Rabbit Haven
Rabbit Haven Newsletter March 2009
Chocolate bunny
Make Mine Chocolate
Rabbit Haven receives about 6 requests each week from people wanting to surrender their pet rabbit and sadly, we don't have room for all of them. So before you bring a pet rabbit into your home at Easter, please consider these facts:MakeMineChocolate
  • Rabbits are NOT low-maintenance pets! They require as much work as a dog or cat.
  • Rabbits can live 8 to 10 years, sometimes longer.
  • The necessary spay or neuter can cost $100 or more, and rabbits require routine veterinary care for an "exotic" vet.
  • Rabbits are not cuddley - As prey animals they can become frightened when held!
  • Pet rabbits cannot be set "free" - it's a death sentence.

This Easter make it a chocolate bunny or a cuddley stuffed toy instead. Let's make it a Happy Easter for bunnies, too!

Spread the word that pets, including rabbits and chicks at Easter, are NOT disposable.
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It works like a baby registry to track items that are purchased and the donations are sent directly to us.
Easy peasy!
Petco to Offer Neutered Rabbits for Adoption
 Petco is reaching out to animal welfare agencies and local rescue groups in an effort to greatly increase the number of rabbits that find forever homes by offering adoptions at its stores nationwide.
In recent years, about a third of the company's nearly 950 stores have offered neutered rabbits for sale, and the company is phasing out rabbit sales in favor of adoptions.
Petco already has strong relationships with about 70 rabbit adoption groups and is communicating with the national House Rabbit Society to build additional relationships with local chapters and affiliates.
Petco CEO Jim Myers says, "Rabbits are great companion animals, and we belive Petco can play a pivotal role in partnering with animal welfare groups to connect responsible pet parents with happy, healthy neutered rabbits through in-store adoptions nationwide."
Way to go Petco!
What's New at the Barn
warren bunny
Alexis comes every Saturday to take care clean out the old veggies and hay, wash the dishes and refill the pellets and water in the warren. As a college student she doesn't live where she can have a bun of her own, so she gets her "fix" while volunteering at Rabbit Haven. We're so happy she's here. Welcome!

What's New at the Annex 

We've finished installing the insulation on the ceiling of the barn. and it's already helping with the heating bills.  
After months of calling, Angie found a tree service who delivered a load of bunny-safe wood chips for the outdoor pens and runs. Just in time. Yeah!
We have a new volunteer!  Molly will be helping out through tax season, at least while Angie is busy at her "paying job" as an accountant. She doesn't have any rabbits... yet, but has rescued a dog, three cats and two guinea pigs and worked at an anmial shelter before volunteering with us.  It's so nice to have her around.
 yardsale pic
Ruthie was adopted by a couple who also rescue black cats and we hear she's already made herself at home with her new roomies. (Black animals are often overlooked in shelters.) 
yardsale pic
Blackberry met and bonded with a little girl and we know this friendly little guy is much happier now with his new family.
Ewok  Ewok - She arrived with Saffron and Turbo from Tacoma after the last big flooding.  She's a young little girl who thinks she may just like people after all, but not as much as she likes banana.
Saffron  Saffron - She is earning the nickname "Houdini" and can easily jump a two foot xpen. She's still getting use to noises but if you sit next to her, she'll snuggle up to you and purr when you pet her fluffy lionhead mane.
Turbo  Turbo - He is probably the friendliest of the three. He has a little bit of a mane and his coat has shades of brown. Like all our bunnies, he's been "altered" and now he's looking for a friend.
yardsale pic  Blackberry - He is all black with a little white smudge on his nose. He's very friendly and runs right up to the door when a human comes by. 
yardsale pic  Ziggy - This beautiful boy was mad, confused then sad when he came to us. His human had lost his house and couldn't keep Ziggy any longer.  He likes attention and is will do binkies when he's in an outside pen.
See all our adoptable bunnies at: http://www.rabbithaven.org/Adoptions/adoptions.htm
Woofstock 2009 
They're doing it again! 
The Summer's Pet Adoption Music Festival, sponsored by the Dugan Foundation, is scheduled for Sunday, August 9th.  Rescue and adoption groups from all around the northwest will join
merchants for an afternoon of fun and music for the whole family, including your pets!  Last year 102 dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, ferrets and rats found families to call their own. 
Because a family needs to be set up for a rabbit before they bring him/her home, we don't take rabbits for adoption, but we did have the seven babies with us last year. It's great opportunity to educate people about rabbits as pets and their special needs
Time, location, merchants, bands and attending rescue organization information forthcoming.
Household poisons

Sunday, March 15 kicks off National Poison Prevention Week-a perfect time to learn what's poisonous to your pet. In 2008, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center handled more than 140,000 cases of pets exposed to toxins, many of which were everyday household items. Some of the worst offenders were those living things that keep your home fresh and green-household plants!

In honor of National Poison Prevention Week, the ASPCA has put together a video of toxicologist, Dr. Steven Hansen, Senior Vice President, ASPCA Animal Health Services, discussing the dangers of 17 common plants that you may have in your homes right now, including lilies, chrysanthemum, Tulip/Narcissus bulbs, amaryllis  and sago palm. Dr. Hansen shows you examples of each plant, so you'll know exactly what to look out for.
Top 10 Human Medications That Poison Our Pets
NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen or naproxen are the most common cause of pet poisoning in small animals, and can cause serious problems even in minimal doses. Pets are extremely sensitive to their effects, and may experience stomach and intestinal ulcers and-in the case of cats-kidney damage.

Antidepressants can cause vomiting and lethargy and certain types can lead to serotonin syndrome-a condition marked by agitation, elevated body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure, disorientation, vocalization, tremors and seizures.

Cats are especially sensitive to acetaminophen, which can damage red blood cells and interfere with their ability to transport oxygen. In dogs, it can cause liver damage and, at higher doses, red blood cell damage.

Methylphenidate, medications used to treat ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in people act as stimulants in pets and can dangerously elevate heart rates, blood pressure and body temperature, as well as cause seizures.

Pseudoephedrine is a popular decongestant in many cold and sinus products, and acts like a stimulant if accidentally ingested by pets. In cats and dogs, it causes elevated heart rates, blood pressure and body temperature as well as seizures.
Remember, if you suspect your pet has ingested something poisonous, please contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

About Rabbit Haven
We are a non-profit shelter and sanctuary dedicated to the care of unwanted and mistreated rabbits ... until they all have homes.
The barn is in Gig Harbor with an annex in Carnation, WA.
PO Box 2268
Gig Harbor, Washington 98335
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Of all animal wastes, rabbit droppings have the highest nitrogen content. Rabbit droppings also contain phosphorus which is important for flowers and fruit trees. Many manures must first be composted before they can be applied to your garden. Should you fail to compost them first, you risk buring your plants. Rabbit droppings do not have to be composted they can be applied directly to your garden and they don't smell like other fertilizers.
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Thank You
We wanted to thank our 2008 donors. Our apologies if we missed anyone, We certainly appreciate all the help we receive.
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