Posts Tagged ‘SaveABunny’

Bunny Tweets

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

No, we haven’t trained them to make bird noises – we’ve opened a SaveABunny Twitter account so you can follow us in bite-size updates. You might have already realized this by glancing in the sidebar where we keep updates, but really who looks over there? (You should look over there actually. We’ve also added a feed of general adoption rabbit profiles. And there’s a ton of great links. And the tags are really useful too if you’re looking for a specific topic. And – no I guess that’s it actually.)
Point: if you’re on Twitter, follow and comment! Or ask questions about anything rabbit-related and get a fast response. I’ll be checking it several times a day.

Happy Halloween from the SaveABunny Harlequins

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

What better bunny to dedicate October to than one that’s always in costume? The multi-colored breed known as Harlequins are short-haired, easy-to-groom, medium-sized bunnies that come in mottled shades of black, brown, tan and white. A common trait of Harlequins is a face that’s half one color and half another. These bunnies are generally calm, better with children than most rabbits, and, as you might guess from their appearance, love attention.

Come check out the Harlequins waiting for a foster or adopted home at SaveABunny:

Glenn Ford:

Jane Russell:

Jean Harlow:

Lana Turner:

Veronica Lake:

Vivian Leigh:

Baxter – a rare Lionhead Harlequin:


and Dolly:

Phew. We have a lot of Harlequins. We love them, but please come by and take one home!

And Happy Halloween!

SaveABunny featured alongside Rachel Ray

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

SaveABunny was featured this month in Northside San Francisco magazine, in the cover story “Animal Heroes.”

An excerpt:

Every bunny needs somebody sometime

Marcy Schaaf is a Bay Area bunny’s best friend. Schaaf is the founder of SaveABunny, an unflagging rescue group that partners with animal shelters nationwide to provide care and adoption services for homeless rabbits.

You can pick up a copy of the magazine on racks around SF this month, or read the full article here.

Confessions, chapter 2: Finding a bunny friend.

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

I emailed Marcy about a month ago with some mixed news.

The good part was that I was moving into my own apartment and I could finally adopt my first bunny!
And the bad news? The apartment was in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Of course I could keep writing the SaveABunny blog even if I moved to sub-Saharan Africa thanks to my trusty hp pavilion zv5000 widescreen laptop (you’re welcome, hp. Donations are appreciated) and I don’t really do anything for SaveABunny except write the blog anyway. So the bad news wasn’t really that bad.
And the good news was kind of awesome. I was finally getting my fist bunny!

So which bunny? I thought for awhile that it might be better to adopt a rabbit from an Albuquerque shelter, since there is no SaveABunny out there to help make sure the rabbits don’t get euthanized. But after looking at the local shelters there, I realized none of them had any rabbits. They only accept cats and dogs. I found one shelter in a neighboring town that had two or three rabbits, but I had no way of knowing if they were healthy, spayed or neutered, or if anyone at that shelter knew anything about rabbits. I guess I could have just called and asked, but after thinking about it, I decided I’d rather adopt from SaveABunny and free up a space for a needy Bay Area rabbit.

I wanted one that wasn’t likely to get adopted – but not a special needs rabbit. I’ve never had a rabbit before and I don’t (yet!) have unlimited income for vet bills. Especially considering my moving costs.

Since the hardest rabbits for SaveABunny to adopt out are the white ones with pink eyes, I went up for a grooming party and spent some time with four white/pink-eyed cuties. Mr. Pinkerton, Chewy, Lionel Barrymore, and Moonlight. I also spent some time grooming Noir, who as you might guess, is a black bunny, with non-pink eyes. I brushed enough fur out of her coat to put Bebe out of business.

Moonlight is a beautiful white rabbit. After grooming him for five minutes and starting to really like him, I found out that he has a spine defect and is a special needs rabbit. If he’s picked up and held wrong he could easily break his back. Having only picked up about three rabbits ever, I figured he was not for me.

Lionel Barrymore is another gorgeous white rabbit. He has a pretty white face and a cute little white nose, and is just a little bit traumatized but still very sweet. After being on my lap for awhile he started to get curious and sniff me out, and I became slowly enamored with him. Marcy told some lingering volunteers later that night that he lets out a bone-chilling scream every time the vacuum cleaners come on. He went to a foster home that night.

