BUNS Newsletter - July 2016

The Carrot Tribune

In this issue...

  • Basic Bunny and Guinea Pig Class - July 9
  • Hoppy Hour is July 30
  • Our Veggies are in Danger!
  • Bunny of the Month
  • Willow Bunches
  • Let's Eat Chinese
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"Basic Bunny" Class - July 9

Basic Bunny and Guinea Pig is happening Saturday July 9 at the Santa Barbara Humane Society from 1:00 pm to 2:30.  Bring your own bunny or guinea pig.  If you have a friend with a bunny, let them know about the class.  If you are having behavior problems with your own bunny, the class can help you too.


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Hoppy Hour - July 30

Join us on July 30 2016, from 1:30-3:30pm. 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!


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Our Veggies are in Danger!

We are sad to report that our beloved two-door commercial refrigerator died last week.  We suspect heat stroke. Long a favorite, it kept up to six large boxes of vegetables nice and cool for the bunnies and guinea pigs. 

Now we have only a small ice chest to keep our veggies fresh. The bunnies are concerned we don't have enough space for their favorite greens!

Unfortunately, a used commercial refrigerator will cost us between $1,000 and $3,000 dollars, and we need your help.  Donations to replace the refrigerator can be made by clicking on the Donate button at www.bunssb.org.  


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Miss Dot

Our Bunny of the Month, Miss Dot, has been a homeless shelter bunny at BUNS longer than any other. She is a shy, sensitive girl waiting to be discovered and appreciated for her quiet nature and delicate beauty.


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Get Them While They Last

Willow twigs and leaves make a crunchy and healthy snack for your bunny or guinea pig, and you can get your pet this tasty treat at BUNS! We're selling bunches of willow until our supply runs out.  One bunch is $3.00 and two bunches cost $5.00. Get them while they last!

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DIY Litter Rack

Here's a do-it-yourself (DIY) easy, and inexpensive way to enhance your litter boxes for rabbits and guinea pigs. It reduces odor and keeps hay fresher for longer!

Read the instructions on bunssb.org


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Let's Eat Chinese

Do your bunnies and guinea pigs get bored with the same old salad? Mine do! I can tell by the way their ears perk up when I say, “Let’s Eat Chinese!”

I was a little intimidated by the asian section of my local Ralphs, but the bunnies definitely were not! They loved the veggies and asked for more.

Of course we all know bok choy. My bunnies prefer baby baby bok choy. Bok choy has 1/3 less calcium than Kale by weight. It has almost as much vitamin C, by weight as an orange! It is also an excellent source source of vitamin K, vitamin A, Vitamin B6, potassium and folate. Yummy!

Have you tried Gai lan? Also known as Chinese Broccoli, like bok choy, Gai Lan is has about 30% less calcium than Kale. It is a good source of vitamin C with half the amount of vitamin C as an orange by weight. It is also a source of vitamins K and A.

Yu choy is rich in vitamin C and calcium. By weight it has 3 and a half times more vitamin C than an orange. It also has one and one half times more calcium than Kale. It is a good source of vitamin A and has some iron.

Choy sum is rich in vitamin C, folate, vitamin A; it is also a source of iron. I could not find information on calcium content.

Napa Cabbage is a familiar vegetable. It is a source vitamins K, C, and A in that order. The calcium content is 80% lower than Kale and appropriate for a low calcium diet.

Don’t forget the lemon grass. Sold dry, it will sprout roots if placed in water and will grow well in your yard. The long strands of grass are tasty and good for rabbit dental health.

Ralphs, in Magnolia Shopping Center, is a good source of asian vegetables. Try substituting one or two asian vegetables for a vegetable that you serve regularly. Or make a salad of asian vegetables add some cilantro and et voila! You have a Chinese dinner for your bunny or guinea pig. Every thing but a fortune cookie.

Feeding a variety of vegetables increases the variety and quantities of vitamins and minerals your rabbit has access too. Changing the content of your salads from week to week makes diner more interesting and life more fun. If your rabbit has special diet needs consult with your veterinarian before making changes.

Are you a regular Ralph’s shopper too? You can select Bunnies Urgently Needing Shelter to receive donations from Ralphs. Go to www.Ralphs.com, then sign in or sign up for the rewards program. Then select Bunnies Urgently Needing Shelter as the beneficiary of the Community Rewards program. If you do, BUNS will get up to 4% of your grocery bill. Thanks!


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