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Rabbit Haven Newsletter April 2009
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Barn Sale Scheduled for May 16-17
Barn Sale FlyerOur second annual barn sale is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 16th and 17th at the Grange in Gig Harbor and we're collecting items to sell!
Here's your chance to donate those books, clothes, toys, dishes and gently used items to a good cause. 100% of the proceeds from the sale go to supporting the needs of the rabbits in our care.
If you have items to donate and live near Rabbit Haven, Gig Harbor, you can  drop them off any Saturday afternoon, or email Sue to make other arrangements - sue@rabbithaven.org.  If you live closer to the Carnation Annex, email Angie to arrange drop off - angie@rabbithaven.org.
Thank you in advance for your donations and we hope to see you then! 

911 Arlo (no frame)April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month nationwide and we encourage everyone to help animals in need.  Please support rescues, shelters and the ASPCA in helping animals, as they do not have any means to protect themselves. 
Arlo was rescued from a terrible backyard situation where he was locked up in a small hutch for six years.  He was in horrible shape when we rescued him and was unable to hop or get around.  With much love, medical treatment and physical therapy he is finally able to hop around just GREAT. He still has several medical problems and gets tired very easily but he's happy and is now bonded to a beautiful little girl named BunBun, thus the "Teddy Bear" has now gone to our other special needs bunny, Gilby. 

Please consider making a donation to Rabbit Haven's medical fund to help other bunnies like Arlo and becoming a member of the ASPCA.
ASPCA: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Gig Harbor Rabbit Whisperer Shouts Out Against Easter Bunnies
Photo by Scott TurnerThat's the title of the article by Scott Turner, a reporter from Gig Harbor Life magazine.He recently visited Sue at Rabbit Haven and spoke about why anyone thinking of giving a rabbit for Easter should do their research and not make the decision lightly.
The story has some great pictures of Sue and the bunnies and a 3 minute video.
Read the full story and see the video at: 
The Hair is Flying!comb graphic
Our bunnies are really shedding.
When your rabbit starts to shed, you MUST brush and comb your rabbit to get the hair off. Like cats, rabbits groom themselves and will ingest all of the loose hair on themselves and their rabbit companions. But unlike cats, rabbits cannot vomit to rid their stomachs of foreign matter.
They require large indigestible fiber particles to stimulate healthy motility of the gastrointestinal tract, preventing impaction of the material in the stomach. Besides feeding your rabbit fresh greens and water, your bunny must have a handful of Timothy Hay each and EVERY DAY. He also needs plenty of exercise in order to keep the stomach contents, including injested hair, passing through his system. (Do not give the small compressed hay blocks as the fiber is too small to be helpful).
Rabbit parents need to be aware of the first signs of decreased motility, also known as STASIS, as it can quickly become deadly.  
  • Rabbits will eat less over a period of days and eventually stop eating altogether, even stop drinking; which only worsens the condition.
  • Droppings will get smaller and may be strung together with pieces of hair.   
  • The rabbit may hide hunched in the corner or crunch his teeth in pain.
  • The rabbit's body temperature may drop.
  • Your rabbits stomach may feel "tight" and bloated if you gently push on it.

 Any signs of severe gas (enlarged abdomen, failure to defecate, subnormal temperature, loud gurgling from the rabbit's stomach, signs of severe pain such as teeth grinking or sitting in a hunched position) should be treated immediately. Give the rabbit a dropper full (1cc) liquid simethicone, and repeat every hour.  Apply external heat (heating pad set on low or hot water bottle filled with warm water and wrapped in a cloth).  Acute bloat can come on very rapidly, and if not treated, the rabbit can die in less than 24 hours.

 It is important to administer oral, high moisture, high fiber foods to these patients in order to stimulate increased GI tract motility. Rehydration is one of the most important things you can do to reverse gastric stasis, either orally or with injectable fluids.  Your rabbit saavy vet can provide drugs to stimulate the stomach's motility again. 

 Some people give their rabbits Petromalt or Laxatone (2 brand names of a cat hairball remedy) once a week when not shedding and then daily when they shed. If this gives your rabbit diarrhea, discontinue.

But the best prevention for gastric stasis is a healthy high fiber, low carbohydrate diet, plenty of fresh water, ample exercise and a clean and calm environment.

