It’s tomorrow!! Bring your bun and stop by the Bunny Bungalow from 12-4 pm tomorrow to get their nails trimmed! Dr. DeGrande will be there from 12-2 pm to answer questions and do health checks. All donations go directly to helping the shelter rabbits!
The bunny of the week is Hershey!
Hershey is Ginny’s son and Heidi’s brother. He was born at EARS in April of 2014 after his mother was brought to the shelter. Hershey has been at EARS his whole life, he doesn’t know what the comfort of a loving home feels like.
Hershey is an adorable little guy who looks just like a wild rabbit! He is a very sweet bunny who loves to be cuddled and likes to play and run around. Hershey also knows how to relax- he likes to flop and then lean against something like he is lounging.
Hershey is a great rabbit. He would most likely make for an easy bond to a female bunny, so if you have a single lady bun, bring her in to meet him! Come to the shelter to meet Hershey and consider giving him his first and only forever home.
Our next bunny spa day is on Sunday, March 1st! It will be at the Bunny Bungalow at 2316 W. 38th Street. Bring your bunny to get their nails trimmed and fur brushed from 12-4. Dr. DeGrande from McKean Veterinary Hospital will also be there from 12-2 to answer questions and do quick health checks for the bunnies. If you don’t have any rabbits, you are still welcome to stop in and play with the shelter rabbits (we have plenty)!
Hi everyone! We’re selling T-shirts to raise money for the bunnies! Follow this link to buy one of these adorable shirts. We need to sell 100 or nobody will get them! Thank you so much for your support, the shelter runs entirely on your generosity!
Snowball is the bunny of the week!
Snowball is a handsome Himalayan bunny looking for his forever home. His previous owner kept him outside in an enclosure built under a swing set. She surrendered Snowball (and Abby) so that she could keep her chickens in the enclosure instead. Snowball would like a home where he will be warm and will be the center of attention!
Snowball is a sweet guy. Because he was kept outside and never had much human contact, he is a bit shy around people. However, with patience and respect for his boundaries, his trust can be earned and he will make a great pet. He isn’t comfortable with being picked up or held, but he still loves to run around and explore and is very friendly and inquisitive. He enjoys being pet and getting head scratches. Come in and meet adorable Mr. Snowball!
Did you know that Himalayan bunnies change color with the seasons? Himalayan bunnies are characterized by their black/grey ears, noses, and feet. Cold temperatures cause their ears, noses, and feet to become dark (black) while warm temperatures cause them to become lighter (grey). How cool is that?!
Happy Valentine’s Day! What better exemplifies the celebration of love than a bonded rabbit couple? Here is why you should consider adopting a bonded pair or adopting a friend for your single rabbit. This is the story of my own rabbits:
It all started with this little bunny my boyfriend and I adopted from French Creek Animal Rescue. As weird as it sounds, we went to the shelter looking for a “wild” bunny- in both personality and coloring. However, while we were there, a rabbit caught our eye. She was running around in her cage and begging for attention. She was chocolate brown with a tiny white stripe on her nose- absolutely adorable, but not what we were originally looking for. We played with her at the shelter, and she went home with us the next day (we didn’t stand a chance). We named her Fury (a superhero name), and a very appropriate name for her in many ways.
We wanted a wild bunny, and we got a wild bunny. Fury did not disappoint. After she was spayed, she got full range of our living room and we quickly learned that our bunny proofing was inadequate. She is mischievous, the kind of bunny you have to keep an eye on; as soon as you look away, she’s up to no good. We gave her plenty of toys, but she always seemed to prefer our furniture. So of course, we fell in love with her.
Fury taught us a lot about rabbit behavior. She hates to be picked up and held and is very good at squirming away. She does crazy binkies around the apartment, and full-speed laps around the couch. She growls (A LOT) if you annoy her. She is also very affectionate; she gives me bunny kisses (licking my nose and forehead).
