April 2007

7/15/07 UPDATE: Marla has been with HRN now for about 2½ months. This little girl is an adorable love bunny. When you approach her cage, she immediately is right there to garner your attention. Speak to her sweetly, and she’s ready for you to scoop her up for a snuggle. She’s so comfortable in your arms being petted and quite content to just smoosh down for a bit of a respite.

While on the deck as we were taking pictures of her, she seemed very comfortable, not skittish at all. Often, she would stand up on her hind legs to catch a whiff of the summer breeze and just linger there for a few moments. At one point as we were sitting on the steps, she hopped over to visit. As Tricia leaned down to kiss her head, she scrounched down to encourage her to continue.

Maybe you are the person who could offer this sweet girl kisses in her “forever loving home”?

4/22/07 Original Post:
After literally several months of trying to capture a stray bunny in Marlborough, she is finally safe and sound in HRN’s hands! The original call came in on Feb 14th for two stray rabbits- and several HRN volunteers (Diane, Kathy, Cherryl, Melinda, Corinna, Carol, Erin) spent many evenings trying to capture them. Hats, gloves and hot chocolate were on order for many of the nights! Real Estate Agent Lyn assisted by stopping by to feed the rabbits every night, and MSPCA officer Lesley assisted too. Originally there were two rabbits- one brown, one white. Sadly we have not seen the brown rabbit for at least three weeks, and we are no longer searching for him. A couple of times they were captured inside a pen, but they managed to free themselves and escape. We set up pens and staked out trying to corral them- but they were too smart for us! Diane even created a custom chicken wire pen with a drop door. We came so close to catching her in the pen.

Saturday April 21st the weather finally turned nice, we are getting more sunshine, Diane, Kathy, Cherryl and I met in Marlborough to once again try and capture the white bunny. She was out early, munching on the grass, and probably laughing at us silly humans. She was very clever, knew several escape routes, had some nice tunnels, and was very quick. I decided to test the waters, walked towards her and of course, she darted into her tunnels! Figures. We thought we were in for a long night. So we set up pens in hopes of trapping her, and then managed to spook her out. Instead of darting towards our pens, she of course took off down the block. We chased her up and down the block- luckily this smart rabbit knew to stay out of the street- and of course she stayed away from where we wanted her to go. However, we did notice that she seemed to be getting tired! We chased her around the real estate building, and she hid under some shrubs. I positioned myself on one side, and Diane tried to block the other. Diane managed to spook her- and she practically hopped right into my hands! Amazingly, once captured, she surrendered easily.

Once in the carrier we didn’t want to take her out until she was safely in a foster home. We confirmed she is a girl and named her Marla! I was suprised at how friendly she is after living on the streets for 6 months. She has been eating well, seems to be using her litter box already, and enjoys getting petted! She is very relaxed in her cage, I hope because she feels safe. Every time I open her cages she just puts her head down for pets. She will be getting spayed this week, and hopefully we can find her a forever home soon!

After getting the email about submitting photos of pets to Chronicle: I found some great old photos of our guys. It’s funny I usually post about our fosterbuns, but I couldn’t resist.

Nothing keeps Chip from his greens.

The three buddies
Chip, Ginger, and Shadow are best buddies.

Sugar being cute with shaved belly
Sugar flopped out after her spay. She’s showing off her shaved tummy.

Shadow the speed bump
Shadow is the speed bump bunny.

Little Binky Girl
Sugar is our amazing binky girl.

We hope you enjoyed!

~ Erica and Andy, HRN fosterparents

4/18/07 UPDATE: Despite all of our best efforts and the best veterinary care, Flower passed away on Monday, April 16th with those who loved her and helped her throughout this journey. Her abscess surgery had gone rather well the week before. However, upon further testing, we believe she had cancer and her abscess was also a lot worse than we originally thought. This little rabbit had gone through so much in the short 2.5 months that I shared my home with her. She was by far the sweetest, most loving rabbit I’ve ever known in the last 10 years of having house rabbits. Even though life was not kind to her in the end, she clearly loved life and those around her. “The little Flower-child” will be sorely missed by all that knew her.

3/20/07 UPDATE: Flower’s latest act is to climb, yes climb, the 30″ baby gate and “kerplop” on the other side. That’s how bad she wanted to be with me in the other room yesterday morning. I kept hearing this little scratching and then “kerplop!”. There she was, in the hall running to me as I came in. I put her back in the room and hid behind the wall, only to watch her do it again! She’ll go down the stairs, but will only go on the big stairs. Once she hits the small steps, forget it…back up she comes. She’s quite the character, this little girl.

