescue - it's no fun at all, for us or the bunnies! Our member Donna wrote a heartfelt email to her friends about this issue, and we wanted to reproduce it here. Donna says: "The Easter season is fast approaching. It is a fun time of year. Some parents may be tempted to buy their children a soft, cute, live bunny. Even worse, buy one for their son and another for their daughter, without knowing the sex of each rabbit. Parents, you may want to really think about it, no matter how much your child begs. Bunnies are not like cats and dogs. Most rabbits do not like to be picked up. I have nine bunnies of my own. A doctor once asked me if I was being abused. He noticed all of the scratches and bruises on my arms. I told him "Yes, by my rabbits." When you pick them up, those big hind legs just push out. Rabbits are living creatures and they have feelings. When "Flop's" mate died, she grieved for a long time. Rabbits can live as long as ten years. Most veterinarians in the area are not as familiar with bunnies as they are with cats and dogs. If you have your mind made up to get a rabbit, check out places like Walmart. They have a huge selection of stuffed bunnies in every size and color imaginable. In a few weeks, when your child grows tired of the bunny and discards it, you will know you made the right choice of a stuffed one, and your child will not have been scratched or bitten." By the way, the cute little furballs in the photos are Donna's bunnies!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Guys and Bunnies Monday: Joe and Ziggy!!

It's Guys and Bunnies Monday!! Today we have the most wonderful photo of Joe and his newly adopted bunny, Ziggy!! Joe and Ziggy had a long distance relationship for awhile, since Joe lives in Boston and Ziggy was here with us. Normally we wouldn't do such a long distance adoption, but Joe is friends with our member, Christy, and he really developed a special bond with Ziggy! It took a lot of planning, and more research into airline policies on flying rabbits than I want to think about, but Ziggy made the trip a couple of weeks ago. He flew in the cabin with Joe, in a very swanky pet carrier! We just got a video of him doing binkies in his new place. You can see it on our Facebook page!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Foster Bunny Friday: Donatella

It's Foster Bunny Friday!! Our featured bunny this week is Donatella! Donatella is a very petite little Havana girl who has a very sweet disposition and is quite social. She loves to play with her toss toys, and her binkies are quite impressive! Donatella came into the shelter last summer with 20 of her family members, and after all these months she is definately ready for a perfect, loving home!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Men and Bunnies Monday: Joshua and Daizy

It's Monday, and time for our new feature: Men and Bunnies!! We know a lot of guys who love bunnies, but it seems like rabbits are thought of as a pet for girls/women. Inspired by the Vancouver House Rabbit Society's Men and Buns Calendar, we decided to show off some of our favorite men with their bunnies! Well, this is a very, very young man!! This is our member Brooke's son, Joshua, and one of their bunnies, Daizy. Brooke has had bunnies for years, and we were so happy to adopt Daizy and her sister Daffodil to her and her family a couple of years ago. Daizy and Daffodil came to us with three other young bunnies the week before Easter. They had been found running around a back yard with an older bunny. Daizy has gotten much bigger since then - why, she's almost as big as Joshua!! "Daizy is the sweetest bunny!" writes Brooke. "But Daffodil is a Diva!!" She also says that Joshua and Daizy have a special bond. They appear to be the best of friends. Daizy, you and Daff are some lucky bunnies to have such a handsome young man as a friend!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Friday Foster Bunny: Petey!!!

Our Friday foster bunny is Big Petey!! Petey is actually a sanctuary bunny, which means that his medical issues prohibit him from being adopted, and he will spend the rest of his life in our care. Petey came into Huntsville Animal Services at age five. His people were tired of him, and their kids had grown older. He came into the shelter with a multitude of health issues - bad teeth, respiratory and gastro-intestinal problems, liver issues and even Bell's Palsy. He felt much better after we got him great vet care to fix him up!! But please don't feel sorry for Petey - he is the "Mayor" of the main foster house and gets lots of attention. In fact, unlike our other bunnies he has his own room and spends quite a bit of time hanging out with his foster mom and dad. Petey also has the job of co-chairing (with fellow sanctuary bunny Esmeralda) our HFR meetings. It's a very important job and Petey takes it quite seriously.