As spoiled and happy as Fury was, we still thought she needed some company. We selected a handsome boy bunny from EARS and fostered him in the hopes of bonding him to Fury. He wasn’t in our apartment long before Fury made her feelings clear- she hated him. She growled and swatted at him, tried to bite him, and was very aggressive towards him. After two months, her hatred towards him had not subsided so we sadly had to return him to the shelter.
We decided to try her with a different bunny, so we brought home a big fluffy black bunny named Chexie from EARS. From the start, Fury’s reaction was drastically difference. There was no aggression. Their first bonding session in neutral territory went very well. On his third day with us, I sat down in the middle of the living room floor (Fury’s territory) with Chexie in my lap. Fury came over to investigate, sniffed him, then hopped away. I let Chexie hop after her, and they were immediate friends. After that, we knew he was here to stay- we named him Bishop (another superhero name).
It was love at first sight for Fury. Before long, they were grooming each other, cuddling, and sharing a cage. Bishop has a very different personality from Fury, but they compliment each other; while Fury is wild and crazy, Bishop is calm and lazy. They are partners in crime, they do everything together, and they truly love each other. Even though Fury was happy before and never lacked for attention or fun, she is so much happier with Bishop. Rabbits love human attention, but nothing can replace the companionship that another rabbit can provide.
We have so many bonded pairs at the shelter in need of a home. A bonded pair isn’t much more work than a single rabbit (they share everything), and they are much happier because they always have a friend! Plus, if you adopt a pair that is already bonded, the sometimes difficult work of bonding is already done for you. Check out Petfinder or Adopt-a-pet to see our bonded pairs, then come and visit them at the shelter!
If you have a single bunny and want to find him/her a friend, it is a good idea to let them meet before you bring the new bunny home (as we learned the hard way). You can even bring in your bunny for speed-dating and let them pick a friend for themselves! You can never predict how two bunnies are going to get along until you put them together.
If you have any questions about bonding, or just have pictures of your own bonded bunnies to share, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to learn more about rabbits as pets? Have a question about caring for a house rabbit? This series of videos from Howcast is a fantastic resource, especially for first-time bunny adopters!
Take a look: How to Take Care of a Pet Rabbit
Cloud and Skye are fluffy, adorable lops. They were surrendered because their family lost interest in them. They are so cute together and are very much in love!
Cloud is a patient guy who loves to be pet (and especially likes head scratches). He has big chubby cheeks and he lives up to his name with his beautiful grey/white fur with a “silver lining”!
Skye is a sweet girl who can be shy sometimes. She might take some time to warm up to you, but this charming little bun is worth the wait. Skye enjoys head scratches and will always perk up around feeding time.
Cloud and Skye can best be described as “fluffy”. They have fluffy cheeks and feet and fluffy little bunny butts. They love to cuddle and groom each other- they are an adorable bonded pair. Cloud and Skye are happy and in love, and the only thing they need now is a forever home.
Arielle and Danielle are Dutch/Rex mix sisters who are bonded (Annabelle is their other sister). They were all surrendered to the shelter with their mother Belle (now adopted). They are both spunky bunnies with endless energy. They are still quite young- they will be a year old in May.
Arielle is a goofy bunny. She likes to be held and get head scratches and she also enjoys running around like crazy. Arielle is very playful and energetic (and she wouldn’t stop playing with the football when she was getting her picture taken).
Danielle is very sweet and cuddly. She is a little more reserved than her sister Arielle, but she does amazing binkies when she gets excited!
Arielle and Danielle are hilarious bunnies- let them out to run around and they will provide hours of entertainment! There is never a dull moment with them; they will do laps, run through tunnels, and binky like crazy. They are friendly and interactive and have so much personality! When they do take a break, they love to snuggle with each other and they always try to drink from the water bottle at the same time. Arielle and Danielle are goofy girls and will be great pets. All they need is a loving home that can give them lots of space for their shenanigans!