Rabbit Haven Newsletter                  April 2010
April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
Fight Animal Cruelty
At Rabbit Haven, we have dedicated our time, love, and as many resources as we can muster to create happy endings for our bunnies. You are all part of our work, and together we are making a difference. But as we all know, sometimes happy endings come after some very sad beginnings.

Our volunteers have seen and worked tirelessly with some very abused and neglected bunnies, and we're thrilled when our work pays off and we can find new homes for happy, healthy pets who have a new lease on life. We focus on the positive as much as we can, but we can never forget that animal cruelty still exists in the world, and that every one of us can and should play a part in rescuing animals in desperate need of help.

Animal cruelty can be divided into two general categories: neglect and intentional cruelty.

Neglect is the failure to provide an animal with the most basic of requirements of food, water, shelter and veterinary care. It may be due to ignorance on the animal owner's part and is usually handled by requiring the owner to correct the situation. If the problem is not corrected, the animal may be removed from the neglectful person by law enforcement authorities.

Intentional cruelty is often more shocking than neglect and is frequently an indicator of a serious human behavior problem.  Intentional cruelty is when an individual purposely inflicts physical harm or injury on an animal. Someone who is violent towards animals may be violent towards family members or others. There is no such thing as harmless violence. If a loved one is hurting your animals, they may have a serious problem and require help.
Read more about identifying animal cruelty and how you can help on our website:

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, "We Are Their Voice".

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Barn Sale May 15th and 16th
We're getting ready for our big Barn Sale!  Check it out Saturday,  May 15th, 9am - 5pm, and Sunday, May 16th, 10am - 4pm at the Gig Harbor Grange; corner of Wollochet and Avondale Drives. We're still collecting if you have any unwanted items that will help us raise money for Rabbit Haven. Download the Barn Sale flyer.
Please contact Sue or Angie to arrange delivery.,
We're looking for volunteers to work the barn sale.
We could use some help Friday, May 14th unloading and sorting. Saturday and Sunday we could use help working the door, keeping items picked up, etc. If you're available to help even half a day, please send email to:
Hooray for HAY!
Want more hay!Hay is a critical part of your bunny's diet. Every bunny needs unlimited timothy hay every single day, all the time, no exceptions! Bunnies have delicate digestive systems that must keep 'moving' all the time. Hay provides nutrients (believe it or not!) and the fiber your bunny needs to stay healthy and fit.

Hay 101
  • Feed your bunny 'grass hay', like timothy, orchard grass, brome hay, and oat hay. This is different than 'legume' hay, which includes alfalfa hay. Legume hay is higher in calcium and calories; it's fine on occasion, but not for daily feeding.
  • Keep your hay dry! Never feed your bunny hay that looks overly dusty, has any sign of mold, or smells 'off.' Hay should look green and smell sweet. "Bad" hay can make your bunny very, very sick--it can even be deadly.
  • Make hay fun! If your bunny turns up his or her nose at the hay you offer, try a different hay source and try making hay fun. Stuff it into toilet-paper rolls or into boxes with a few treats hidden in the middle. You can even find toys made just for hay.
  • Find a great hay source. If you live in the Seattle / Carnation / Gig Harbor area, we of course think you should buy our Scrumptious Hay, which is a yummy blend of Timothy, Orchard Grass, and Canary Grass. Our buns absolutely love it. We sell it for $10 a flake (a flake is around 1/10th of a bale--it fills a large trash bag). 100% of the proceeds go to caring for our bunnies. Email or call us to find the Scrumptious Hay-selling volunteer near you!
Recycle Your Ink Cartridges and Help Rabbit Haven
Recycle your old ink cartridges, cell phones, PDAs, or Blackberries. Give them to us and the bunnies will get some cash. Email: if you have some to donate or drop them off at either barn. 
View the list of eligible ink/laser cartridges and cell phones  
Update: We're full, and can't accept any rabbits at this time.
We are absolutely full at both of our shelters, and we simply don't have any room at this time to take in more bunnies. We'd love to be able to offer help to every rabbit who needs it, but we don't have the room or the funds.

If you need more information because you have a rabbit you need to surrender, please read this information.

If you are looking to adopt a bunny, we're thrilled!

If you are a bunny-lover who comes to see all the cute photos and stories, please consider fostering a bunny or two. You'll make a huge difference in the lives of the bunnies by giving them the extra attention they need, giving them some room to run around and get socialized, and helping to find them a permanent home. Even if you can only foster for a while, you can help enormously. And really, doesn't everyone need a cute foster bunny in their extra bedroom, or bathroom, or den, or living room?

New Arrivals
Pelee and Pompeii
Pelee and Pompeii
Chuck the duck
Chuck the duck

Snow White
Snow White

Brooke and Tony

Find more information about these bunnies on our website.

We are thrilled this beloved bunny found a loving home. Check out these and other adopted rabbits' Success Stories on our website.

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.

This month...
Fight Animal Cruelty
Barn Sale Next Month
Got Hay?
Recycle To Give
We're Full!
Bunnies In Need
Bunnies in the Spotlight
Thank You
Click To Give on iPhone

Can You Help These Bunnies In Need?

We have recently taken in two rabbits with treatable but expensive medical problems, and we're hoping you might be able to donate toward their vet bills.

Untreated malocclusion resulting in abscesses prevented this super-friendly little girl from being able to eat. She needs surgery to remove the teeth once she's put on a little weight. Even with the generous discount from our vet, medical for Brooke is expected to be close to $1,000. Can you help?


Tweet was over-bred and then surrendered after the breeder was done with her. She recently went in to be altered, where the vet found and removed several tumors. Lucky she went in when she did, but her bill was almost $400!

After their medical needs are treated, and they've recovered, we expect these sweet little girls will enjoy many pain-free days ahead of them.

Any financial help you can give would be very much appreciated.

Bunnies In The Spotlight

SMFG seeks SF 4evr, x2

Two single male Flemish Giants are each looking for a single (friendly) female with a nice family and spacious pad to share. Pictured in the New Arrivals section below.

Read more and see pictures of these, and other wonderful bunnies available for adoption on our website.
If you're interested in meeting 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 helps.
Here is the March Donor List:
Nakisha VanderHoeven
Kristopher Billmaier    
Ryan Huston
Victoria Yoder
Andrew Carley
Donald Weitz
Dave Parry
Jason & Jenny Chow
Michale Hoffman
Danae Ariav
Vidette Cuchman
Mona Nydam
Teresa Gaetheleonard

Susan Leiby
BIG THANK YOU to ALL, including our dedicated volunteers!
Our sincerest apologies if
we've missed anyone.
Did You Adopt From Us?

We love hearing how former Rabbit Haven residents are doing in their forever homes.

If you have a minutes, drop us a line, pictures are great too, for our Success Storiespage.

send to:
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Thank you for your diligence, unfortunately we didn't win any grants from The Greater Good in The Animal Rescue Site's latest contest but the next Shelter Challenge starts Monday, May 17!

Until then, you can still help animals by visiting their site daily and clicking on the purple "Click Here To Give" button at the top of the page.

Now you can " Touch To Give" on your iPhone with their handy and free iPhone app.

Find more information and the link to download the app at the Animal Rescue Site.

Resident count : 158
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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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
  • 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

Rusty and Lark - The End 
Rusty and Lark
The End