Friday, December 28, 2012

Bun In Need

Sweet Douglas
Injured bunny from shelter makes His new years wish
“Please save my life”

The Rabbit Haven and SaveABunny have come together to save precious Douglas who is scheduled to be euthanized 12-31.  He needs our immediate help!  He needs rescue, neuter and major dental work, then he needs a loving home. Look at him.  He is so lovely. Please help.
Join the match program to help him reach his goal.  
Match funds avail now are 250.00$!!!

Douglas is a small gold and white bunny who was abandoned at a shelter just after Christmas. Sadly, this beautiful, loving boy who would rather have pets than food, has a malocclusion.  This put him on the euthanasia list at his shelter right away. He has extra long front incisors.  The good vet at the shelter trimmed him teeth but they will grow out soon.  Dental extraction is his best option.  We already found a great price!!!!

We want to help him.  Not only to rescue him, we plan to have his dental surgery and then he will be available for adoption.  Our special vets have agreed to take care of the teeth and a neuter for only $600.00 (that is a very small price to save his life)!

Right now Little Douglas is just sitting at the shelter- We have asked for an extension but do not know if it will be granted. Kelly from the shelter will call me soon.

  • Foster:  Douglas will need an immediate foster site- (SAB has offered him a space).  But, we must secure the funding for his surgery.  
  • Money for surgery:  Look what we have now!!! We have a special generous offer of $250.00 match funds avail. This means that if you donate any amount up to $250.00 it will be matched dollar for dollar.  Then we will be well on our way to achieving our goal of 600.00.  We already have $100 towards the match.   Help Douglas –Send in your match right away.  Good timing anyway- Donations are deductible.
  • Adoption:  Please contact us if you can offer this loving boy a forever home.  He is an amazing boy.   After begin abandoned and undergoing two surgeries we want him to have such a special loving home. 

So for only $600.00 will save the life of Douglas. Do you want to help his New Year’s wish come true? He is the sweetest little boy.  Call Heather at 831 600-7479 11 Am to PM   

Douglas will be leaving the shelter just as soon as I can get him out.  We will cover transport, keep working to gather funds for his surgery and then will post along with SaveABunny so that he can find a loving home. 

Please help us to save this wonderful bunny in time for new years.
Want to transport?  Can if you can help. 


Auntie Heather

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Bianca is asking for A Christmas miracle
(She has only until 12-24)

This Beautiful bunny named Bianca, a crème pretty brown eyed girl needs out of the San Jose shelter by 12-24 or she will be euthanized. 

It is heartbreaking to see this info on the shelter needs rescue list – Apparently the shelter is already starting to see the pre-holiday animal dumping. They now have 32 Rabbits!

Power was off yesterday at the Haven –flash flooding all day, so today I received the message giving us only hours to save her -

Bianca needs a miracle- Will it come from you?  Can you post everywhere -Call anyone you know- Help is needed immediately.  We can help with transport if you will save her life.

Bianca is a friendly beauty who is not yet spayed so I will send a spay certificate with her if you can rescue her.

It seems so unreasonable that this sweet friendly girl is on their list- Our staff did not see any issue with congestion no matting of forepaws or sneezing. 
Haven will help with Free spay certificate for her, Transport for her and carrier for her. 

Please help save her life.  Call me ASAP 831 600-7479
Auntie Heather- The Rabbit Haven and Haven Network

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Latest Rescue

Bhutan and Earle Grey enjoy a snack after having a nail trim and grooming.