3/3/07 UPDATE: So Flower is becoming more and more comfy at my home. Meaning someone had better adopt her quick! If you’re looking for a bun that has puppy-like qualities, she’s your girl. She follows me EVERYWHERE. I’m in the bathroom, she’s there. I’m brushing my teeth, she’s there between my legs looking up at me. She knows the sound of the “bunny cabinet” opening too. I shake the container of cranberries and the black and white streak of lighting comes to my feet, begging for her morning or nightly treat. Tonight I was lying on the floor with her, she climbs on my stomach, lays into the crook of my arm and starts grooming me (bunny kisses). She LOVES to be all over you, involved in everything you’re doing. I think she could be bonded to another bun, but I also think she’d be a perfect single bun or even a first-time bunny owner bun. Yup! A Flower truly is the Sweetest Thing!

2/11/07 UPDATE: Flower has recovered beautifully from her spay and her newest thing is to give bunny kisses. She loves to snuggle right into your arm or rest her head on your leg, while being pet. Her eyes gently close and it’s quite clear she’s in bunny heaven.

And that’s exactly what this little bun named “Flower” is…a sweet little thing. Flower was picked up as a stray in Salem, MA and HRN was called. Apparently she was skin and bones and the vet clinic that she was turned into almost euthanized her due to her poor condition. Thankfully they didn’t and nursed her back to health.

I picked her up last Tuesday and from then on, she stole my heart and that of my family’s as well. Flower is a 5 lb., black and white mini rex. The vet estimates her to be about 3 years old. She could definitely stand to gain a little more weight, which we are working on now. She had no problem settling in and making my home hers. She had a small problem with her tooth that was taken care of and was put on antibiotics. She willingly takes her meds every morning and night. In fact, as soon as she sees me coming she runs right over and basically drinks the meds from the syringe.

When she first got here, for the first few days, she would want to snuggle and be held. Now that she’s been here for over a week, she’s still okay to be held, but she’d rather lay beside me or sit on my lap. She’s so curious as to everything that is going on around her. As soon as someone new walks in the room…she’s there! Begging for pets and lovins’ and running circles around their feet. I was sitting on the floor last night and she crawls into my lap, puts her paws on my chest and starts sniffing my face all over. She has no problem on the hardwood floors either. In fact she runs from the tile to the hardwood to the rug, without a care. Her head shakes and binkies are the best! Her litter box habits are impeccable (better than my own bun) and I would have no doubt she could quite possibly be a free range bun.

I don’t know what her past was like or why someone would just let this bunny go, to fend for herself in the wild, but apparently her past is already forgotten. Flower is just about the sweetest, most personable bunny I’ve ever met. She loves everyone and so far everyone that has met her, loves her as well!

Flower was just spayed and will be available for adoption in the upcoming weeks. This little girl will make some one or some family very lucky!

~Shannon: HRN Volunteer/Member

Volunteer Week is April 15th to the 21st. This is the time when volunteers from all over the country are recognized for working on behalf of others, and a great time to do a little volunteering if you have not already done so.

It’s the perfect time to help the House Rabbit Network if you live in the area or another rabbit rescue in your area. Volunteering gives us an opportunity to help rabbits in need and make the world a better place for us and for the four-pawed fuzzies that rely upon us.

To those of you that are HRN volunteers and foster homes, I want to thank you for all of your time, energy, expertise and resources. Without you, we would not be able to do what we do. YOU are the ones that make it a better place for the bunnies and give them the voice they so rightly deserve. YOU are the ones that help keep this organization running. Though we are just individuals, the work we do as a group, helps us acheive our goals: To rescue homeless rabbits and find them good indoor homes and to educate the public about rabbits and their care.

If you can spare an hour or two or more next week, next month or in the next year :), the House Rabbit Network rabbits would greatly appreciate it. If you can help a foster home with cages, help at an Education Day, help with fundraising or just come and sit with the bunnies to socialize them, it would help.

In the next few weeks, we will be holding Education Events. If you’ve never done one or not sure if it’s for you, just stop on by and check it out. What could be better than talking about bunnies for a few hours?

-Apr 21 – Animal Spirit, 2348 Mass Ave Cambridge MA, 12-3
-Apr 21 – Mahoney’s Rocky Ledge, Winchester, MA 10-2
-May 5 – Sweet Meadow Farm, Sherborn, MA 12-3 (directions to follow)

Volunteering is a win-win situation…for you and for the bunnies lives that you’ve changed.
Thank you for all you do!