Petey would like you to know that if you are thinking of getting a bunny for a child for Easter, you might want to get the stuffed toy kind, like his friend in the photo. He can tell you from sad experience that too many real bunnies wind up at the shelter after Easter!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Bunny Care Class Poster is Here!!

Thanks to awesome Christy Hulsey, we now have a poster for our Bunny Care 101 Class on April 16th at the Greater Huntsville Humane Society!! They were printed by Allied Photocopy in Huntsville, and they are absolutely beautiful. If you live in the Huntsville Area, please contact us for copies of the poster to place in your neighborhood. We'll be happy to get some to you! And of course, you are invited to come to the class as well!!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Fred's Got Stairs!

We met Fred several weeks ago when his mom, Noelle, brought him to visit us at Petco. Fred is a little mini-rex guy who was born on Halloween. He's one of those rabbits who is so adorable you can't resist kissing him, and he was especially cute because he was wearing a little pink harness. I must say he tolerated it far better than most of the bunnies we know! We were very happy to make the aquaintance of such a stylish and well-behaved boy!

Noelle recently sent me photos of Fred with his stairs, which were specially made for him by Noelle's mom, artist and carpenter Mary Ashby. Fred uses his stairs to climb up and see out the windows of his favorite room, the sunroom. I'm always on the lookout for creative ways to enhance a bunny's living space, and this is a great idea!!

Fred, you are one lucky bunny, and those are some pretty awesome stairs!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sharon Foster's Paintings to Benefit HFR!

Artist Sharon Foster is offering two paintings of HFR member's rabbits to benefit our group - what a nice person!! She has done two paintings - one is of Christy's bunnies Moxie and Perry, and the other is of Donna's girls Minnie and Pearl. You can see the paintings (and purchase them!) here.

And please check out Sharon's other art, too - most of her proceeds go to animal rescue groups!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Chip In Campaign!

Our member, Christy, is doing a Chip In Campaign to raise money for an ad in the Huntsville Times!

If you would like to donate, it will help us raise awareness about the issues surrounding Easter bunnies! Please click on the following widget to read more:

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

We am so sorry to bring the news that our sanctuary bunny Conan has gone to the Bridge. In the last few weeks his health has been seriously declining, and for the past week he has just grown steadily worse. we really felt he was beginning to suffer and that there was nothing more we could do for him.

We would like to thank Dr. Moore and the staff of North Alabama Cat and Bird Veterinary Clinic for helping us to have three wonderful years with the little guy, and for helping him to pass over in a gentle and caring manner. - Ruth

Friday, February 11, 2011

Petco Rabbit Round Up

Petco on University Drive is having a Rabbit Round Up this weekend, and we'll be there! We'll be having a Bunny Care 101 class from 1 - 4 pm on Saturday, February 12th and an information table from 1 - 3 on Sunday.

We might even have little Sparky with us! Hope to see you there!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Eden Creative Studio Discount

If you've looked at our website lately, you'll notice Christy has updated it with some wonderful new features. Among them is a great Year Of The Rabbit graphic.

This graphic is from a woman named Eden, who owns
Eden Creative Studio. Her work is wonderful, and she generously has allowed us to use the graphic on our website. Even more generously, she has offered to give Huntsville Friends of Rabbits folks a discount on all purchases made in her store. She has many rabbit themed items, including valentine's Day cards for the bunny lover in your life. Just enter the code BUNNYFRIEND at checkout, and you will receive 10% off your purchase!!

I asked Eden about her wonderful bunny graphics, and this is what she told me:

"I actually have been volunteering in cat rescue for years. I have worked in the cat rooms at my local shelter and have fostered over 30 cats and kittens. I also do all the graphic design for my local shelter, The Montgomery County Humane Society. Animal rescue is very close to my heart! My sister in law, however, is the big rabbit lover in the family. She also is a great supporter of my shop. All of the rabbit designs in my shop were inspired by her and her house rabbit Waldo, who she adopted from the House Rabbit Society a few years ago. "

Thank you Eden, for loving the animals, and give Waldo a big kiss for us!!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Bunnies With Star Quality!