Rabbit Haven, despite being full to the gills, or is that ears? with bunnies and having to be closed to new fosters because of that fullness, is involved in another local rescue. You can read more HERE.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Trick or Treat

The morning of Halloween,  Mr. Photo  view sat quietly,  resting after a long weekend of work.  He was just sitting in the Haven van, minding his own business,  when all of a sudden a stranger came and grabbed him!   It was a thief!!!  It was so scary...  please read on for the full story 
Hi- It is  Mr. Photo  view !  I have had the most frightful day!  
This morning I was taken.  I had no idea what was going on...I thought,  Is it a adoption show  on Saturday already???   
I was so confused.  Who was this strange person taking me somewhere anyway?  But I  could not figure all this out   and down the road I went ....
Finally, after what seemed  like forever,  I was put down (thump) and then  my case was opened up- This was definitely strange - I was outside!!!! I can see when my case is open you know. 
 This was no adoption show!  I did not recognize anything - I guessed this is what they meant by  scary Halloween. Oh my.... 
I did not know what to do.  I just wanted to go home.
After being jostled all about and all messed up,  the people went away!  So there I sat  right on the ground  with some other items until I was spotted by a young boy on his way to school.    
Seeing a bunch of items that did not belong behind  his  family car, he called  for his dad.  He found me!   Hurray.  
The dad (Hugh)  came outside and carefully picked me up, he gathered all the other items too ...  and then   happily Auntie's business card was inside  so he called her .   Then  he came over to tell her what they had found and helped her put the van back together. He is a  very nice person.  I like him especially since he brought me home.
 I was never so happy to see my Auntie.  She was  thrilled to see me too and held me close to her.  She checked me for damage and made sure I was ok and whew, I am all together and just fine.   She told me I will never be taken again.  She will make sure of that!  She even talked to the police.   
So we decided that I now have a place inside of a locked house,  unless I am at a show.  Then, after the adoption show,  just as soon as the bunnies come in, I come in too.  I like that.  I  will be safe forever more.
 Well, I am finally calmed down and back to resting now - I have a big show Saturday  in Sunnyvale you know.  I need to let everyone see videos and all the bunnies that have been adopted- I even have a new card!  I have a big job to do. 
 Hey Darrel and Karen,  my new  video card is still with me!  yippee
 But what a scary Halloween.    Now,  I will  safely  rest up and be just perfect for the FOLT show this Saturday. That is my job you know.   I help people feel happier and let them see how joyful bunnies are too.   
I am so happy to be home. 
Ok gotta go. 
 Mr. Photoview    

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Important News

Rabbit Haven is currently CLOSED to new admissions until we can set up new foster sites.
The Rabbit Haven has been inundated with  large numbers of rabbits  the past few months,  especially those from our shelter systems.  The  intake of such a large number of rescues, limited foster space,  coupled with lowered adoptions at shows,  and heavy rabbit dumping in our communities  has resulted in overflows in most of our foster sites.  We have been setting up new foster sites and need even more to  reopen to carry out our services and maintain quality care.  We need to open at least 10  more foster sites before we can  open our doors once again.  This is a heartbreaking decision to have to make and I am hopeful that a few of you will step forward to help Rabbit Haven create much needed space.
   Will  you help the  little  rabbits by opening your home and heart to even one bunny?    Please help make the holidays happy days for the bunnies too.    Just think, your foster bunny can have their special Thanksgiving with you.  They will surely be thankful to you for your kindness, and share in your family activity of warmth and love.
 Sadly, The Rabbit Haven is unable to  accept new rescues from private parties, wait list returns or even rabbits requiring rescue from shelters  at this time as we literally have no more space.   I am asking each one of you to consider fostering to help the rabbits who need our help.
 Or,  if you are fostering,  you can help  by extending your foster time frame a bit longer to give us time to find a place to house the foster rabbit.  This continuance will help us make it through to continue to save rabbit lives, provide good quality of care and adoption services.  
If you want to foster with the  Rabbit Haven,  please call right away.  831 600-7479   We have both Marchiaro  housing units and X pens for foster families and full set up packs. We have all the supply you will need and will provide support. We have  babies, Dutch bunnies, lops,  Rex, all types, colors and  sizes.  Please help today.
It hurts to need to close our services to shelter rabbits,   especially now when they need us the most.  We are entering November and mid November is another heavy dumping season.    In addition, we are the only rabbit  rescue serving  the  Santa Cruz shelter system and  the  San Jose shelter!   We have already had to decline services to the shelter and also had to decline helping other non profits rabbit rescue groups  that  we  can  usually assist. 
 These are  very difficult times for the rabbits.  Please help us to help them. Please Call 831 600-7479 or Email to let me know when you can start. 
Mid week set up available.  Training avail mid week or at adoptions shows.   Let me know if you can help.    
Auntie Heather

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Lula's Babies are Loverly

What's that I hear?

