#GivingTuesdayNow – Tuesday, May 5
House Rabbit Resource Network is participating in the first ever #GivingTuesdayNow day. Tuesday, May 5th, is a day of generosity to help all those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the safety of our volunteers, adopters, and Bunny Boutique Store shoppers, we closed our store and adoptions down in an attempt to avoid exposure to the virus as much as possible. We’ve been operating on the very basic and essential level.
Thanks to our wonderful volunteers and Bunny Boutique shoppers, HRRN is doing better than a lot of other nonprofits out there. But we’ve still taken a big hit financially. We are participating in #GivingTuesdayNow to prepare ourselves for another impending virus coming our way: the RHDV2 virus. This highly contagious virus only affects wild and domestic rabbits, but it does with devastating consequences. With housing anywhere from 150+ rabbits at any given time at our shelter, we are currently planning and implementing new shelter protocols to keep our shelter bunnies as safe as possible.
We are asking for donations this #GivingTuesdayNow to help us obtain two new quarantine/isolation cages for the shelter. These isolation cages will allow us to isolate incoming rabbits (especially strays) as we don’t know what they might have come into contact with. They would likely stay in them for up to a month, depending on their history. We are even considering building a separate intake area or building at the shelter as this is a highly transmissible disease and its essential to separate intakes physically from the shelter buns and store traffic, adoptions, etc – although once they are vaccinated they will be “safer”.
For those interested, these are two of the potential cages we are looking at – we would likely need something to completely contain the rabbit and their pee and poop (full front glass). These cages are not cheap -a 2 stack starts at $2500.
ISO-Care™ Quarantine Cages
Northgate Veterinary Supply – ISOCAGE – Portable Multi-Use Isolation Cage
Along with need donations for isolation cages, we are also creating a donation pool to help us cover the costs of getting all the shelter bunnies the RHDV2 vaccine once it becomes available in the U.S. Our friends over at White Rock Animal Hospital are actively working on getting the vaccine imported to the U.S. now. They’re working on getting multi-dose vials to vaccinate all the shelter buns, so stay tuned on that front!
GiveGab (hosts of Amplify Austin and GivingTuesday) are the ones hosting this #GivingTuesdayNow movement, so you can donate through our GiveGab page and help us win possible prizes during the giving day! Click the Donate Button below.
In Memory of Terry Deubel
April 25th 2020 Terry Deubel passed away. In lieu of flowers the family has asked for donations to HRRN in memory of Terry.
Terry was an advocate of HRRN, many other shelters and of all animals. She and her husband Ken volunteered, donated to the Rojo Fund, donated the canvases for The Bunny Painting Event each year and more. Most impressively they gave 26 rabbits their forever homes since 2012. Terry gave homes to the “special” bunnies. The old, head tilt, deformed, and sick rabbits. She could never pass up taking home the rabbits that had been in the shelter for too many years. Not to mention the dogs, cats, and guinea pigs she rescued.
Terry was truly a selfless person with a heart of gold. She would do anything for anyone or animal. She will be missed.
URGENT: Rabbit Hemorrhagic Viral Disease Virus 2 (RHDV2)
Important Information Please Read
This is especially important to all rabbit caretakers who let their rabbits outside at any point in time. Rabbit Hemorrhagic Viral Disease is coming our way, the number one way to protect your rabbit-family members is to keep them inside 24/7. RHDV2 is HIGHLY contagious, and invisible, you will not know when your area has been infected and you will not be able to keep it out of your yard, so be safe instead of sorry.
We know that dealing with ANOTHER highly infectious, invisible yet very dangerous threat is the last thing anyone wants to deal with, but we don’t have a choice. RHDV2 has been confirmed in Northeast Texas and its just a matter of time before it reaches our area.
For more information and the latest updates on this deadly disease, see the following page:
Rabbit Hemorrhagic Viral Disease
Bunny Boutique & Shelter Updates: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Hi all! Dr. Sherry, President of HRRN, here. Since Austin has now implemented Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions today, we reluctantly have to implement immediate changes to reduce traffic in the shelter. This is for the safety of our volunteers and their families. We will reassess these rules as this dynamic situation changes and hope to be back to business as usual soon.
- Shelter is closed to all “visitors”, only volunteers.
