BUNS Newsletter - October 2015

The Carrot Tribune

Board of Directors Annual Meeting

Our Annual Meeting to elect members to the BUNS Board of Directors is October 23, 6-8pm in the Humane Society Educational Building.

In order to vote for board members, you must be a volunteer in good standing over the age of 18 and completed more than 20 hours of volunteer service with BUNS in the six months prior to the meeting. The meeting is also open to the general public.

Light refreshments will be served; potluck contributions are welcome.


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The Continuing Saga of Claire

If you saw the video of Claire's babies on Facebook, you probably want to hear more about her story! BUNS volunteer Jean Silva sent us the latest updates on Claire:

PREGNANT!? No, Wait! Well, not anymore. Claire delivered. Claire got busy while I was making breakfast this Wednesday. There was a baby lying on the fleece in her cage; Claire stared at me asking, “OMG,What is it?” Then it happened again and again. When it was over, there were three babies. Claire was calm; I was in a panic.

Pregnant bunnies make furry nests before delivery. They have their babies when the people are asleep - people, after all, cannot remain calm and silent during deliveries. So mother bunnies have the babies in the nest, cover them with fur and clean up. By the time the people wake up, all is calm.

Not Claire. There was no furry nest. The babies were crawling all over. Claire was backed into a corner. My husband, in response to my wail of “Claire’s giving birth!” said, “Did you want me to start a college fund?”

I began circling the house looking for nest building material. A litter pan, thick fleece for the floor, a tea towel to contain the babies. Fur, I did not have any fur. BUNS volunteer, Jessie, answered my plea and gave me 3 bags full. The babies were covered in Jill’s lovely fluff. “I’ll tell Jill she’s the god mother,” said Jessie smiling.

Mother bunnies run on instinct. They build a nest, give birth, clean up the babies, cover them in mommy fur, nurse and maintain the nest. Would Claire know what to do next? What should I do next?

I called the vet, “Claire had babies! She’s taking medicine, what should I do now? They were as surprised as I was. They had reconstructed Claire’s injured toes, but they were looking at her toes and never saw her baby bump. “Continue the medicine,” they said.

I was in a dither all day. Claire sat in her corner and ate. The babies stayed in the nest. It was a stand off. At five the next morning, I could not take it any longer. I picked Claire up and put her on the nest. The babies began searching for milk. Claire looked amazed and gave them each a few licks. “OK, maybe this is going to work,” I thought.

Since that morning I have seen Claire pull fur to add to the nest and voluntarily hop on the nest to nurse. The babies look healthy and spend a lot of time sleeping.

Claire’s life is just like a soap opera. Someone cut off most of her toes and then left her on the doorstep of BUNS. Then she gives birth to triplets. What could be next. Keep up with Claire's continuing adventures on our Facebook Page.

Want to help BUNS care for Claire and other rabbits? Consider contributing to our crowdfunding campagign for Claire at www.youcaring.com/BUNS.Claire.


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Basic Bunny and Guinea Pig Classes

Our next Basic Bunny and Guinea Pig Class is October 14, from 1:00 to 2:30 at the Humane Society!

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.

Classes are free to BUNS volunteers! Are you going? We'd love to hear from you on our Facebook event page.


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Hoppy Hour

Hoppy Hour is just a month away! Join us on November 7, 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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Mats are Back

BUNS just received a shipment of seagrass mats. If you’ve been waiting for mats we have them in stock. $3.00 per square. Our mats give new meaning to eating in bed! 

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Suport BUNS with Axxess 2016 Deals

Support BUNS and get great deals at local businesses at the same time: the Axxess 2016 book is here!
 
It's just $30 per book, and $10 goes to BUNS to help support the rabbits and guinea pigs. Please contact either Ana or Lesley Fagan at newhart4@yahoo.com to reserve your copy. We can even deliver if you live nearby!

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Happy Halloween!


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