It must be the sound of my cuteness

Hop to beat of your own drum, wait this is a rattle.....

I have my eye on you!

You made a good point, but on the other ear I must say......

Excuse me, but who is the cutest bunny here?

I am, I am the cutest

No, I am the cutest, or is it I am Spartacus?
Where did my script go?
I do like your ears, not sure why, but they remind me of somebun

Harken, I hear the sound of the greens bag. Time for noms.
This way to the Casbah.

That big dude with the red nose, ok, not a proper baby bunny.
Me, I am a proper baby bunny.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Help Needed

Crowded and dirty conditions at the confiscation.

Sunday, 9/16/12, at 3 PM,  27 rabbits (babies, adolescents and  adults) were  discovered living in very poor conditions and confiscated from a backyard breeder in Watsonville. The Animal Control officers who rescued the rabbits brought them to the safety of the Santa Cruz shelter, where they are being housed in the Sally Port. Not ideal conditions, however,  so much better than where they were.  Deepest thanks to Todd of the Santa Cruz Animal control for his good work! Rabbit Haven is working with the Santa Cruz Animal Control officers to assist in the care for these rabbits. We need everything from litter boxes and litter to hay, pellets and dishes. We need people to help clean, exercise and care for these rabbits now while they await fostering or adoption. It would particularly help to move the babies out into foster ASAP. There are 10-12 babies, gold and white and adorable; still filled with joy in spite of their miserable beginning.

Life in the Sally Port, clean towels, shiny walls and LOTS of hay.
Rabbit Haven will begin to work immediately to secure supplies, shelter rabbit care support and spay neuter services, as well as adoption. All rabbits are available for fostering and adoption now.

The rabbits need care right away 
Call Heather ASAP to schedule a time 
if you can help with care. (831) 600-7479
We will be setting up a spay neuter transport soon as well. 
There are many way you can help.

An Agouti Cutie looking for a better life.

Donate so we can buy supplies and foster set ups 
also spay and neuter. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Special Holiday event- Lots of fun this Saturday in Sunnyvale

Adoptions, goodies, treats and fun. 
Coming up this Saturday!  

 Special Holiday Event and Adoption show  
9-1-2012  11AM-4PM
 At  For Other Living Things in  Sunnyvale

The Rabbit Haven, a rabbit education organization & adoption program is holding a free, special adoption show and holiday event this Saturday in Sunnyvale at for Other Living Things 1261 South Mary Street.

Please come to visit our bunnies for adoption, bring your bunny in for a Nail trims/scent gland cleaning, and enjoy a special presentation (Rabbit Care /Home health checks and basic grooming techniques).  Also check out ideas for housing, enjoy a special Usagi Tatchi Treatment for your rabbit, shop for handcrafted carrier pads, sweet holding blankets and other items offered for sale. 

Enter our raffle and win one of our fun raffle prizes. (Help support the bunnies). Winning raffle prize winners will be called at 3 PM.    Enjoy food and drinks and pick up a free bunny gift bag for your rabbit too. 

This event will be held inside and in back of For Other Living Things under canopies in the back parking lot.
Please join The Rabbit Haven to celebrate Saturday, 9-1-2012 
Address:  1261 South Mary Street, Sunnyvale, CA  

Time 11 AM to 4 PM.  Call 831 600-7479 for more information. 

Rabbit Haven is a 501 (c) 3 organization.

Free admission.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Situation

The Santa Cruz shelter system (including Watsonville), went well over maximum capacity two weeks ago. Even with ongoing Rabbit Haven rescue and adoption shows we have not been able to keep up and the shelters have an urgent need for rescue. Sadly, the community continues to dump unwanted animals at an alarming rate at these shelters. We have been working as fast as we can to manage the flow at this shelter, but we need fosters, rescue and adopters to make this work.

