Rabbit Haven Newsletter                  March 2010
Make Mine
Each year, unwanted, former Easter rabbits fill local rabbit rescues and humane societies.
Make Mine Chocolate Rabbits are a familiar symbol of the Easter holiday. In the days leading up to it, they appear on television commercials and packages of candy, and stores are filled with stuffed rabbits. It is no surprise that children beg their parents for a bunny of their own. Ill-prepared to care for these unique creatures, their "owners" often quickly tire of them. In the months following Easter, local humane societies and rabbit rescues are flooded with rabbits, former Easter gifts whose "owners" no longer want them. The unlucky ones are dumped outside where predators, cars, illness, and injury virtually guarantee an early death.
 Real Rabbits Aren't for Easter
Please help us spread the word and encourage people to purchase chocolate Easter bunnies (or stuffed toy animals) rather than live rabbits.  
Make it a happy Easter for rabbits and chicks too.
Collecting Items for May Barn Sale
 The Barn Sale will be Saturday and Sunday, May 15-16, at the Gig Harbor Grange and we're already collecting items. Please donate your unwanted goods to help raise money for Rabbit Haven.
Please contact Sue or Angie to arrange delivery or pickup.
Domestic Rabbits to Fly In-Cabin
 A petition was created by members of Bunspace and written by Jeanne Huffman (, requesting Southwest Airlines allow rabbits to travel with their human in the cabin, as cats and dogs currently do, and she's seeking signatures.
To find out more go to:
Help Stop EPA-required Animal Testing
Sorry to hit you with another one, but the request just came through from the Humane Society and the cause is near and dear to our hearts. Thank you. 
Stop Animal Testing 
At a time when many multi-national companies have sworn off animal testing and our federal government is embracing innovation and the development of alternatives, it is hard to believe that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) still expressly requires animal testing of every weed killer, insecticide and germ-killing cleanser sold in the United States. Please contact EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson today and urge her to make reduction of animal testing a top priority for her agency. 
Ready In Case Of A  Bunny Emergency ?  
Universal First Aid LogoAn emergency kit that is already packed, or one that can be packed in a matter of seconds, is very important to have, but you must also know how to use each of the elements of the kit so that you don't make matters worse. Please consult your veterinarian for advice on what things you may wish to do or avoid with respect to treating your rabbit for common maladies. The list provided here is more like a shopping list of the basics you should have on-hand so it's there when you need it.
New Arrivals
Alex is a Flemish is FULL of energy and a 30" high x-pen is no challenge for this guy (as Sue found out. Though he jumped back in when Sue told him to get back in his pen.) We think he's less than 2 years old. He is very friendly, curious and not afraid of cats.  Do you have space for a big boy and maybe a girl who might like to meet him?
LuckyJuliet is a sweet but shy Dutch, about 4 years old. She is curious and likes to explore but hides in her box at any loud noise or quick movement. She needs to be in a quiet home with someone willing to give her time to blossom. 
Tweet is a 5 year old overworked breeder mom ready to retire.  She has a little head-tilt and has been treated for EC. She is active and loves attention. She might like to meet an EC+ boy bunny if you have one looking for a sweet little girl. 
LicoriceLicorice is a youg, SUPER friendly mini-lop. In fact, he came right up to the stranger who found him wandering. He is a bit of a Houdini so will need secure housing when unsupervised, but what a sweetheart.
Griffy is a Netherland Dwarf with some Dutch mixed in. She's about 4 years old and likes to be petted if you come down to her level. She is very bright and likes to explore. She's not a fan of dogs so it would be best for her to find a dog-free home.
Halle and Sherman     
  Halle and Sherman
We are thrilled that these beloved bunnies found loving homes. Check out these and other adopted rabbits' Success Stories on our website.
When People Look Like Their Rabbit
 Buzz and Friends
See a family resemblence?
Don took these pictures of Buzz with Un Sun and their friend Paula.
Wish List
If you're in the area and would like to donate, we could sure use the following around the barns:
Both locations 
  • HE laundry soap
  • veggies and greens (things like: broccoli, bell peppers, carrots, green leaf lettuce, parsley, cilantro, kale, etc.)
  • paper towels and vinegar for cleaning 
  • chewable bunny toys and untreated apple branches
Gig Harbor
  • **FIREWOOD**  for the woodstove that heats the barn  
  • Clorox Colorsafe bleach   
  • bunny-safe playchips
  • heavy-duty (6ml) garbage bags   
If you're not local and would like to donate, you can do so in a variety of ways.  Cash donations may be made through JustGive, PayPal or by sending a check to Rabbit Haven at the address below. Gift cards to Costco or Home Depot are always needed. You can also find our Wish List on  Please check with your employer about "matching" your donation.  100% of donations support the bunnies in our care.
Thank you
About Us
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.
Rabbit HavenThe barn front - Gig Harbor, WA
PO Box 2268
Gig Harbor, Washington 98335
Rabbit Haven is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization and your donations are fully deductible to the extent of the law. Please contact your tax advisor if you have any questions.

