The Carrot Tribune - March 2018 - BUNS

The Carrot Tribune

In this issue...

  • New County Shelter Hours
  • Basic Bunny Class
  • March Hoppy Hour and Pignic
  • Bunnies of the Month
  • Feeding your Rabbit
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New County Shelter Hours

Starting Monday, March 5th, the Santa Barbara Shelter will close for lunch from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm.  The lunch closure will be effective Monday through Friday, our hours will remain the same on Saturdays. All employees will be taking their lunches during this time, so the shelter will not be staffed and will be closed to the public.

Mon – Fri

9:00am – 12:30pm
1:30pm – 4:45pm


10:00am – 12:30pm
1:30pm – 4:00pm
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Basic Bunny and Guinea Pig Class

Our next class is March 10. 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 and Pignic - March 17

Bring your fuzzy friend, March 17 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM 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. 

Hoppy Hour will take place on 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.

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

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Bunnies of the Month

Wynnie and Rose are two wonderful, mature gals looking for a great forever home. Wynnie is an adorable Lionhead and Rose is a beautiful Lop, who puts the "C" in Classy. They are a loving, bonded pair who compliment each other wonderfully. This super pair have love to spare!

Click below to learn who the Guinea Pig of the Month is!

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Feeding your Rabbit

By Florence Hu

When I was a kid we ate the same few foods every day. My dad didn't cook - he could barely boil water! So when my older brother could drive, we pooled our lunch money and headed to Safeway. Wow... 12 aisles of epicurean delights! After weeks of binging on Hydrox we settled in to a healthy and varied diet. My dad didn't know what hit him.

Now consider food from the point of view of your pet rabbit. They can't shop, can’t pull greens out of the veggie bin in your refrigerator, and can't ask you for something different. At best, when mealtime becomes boring, they toss their food dish across the pen and stare at you with a look that says, "I disapprove". 

Wild rabbits have a wide variety of plants at their disposal and are able to get all the nutrients they need from the environment. In our homes, it's up to us to build variety to keep our house rabbits healthy and prevent boredom. Who doesn't love a happy bunny that leaps with joy at the sight of a food dish! 

Here are some guidelines for keeping your rabbit happy, well fed, and "funk" free:

Daily nutrition should consist of:

  • 80 to 90%: Fresh Hay 
  • 10-20%: Greens (see list) 
  • Up to 5%: Optional Fruit Treats (see list)

Fresh Hay

Offer unlimited hay, available through most of the day, as bunnies are grazers.
Acceptable hay varieties include timothy, brome, Bermuda, or mixed orchard grass. Avoid alfalfa which is too high in calories and protein. 


About 1 cup of greens per day for every three to four pounds of bunny. Some owners offer a handful or two twice a day, some only once. Try both and decide what works best for your bunny. 

Healthy Greens for House Rabbits

  • Alfalfa, radish & clover sprouts
  • Basil §
  • Beet greens (tops) 
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli (mostly leaves/stems) §
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Carrot & carrot tops*
  • Celery (tops mostly)
  • Cilantro
  • Clover
  • Collard greens §
  • Dandelion greens and flowers (no pesticides) §
  • Endive
  • Escarole
  • Green peppers
  • Lettuce: Romaine, Red or Green leaf (no iceberg or light colored leaf) §
  • Mint
  • Mustard greens §
  • Pea pods (the flat edible kind) §
  • Peppermint leaves
  • Radicchio
  • Radish tops
  • Raspberry leaves
  • Watercress §
  • Wheat grass

Use Sparingly

  • Spinach*
  • Parsley*
  • Kale*

* High in oxalates and may be toxic in large quantities over a period of time.
§ Contains vitamin A. Add gradually and eliminate if you spot soft stools or diarrhea. 

Fruit Treats:

Up to 2 Tablespoons per 5 lbs. of body weight.

  • Apple
  • Blueberries
  • Melon
  • Orange
  • Papaya
  • Kiwi
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries (including leaves)
  • Watermelon 

Never ever feed your bunny processed sugary foods, cakes, cookies or any "human treats" as research suggests these are poisonous to your rabbit’s digestive tract. 


Buy organic whenever possible. Wash greens thoroughly and remove any rotten sections. If the greens are not fresh enough for you to take a bite, don't feed them to your rabbit. 

Optional Pellets: 

Once considered a staple, pellets are now thought of as optional. If you wish to feed pellets, limit the quantity to 1 to 2 Tablespoons per day. Reduce or eliminate (gradually please) if your rabbit begins to look chunky. Look for a grass hay-based pellet consisting mostly of timothy hay. One manufacturer is Oxbow Inc. 

If you are unsure about a food or have any questions, come see us at BUNS. If you are a first-time rabbit owner, we encourage you to attend one of our Basic Bunny classes, offered monthly. 

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Support BUNS When You Shop at Ralphs

You can help support BUNS by shoping at Ralphs! First you must register on line with Ralphs and choose Bunnies Urgently Needing Shelter as your charity. Each time you shop at Ralphs, they make a donation to BUNS. It’s that easy! 

You must renew each year, so even if you've signed up before, make sure you sign up again.

Click on this link for instructions: