July 2011
Rabbit Haven's Gig Harbor barn sale was a great success. Thank you everyone for your generous donation, we brought in over $1,700!


For all our wonderful supporters up north, Special Bunny, an affiliate of Rabbit Haven, will be having a garage sale by Greenlake on Aug 6, 2011. If you have items to donate, please contact Angie at 206-351-2637 or at Hope to see you there!

Rabbit Haven's 3rd annual auction will be held again at the Rusty Pelican, thanks to Marilyn's generosity.


Join us September 17, 2011 from 3- 6 pm.

Tickets are now on sale for $40 per person. Dinner includes a wonderful vegetarian meal and one of Marilyn's award winning desserts.


If you have any items to donate or would like to purchase tickets, please contact Angie at 206-351-2637 or 




  2011 Auction poster 


Is your bunny a junk food addict? Is your bunny looking more like an overstuffed sausage instead of the cute little bunny you once held so effortlessly in your arms? Consult with your vet to see if a weight-loss plan is in order for your rabbit.

Tips for helping to keep your bunny at a healthy weight:
  • Aim to loss 1-2% of body weight per week
  • Keep photo record of your rabbit's shape
  • Keep a written record of your rabbit's weight and eating habits (this is very important if your rabbit becomes sick, and vets love it if you can give them this information)
  • Offer 1 cup fresh veggie per 4 pounds of body weight (you should only give your bunny a small amount of carrots, as they have a lot of sugar. One small carrot or about of a full size carrot per bunny).
  • Choose FRESH grass hays (timothy, orchard, grass) over alfalfa hays.
  • Cut back on treats, offer a small amount of fresh fruit/veggies for treats. You can also buy good bunny treats from; use sparingly.
  • Opt for grass-based pellets over alfalfa based pellets
  • Choose pellets without added grains, seeds or dried vegetables
  • Use a measuring cup to make sure you aren't overfeeding.

 Dutchie w/open mouth

Estimate for food pellets:

  • 2-4 lb cup
  • 4-7 lb cup
  • 7-10 lb to cup
  • Over 10 lb to 1 cup depending on the rabbit's activity and metabolism


Why it is important to keep your rabbit slimmed down:

  • Being over-weight can lead to a number of health problems, including digestive issues, urinary tract problems, a weak heart, and dirty fur.
  • An overweight bunny also can face problems performing an essential part of their diet - rabbits produce a type of night feces called cecotrophs, which are rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals, and they need to eat some of these feces to be healthy. Overweight rabbits cannot reach their rump to eat the cecotrophs, and they may become malnourished as a result.
  • A healthy bunny is a happy bunny


A list of body weight for various breeds


An article about health problems for over-weight bunnies


About Us
The 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.


Rabbit Haven

PO Box 2268

Gig Harbor, Washington 98335




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The Ends


In This Issue
Dinner & Silent Auction
Bunny Weight Control
Bunnies in the Spotlight
Thank You
Bunnies in
the Spotlight

Buddy and Holly

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Thank You Donors 


Susanne & Thomas Regan
Robert & Vidette Buchman
Granny Claire Burnett
Nancy Graak
Suzanne & Toshio Akamatsu
Victoria Yoder
Valerie Coleman
Tamara & William Parkinson
Bonnie A. Simmons
Pamela J. Reynolds
Bob Anderlik
Nancy Graak
Linda Bellis
Thoburn & Tracy Patton
Kumi Boutz
Donna McCarty
Michael Potter
Billie Porter
Neena Bauer
Kirby & Lydia Manazanares
Earth Pet Inc
Kim Conrad
Michael & Jonalee Potter
H E Russell
Leila and Lance Kanski
Lana Thigpen
J Skaga
Edward and Delores Boyle
Nancy Chryst
Scott & Patrice Crawford
Arthur & De Marias Brown
Elizabeth Redpath
Joe De La Rosa
Chris Norlund
William Jesse
Ann Winberg
Belinda Philliber

Barry Eshelman
Jason Smith
Victoria Takahashi
Barbara Cobean 

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