We just got our first one star review from somebody who had actually come by the shelter. (The handful of others are from weird countries, mistakes or fake names). A woman contacted us wanting to foster or adopt a bunny. She was very anxious and wanted to come right away after filling out just our brief online contact form and not our full five-page questionnaire. We were super busy but said yes. When she arrived, kids in tow, Deanna quickly put her in a room with Sugar and Buttercup, who weren’t up for adoption, but they were bombproof. It was a test. When she came back in, one of the two kids, a 3-year old boy, was slamming the pen wires up and down with the mom making no effort to intervene. This as an immediate ‘FAIL.’ While we are in certain cases willing to adopt to families with children, they need to be gentle and interact with the bunnies (on the bunnies’ own terms), and most importantly, the parents have to take the lead. (We’re adopting to the parents, not the kids). They need to be closely supervising (physically next to the child) and teaching an excited child how to interact. Even a brief observation of this not happening isn’t worth the risk to the health and happiness of our rabbits. (OUR kids). Her form said she wanted a relaxed rabbit, but she’ll never have a relaxed rabbit in that environment. She was upset (we wasted her time, we ‘judged’ her, etc) and she will now go get a rabbit from Craigslist. We sincerely hope she really listened to us though, what we said to her about interacting with rabbits (in great detail), so that whatever rabbit they get won’t spend years of silent unhappiness. No loud noises, no touching (without the rabbit’s express permission), provide a kid-proof zone, a kid-proof hiding box and work on gentle interaction using small bits of healthy treats. Good luck! (To the bunny).
Things aren’t working out for poor Hershey at the shelter. He’s quite possibly our friendliest, most personable rabbit (he’s our best Yoga bunny), but he hates being locked up, he’s a free-run-bun kinda guy. Double but… he really doesn’t get along well with other bunnies. We tried him in the adoptables colony where he could have lots of space. It worked out for a couple of weeks, but he was being a bit of a putz and some-bunny finally told him off with a bite on his eye. So now he’s on his own and locked up again. So Hershey needs a home. All the volunteers wants to adopt him, but we have either no free room or we have other bunnies he won’t get along with. Hershey does nip when he’s annoyed, but if you behave yourself, he’s the greatest bunny ever. Somebody REALLY needs to adopt him. (And bring him back for visits and yoga events!)
UPDATE: Hershey has a new home! One of our favourite adopters, Zane, fell in love with his story and offered up half a bedroom for our little love bug. He’s close by, so we will still be able to visit him AND pick him up for Bunny Yoga and the other events. He’ll still be our rock star. Thanks Zane!
It looks like Rabbitina (or Tina) has a home with Darcy, or at least so far, so good. Tina was born at the shelter but we not only never knew who her daddy was, we weren’t totally sure who her mom was! Two moms picked up at the Auto Mall had their litters together right after we got them and we couldn’t tell whose were whose. But five were grey and then there was this feisty brown girl who looked nothing like any of the other Auto Mall rabbits. (We kept asking, ‘who’s your daddy?‘ But no-bunny was talking). She was initially inseparable from her sister Ernestine but not as much when they were old enough to be spayed and join the colony. Tina was always a terror at our events chasing the other bunnies, but she seems to have found her forever friend in Darcy. Thanks so much to Vlad and Carling. (And also thanks for the shop vac!) PS:Ernestine (or Ernie) is still available!
Four of our bigger bunnies lounging on top of the hay feeder… Olaf, Tonka, Butterscotch, and Munch… with little Roadie munching hay below. All available for adoption, some are single, some are bonded, but wouldn’t it be amazing if someone had room in their heart and their home for a bonded group of big bunnies?
The super friendly big boy was dumped out of a car in Surrey along with a black bunny who hasn’t been seen since. A kind person was able to pick this one up but sadly she can’t keep him. We are now looking for a foster home for him.
“Hi, I’m a boy!” This little guy is a juvenile trapped at the Auto Mall the other night. He has what we call ‘Whistler dusting’, a dusting of white above his nose named after the first rabbit we caught with that same marking. A few of our ferals have it. This guy led us on a merry chase after he disappeared from his holding pen, but we found him hunkered down on a shelf in the storage room. His sister (we think) is still out there, hopefully they’ll be reunited soon. (On opposite sides of some bars, seeing as they’re not spayed/neutered!)
Hershey, one of our sweetest, most awesome rabbits ever, is available for adoption. He really needs a home. He doesn’t like colony life, he wants to be a house bunny like he’s always been. He was born inside earlier this year and raised by fosters who loved him. He was adopted out with his brother Harley and came back when they started fighting. He was great with his litter box. He LOVES people. He’s pretty good at yoga, too.