Date: October 21, 2013

We need help! HRN is in desperate need of volunteers to help at the shelter, especially morning shifts. If you live near Billerica, MA and have a spare morning (once a week or even once a month) please let us know. You will feed and socialize the buns and clean cages. Training is provided. Please contact us if you think you can help. We greatly appreciate it.

Email us at info@rabbitnetwork.org or phone our hotline at 781-431-1211.

A Helping Hand

Update: 10/11/13

My Foster Momma thinks that maybe it would be better if I went to a bun-experienced home. Today was grooming day and I got a little freaked out and wouldn’t let her near me the rest of the day. Not even leafy treats would pacify me. So she thinks that for my new home, it should be someplace quiet where my new family needs to earn my trust and make me feel safe.

* Also – to be forewarned I do like to chew on things so it would probably be a good idea to make sure I have plenty of things to chew on so that I won’t be tempted to chew on things that I shouldn’t.

Is that new forever family with you?

Sulking in my litterbox after being groomed without my permission

Sulking in my litterbox after being groomed without my permission

Update: 10/2/13

Today my Foster Momma wanted me to interact with some kids. At first I wasn’t too happy but after awhile I decided to let the child hold me. What do you think? If you have children, I’ll tolerate them if it means I can go home to a forever home today!

Aren't I cuddly and cute!

Aren't I cuddly and cute!

My Foster Momma just found out what breed I am…I’m a Palomino Breed (originally bred for meat)!!! = O

I’m so glad I wasn’t left on the chopping block and instead living out my life waiting for my forever home! I’m really interested in my blue blanket that my Foster Mommy gave me and am very content to sleep, play, and relax on it! My Foster Mommy told me that if I like my blanky that much she’ll let me keep it when I get adopted! Thanks Foster Mom!!

Here's me playing on my blanket

Here's me playing on my blanket

Close up of my pretty golden face

Close up of my pretty golden face

Update: 10/1/2013

Ugh..too early! Is it time for a treat yet?

Ugh..too early! Is it time for a treat yet?

Update: 9/26/13

My Foster Momma decided to make a collage for me

My Foster Momma decided to make a collage of me and my new blanket

My Foster Mami managed to catch me on camera eating some lettuce. I’m a very shy bunny so I don’t usually like to eat or do much in the presence of people, but once I warm up to you I’ll slowly come out of my shell and show you some funny quirks about me. I am still having trouble going in the litterbox but don’t give up on me just yet! That just means I want extra attention from you to help me on my journey on being litterbox savy!

Watch me go "nom nom nom" on that lettuce!

Watch me go "nom nom nom" on that lettuce!

Update: 9/25/13

Hello! It’s me..Dolcette again! Just wanted to pop in and let you know I’m still waiting to be picked up by a loving, forever family!!

Look into my soulful brown eyes...

Look into my soulful brown eyes...

Need to stay pretty for a potential family!

Need to stay pretty for a potential family!

Hmm..what should I read today?

Hmm..what should I read today?

Dolcette (she responds to Duhl-shee) has been in a foster home for a few weeks now. She was involved in a legal enforcement case and for a few months had very little interaction with people during the trial. Now that the case is over Dolcette is waiting very patiently for a new Forever home that will help her forget the scary experiences that she had to go through. When her foster mom first got her from the shelter she was very frightened and was more reserved than the other bunnies. When her foster mom picked her up for the first time, Dolcette immediately dug her head into the crook of her Foster Mom’s neck as if begging to be adopted.

Modeling for the camera the very first day

Modeling for the camera the very first day

As you can see from the photo, her Foster Mom took little time to set her up for a photo shoot! Dolcette was very patient as she was brushed, dressed, and placed on the blanket for her first of many photo shoots. For the first 2 weeks she was kept in isolation from the other bunnies because she had not been looked over by a vet yet. It may have made her very depressed because she barely ate her hay and drank very very little. When the vet gave the “Okay” and said it didn’t look like she had anything contagious, her Foster Momma moved to the front with the other bunnies and gave her a bigger cage. Slowly Dolcette began to come out of her shell and she was starting to eat and drink in front of people. Her litter box habits do still need a few improvements but everyone is hoping she’ll start to get the hint.

