Dennis and Denim, A Shelter Love Story? – The Carrot Tribune - August 2019

The Carrot Tribune

In this issue...

  • Basic Bunny Class
  • August Hoppy Hour (Indoors for the summer!)
  • Guinea Pig of the Month
  • Dennis and Denim, A Shelter Love Story?
  • Hashtag Buns Alumni
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Basic Bunny and Guinea Pig Class

Our next class is Sunday August 11. Join us on our Facebook event page to learn more! 

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)


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Hoppy Hour & Pignic

Due to a heightened risk of rabbits contracting Myxomatosis, Hoppy Hours this summer will be held in the education room of the Humane Society, rather than on the lawn as usual. The standard free health check is being enhanced to include a check of the rabbit’s temperature.  For the safety of the group, all rabbits must have their temperatures taken (by our experienced rabbit handlers) before being admitted.

This month's is Sunday August 25 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM. So bring your fuzzy friend and give them an opportunity to socialize with other rabbits and guinea pigs! Socialization is a very important part of overall rabbit and guinea pig welfare, and a Hoppy Hour is the perfect opportunity to let your fuzzy one play with others. 

We'll be at the Humane Society Lawn, at 5399 Overpass Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93111. Admission is $10 per rabbit or guinea pig. All animals must be healthy and rabbits must have been spayed or neutered at least 30 days in advance.

Please join us for an afternoon of fun!

Our registration/waiver form is available online! Print it out before you come to save time at Hoppy Hour and Pignic registration! (If you've filled one out before, note that we've consolidated the Rabbit and Guinea Pig forms) You can download fill out out a form before coming:


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Guinea Pig of the Month

Sammy is an adorable girl with personality to spare! She is very social and likes to be held, and will always appreciate a treat or two! This calm girl also boasts a beautiful ginger coloring and very expressive eyes. Sammy is such a well rounded piggy, and would make a perfect addition for some lucky family. 
 
Click below to learn who the Rabbit of the Month is!

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Dennis and Denim, A Shelter Love Story?

Denim and her friend Cotton were left at the Animal Rescue Team, a wild life rescue, in the Santa Ynez Valley. They lived in a large grassy meadow like two wild bunnies. But they were not wild. And, they did not find a home. So, they were transferred to BUNS in May 2017. The change from life in the meadow, to life at the shelter was hard.  Denim and Cotton started to fight and moved to separate cages.  When Cotton was adopted Denim was all alone.  Denim needed something to lift her spirits.  She began to range free throughout the shelter during the day, returning to her cage at night.  Denim loved her free time. She visited with the people who came to the shelter, accepting pets and food. She was happy, but she still had no home.

Dennis Hopper was the shelter’s bad boy.  Like so many bad boys Dennis was irresistible.  He came to the shelter in June 2018. He loved pets and wanted attention. He was adopted quickly and returned three weeks later. “Dennis bites.” they said.  “We’re afraid to go into the yard when he’s out.”  What could be the problem? Everyone had ideas - he was bored, he needed more exercise.  Comparing his weights, we found that he had lost 25% of his body mass.  Dennis was hungry! Those bites were from a bunny who needed food!  So we doubled his food. But just in case he got food toys, clicker training and was given time to range free at the shelter.

Now, there is only so much time for a bunny to range free around the shelter. Each bunny that had the chance to run free meant there was less time for the others.  So Denim got a little less time.  Denim was happy to get out of her cage, but it was had to see her at the door to her play yard as Dennis ran free.  

One day, we decided to let both Dennis and Denim free range around the shelter together.  It was a little exciting. Bunnies who don’t like each other can have terrible fights. Denim had already broken up with Cotton. Dennis, well Dennis, had the reputation as a biter.  But, they did well together.  At first Dennis was a little more interested in Denim than she liked.  But they did not fight.  It took a couple of months but we began to notice that they were napping together.  One day Denim began to groom Dennis.  Were they a couple? Did they want to live together?

Right after that someone applied to adopt Dennis. What to do!!  Then another person applied to adopt Denim!  Neither person was able to adopt both rabbits.  If the bunnies became a pair, it would be just that much harder to adopt them.  But we could not bare to separate them.  See Denim groom Dennis here: https://www.facebook.com/bunssb/videos/338047327148867/  What would you do?  Would you adopt them?


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