- Adoption appointments are on hold for now.
- No grooming, nail trims or boarding (only in emergency situations).
- Scheduled T-shirt pick ups for the Rabbit Fun Run are cancelled and will be rescheduled.
The Bunny Boutique is closed starting now for in person shopping. If you need basic supplies, follow the instructions below:
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your order.
The deadline for online orders is 10 am on Sunday. Placing orders early is appreciated.
Sunday drive by pickup will be from 1-4 pm.
For example: for this Sunday 3/22, the deadline for ordering is 10 am on Sunday 3/22.
Pull up to the shelter Sunday from 1-4 pm outside of door number 7 (where you usually pick up litter) a phone number will be posted. Call that number and we will bring your order out to your car and take your payment. Credit cards only please.
During this time orders are limited to the following:
- 1 bag of litter
- 2 bags of hay (if our size hay is not available, we will substitute next largest size)
- 2 bags of feed
- Medical supplies including emergency kits, oxbow support or critical care
- We are out of papaya tablets at this time
We know this is an anxious time and we are here to help. Email us with questions and we will reach out to you. Please stay home if you can, wash your hands and don’t touch your face. Stay home if you feel sick. And use this extra time at home to love on your bunny!
Papaya Tablets – Out of Stock
The Bunny Boutique is currently sold out of papaya tablets and cannot take orders for these at this time. As soon as we have a new stock available, we will post here to let you know. Thank you for your patience!
VIRTUAL Rabbit Fun Run: March 28, 2020
DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) AND RECENT ANNOUNCEMENT ISSUED BY THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND ITS MAYOR STEVE ADLER, WE WILL BE HOLDING THE RABBIT FUN RUN VIRTUALLY THIS YEAR. For more information, please visit the Rabbit Fun Run web site: http://RabbitFunRun.com.
For all the details and more information on being a sponsor, download the flyer here.
Join us virtually on March 28, 2020 for our third annual Rabbit Fun Run benefiting the House Rabbit Resource Network in Austin, Texas. Our first two runs were such a success and we want to keep the momentum going. This is a fun run so feel free to run, sprint, walk, or hop at your pace and at your convenience.
The entry fee is $35 and will include a unique run tee and run number bib. This year we will have youth size shirts available! SIGN UP BEFORE 3/13/2020 TO GUARANTEE A SHIRT AND SIZE. AFTER SHIRTS ARE SOLD OUT WE WILL STILL SELL ENTRIES WITH A RUN BIB ONLY. All net proceeds from the run will go directly to help the House Rabbit Resource Network’s efforts in improving the lives of domestic rabbits.
Sign up at the website here: http://RabbitFunRun.com.
Download our Sponsor Flyer for additional Rabbit Fun Run details.
The Cat’s Meow CBD
We wanted to introduce to you all our friends over at The Cats Meow CBD. They recently held a raffle to help HRRN with our 25 rabbit intake, with the raffle prize being 500mg of CBD oil, which ended October 14.
The Cats Meow CBD’s story began back in 2017 when Heather, Founder/CEO, was searching for a CBD product for her 10 year old rabbit Dwiggins and his dog sister Mia (both shown in photo above).
Dwiggins had suffered from many health challenges throughout is life, and Heather wanted to find something to help make his last few years more comfortable.
Through a friend she was given a bottle of CBD oil and she asked her vet if it could be used in rabbits. Though there aren’t many studies on CBD and rabbits (yet), her vet said give it a try and report back.
Heather was astounded by how well the CBD helped Dwiggins and Mia with their different medical problems. That’s when she became a believer, and she is forever grateful for the quality of life CBD oil gave to her bunny Dwiggins in his final years. He passed away in June if 2018 still using the product.
Heather started The Cats Meow CBD company and recently relocated to Round Rock in 2019. She is a fellow bunny and animal lover and we’re excited to have her here in Texas!
We Took in 25 Rabbits This Past Weekend…
We want to give a BIG thank you to everyone who helped get the shelter ready for our unexpectedly large intakes this week.
These poor rabbits were living outside, being used as breeding bunnies. They are 4 months to 7 years old, and the first 13 we took in have ear mites, so all 25 have been given ear mite and flea treatment.
