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February 2011
Happy New Year!

2011 is the  

Year of the Rabbit!Year of the Rabbit - dmoll


The three words that best describe the rabbit? Calm and gentle, but persistent.   

One of the most cautious signs in the Chinese zodiac, they are the chess players who take their sweet time before making a move. Yet, they are also the ones most likely to win any intricate game of strategy!  

While we love celebrating rabbits, it's not all good news for our beloved bunnies.  Please use the year of the rabbit to become a bun-bassador, and make a resolution to tell at least one person a month about the reality of owning a pet rabbit...tell them all the good, but also make them aware of the responsibility. Here's a poster that will help.


Did you know, the rabbit is also one of the luckiest signs in the Chinese Astrology chart?  See Year of the Rabbit postage stamps from around the world.  

Above illustration courtesy of DMoll of QiPapers.

Rabbit Rally

Rabbit Haven will be at the Petco in Gig Harbor Saturday and Sunday, February 12th and 13th, between 1:00-3:00pm for their corporate Rabbit Rally Weekend.

Petco does not sell rabbits and this event is meant to introduce customers to how rabbits make wonderful family members.

You can also go to their website to share your rabbit's adoption story or read stories posted by other house rabbit families.


Now Get The Shirt!

Bunny Heaven Year of the Rabbit shirtThe Chinese Year of the Rabbit has arrived, and with it comes Bunny Heaven's exclusive Year of the Rabbit T-shirt! The striking image of a rabbit outline enclosing the Chinese character for Rabbit is printed in a rich cream color on a Chinese red organic cotton t-shirt. The design is subtle enough to wear anytime, yet clearly celebrates the Year of the Rabbit to anyone who is familiar with it. Printed in America on 100% organic cotton Anvil ladies' cut t-shirts. Soft and durable, these shirts are sure to be with you for a long time. http://www.bunnyheaven.com

Plus, as a special bonus, throughout the Year of the Rabbit, $1.00 from the sale of each Year of the Rabbit T-shirt will be donated to Rabbit Rescue; and Rabbit Haven is one of the rabbit charities they support!


"Lettuce" start learning about rabbit digestion


Here are a few facts:Boo eating parsley 

  • A rabbit's digestive system makes up almost 20% of it's weight!
  • Your rabbit is a herbivore . . .   a vegetarian.
  • A rabbit's digestion is constantly in motion.
  • Rabbits cannot vomit.
  • The #1 cause of house rabbit disease is a bad diet!
  • Rabbits don't see their food  right in front of them - it is a blind spot.  They smell it first.
  • A rabbit has two types of waste and both are necessary to their health!
  • Do not "fast" a rabbit - not even before surgery.  It is not necessary.
  • A blockage in the digestive system is very serious and can be avoided with the right diet!
  • If your bunny stops eating for 12 to 24 hours, this is an emergency.  Take your rabbit to the vet!
Learn more about a rabbit's digestion and diet.

Our May Barn Sale

We've already started collecting items for our barn sale in late May. If you have gently used items you no longer need or want to store, please consider donating them to help raise money for the rabbits in our care. The bunnies thank you.

Please contact sue@rabbithaven.org if you're near Gig Harbor, or angie@rabbithaven.org if you're near Carnation and have items to donate. It's not too soon to contact Sue if you're able to work the fundraiser. 

Food Bank for Bunnies
lettuceWe're starting a food bank to help bunny parents having difficulty feeding their bunnies; and you can help!  We can provide the hay but we're seeking donations of rabbit food and gift certificates to grocery stores to purchase fresh veggies.

                                                         Please contact us if you can help.

Humane Society International

I just found out from Humane Society International that the European Commission might postpone the 2013 ban on selling animal-tested cosmetics. We can't let this happen! Click here to take action. It only takes a minute and will make a big difference. Thanks!

Thank You
It takes a lot of support to keep Rabbit Haven going and we want to thank everyone who helps.

Keefe Kamp, Sean Smith and Anna Trefren Grant, Diane Fetzner, Gil Fetzner, Helen Perkins, Paula Branday, Skip and Tammy Parkinson, Victoria Yoder, W Jesse, Elena Prokos, Jeffrey Pettijohn, Brenda Morris, Beverley Henderson, Jack Stout, Moonyeen McCormick, Colin Caswell, Crystal Fulweiler, Donald Kumpula, Lisa Edmondson, Timothy Joseph, Lynn Varacallo, Robert and Barbra Anderlik, Jenny Balman, Lisa Stephens, Rocky Silverman and Victoria Robbins, Barbra and John Rohde, Gary and Pam Cumbie, Alan Gibbs, Ron and Claudia Cammers, Bill and Pat Higday, Pat Berger, Paulette Lincoln-Baker, Edith Lux, Joseph Larkin, Patricia Sowards, Timothy and Patricia Bailey, Sandra Lucas, Robyn Harder, Ryan and Sharon Shea, Mario Trovarelli,  Mark and Sarah Taylor, Jane Buchanan, Cindy and Bruce Dugan, Marilyn Evenson, Heaven Sales, Lura Irish, Theresa Amble, Diane Blum, and Scott Duncan in memory of Stephanie Kossnar

Success Stories!

Check out the success stories and pictures of Rabbit Haven bunnies who have found their "forever homes". We miss them all, but are thrilled they have found great families.

We're looking for "men and their bunnies".
If you have a story or pictures to share, please send them to: sue@rabbithaven.org


About UsThe barn front - Gig Harbor, WA

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 Haven
PO Box 2268
Gig Harbor, Washington 98335

In This Issue
Petco's Rabbit Rally
Help Rabbit Rescue!
Rabbit Digestion
Barn Sale in May
A Food Bank for Bunnies
Thank You to our Donors
Success Stories!
Incoming Bunnies





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