The Carrot Tribune - January 2017 - BUNS

The Carrot Tribune

In this issue...

  • Bunny of the Month
  • Basic Bunny and Guinea Pig Classes for 2017
  • Proper Storage of Medication
  • Twenty-five Years of BUNS
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Twenty-Five Years of BUNS

Twenty-five years ago one woman decided to make a change for the bunnies. Since that time many people have been part of BUNS. Thanks to them, BUNS has saved the lives of over 3,000 rabbits and guinea pigs. The BUNS story is the story of how average people can change their community, their government, and the lives of thousands of animals. We would like to take this our 25th year to remember and to celebrate.

If you are a past BUNS volunteer, have a story about BUNS or photos, please share. Contact with your story. 

Read more about the early days of BUNS at the bottom of this newsletter...

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Bunny of the Month

Arielle is our Bunnny of the Month!

Pretty Arielle with her white paws and silky fur, is a sensitive soul. She was living with her large bunny family, but seems happiest on her own or possibly with another bunny companion. She is very shy and may take her time in getting to know you but she is a sweet girl with her own special bunny charm.

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2017 Basic Bunny & Guinea Pig Classes

Jan 14, Feb 11, Mar 11, Apr 8, May 18, Jun 10, 2017

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 first class for the year is January 14. Join us on our Facebook event page to learn more! 

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Proper Storage of Medication

All pet parents will need to visit a trusted vet in the course of their pet's lifetime.  It is very important to know the proper storage of any medications prescribed for your pet.  As a general rule, most medications are stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.  However, some medications require refrigeration to maintain their effectiveness and others are best stored in dark containers.

Gloria, one of our volunteers and adopters, sent in this story about the danger of improper medicine storage.

Morning Glory, my beautiful bunny adopted from BUNS. developed head tilt as a result of an inner ear infection in 2014.  She made a full recovery with the help of the staff at Adobe Pet Hospital (no head tilt or lack of balance).  The Pen-G that was vital to her recovery was kept refrigerated and even put on ice for my hour drive home.  I had hired a wonderful vet tech to help me with Morning Glory at home.  She taught me a great deal about the importance of proper storage of medications.  Two months ago Morning Glory again developed head tilt.  I took her to my local vet and she was given the same prescription of antibiotics as two years previous.  After a month she was not improving.  It was by chance I discovered the Pen-G is stored at room temperature at my local vet's office.  I immediately contacted Adobe Pet Hospital and requested the refrigerated Pen-G.  Within a week Morning Glory was almost fully upright with her usual playfulness and good appetite.  I began researching the lack of effectiveness of medications based on storage.  I hope your awareness of the medications your pet may need will help insure the best recovery and health possible.

Gloria sent us a picture of Morning Glory (left) and Phoenix (both adopted from BUNS):

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Twenty-five Years of BUNS: The Beginning

By Jean Silva

In 1992, Dorothy Diehl was looking for an Angora rabbit. She came to the County Animal Shelter in Goleta.  She didn't find an Angora. What she found was several sad looking rabbits sitting outdoors, on the ground in wire cages. The cages were too small for comfort. Their food and water bowls were over turned and empty. 

That night Dorothy was unable to sleep. The next day she drove to the shelter from her home in Carpinteria. Dorothy brought food and water bowls, filled them and attached them to the cage walls so they could not be tipped over.  Every day after that, Dorothy came to the shelter to give the rabbits food and water. Each Saturday, Dorothy spent the day at the shelter with the bunnies.  She greeted each visitor and asked if they could volunteer to help the bunnies. Gradually she recruited volunteers. That was how BUNS began. 

We became BUNS volunteers because my husband Phil and I read the charming book Watership Down. We wanted a bunny. Our first rabbit, Fang, came from a pet store. When our friends found out that we had a bunny they asked us to take more. One neighbor brought us a bunny, Mopsy, who was being mugged by other bunnies at a ranch. A landscaper, brought us a family of rabbits trapped on an estate. “The owners want them gone or poisoned.” she explained. Another group of rabbits had been abandoned on a farm; the farmer threatened to feed them to his pigs. Soon we had too many bunnies and gave some to other friends.

One day, a friend called to say that her rabbit had gotten out of her yard. Since I gave her the rabbit, she wanted me to tell her what to do. I had no idea. But I went to the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter the next Saturday to ask them. 

When I was at the shelter, the staff asked if I wanted to see the rabbits. So I followed directions and found the rabbit area.  Dorothy Diehl was there and we started talking. Dorothy said that they needed volunteers and could use experienced rabbit people.  Well, I was feeling pretty ignorant about rabbits, but decided to ask Phil. He said yes. That was how we became BUNS Sunday volunteers. At last Dorothy had a volunteer for every day of the week.

When we started, BUNS had a few hutches clustered for shade under Flame trees.  One hutch was filled with rabbit pellets and hay.  Volunteers cleaned the cages, changed litter boxes, fed and watered all the bunnies. At that time there were only five or six bunnies. Their care did not take much time. I remember, one volunteer, Nancy, spent her lunch hour, one day a week, cleaning and feeding.  Most of the time the rabbits were caged and unsupervised. Dorothy came spent every Saturday talking to visitors hoping to adopt rabbits.

Dorothy and her partner, Tom, had plans. With their leadership we found some abandoned panels to build an exercise pen. The Dog Adoption Welfare Group (DAWG) included BUNS under their non profit status, so we could raise money for more improvements.  We wanted a building so the rabbits could be inside. 


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

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