Anyone who knows the two of us, knows that our love reaches every living creature. Even though this is really an event for dogs, we figured that bunnies could use a little love too. As the third most common house pet, and the third most common pet in shelters, bunnies have become the "underdogs" of the rescue world. This is what inspired us to start Hug-a-Bunny over 11 years ago and speak out for our big-eared friends.
We hope that you can make it out to walk on our team on October 6, 2018. We'd love to gather as many rabbit (and animal) lovers as we can on our team! It is such a fun day! However, if you can't be there, please consider sponsoring us to help us reach our goal of $200! Who knows, maybe we can even beat it! Never underestimate the "underdog!" Not to mention, 100% of the proceeds raised on our page will go towards our rescue! Not too bad!
You may be wondering what costs so much about bunny rescue (trust me, we ask that question all the time). Since rabbits are exotic animals, their little systems require vets who specialize in their care. While a dog or cat could be spayed or neutered for as low as $25, our discounted rate at our vet's office is $170 for a female to be spayed and $130 for a male to be neutered. That's outrageous! When you consider that we spay and neuter many rabbits per year, plus the check-ups and daily living costs of our rabbits, and that's enough to make your head spin! It takes all of our effort just to make ends meet and to provide for our furry creatures.
"Why bunnies?," you might be asking yourself. Well, not only are they adorable and have cute little moving noses, but rabbits are extremely intelligent, are easily litterbox trained, and love human companionship. Unfortunately, since rabbits are very inexpensive to buy and easy to obtain, many people buy these sweet creatures on impulse, not realizing that they are fragile creatures that need a specific diet and a lot of care. Many rabbits are kept outdoors and eventually given up because children (and their adults) lost interest. Rabbits are also given as gifts on certain holiday (we won't mention any names) without giving thought to the fact that they are a lifelong commitment. Believe me, it's hard to resist a baby bunny, but it's important for us to make people realize that they aren't a toy and should be treated better than they often are. We may be a tiny rescue, but we never shy away from helping those in need.
On our first trip to Best Friends back in 2006, we became inspired to take Hug-a-Bunny to a new level and soon after we became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Since then, we have rescued and adopted out over 370 rabbits, as well as continuing our constant outreach and education. Most of the rabbits we rescue come directly from animal shelters, from families who no longer want them, horrible situations like labratories or harding situations, or believe it or not, are found outdoors after being let loose to fend for themselves. As tiny little prey animals and herbivores, rabbits can't survive in the wild. Since we don't have a physical location, we depend on generous donations to get each rabbit healthy and on our amazing foster homes to provide a safe haven for our rescued rabbits. Each of these foster homes is the lifeline to save our rescued rabbits. Thank you to everyone who has helped in our mission. If you would like to open your home to a foster bunny, please email us at email@example.com, and find us on Facebook as Hug-a-Bunny Rabbit Rescue and on Instagram as @hugabunnyrabbitrescue!
By the way, if you've ever been around a bunny, you'd know that they are completely silent (aside from the occasional thump). We figured someone had to speak on behalf of the bunnies, and who better than us? Please come and join us, or consider sponsoring us to exceed our goal of $200!
Please join us and help us "Strut Our Buns!"
Thank you to Best Friends for this amazing opportunity to spread some bunny love! Above all, thank you for the constant inspiration to create a world where there are no more homeless pets!
Jamie and Frannie
Co-Founders, Hug-a-Bunny Rabbit Rescue