Rabbit Haven
News from Rabbit Haven
 July 2008
This year has been very hard on lots of people in our community.  Rabbit Haven tries to do our part in helping people during this time of need.  Just this year Rabbit Haven has taken in a rabbit from an abused woman at the Women's Shelter in Tacoma until she has found a new home.  We have taken in several rabbits from our military families that have had to move and could not take their beloved rabbits with them.  We are now trying to find new forever home for them.  We also have taken in two very serious medical cases that the owners could not deal with alone.  We are very happy to say that in both cases the rabbits are recovering and will soon be able to go back home in good health.
As someone who likes animals, we wanted to invite you to two upcoming events.
In This Issue
Charity Dinner Auction
Woofstock '08
Warm Weather Concerns
Volunteers Needed
Quick Links
Contact Us
PO Box 2268
Gig Harbor, Washington 98335
Race Right In-bunnies in pink car to Rabbit Haven's first ever fund raising dinner and silent auction.  
Saturday, September 20th starting at 3:00pm and finishing about 6:30pm. The wonderful people at the Rusty Pelican will be providing a delicious vegetarian meal at their restaurant in the Wallingford district. They are supplying all the food, service and facility at no cost to Rabbit Haven which allows 100% of proceeds to go directly to the care of the rabbits.  Soft drinks will be provided, and at an extra cost, wine and other liqueur will be available. 

This wonderful dinner is only $35 per person and you can either send a check to Rabbit Haven, ATTN:  Angie Green,  32047 NE 94th St, Carnation, WA  98014 or you can pay by credit card through PayPal or Just Give by clicking on the buttons on the Rabbit Haven home page.  Please specify auction if possible or send an e-mail letting us know you paid via the internet.  When the date gets closer you will receive your auction number and a catalog of the silent auction items will be available.  Please purchases tickets before September 5, 2008. 

If you are in a position to do so, we humbly request a donation of a new item or certificate for service that we may include in our auction.  If you are unable to provide an item for the auction, please consider making a cash donation to Rabbit Haven directly. Your donation is deductible to the full extent of the tax laws and you will be provided with a receipt for 100% of the value of your donation.  All of the funds raised by this event will go directly to the feeding and care of our rabbits.  Email: angie@rabbithaven.org or shaniparrott@earthlink.net to arrange. Thank you.
PLEASE  mark your calendar for a great evening that you won't forget!!

Woofstock '08 logo

Presented by the Dugan Foundation, Wolfstock '08 is a pet adoption Music Festival and Rabbit Haven will be there with lots of information regarding adoption and some wonderful bunnies looking for homes. 

The Festival will be located at Todd Field on the campus of the University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St, Tacoma, WA  98116, on Sunday,August 3, 2008 10am-4:30pm, admission is Free. 
Please come visit us and all the other animals up for adoption.  Watch the Fort Fido Flyers flyball demonstration, check out the Merchant Village which has everything you need for your furry kids then relax on the grass and enjoy the musical entertainment. To find out more click on the Wolfstock '08 banner above. 
Hope to see you there!
flashing_thermometerWarm Weather Concerns
It is especially important to remember to keep an eye on your rabbit during the summer months. Rabbits do not tolerate heat well and can actually die from being overheated. Rabbits are obligate nose breathers. If a rabbit is panting, it is a sign of a serious emergency. Rabbits cannot tolerate heat because they have dense fur, only have sweat glands in their lips and do not sweat well, they also do not drink when they become overheated or dehydrated. 
How do I keep my rabbit cool?
  • Make sure bunny is out of the sun. If they are confined to a cage or small room for part of the day, be sure that there is plenty of shady space for the bunny to rest.
  • Set up a circulating fan that will breeze past your rabbit without blowing directly on him all day. You can also drape a damp towel over part of the cage so the fan will blow through the towel and create cooler air. Be sure to bunny-proof the fan cord!
  • Place a ceramic tile or marble square in the cage or in bun's favorite place. The marble or tile stays cool for them to lie on.
  • Place a few ice cubes in their water crock so the water is tempting and they can also lie against the cool crock.
  • Mist the rabbit's ears. Rabbits dissipate heat through their ears and misting them will help keep the rabbit cool.
  • Brush out excessive fur. Who wants to wear an extra fur coat in the summer? If you have a long haired rabbit, consider cropping your bunny's coat short for the summer months.
  • Fill 1 or 2 liter soda bottles with water and freeze them. Once frozen, put the frozen water bottle in Bun's cage so he can lean against it to keep cool. Keep a few of these on hand in your freezer.
  • Be sure Bun is getting his fair share of veggies to help keep him hydrated. See HRS Veggie list.
  • Be especially watchful of rabbits over 5 years old or ones who are overweight or incapacitated. These rabbits tend to be more sedentary and may not get up to drink water if they are too hot. This can quickly lead to dehydration which can lead to death or other health problems.
What are the signs of heatstroke?
Signs of heatstroke include rapid, shallow breathing; panting; lying down flat, in a stretched out position; weakness; incoordination, and dehydration. The animal may have convulsions before fading into a coma. Death follows rapidly.
What do I do if my rabbit experiences heat stroke?
DO NOT submerge him in cold water. This could place the rabbit in shock.

What other concerns arise in warm weather?
FLY STRIKE. As the weather warms, flies can strike and kill a healthy animal who has temporary loose stools, but at particular risk are aging, disabled, long-haired or overweight rabbits who are not able to clean themselves. Within 24 hours, rabbits can enter a terminal state of shock due to maggot infestation. Moisture, warmth, and odor attract flies. If open sores are present, or if thick fur is dampened with urine or feces, flies will head toward these warm incubation areas to lay their eggs. The chances are greater if the rabbit is outside, but it only takes one fly indoors to do the damage. Maintaining a watchful eye, keeping your bunny dry and (if needed) short-even-shaved are the most critical preventive steps. More fly strike info...
Information from the House Rabbit Society.  A nonprofit rescue and education group.

With the end of summer coming, we are losing several of our key volunteers as they go off to college.  We are in desperate need of volunteers for our cleaning days on Monday & Friday.  We also need help preparing veggies/salad and socializing with the bunnies. 
Our warren is now open and in need of someone to take charge of caring for the resident bunnies.  Besides monitoring the warren for any problems, each day the bunnies need to be fed, watered and different upkeep is needed to insure their safety.  We are looking for someone who could come two to three days a week for about three hours. 
PLEASE contact us if you are interested in volunteering in the barn or helping out in the warren.  
Remember to protect your pets from the heat and have a great summer!
 Rabbit Haven
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