Chewy is laid-back white bunny with dark gray-brown Siamese markings on his nose, ears, tail and paws. And of course, big pink and blue eyes. He has these extra eyelashes on the corners of his eyes that make him look either kind of sad, or kind of high. He reminded me of my first pet, Ivory, who was a terribly inbred Siamese cat who my mom gave me for my sixth birthday. I absolutely adored him. I didn’t spend a lot of time with Chewy, though, because it was the end of the night and I was already trying to decide between Lionel Barrymore and Mr. Pinkerton.

Mr. Pinkerton is an awesome bunny. In the short amount of time I spent with him I saw more personality than in any of the other bunnies. He was fearless and outgoing and absolutely presidential. (Think Bill Clinton meets Roger Rabbit.) Marcy didn’t want to adopt him out yet, but since I am a writer and everything, she hoped I would pick up the Mr. Pinkerton blog if I adopted him. Which I thought would be fun. But – and this is the horrible and honest truth – I was afraid that if anything happened to him, I would feel doubly bad because he is such an important bunny to the organization. Not that I expected myself to be an irresponsible or less-than-caring bunny owner, I just have a bad habit of always thinking of the absolute worst-case scenario for any situation. I’m not a pessimist –I just have a vivid imagination. It’s good for working in advertising – but bad for coming across as sane.

I went home undecided. For the next week I dreamed of what it would be like to live with each of these bunnies. I saw myself taking them to the park, to my new office, watching them run around the house and eat hay, and of course in the car on the long trip to Albuquerque. I thought the most about Mr. Pinkerton and Chewy.

The night before I hit the road, I still hadn’t decided. At 5:30 I bought a last-minute van for the move, and I immediately drove it up to SaveABunny. Priorities!

This time I had to make a decision. I sat in the middle of an X-pen with Chewy for a few minutes. He sat there ignoring me. I gave him a little pet on the head. He put his little chin to the floor – which in cat language definitely does not mean “pet me more,” so I thought he didn’t like me. But as it turns out that’s exactly what it means in bunny language. He was saying, “Here, I have a nice soft head for you to pet. Go on, pet away.” How sweet.

Then I spent some one-on-time with Mr. Pinkerton, which was really one-on-one-on-everything-else-in-the-room time. He was extremely friendly and curious about all of the other people in the room, and the x-pen wire, and the floor, and oh-look-at-that-over there, and hey-what’s-that and who knows what else. He was delightful.

I was torn. Chewy was sweet and vaguely familiar and very cute. Mr. Pinkerton had a personality I could impress my friends and coworkers with. But it was getting late and I had to go home and pack. It came down – and here is another example of how I am a shallow, lazy human being – to litterbox manners. Chewy had an impeccable cage. Mr. Pinkerton was kind of all over the place. Plus, I knew Mr. Pinkerton would find someone who just wouldn’t be able to resist his charm. His very own Monica Lewinsky, if you will. It was almost me. Sigh.

I packed up Chewy in the van and a few short hours later, we began our adventure together.

Meet Jasper, and learn a little bit about the woman who saved him.

Friday, August 15th, 2008

A note from Marcy, founder of SaveABunny:

Jasper is a very cute, neutered dwarf mix boy who seems to have lived a hard life. From the little we know about him, he lived alone outside in a hutch in Oakland and was not treated very well. He has the saddest look in his eyes and he cringes when you touch him.

He looks like an older gentleman. His teeth are not fabulous and his eye is weepy—perhaps from an issue with his teeth? He will see a veterinarian soon and we will know more. Our goal is to do what we can to make his golden years be filled with love and not disappointment in people. Jasper didn’t ask to be someone’s unwanted pet. How tragic to live his entire life being neglected, or worse—mistreated and then left alone at a shelter to be euthanized.

It is the “throw away” bunnies like Jasper that make rescue work especially sad and challenging for me. As I walk through the shelters every day…passing row after row of bunnies each needing rescue or they will be euthanized…who do I pick if I can only save one or two out of the dozens?! And the rabbits all know and sense who I am. They pick up on the energy that I am the rescue person who both understands and hears them. They sense I could save them, so they run to the front of the cage and call out to me. They all want to live.

Bunnies like Jasper, though, are often so beaten down from heartbreak that they sit hunched in a corner as if they have given up hope that life has anything good to offer them. They know that their time left on Earth is limited, and like others around them, they will be euthanized because no one wants them any longer.