We are asking for donations towards these bunnies Wellness Packages. For a $25 donation, one rabbit gets:
- Flea/ear-mite treatment
- Intestinal parasite testing and treatment
- Pasturella vaccination
We also want to give a huge shout out and thank you to all our regular volunteers who provide the bunnies with hay, water, pellets, clean litter boxes, socialization, the list goes on… we hope you won’t mind caring for these buns that need a second chance!
Here are intake photos of some of the sweet bunnies:
Oxbow’s Nurture Their Nature Giveback Results Are In!
House Rabbit Resource Network Placed 3rd, which means we won a grant for $1,000!
We could not have done this without every single one of you who voted every day these last few weeks. We are so humbled by your love and support for our shelter bunnies and rescue. We seriously rocked it, and it’s all thanks to you! Thank you all so much!!
Special announcement to the general public about visiting the shelter:
House Rabbit Resource Network is not a public shelter. If you are seriously interested in adopting, we ask that you fill out an adoption application here: http://rabbitresource.org/adopt/adoption-procedure/. This guarantees you have time reserved with a volunteer during your visit who can fully answer questions about any of our adoptable rabbits and the adoption process.
We understand that many people are interested in stopping by and browsing our shelter bunnies, but are unsure whether or not they are ready to adopt. Unfortunately, we do not have the volunteer numbers to accompany each person who visits to just browse, and it takes attention away from important tasks needing to be done by those volunteers. So, if you are interested in seeing who is available for adoption, but don’t want to make an appointment just yet, please feel free to take a look at all of our adoptable bunnies on Petfinder here: http://bit.ly/PetfinderRabbitResource. This list is constantly updated with our bunnies who are ready to find their forever homes. If you find one that you are interested in meeting, then please fill out an adoption application and let us know who you’d like to meet.
NOTE: You are welcome to fill out an adoption application without having a specific rabbit in mind. We’ll be happy to help you find the rabbit(s) that are perfect for you and your family.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation,
House Rabbit Resource Network
A Celebration of Life – Robin’s “Tree of Life” Wellness Fund
In May 2018, we lost a long time friend of HRRN, Robin Juhnke. Robin was a tireless supporter of wellness and health for our bunny guests, both as a volunteer and while working at White Rock Animal Hospital.
To honor the life of our friend, an ongoing fund to support the wellness of our bunnies has been established in Robin’s name at HRRN. Thus Robin’s efforts to improve the health of our rabbits will continue to inspire us even though she is no longer with us. You may make your contribution by mailing a check to HRRN, P.O. Box 2381 , Pflugerville, TX 78691 or by donating online. Your donation is tax deductible.
Your $25 donation will provide the following for a new intake shelter bun:
- a microchip
- treatment for ear mites and fleas
- treatment for intestinal parasites and worms
- vaccination against Pasteurella
On Sunday November 2nd 2014, House Rabbit Resource Network announced “The Rojo Fund”, in honor of Rojo who passed October 2nd 2014. His fund is dedicated to paying for medical treatment for abused and injured rabbits.
Our goal was to raise $10,000. With donors at our Christmas Party (12/11/16) we surpassed our goal and have raised $10161.52!
We have already been able to help the following bunnies with their veterinary bills:
$1225 for Saffron – rear leg amputation
$1000 for McCoy – broken ankle
$1300 for Mocha-D – broken rear leg
$1150 for Hazel – teeth and eye problems
$1650 for Kendall – rear leg amputation
$1600 for Yin – broken hip and rear leg amputation
$1050 for Vincent Bun Gogh – infected ear
If you would like to honor Rojo’s life with a contribution to the Rojo Fund please click the image below:
Gone yet not forgotten,
although we are apart,
your spirit lives within us,
forever in our hearts.
This poem holds true for anyone who has lost a bunny or bunnies.
Missed our “Introducing Your Rabbit Companion To a Canine Companion” Workshop
by Shannon McCauley with Best Friends Training?
See the video of the workshop by clicking here
* Note: Human bite 120 PSI. Average domestic dog about 320 PSI. Many breeds ARE greater though.
Do you have apple trees? You can donate your tree trimmings to the shelter buns if your trees haven’t been treated with pesticides. Bring them to the bunny boutique during store hours.
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