This is Meyer, he needs a home of his own
Some of the rabbit over-crowding is due to a steady flow of rabbits that started last May and has not stopped. They just keep coming in pairs or groups and we your help to get caught up. This year we are facing a much heavier animal surrender rate at our shelters.
For rabbits at the shelter, this problem has been made much worse because 6 spaces have been eliminated at the Watsonville facility and 1 in the Santa Cruz site. In addition, 6 additional spaces were lost 4 years ago when they moved to their new shelter facility. Basically, cage space at the shelters is decreasing when numbers of rabbits are increasing. A bad situation for rabbits.

The awesome rabbit advocate, Leslie, has been busy emailing and calling all the rescues near and far and to date, we have been able to get out only 5 rabbits. Tragically two more came in Saturday! Haven has contacted everyone we know in the rescue community as well to find space. We definitely have a huge task at hand. To save lives we need to secure additional rescue, increase adoptions and set up new fosters sites.

"Can you help us RABBITS? love, Harper.
There is so much you can do. We need you. The rabbits need you:
  1. Foster
  2. Adopt
  3. Rescue
  4. Help in a supportive role
  5. Donate
Please see if you have space anywhere to help these little ones. Timmy & Harper need to get out ASAP. They have been at the shelter since April-May. These rabbits are having a hard time in the shelter environment. They are smaller rabbits. Timmy (pictured above) is a tiny dwarf Sable point and Harper is a small white ruby-blue eyed dwarf. Also show are Chip a luscious Rex and Bibbity.
We have only a few days to save their lives. Just fostering for three months will save a life. There are other ways you can help too. You can help transport, pick up supply, put up flyers in the community, assist at the office or even donate. Email me for a complete list of rabbits available at either shelter.
Call us at 831 600-7479 10 AM to 10 PM or email if you want to help

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Urgent: Santa Cruz Area Rescue Needed

The Santa Cruz shelter system (including Watsonville), reached maximum capacity last week.  Even with ongoing Rabbit Haven rescue and our adoption shows we have not been able to keep up – the community continues to dump unwanted animals at an alarming rate. So we have moved into action to get rabbits out to save their lives. 
In all fairness, there is just not enough shelter staff to keep up with such a large animal population. Plus now we have only space for 9 and they consistently have 14 and 16 rabbits jammed up at the shelters.   We have lost so much shelter space –and adoption have been very slow. 

In addition the shelter is also receiving many dumps of cats and dogs which create a terrible overload on the entire shelter system.   It is a nightmare. 

Some of the over rabbit crowding is due to a steady flow of rabbits that started last May and has not stopped. They just keep coming in twos and threes and we never can get caught up. This problem has been made much worse because we have lost 6 spaces at our Watsonville facility and one in Santa Cruz. Add to this that we got squeezed out of 6 spaces 4 years ago when we moved to our new facility and it begins adding up to too many rabbits and not enough space.   A bad situation for rabbits. 

The numbers dumped are increasing space is decreasing. 

Our awesome shelter advocate, Leslie, got busy sending letter and calling all the rescues near and far and to date  we have been able to get out 5 rabbits- She is transporting out tomorrow – There is still room in her car if anyone wants to help rescue.  Call me 831 600-7479.   Please see if you have one tiny space anywhere to help these little ones.
I’d like to see little Timmy get out –He is a small dwarf show in this message. He is on the “list”.

Even your commitment to take one of these cuties can save their life now.  Once I let the shelter know a rabbit has rescue they are safe, as long as they will be leaving with in a few days of the commitment. 

Please help these rabbits - All of them are special in their own way. We are asking for your help, your ideas and your support for the little bunnies in Santa Cruz - 

Most rabbits in need are even spayed and neutered.  Haven spayed and neutered 5 of our rabbits that needed it at the shelter so they could be available for adoption or rescue. 
So most you might select are already spayed or neutered. 