So, they slowly raise their heads and look at me—half expecting that I too will turn away from them and the other half desperately hoping I will see them and save them. All I can say is that it is devastating to leave these sweet little beings behind. It makes me really angry that our little volunteer run group is their only hope and that we simply do not have the space and resources to save them all. It is truly haunting to remember all the little faces and I can tell you that it doesn’t get better with time. It’s been ten years of this intense work for me and I still cry and remember each and every rabbit.

So, that brings me back to Jasper…Yes, I picked him for rescue over another healthier, younger rabbit. It was a very tough choice, but I feel strongly that our commitment to help the special needs rabbits who others leave behind is part of what gives SaveABunny our integrity, passion and uniqueness as a rescue group.

It is expensive, lonely and heartbreaking to rescue rabbits, however I can tell you with all certainty that some of the most incredible, resilient and loving rabbits we have ever met are the ones that had the worst situations. With love, patience, conventional and alternative healing we see miracles. Even in a very short time I have seen a brightness start to return in Jasper’s eyes.

However, the reality is that most people will ultimately only want to adopt a cute, little bunny without issues. So a bunny like Jasper will need to stay here for as long as it takes to find him a forever home. Perhaps he will live his days out as a SaveABunny sanctuary rabbit surrounded by volunteers who love him, or maybe we will be lucky to find him a forever home.

Either way, that’s what we do here at SaveABunny. We love each rabbit. Thank you for supporting our work on behalf of these amazing little survivors.

To sponsor Jasper, visit the SaveABunny website.

Horoscope for Leo: Watch out for bunnylions!

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

In celebration of the sun sign Leo (July 23 to August 22), we’re dedicating August to the very special rabbits at SaveABunny who belong to the Lionhead breed. (And, of course to our founder Marcy, who is a Leo. Happy Birthday Marcy!)

Lionheads are a new breed, with a fluffy mane around their heads that makes them resemble their namesake feline. They come with friendliness and fluffiness in equal proportions, and are easy to train – but easier to love.

Meet the Lioneheads currently on the SaveABunny website:


Hunter and Holly:


And Wooly Bully:

Some interesting facts about Lionheads:

  • Both the boys and girls have manes, but the girls’ are usually less pronounced.
  • Lionheads, especially ones with straight ears, don’t require the same heavy grooming as other long-hair rabbits.
  • Lionheads were originally bred in Belgium, supposedly by crossing a miniature Swiss Fox rabbit with a Belgian Dwarf rabbit.

Happy August everyone – and we hope you’ll come by SaveABunny and meet some of these adorable maned bunnies!

A Day of Nurturing the Soul and Spirit, by Arlene

Monday, June 16th, 2008

One of our SaveABunny Volunteers, Arlene, submitted a few words about her experience volunteering at SaveABunny:

A Day of Nurturing the Soul and Spirit

Last week, I went to volunteer and provided Reiki to some special bunnies that needed some extra TLC and energy work.   I was able to work on Dustin who is a strong, feisty, little bunny with lots of personality.  He wanted to climb up my chest and use me as a jungle gym, but eventually he was able to calm down, relax and enjoy the healing energy in my arms.  Furthermore, Gwen stretched out on my lap and was just soaking up the extra attention, as I worked on her.  She’s such a sweet and gentle girl.  In addition, I was fortunate to have spent time with Rowan.  He would hang out on my lap, but he preferred to sit next to me, while I worked on him.  I was very saddened to hear that he had recently passed on.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with Reiki, it is an alternative healing technique that helps with stress and relaxation, as well as works on one’s physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.  I’m glad that Rowan was able to receive energy work from Rob, Marcy, and I, before he passed on.

As a result of volunteering, I am not only helping the bunnies, but they also give me so much back in return.  In 1995, my pet bunny, “Bugsy” passed away.  Ever since then, I have not had another pet.  I’ve always felt like a part of me was missing.  Currently, I am unable to have a pet right now, so volunteering at SaveABunny is a perfect way for me to help out the bunnies and nurture my soul and spirit.  When I go to volunteer, I am able to re-connect with animals and to nature.  Even going outside to water the plants when I’m emptying out the bunnies’ water bottles, allows me to enjoy the beauty, scents, and sounds of the garden.  SaveABunny is a very special, tranquil place of healing and hope, that not only helps bunnies but also volunteers like me.

In essence, I appreciate that SaveABunny allows me to volunteer when I can based on my schedule.  Since I don’t live very close to Mill Valley, I appreciate that I can still help out and be a part of these special bunnies’ lives.  Thanks SaveABunny!!!

Here’s a picture of Bugsy and I: