The Carrot Tribune - April 2017 - BUNS

The Carrot Tribune


In this issue...

  • Basic Bunny class, April 8
  • Hoppy Hour, April 22
  • This Easter, Make Mine Chocolate
  • Sixteen Years in the Trenches at BUNS
  • Help Fill our Easter Basket
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Critter Care Class, April 8

1:00 to 2:00 - Handling and Husbandry
2:00 to 2:30 - Training

Bring your Rabbit or Guinea Pig. Learn easy handling and care-taking during the first hour, then for the last half hour play training games that are fun for you and your pet! 

$5.00 for an individual
$10.00 for a family
Free to BUNS volunteers

All classes are in the Humane Society Education Building, at 5399 Overpass Rd, Goleta, (to the east  of the Animal Shelter)

Our next class is April 8. Join us on our Facebook event page to learn more! 

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April is a great month for a Hoppy Hour!

We have another Hoppy Hour this month! Join us April 22 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM. Bring your fuzzy friend and give them an opportunity to socialize with other rabbits! Socialization is a very important part of overall rabbit welfare, and a Hoppy Hour is the perfect opportunity to let your bunny play with others. 

Hoppy Hour will take place on the Humane Society Lawn, at 5399 Overpass Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93111. Admission is $10 per rabbit. All animals must be healthy and rabbits must have been spayed or neutered at least 30 days in advance.

We'll be providing light refreshments for both you and your bunny, so please join us for an afternoon of fun!

Join us on our Facebook page for more info!

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This Easter, Make Mine Chocolate

Easter is a time for jelly beans, chocolate, eggs, and baby animals. Unfortunately it’s also a time for impulsively adding a rabbit to the family. What child, fueled with sugar and general holiday joviality, does not want his or her very own cute cuddly Easter bunny? Bringing home a baby bunny for Easter is a tradition you should skip. Instead, bring home a toy bunny to play with while you investigate if a real rabbit is the right pet for you. 

Unlike the Easter Bunny, rabbits are not always a child’s best friend. As prey animals, they must be approached slowly and carefully, in a non-threatening way. Many rabbits don’t like to be picked up and held because it reminds them of a predator’s grip. If kids aren’t taught how to get along with bunny, the rabbit can remain skittish or shy. This causes many purchased rabbits to live out their lives in small cages, and usually the children lose interest in their bunny pal.

While rabbits can become very social and loyal companions, they have unique requirements and habits. For example, a proper diet is essential for a rabbit’s health and longevity. They have some unusual dietary needs, and digestive issues may cause death. At BUNS, we offer education on rabbit care and interaction so you can have a happy and healthy rabbit!

It is natural to have rabbits on the mind around Easter. A chocolate bunny is the perfect way to celebrate! If a bunny still seems like a good fit for your family after the sugar rush wears off, BUNS can help you prepare and find the right companion for your family. 

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Sixteen Years in the Trenches at BUNS

This year is the 25th anniversary of BUNS! We're celebrating by sharing stories from our volunteers about their experiences with BUNS. This month's story comes from Shellye Kingsbury: 

My life as a BUNS volunteer began 16 years ago, soon after I walked through the shelter’s front gate into the bunny wonderland that is BUNS. A year earlier I had been blindsided by the power of lagomorph cuteness and personality when we brought my  daughter’s classroom bunny home for the weekend. Later, when this bun hit adolescence in the classroom and began humping, pee marking, escaping, and nipping, we became the ecstatic, if clueless, new owners of Hopper Bun Bun Oreo—named by the 3rd graders. (All those special behaviors soon evaporated after he was neutered and given a home and family of his own.) Since then we have adopted 3 much-loved BUNS bunnies, including our current two, Little Willy and Evelyn.

On one of my first days volunteering at BUNS, the very experienced and capable volunteer who was training me proudly displayed the scars on her hands and arms from all the biting rabbits she had handled. This did not bolster my confidence(!) but did fill me with admiration for her courage. I soon learned that the majority of rabbits are gentle and affectionate, though I did eventually get to know several bitey buns. From them I learned the most about bunny body language and how best to approach, pick up and carry a rabbit — especially those who might nip or “explode” out of my arms if I wasn’t fully attentive. 

Through my years working at BUNS I have met some wonderful, unforgettable rabbits, guinea pigs, roosters, and people! The core BUNS volunteers and Board Members have been “in the trenches” together through exhausting challenges, times of heartbreak and discouragement, and times of joy, seeming miracles, and pure delight in the well-being of our orphaned fur-babies. The happiness and appreciation of our adopters is another great joy for us volunteers. 

I often wonder what it is about rabbits that has captured my heart and imagination so profoundly—beyond reasonableness! They are not the only cute, furry critter around, can be very hard to read, and are quite fragile with delicate digestive systems. They can be temperamental, demanding and hold a grudge. Nor are they low-maintenance pets, needing lots of attention, interaction and close supervision for signs of possible health problems. But obsessed with rabbits I am, so BUNS is my home away from home.

In closing, my work with BUNS has enriched my life beyond measure and it is my deepest wish that BUNS continues to mature as an organization and grace our community with its good work long into the future. 

Stay tuned next month for more about the last twenty five years at BUNS! Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter so you don't miss the May edition of The Carrot Tribune!

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Help fill our Easter Basket

Did you know that Amazon Smile will donate to BUNS with every purchase you make? To get started, hop over to and set "Bunnies Urgently Needing Shelter" as your charitable organization of choice!

While you're at it, make some bunny happy by giving adding a toy to our Easter basket. Bunnies and guinea pigs can get bored while they wait for their forever home. You can make their lives a little richer by giving a toy from the BUNS wish list. You could make the volunteers happy by sending us some supplies from our wish list too!

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