Look at her beautiful caramel coloring and pink ears!

Look at her beautiful caramel coloring and pink ears!

Although she is starting to eat, her Foster Momma was concerned that maybe there was something wrong internally. The vet had only done a physical and other then being a tad overweight in the under section, she did not have any other major physical signs. So she is due for another check up – this time for some blood/lab work. Her Foster Momma is crossing her fingers and hoping for the best.

*Side note* – Dolcette may make a great bonding candidate because she is always interested in the other bunnies and is always peering through her cage to see what they’re up to.

First few times Dolcette started eating in the presence of a human so her Foster Momma tried to take a picture incognito..didn't quite work

First few times Dolcette started eating in the presence of a human so her Foster Momma tried to take a picture incognito..didn't quite work

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Hello, World!
I celebrated my first birthday with my foster family on June 24. Want to know what my birthday wish is? Well, it’s to find a loving forever home! I would be very happy to have a room of my own … heck, even lots of room… I can dream, right? My foster mom tells everyone that I am a good little bunny.
I can be pretty silly. I have a favorite little rug; I like to burrow in it and bob my head up and down when I’m under it. My foster mom calls me “Turtle” when I do that!
I do well as a bachelorette, but I might like a buddy — I’m just holding out for “the one” because I’m picky like that! (PS: I would be remiss if I didn’t put in a good word for my brother Xavier who shares my birthday! He lives with another HRN foster family.)

Are you thinking about adopting? Please call the HRN hotline!

UPDATE: July 24, 2013: New Photos!

Oooh, lucky me– my foster mom arranged a photo session for me today!

A minimalist background accentuates my best features :-)

A minimalist background accentuates my best features :-)

logan-standingup

This is my exploratory mode. This is also how I look when I beg for treats, haha.

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Eating al fresco– yummy, I get carrot tops from my foster mom’s neighbor this summer!

logan-reclining

I can be pretty chill.

(Here is another blog post about me.)

Mr. Rascal bun is our resident Honey Badger Bunny. He’s fearless and does what he wants when he wants!

Rascal wants hay now

Rascal wants hay now

I think if he could talk it might go something like this:

“You are bigger? Yeah, and? I want head pats now. I know I didn’t say please but that’s what I want. So, um, head pats…When are those starting? Are you giving me that new hay with you? Then I want head pats now. Are you giving me veggies? Not yet, so you can give me head pats now instead.”

Mr. Rascal is a very loving bun who demands your attention. Why shouldn’t this cute Disney-like bun with doe eyes get your attention in between his frequent naps of course at your home.

It's not polite to stare.

It’s not polite to stare.

 Check out Mr. Rascal and other avaailable buns at:  http://www.rabbitnetwork.org/adoption/buns.php?s=boys

Samara, a lovely little Dutch, managed to charm all the HRN volunteers in less than a week.

Samara, a lovely little Dutch, managed to charm all the shelter volunteers in less than a week.

After a very brief stay with us at the shelter, Samara went to her (hopefully) forever home with a new husbun today! It’s something of a heartwarming story.

Peanuts was born half-blind and with deformities in his feet, and he spent the first part of his life cruelly isolated and neglected. Despite all this, he is a very good bunny and he clearly wanted a friend, but understandably, he had some social rough spots. He went on dates with several of the girls at our shelter today, but his way of getting to know the other bunnies always came across to them as aggression. Most of them thought he was trying to pick a fight, and so they started to fight back, and most of the dates ended pretty quickly after that.

But Samara instinctively understood him. She was wonderfully patient with him, even when he jumped over her and thumped on her head! Similarly, she knew when to back off and give him his space. It was clear from the start that she liked him, because when she wasn’t getting to know him she was racing around the pen doing crazy, non-stop binkies! It was also clear that despite his awkwardness, Peanuts liked her, too.

Less than fifteen minutes after Samara left with her new family, I got a text from the adopter informing me that Peanuts and Samara were already snuggling together in their carrier. I think Samara is going home to an extraordinary bunny friendship! Fingers crossed!

One of the residents of a Billerica rabbit shelter was successfully apprehended after an escape attempt that took place during playtime last Thursday.

Marlene was found by shelter volunteers Thursday morning giving herself a tour of the bunny room instead of playing within the confines of the exercise pen where they had left her 30 minutes earlier.