The House Rabbit Network has many rabbits that require extra expenses. If you can not foster, but would like to help, sponsoring a rabbit might be right for you! If you can assist with the veterinary and medical bills of our rabbits, you will directly assist in our mission to improve their quality of life. In some cases we are looking to raise a sum of money to pay their bills. Other rabbits require ongoing care with monthly costs. We realize that most people can not afford a full sponsorship, so you can elect to partially sponsor a bunny. The dollar amounts listed are our financial goals to which you may contribute all or part. All donations are tax deductable.
Sponsors will have their names appear on our web site. Of course you can also choose to remain anonymous if you prefer. We recently PayPal enabled our sponsorship program:
If you would like to sponsor a rabbit, simply write a check made out to the House Rabbit Network. Write a note stating which rabbit(s) you would like to sponsor and what you would like for the signature (Example- in Memory of Spunky). Mail the note and check to:
House Rabbit Network
P.O. Box 2602
Woburn, MA 01888
For more information, please contact us at info@RabbitNetwork.org
Thank you for your support!

Flower is a sweet girl who has molar spurs and a facial abscess. She has had molar trims and major facial surgery. Her early medical bills total $151.69. This does not include the surgery she is having this week and future bills- that total will be going up.

Ky is in heart failure. He needs lasix (a heart medicine) to stay alive. To date his vet bills are $266.94

Jasper arrived thin, with molar spurs and not eating. He has had tests run on him and is receiving lots of TLC. Hopefully he will be available for adoption soon! His vet bills total $393.24.

Harrison is a handsome rex who had several growths removed from his cheeks. Luckily they were harmless and he has been adopted! His vet bills came to $297.88

Flash was found as a stray with a severely infected eye with a ruptured retina. Unfortunatly his eye needed to be removed. He is now a healthy, happy boy who has been adopted! His surgery cost $433. Can you donate for him?

Benny had a severe leg infection that required several surgeries and hospitalizations. Luckily we have been able to save his leg! Benny has been adopted to a great home. His costs came to $1203. Can you donate to help cover his bills?

Jenna has early onset glaucoma and is going prematurely blind. She has had several visits to the eye doctor, is on expensive meds, and may eventually need her eyes removed. To date, we have spent $827.65 on her, and more medical bills are expected.

Peanut has an iris abscess. We tried to treat it with antibiotics, but it didn’t work. He needed surgery to remove his eye. To date we have spent $1377 on him. Peanut had completely recovered and was recently adopted! Can you help defray his medical bills?

Duke came in with a huge abscess under his chin. It was attached to his jaw bone and ruined several molars. He needed a few surgeries to clear up and will probably need regular trims of his molars. We have spent $605 on him and are happy to report that Duke has been adopted! Can you contribute to his vet bills?

Rufus and Rusty came in with maloclussion and needed their incisors removed. Their surgeries cost $439. Can you help pay their vet bill?

Hugo is a sweet boy who has an iris abscess. We tried antibiotics, but things got worse. Unfortunately we had to remove his eye. Since his surgery he has made tremedous progress and seems happier. We have spent $905 on vet bills. Can you contribute to help him? Hugo has found a great new home, and even now has a girlfriend named Sylvie!

I should be studying right now, but something is distracting me. That something would be somebun and that somebun would be Punky. Ok, I know I’m not supposed to play favorites, but Punky is absolutely amazing. Right now she’s playing one of her favorite games: tunneling in the towel. It’s so funny to watch. She throws the towel in the air and then burries under it. She shakes her head because it’s just funny to her. I really can’t say enough about Punky. Her binkies are amazing, she flops so violently, and she loves being pet. Last night she’d do bunny laps around the living room and the lunge onto my lap on the couch to be pet. I don’t see how anyone hasn’t snatched up this incredible bun.

~Erica, HRN fostermom

With all the adoptions recently, we had some room for more fosterbuns. We were lucky to have Punky and Henrietta come into our home.

We had heard Punky had quite a rabittude. For the first week Punky would grunt and lunge anytime I went towards her. To my pleasant surprise, she now lets me pick her up out of her cage without any objection. I think she doesn’t complain anymore because she loooooves being out. She is such a binky girl. And she did the cutest flop in the litterbox in the living room. If you want a bun that has spunk and energy, but enjoys her body rubs too, then Punky is your girl.

Here are some pictures since her arrival:

Punky sitting pretty “Don’t you think my blue eyes are so pretty?”

“Yes, I’m sticking my tongue out you.”
Punky being sassy
Punky binkiing “Catch me if you can!”

she's outta here “I’m outta here!”

~ Erica – HRN fostermom