Our foster bunnies are in a commercial!!

Our friend, Rebecca Sansom, made a movie several years ago called Equal Hoppertunity, about rabbits and the way society views them. She is now doing some ad swaps with rabbit-friendly companies to try and get the word out about her film, and arranged to do one with the Busy Bunny.

Busy Bunny is a wonderful company that makes bunny toys, and also has other rabbit related items. The owner, Lisa, has been wonderful to us in that she lets us order at wholesale prices to get toys for our foster bunnies. So when Rebecca asked if she could borrow some foster bunnies for the commercial we were happy to say yes.

We arranged to take Boomer and The Dude to Nashville for the filming, and I also contacted former foster bunny Fiona's person, Joan, to see if perhaps Fiona and her husbun Luke might like to be stars that day, since they live not far from Rebecca. She was very happy to say yes, and I have to say that Fiona and Luke really hammed it up for the cameras!

Oh, I'm in the commercial, too, as well as Joan. But several people have said that the cute bunnies, especially Rebecca's bunny, Tofu, are so distracting they didn't really notice the humans!

If you'd like to see the final Busy Bunny commercial, it's now on YouTube!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Petco and Petsmart Adoption Days

We had adoptions days at Petco and Petsmart this past Saturday. Christy and I started out at Petsmart, and Heather set up at Petco. Later, Jez joined Christy and I joined Heather.

Sable was quite the princess at Petsmart, while Boo entertained the customers at Petco. Both bunnies were great little ambassadors.

We'll be doing a mini Bunny Care class at Petco as part of their Rabbit Round Up event on February 12th from 1 - 4 pm. Hope to see you there!

Bunny of the Week: Guinness

Guinness got his name because he is the colour of beer, and he is a little "stout" - ! He is a wonderful, eight year old gentleman of a bunny who was brought to the shelter because his people were moving and could not take him to their new home. We are sure that at eight years old the situation has been confusing to Guinness.

In addition, although he was adopted out to a woman whom we thought was committed to loving and caring for him his whole life, she turned out not to be the person we thought she was, and for no fault of his own he has been returned to us again after just a few months at his new home.. We are definately going to be extra, extra picky about any future adopters for him - this boy deserves the best!

Guinness is very friendly and loveable, and enjoys being with people. Although he does not like to be picked up until he gets to know you he is happy to sit next to you (even in your lap) and be loved on. He has had a full vet exam and appears to be in very good health. Guinness' litter box skills have gotten very good since he has been neutered and he is beginning to figure out what toys are all about. He is generally a quiet and loveable bunny and would do well in a calm, adult home. We would love to see this older bunny have a happy home - forever!!

Wouldn't you love to have Guinness?! For videos of Guinness and our other foster bunnies please go to the Huntsville Bunnies Channel on YouTube:

Monday, January 24, 2011

Foster Bunny of the Week: Fritz!

Foster Bunny of the Week: Fritz!! What can we say about Fritz, except that he is a very busy guy who has tons of energy. Talk about multi-tasking! Fritz can eat his pellets, play with his willow toys, rearrange his litter box and check out the bunnies in the surrounding pens, all at the same time!! He is a wonderful little fellow and a lot of fun.

Fritz is about seven months old and will be a medium sized bunny. He came in to Huntsville Animal Services this summer with a family group of fourteen bunnies. Because he has been with us since he was fairly young, he is used to people and not shy.

He will be a lot of fun for the lucky person who adopts him - get ready for a bunny who likes to get things done!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

More Bunspace Fun!!

