Kathy and crew have been busy setting up for the Pet Lover Show out in Abbotsford this weekend! It looks fabulous! The empty spot on the table is for Bonnie McMurray’s Nutrinoms sales display. (Excellent bunny treats!)
Some great photos from the Rabbitats DXE work party on the weekend.We keep the house bunnies in the basement and we have a holding area for outside bunnies under our huge deck. We’ll be developing the half-acre yard into a rabbit sanctuary come spring if we can round up volunteers and funding. Support from organizations like DXE — Direct Action Everywhere – Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories — gives us hope! We can’t thank them enough!
Thanks so much to the staff at the Little Paws Animal Clinic for volunteering for our vaccination clinic yesterday evening! Pictured is Jillian, Diana and Dr. Adam Avitan in the back row, and Dr. Joseph Martinez and Rabbitats’ Deanna Hamm in the front row. We managed to get close to another 40 rabbits protected from the deadly Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHDV2). We invited rabbits from the VRRA and RAPS as well. (Added note: If anyone remembers the box of little chocolate brown Holland Lops dumped on the side of a road, we thought there were three, but it turns out there were four, someone brought another baby to RAPS, a little boy who got vaccinated as well . Deanna is holding daddy. The other bunnies are Patches and our three surviving white Maple Ridge bunnies. They’re all friendly as all get-out and up for adoption!
Rabbits in Richmond and Beyond
Wednesday, May 23 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cambie Community Centre
2800 Cambie Road, Richmond, British Columbia V6V 0A9
Rabbitats will be hosting a free community meeting to address the hundreds (if not thousands) of abandoned pet rabbits and their feral offspring populating almost every neighbourhood in Richmond and moving into new areas every day. They are gaining strong footholds in Burnaby, Surrey, Delta, Langley, Mission, Chilliwack and other areas as well.
The meeting will address the reasons for the rabbit population, the laws and responsibilities and the difficulties people face when they have or find unwanted pet rabbits and suggest solutions.
We will also provide information on ‘habits of the rabbits’, tips on rabbit-proofing gardens and flower beds, and an update on the current status of the Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus and how it affects the feral, pet and farm populations among other topics.
RSVP here –> https://www.facebook.com/events/1899533683400394/
Rabbitats Annual Easter Bunny Festival!
Sunday April 1st
11AM to 3PM
At Urban Pets
8697 Granville Street
Face painting, games, prizes, sweets & treats!
Come meet our real “Easter bunnies”
*However, due to the recent RHD outbreak, you will only be able to look at the bunnies, no touching.
We have the Pet Lovers Show coming up on Feb 24th. We need sales items to sell and also for other events we will have in the near future. Here is some crafting idea’s:
Key chains, knitted rabbits, sock bunnies, Easter craft items, small crafts that kids can purchase, etc. It does not need to be all bunny related.
Pinterest has some awesome idea’s.
Even looking for small cat & dog toys.
It does not need to be all craft related. We just need items to sell that are affordable to purchase.
Looking for someone to help me make pom pom bunnies. These sell like hot cakes. I have a extra pom pom maker. Supper easy to make while you are watching TV.
If you can help out in anyway please let me know.
The trip out to the Happy Herd Farm Sanctuary yesterday left us speechless. The good work that Diane, Stephen and their volunteers do is truly amazing. And what everybody did for Rabbitats was phenomenal.
First off, meet Bunny the chicken. We started the day by being asked to pick up a Christmas chicken on the way. A family had apparently been given this girl for dinner but thankfully had a change of heart and wanted to surrender her. The sanctuary had recently taken in 25 about to be euthanized by UBC’s farm program so what was one more. Towards the end of the day, they also got a call about a sheep with an injured eye. They sprang into action, making transport and vet arrangements. The care was the priority, not the story.
Meanwhile the sanctuary had made Rabbitats the recipient of donations brought in at their open house (and we in turn had decided to share with the in-need RASTA Sanctuary), The total was a whopping $1380!!! We were stunned, barely able to say thank you at the time. We need to say thank you now. We desperately need the funds, we’ve been saddled with unforeseen rent costs and we have to move from our shelter soon. But we also really feel we need to spread some love back to Happy Herd. If the people who did not get to attend the open house on Boxing Day can see their way to making donations to account for 1/3 of what they raised for us, we’d feel a whole lot better about accepting it. Can we raise $450 for Happy Herd? Thanks to all who care! https://happyherd.org/donations/