The rabbits are very pretty and there are an assortment colors and sizes. So just ask. I will make it happen.
Thank you to the rescue community that has helped so far.  
Getting commitments in the next few days is critical to saving their lives. Transport is offered direct to you. Call me at 831 600-7479 or email if you can help

Thank you, Auntie Heather 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Dumping and Rescuing

Amelia is safe and loved for the rest of her life, other rabbits are not so lucky

On Tuesday 8-14, the San Jose shelter was already packed with 30 rabbits. The Rabbit Haven had arranged for three rescues that day, which were picked up,  it seemed as if we could manage and efforts were focused on the Santa Cruz rescue.  At 6 PM a major dumping occurred at the San Jose shelter.  It was so fortunate that we had two Haven advocates, Sarah and Kyomi, on duty!  The shelter was slammed with lots of dogs & cats and 11 new rabbits.  It was ridiculous to see the long line of people bring in their pets so late at night. Even when they were told the shelter was full, they still insisted on dumping animals there. Even when it was clear these animals would not have a space and most likely would be euthanized.  Our advocates called the Haven immediately and we all went to work to find rescue and make plans to fit the rest in. 
At the end of late evening, every new bunny got a cage, including the family of guinea pigs.  So no one had to go in a makeshift cage on the floor.  Some had to bunk in together to make it work.  Happily we were able to rescue three last night –one going to Milpitas, the others going to Santa Cruz –Then three out earlier in the day. Also, the guinea pig family is being taken out today by NorthStar rescue – Zoe from Andy’s pet Adoption center will be there at 12 noon.    
 Here's a quick recap of new rabbits & guinea pigs yesterday:
  7 Snowshoe (white w/gray tips) 1 in this group had serious leg injury
  1 Agouti:  young
  1 Hotot: young 
  1 Brown/tan: young
  1 Tan:  young
   11 total!!!  
The injured rabbit is in GREAT danger today – if rescue cannot be found -I will get photo ASAP.
Note:  this count is just the new rabbits-   the shelter was already full.

Guinea pigs 
6 adorable cavies.  Some smooth some with swirly tri colored fur.  All scared but so happy to get some food!  They were snuggled all together – 

I will update as soon as I have more info.
Blessing to Kyomi and Sarah and Lisa of the shelter.  They each worked so hard last night to help these rabbits and to work with me to make space to save their lives. Many thanks to NorthStar (esp. Cynthia and Zoe) for coming to the guinea pigs rescue today!

Call if you can foster anyone or help in any way 831 600-7479  
Can’t foster?  Send a donation -that will help too. 
(we have Paypal) 
Have an extra pen or Marchioro plastic cage 2 door- 43”?  
 Donate it so we can help these rabbits and those from Santa Cruz too.
We are running short on supplies
submitted by Auntie Heather


Tuesday, August 14, 2012


 this little girl keep her rabbit, 
here's one of those on-line petitions, 
that really do seem to work!

The Town of North Haven, Connecticut: Prevent a family from being forced to give up their beloved pet rabbit

Sunday, June 24, 2012

How To Help

The Rabbit Haven is simply overflowing with babies from the shelter. These days babies and mothers are the first ones on the euthanasia list.

Not everyone can foster a baby bunny, but it's easy to help the babies through a one time or monthly sponsorship.Your sponsorship can provide a baby bunny with the following:

$20.00 buys KMR baby formula and feeding supply syringes for one month
$30.00 buys alfalfa hay and pellets too for one month
$50.00 buys all of above and helps with some minor medical needs
$100 pays for one spay or neuter surgery (including medications) or for vet exams as they are needed. 

Sponsors receive a photo each week of their sponsored baby, adult or the litter. Later on you may also sponsor the spay and neuter as you wish . Boys are neutered at 3.5 months girls at 6 Months. Just let us know who you want to sponsor. Or if it is a litter, that's ok too, we like to share. Use our Paypal account to contribute, or donate by check
You can see the babies available for sponsoring by clicking HERE