We’re doing something a little different on the blog today as we’re using our space and our voice to benefit homeless rabbits. If you’ve visited the blog often or over a period of time you probably know that I have a big fondness for cats. I have 20 formerly feral cats that now occupy my desk, my desk chair, my recliner, my sofa, and about every other surface in my home. What you may not know is I also have a fondness for rabbits.
I’ve always liked rabbits. Some of my earliest memories are of bottle feeding baby rabbits when I was a small child. We raised horses back then, and attended horse shows most weekends. The horse shows were fun but were held in arenas that were often in the middle of clover fields…prime places for bunnies to have their litters. Often horses would step into a bunny nest disrupting the nest, killing some of the bunnies. Because we had a reputation for taking in sick and injured animals people were always bringing us bunnies that were rescued after a horse tromped on a nest.
A few years ago my love of bunnies was intensified when I rescued a litter of bunnies from a low spot in the yard during a flood. Though the babies didn’t have their eyes open yet I raised them and released them. There is nothing cuter than baby bunnies…so I have a fondness.
But today we’re talking about tame rabbits…the kind people buy for pets.
The basic idea is to ask authors and publishers to donate books and to ask readers to donate money to the House Rabbit Society to be used in re-homing pet rabbits that for whatever reason need new homes. Since the society was formed in 1998 over 25,000 rabbits have been rescued from shelters and re-homed.
The two ladies who have put Books For Bunnies together have worked tirelessly in getting authors to donate eBooks for the event. Currently there are over 100 eBooks that have been donated, along with over 30 print books. Some of the print books are even signed by the author’s themselves.
The event is to help raise money for the House Rabbit Society. The House Rabbit Society (or HRS) is a 501 non-profit organization to help raise awareness and to rescue rabbits from animal shelters. Below is a little about the background of the HRS.
House Rabbit Society Background
House Rabbit Society is a national, nonprofit animal welfare organization based in Richmond, California. Our mission has two parts:
- Through our fostering program, volunteers rescue abandoned rabbits and find permanent adoptive homes for them.
- Through education, we seek to reduce the number of unwanted rabbits — and to improve bunnies’ lives — by helping people better understand these often misunderstood companion animals.
In line with our mission, we are against the exploitation of rabbits.
Since HRS was founded in 1988, over 25,000 rabbits have been rescued through our foster homes across the United States. Many of these bunnies had run out of time at animal shelters and were scheduled for euthanasia; others had been deemed “unadoptable” because of age, health, or disposition. Because there is no time limit on our rescued rabbits, HRS foster parents are able to spend time getting to know each individual bunny and can then match him or her with an appropriate home. We neuter/spay all incoming rabbits, obtain any necessary veterinary care, and attend to their social needs.
In caring for so many diverse bunnies, our all-volunteer organization has learned a tremendous amount about their social, behavioral, and medical requirements. By sharing the collected information these rabbits have taught us, we are able to help other people improve their relationships with their rabbits. HRS provides educational materials to veterinarians and humane societies and helps individual rabbit people solve behavior and health problems, primarily through our web site, www.rabbit.org, and our quarterly publication, House Rabbit Journal.
Over the past 20 years, HRS has grown from 300 to more than 8,000 members, with local chapters and educators in over 30 states plus Canada, Italy, Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore. Our web site, www.rabbit.org, is accessed over 100,000 times a day by people in dozens of countries around the world.
We are asking people to donate money to the HRS at this link through Network for Good. The person that makes a donation will receive either an eBook or print book equal to the amount donated. There are books ranging in price from 99 cents to $27.00. There are several print copies of the books that have been autographed by the author.
The person that donates will receive an email thanking them for donating. That email needs to be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org. This will show the amount that has been donated. Please remember there is not any donation that is too small. Any amount will be greatly appreciated. The HRS will use the money to either help pay for vet bills or help in finding a forever home for the hundreds of bunnies in their care.
Please take a moment to donate a couple of dollars to the HRS you never know what bunny’s life you might be saving.
Suzie & The Bunnies – CupCake & Coale
Books for Bunnies Website: http://booksforbunnies.com
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