BUNS Newsletter - May 2016

The Carrot Tribune

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In this issue...

  • Springtime Pignic
  • Basic Bunny and Guinea Pig Class
  • Bunny's Wild Snacks
  • Clive's Story
  • June Hoppy Hour
 
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Springtime Pignic

What’s a Pignic? Pignics give your guinea pig a chance to play with other guinea pigs. Boars and sows will have their own pens for supervised play. If you'd like, you may bring your own set up for individual play, so your pig can see the others from their own pen.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 14 from 1:30 to 3:30. The Pignic will take place on the Humane Society Lawn, at 5399 Overpass Rd, Santa Barbara. Admission is $10 per guinea pig and includes a health check. All animals must be healthy. Nail trims will be available for $5.00.

Light refreshments will be provided. A variety of guinea pig items will be available for purchase– cozies, lap pads, and more, including custom painted rock guinea pigs!

Join our event page on Facebook for more info!


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Basic Bunny and Guinea Pig Class

Learn how to best care for your fuzzy friend at our Basic Bunny and Guinea Pig classes! This month's class is on Saturday, May 7, and next month's is June 11.

Classes are free for BUNS volunteers. Visit our class page on bunssb.org or join us on Facebook to learn more


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Bunny’s Wild Snacks

Wild bunnies, grazing in the field, live on grasses. Occasionally, among the grasses, they find a succulent plant. Our bunnies cannot hunt for wild treats on their own. You, however, can find and harvest these special treats.

Read more on our website about how to find fennel, mallow, and miner's lettuce.


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Clive's Story

You would not believe Clive is the same rabbit who arrived at the shelter. Clive is wonderful. A happy handsome boy who runs up to people. He sits in laps and he gives kisses. What a change.

I saw Clive when he was brought to the shelter. Clive and his two friends were the grandmother’s pets. But, explained the 8 year old grand daughter, “she left.” “My other grandmother says to tell you that she does not want to take care of the rabbits,” explained the girl.

Grandmother held Clive out and all I saw was bright red tissue bulging out of both eyes. The eyes looked so sore. Looking closer, I could see dirt and fur sticking to the tissue. The eyes were weeping and the tears had matted the fur. He was pretty skinny too. Not good.

Clive came home with me that night and went to see the vet the next day. Dr. Haskell diagnosed the eye condition as “cherry eye.” Rabbits have a gland that makes about 30% of their tears. Some people call it the third eyelid. Normally you can see part of it, but most is attached under the lower eye lid. Sometimes it becomes detached and the gland protrudes. The protruding tissue, exposed to fur and dirt, becomes inflamed and swells up. Clive had a bright red “cherry” at the inner corner of each eye.

Dr. Haskell recommended that the third eyelids be surgically reattached. First the swelling had to go down. Dr. Haskell also said “Clive is under weight - probably due to agroceria.”

“That sounds serious. What is it?” I asked.
“Lack of groceries,” he smiled. “See if you can put some weight on him before surgery.”

So Clive came home with me. He got eye drops which was ok. And, he got lots of food which he thought was great.

Finally Clive had his eye surgery. BUNS got a bill for $463. But what a change! It was worth every penny. Clive celebrates his new life every day. He runs around his play yard, greets visitors, and stands on his hind legs for pets. He celebrates his new life every day. We celebrate his new life too!

Everyone who donates or volunteers at BUNS helps give new lives to rabbits like Clive every day. You can help too. Visit our donations page to find out how you can support BUNS.


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Our Hoppy Hour is in June

Mark your calendars! Our next Hoppy Hour is June 4!

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. 


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