Marlene made her escape in spite of the cornucopia of toys and amusements provided for her in the exercise pen.

Marlene made her escape in spite of the cornucopia of toys and amusements provided for her in the exercise pen. (Photo by Tess.)

Marlene led the volunteers on a high-speed chase around the perimeter of the room before veering off into the front vestibule and making for the front door. She was up on her hind legs, sniffing for the doorknob when the volunteers finally apprehended her. Finding herself cornered, she gave herself up and went quietly back into custody. The volunteers were able to return her to her cage without further incident.

Marlene claims that the exercise pen had not been properly fastened shut, explaining that she had simply availed herself of an advantitious opportunity. The two shelter volunteers, while admitting the possibility of a latch malfunction, have asserted that Marlene was being egged on by the other shelter buns and might not have made the attempt but for the other bunnies’ encouragement.

“We chased her in a big circle around the room, and as she hopped past all the cages, every single bunny stopped and watched her go by,” says one of the volunteers, who has  asked to remain anonymous.  “It was like they were excited for her. Like they were cheering her on.”

"What? There was an opportunity and I seized it. So sue me!"

Upon being returned to custody, Marlene said, "There was an opportuniy and I took it. Sue me." (Photo by Tess.)

The volunteers point to Marlene’s extensive record of good behavior as further proof that the escape was due to the mischievous influence of the other rabbits, rather than a security glitch. The anonymous volunteer has even gone on record stating that Marlene is “an awesome bunny. She’s easygoing and friendly and has a happy-to-know-ya kind of attitude. But she is looking for a forever home, so keep that in mind before you judge her.”

Following Marlene’s apprehension and return to custody, shelter officials issued a statement informing the public that Marlene and fifteen other bunnies are at the shelter and available for adoption through the House Rabbit Network.

Sydney, also up for adoption at the shelter, claims that she has never once thought about escaping. (Photo by Tess.)

Sydney, another HRN bunny shelter resident, claims that she has never once thought about escaping. (Photo by Tess.)

It was pretty quiet at the shelter this week, but we don’t mind a little quiet — especially given this week’s events.

Shelter bun Polly was adopted and taken home, and newcomer George joined us. George is a dark and handsome gentleman with impeccable manners, and his black fur has the shininess of a shampoo commercial. So don’t hate him because he’s beautiful…Spread the word that he’s available for adoption!

Newcomer to the HRN shelter, George is available for adoption.

Newcomer to the HRN shelter, George has a touch of mystery about him.

Mostly what we did at the shelter this week was keep calm and carry on, and bunnies are really helpful with this.

HRN shelter bun Skippy has a good calm going. She's available for adoption! Photo by Tess.

HRN shelter bun Skippy has a good calm going. And she's available for adoption! Photo by Tess.

The HRN shelter had two adoptions within days of each other this week. Buttons and Chuck went to their forever homes, and we assume their new families are already in love with them.

Currently still at the shelter are Buttons’ brother, Wooley, and Chuck’s brother, Simon. Simon and Wooley are two of the shelter’s cuddliest bunnies, and FYI they’re both available for adoption.

Wooley, HRN shelter bun

Wooley, HRN shelter bun, is available for adoption. Photo by Tess, who is not.

Simon, HRN shelter bun.

Available for adoption: Simon, HRN shelter bun. Photo by Tess, HRN shelter volunteer.

Much less exciting but still important is the bunny “grooming” table that the shelter acquired this week. Not originally designed for bunnies or for grooming, this secondhand end table has been repurposed. Its surface is big enough to perch a bunny on, and having the bunny on a table instead of the floor should make brushing a little easier for the volunteers.

HRN volunteer Lauren and HRN volunteer Simon take the grooming table for a spin. One of them is not having fun.

HRN volunteer Lauren and HRN shelter bun Simon take the grooming table for a spin. One of them is not having fun.

Brushing is super-important at this time of year especially, when the bunnies are busy shedding their winter coats. At times it’s as if we have big tumbleweeds of fur drifting around the bun room, with all the brushing we have to do. Hopefully we’ll find that this table makes it a little easier to keep up with it.

And the bunnies? Rather less appreciative.

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