Read more about STASIS
Wildlife Baby Boom
Human Intervention May Result in Orphaned Babies
Baby season is here in the wildlife world, which means people may come face-to-face unexpectedly with newborn squirrels, rabbits, raccoons and skunks when doing spring clean-up. Wildlife rehab centers receive an increase in calls this time of year from panicked homeowners who have stumbled across wildlife babies in their yards, attics, sheds, garages and yards. Before you scoop up a young animal and call a wildlife center, take a minute to determine if the animal really needs your help.
Be aware that many animal moms are away from their young most of the time to prevent predators from picking up on their scent. (Babies don't smell), and return only to feed their young. Also, don't cut down or destroy old hollow trees this time of year - there are most likely babies inside. This time of year, assume that any adult squirrel in your attic is a mom.
For more information on how to identify an orphaned or abandoned animal and how you can help them, visit:
Mickey Mickey - He was named after the Disney character but the Toni Basil song comes to mind. "Oh Mickey you're so fine..."
 He's a sweetheart who is ready to find a new home and maybe a girlfriend.  But he's young, full of energy and likes to climb, so he'll need a secure pen.
Ziggy_web Ziggy - He's a couple years old, very handsome and has perfect litterbox habits. He does shed a lot and will need extra grooming this time of year. He would might be ready for a gal pal if she's the right one.
Rabbit Food Pyramid
Fun stuff -
Thinking About Acquiring A Rabbit Or Already Have One?
Have fun visiting The Interactive Bun  to set up a bunny habitat and find information you need to decide if a rabbit is the right companion for you and your family.
Lego bunny
You can download building guides for 5 original Easter LEGO models for FREE and one is a rabbit!  


In This Issue
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Rabbit Whisperer
Brush your Buns
Wildlife - Orphaned or Okay?
Rabbit Food Pyramid
Thank You
Quick Links
 We're so embarrassed. Turns out we did leave off a few names from our last Thank You list. Here they are along with new donors.
Thank You  
Dr. Maas, Dr. Ferguson & staff from Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital in Bothell.
Aviarv, Danae
Barham, Maisoui
Bellis, Linda & Richard
Blum, Diane
Bolick, Robert & Anna
Bragg, Don
Brizuela, Marcella
Bronson, Julie
Buchanan, Jane & Doug
Camacho, Marie
Combined Federal Campaign of N PS
Conrad, Kimberly
Curtis, Nadya
Dick, Col William
Easterwood, Carlene
Edmondson, Lisa
Felker, Tammy
Ferrari, Barbara & Joe
Fetzner, Diana
Florea, Michelle
Ghayem, Sonia
Gotting, Viktoria
Hoffman, Lana & Mike
iGive.com Holdings LLC
Irish, Lura
Jaeger, Troy & Cynthia
Joseph, Tim
Lay, Douglas & Susan
Lucas, Sandra
Lux, Edith
Mango Rabbit Enterprises
Marcley, Rachel
Martin, Judi
McCole, Kelli
Monahan, Nancy
Nydam, Mona
Parkinson, Skip & Tammie
Parry, Dave
Pederson, Hank
Preedy, Kristian & Jeff
Ranger, Deidre
Regan, Susan & Thomas
Simmons, Bonnie
Smith, Bev
Spencer, Ceclia
Trovarelli, Judith & Mario
Vanderhoeven, Nakisha
West, Kathy
Whetsell, Jennifer
Wiedenhoft, Cinday
Yoder, Victoria

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April Funny
The Rabbit and the Blonde 

A man is driving along a highway and sees a rabbit jump out across the middle of the road. He swerves to avoid hitting it, but unfortunately the rabbit jumps right in front of the car. 

The driver, a sensitive man as well as an animal lover, pulls over and gets out to see what has become of the rabbit.
Much to his dismay, the rabbit is dead. The driver feels so awful that he begins to cry.
A beautiful blonde woman driving down the highway sees a man crying on the side of the road and pulls over. She steps out of the car and asks the man what's wrong. 

"I feel terrible,"he explains, "I accidentally hit this rabbit and killed it." 

The blonde says, " Don 't worry."
She runs to her car and pulls out a spray can. She walks over to the limp, dead rabbit, bends down, and sprays the contents onto the rabbit.

The rabbit jumps up, waves its paw at the two of them and hops off down the road.
Ten feet away the rabbit stops, turns around and waves again, he hops down the road another 10 feet, turns and waves, hops another ten feet, turns and waves, and repeats this again and again, until he hops out of sight.

The man is astonished.
He runs over to the woman and demands, "What is in that can? What did you spray on that rabbit?" 

The woman turns the can around so that the man can read the label.
It says..

"Hair Spray - 
Restores life to dead hair, and adds permanent wave." 
(My apologies if any blondes or rabbits are offended by the joke.)


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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