Please Keep Voting and Help The Rabbits! 
The Animal Rescue Site
And  choose:
Rabbit Haven, Gig Harbor, WA
Thank you!
Bunnies In The Spotlight
Edmund and Truffles
Truffles is a lionhead mix, Edmund is an American Fuzzy and needs extra grooming to keep his fur from matting. These youngsters (less than 2 years old) love to do binkies when it's their turn in the dance studio.
Buddy and Holly
Buddy is a super-soft mini rex, and Holly is a lionhead-mini lop mix. Both are curious and friendly. Holly is deaf and grunts when surprised but very brave and likes to explore.

Read more and see pictures of these, and other wonderful bunnies available for adoption on our website.
If you're interested in meeting these bunnies, or any of the bunnies at Rabbit Haven, please email Angie: 
Thank You
It takes a lot of support to keep Rabbit Haven going and we want to thank everyone who helped in 2009 - from donations of money and goods, to volunteer time, to supporting our fundraising events.
We have a new database which will help us track our donors and plan to list them on a monthly basis.
Here is the Jan - Feb list.
Jenny Chow
Cheryl Gill
Patti Polinsky
Erika and Bill Gilmartin
Tamara Adlin
Todd Wickham
Cynthia Bower
Emily Stuparyk
Cynthia Jaeger
Terry Amble
Susanne and Tom Regan
Lisa Gaughran
Jane Evanson
Tracy Martin
Christy Sanders-Meena
Colin and Yukie Caswell
Timothy Bailey
Lynn Varacallo
Carelen Easterwood
Hank Pedersen
Timothy Joseph
Gil and Diane Fetzner
Jennifer Marks
Debbie Arthur
Mario Trovarelli
Lee Ann Kozak
Lisa Edmondson
Janet Gwilym
Claudia Cammers
Lura Irish
Pat Berger
Skip and Tammy Parkinson
Jane Buchanan
Michel Murray
Diane Blum
David and Alison Koeppel
Roz Downing
Victoria Yoder
Alisa Natal
Sandra Lucas
Robert Gallardo
Zane Grant
Linda Bellis
Edith Lux
Nancy Norris
Belle Cruz
Robyn Harder
Valerie Coleman
Mark Varallo
Our sincerest apologies if we've missed anyone.
Can You Foster?
Due to their guardians' situation, several bunnies have been returned to Rabbit Haven and we're running out of spacious housing. If you are an experienced bunny parent, have the space and time to give, please consider fostering a single or pair of rabbits in your home.
To learn more, please check out our website and then email
Vehicle Donation Program
Don't forget our new vehicle donation program. They don't need to be running, you just need clear title to donate.
Resident count : 148
plus 12 in Foster care
Not all residents are available for adoption. Some are feral, others sick, elderly or too young to leave their mother.

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