Here are some more shots of the bunnies getting their Bunspace bags. I want to thank the folks at Bunspace for making the holidays so much happier for our foster and Sanctuary bunnies. As a rescue, we have so little money that getting toys for the fosters is always last on our list, and although we try to improvise with inexpensive items, there is nothing like having a lovely wooden chew toy or some of those delicious bunny cookie treats.
Well, I assume they're delicious - I've never tried them!! But from the way the bunnies act it seems like they must be very tasty!

So here are photos of Sparky, Penny, Boomer, Donatelle, The Dude, Sable, sweet elderly Ace, Dolce and Fritz having fun with all their new toys. There are also videos of the fun at our huntsville bunnies channel at YouTube!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Opal Disappears

When Opal got her Bunspace bag she disappeared in it for about half an hour. We kept waiting for her to come out with a toy but she stayed in there. In fact, she kept disappearing further and further! Finally she came out with dried fruit wrapped in a coffee filter (and by the way, those were the hands-down bunny favorites!)

Memphis and Brooklyn love Bunspace!

I've finally gotten a chance to sort out the many, many photos of the bunnies we took when they were getting their Bunspace bags. We have so many cute ones! These are some of Memphis and Brooklyn getting their bags. I have to apologize to the Bunspace folks for this first one - apparently there was a bit of Disapproving Rabbit activity going on on Brookie's part, at least judging from the tongue action!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Reba and Shania

Foster Bunnies of the Week: Reba and Shania!!

Reba and Shania are two goofy and wonderful girls who came to us with 20 other bunnies last May. They are best friends and must be adopted together. But in this case having two bunnies is twice as much fun! They love to play in their Cottontail Cottage and enjoy rearranging thier pen.

Reba is a bit calmer while Shania is busy, busy, busy all the time. Together they are a bundle of fun!! We would love to see them go to a home where they have lots of space to play and people who will love them always!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Snow Veggies!

As you may know, we have a veggie garden here at the main foster home for the bunnies. We even have some veggies growing in the winter - cold hardy collard greens and kale.
I grew up in New Hampshire where we have a very short growing season, and I'm familiar with some of the tricks for extending that season into the cold weather. One of these tricks is to have veggies in "mini-greenhouses".
I've been using some of the cages that people have donated to us that are really too small for bunnies to make these mini-greenhouses. It's very easy! If you'd like to make a mini-greenhouse to grow your bunny some winter veggies, just get an old cage, preferably one that has a plastic bottom and wire top. Take the top off the cage, pop it over your plants, and than top with a clear shower curtain. Anchor the edges of the curtain with rocks and you have an enclosed space that will warm up quite nicely, providing a much better chance that you'll have veggies in January.
I knew that these greenhouses work well from using them in past years, but I didn't realise how well until we had a serious snowstorm last week. We don't usually get snow like this in Alabama. I saw all the snow covering the greenhouses and wrote off the veggies as having frozen. But no - when I lifted the shower curtain, look what I found!!
The plants looked quite comfy in their little home!! The bunnies will be very happy to get a few garden fresh veggies this week!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Foster Bunny of the Week: Ben!

Foster Bunny of the Week: Ben!!! Ben is a wonderful lionhead boy who has great "muttonchops" of fur around his head - he kinda' reminds us of Abe Lincoln! He has a slightly shy but inquisitive personality and loves to dig in his cotton rugs and do "construction work" on his cardboard boxes.

Ben is very nice in his litter box, too! He has not been very happy about meeting other bunnies, so we think he might do best as a single bun with lots of human attention.

Wouldn't you love to have this handsome fellow in your family?!

Monday, January 3, 2011


It is with sadness that we report that our former member, Kimberly Leggett, passed away last week at age 41. Kim was a friend to all animals, not just rabbits. She was a graphic artist who designed our logo and donation boxes. Kim also helped with yard sales, education tables, and was the Vice President of our group for a period of time.
Kim was well-known to the rescue groups of the Huntsville area and was also a dog and guinea pig lover. She did a number of transports for dog rescue groups, and volunteered at several area shelters.
Kim's red hair and sense of humor will be greatly missed.