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What's New? at House Rabbit Society - Oct. 2004

** Accused Rabbit Abuser Arrested in California

On Oct. 15, Hayward CA police arrested Janine Marie
Cazares and charged her with animal cruelty for the
alleged 10 years worth of suffering she inflicted on the
Hayward Rabbits.

Cazares' arraignment is scheduled for November 15.

It is imperative the Hayward District Attorney prosecute
Cazares to the full extent of the law. PLEASE, contact
Hayward DA Tom Rogers and firmly request that his office
work vigorously to prosecute this heartless woman to
ensure her conviction.

Please sign this petition to the District Attorney requesting
prosecution of Janine M. Cazares:

See where the Hayward Rescued Rabbits are today,
please go to:

** Lucky Rabbit Abusers Go To Court Nov. 16

Nicholas Sigmon and Paul Collins' Pre-Trial is scheduled for
Nov. 16 in Hayward CA. They are accused of attempting
to kill Simon's pet rabbit Lucky by allegedly strapping an
explosive device to her belly and throwing her into a
lake. Fortune had it that the explosive failed and Lucky
survived her ordeal in the lake.

House Rabbit Society has obtained the police reports on
this case and will be posting excerpts on Lucky's web site soon. In them, you will read
how Sigmon and his friends planned this event days in
advance, bragged about it to co-workers and lied to
police, trying to convince authorities that this was just a

Please write to Deputy District Attorney Tom Rogers and
ask that he vigorously prosecute Sigmon and Collins for
this horrific act of animal cruelty:,

Sign the Lucky petition:


Bunnies Run Man Out of His Home
Tuesday, October 19, 2004 By Lynne Jensen Staff writer
(New Orleans front page newspaper article)

A Gentilly man recently called his doctor for help with a
problem that sent a Louisiana SPCA crew hopping to his
rescue. The man "just wanted some company in the house,
so he bought two rabbits," Louisiana SPCA Executive
Director Laura Maloney said Monday. The Louisiana
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is
withholding his name.

In less than a year, he had 73 big-eyed fur balls of white,
black and gray. The SPCA crew spent Monday morning
on a rabbit hunt inside the house. The bunnies were
allowed to roam, and their burrowing and constant
chewing destroyed couches, chairs and mattresses. That
mess, combined with rabbit refuse throughout the house,
caused the owner to "pass out," Maloney said. He moved
out Friday and called his doctor, who called the SPCA.

As four SPCA workers collected the rabbits, their owner
"was sad and embarrassed," she said. The man was not
cited and is not guilty of animal hoarding, which is a form
of mental illness, Maloney said. Animal hoarders collect
strays and shelter animals in a misguided attempt to love
and care for them, she said.

Hoarders rarely seek assistance, Maloney said.

"He was a very nice man who recognized he was in a
situation where he needed help," said Kathryn Destreza,
director of animal services at the SPCA. "The rabbits
were clean and healthy, even though the house wasn't."
As the rabbits were removed from the house, the man
"was apologizing the whole time," Destreza said.

Maloney did a bit of apologizing, too, as she updated the
press release about the rascally rabbits several times. At
first count, she thought the crew had rounded up 30
rabbits. Then she increased the number to 69, then 73.
Staff members, along with June Booth and Danielle Collins
of the House Rabbit Society, spent Monday afternoon
separating the animals by gender and neutering the males.
Females can give birth within a month of fertilization and
typically bear litters of four to 10 animals.

Until permanent homes are found, the rabbits will live in
stacked cages inside a former horse stall at the SPCA's
animal shelter at 1319 Japonica St. The small black horse
named Can in the neighboring stall, taken in as a cruelty
case, doesn't seem to mind sharing his hay. The SPCA
crew left water and rabbit food in the Gentilly home in
case they missed a few rabbits, Maloney said. A check
will be made in a day or two.

** New Orleans Rescue UPDATE

For three years, HRS Louisiana Educator, June Booth has
worked closely with the LASPCA in developing their
rabbit education and adoption program. The results of
June's dedicated efforts have been demonstrated in this
rescue; the LASPCA has done a very good job helping
these rabbits.

The care and placement of these rescued rabbits has been
a cooperative effort between the LASPCA, June Booth
and the North Georgia HRS Chapter. NGHRS volunteer
Danielle Collins has made regular visits to the LASPCA,
working with June to help care for, and develop adoption
strategies. Danielle states, "The LASPCA is a wonderful
facility and June Booth too is spectacular! The shelter staff
is terrific and I was greatly impressed!"

Louisiana veterinarian, Dr. Greg Rich, has generously
donated his time to spay and neuter the rabbits.

As of Oct. 31, approximately 35 rabbits are waiting to be
placed in permanent or foster homes.

If you have any questions, ideas, or can help foster/adopt
any of the remaining "couch burrowing" bunnies, please

June Booth
Louisiana HRS Educator
[email protected]

Danille Collins
Volunteer, NGA HRS chapter
[email protected]

** Join the Make Mine Chocolate! Campaign

By Karalee Curry, Chapter Manager, Columbus HRS

Each year, we face the inevitable problem of unwanted
Easter rabbits. In addition to the suffering experienced by
these often poorly cared for creatures, the costs imposed
on our organizations' resources and volunteers are
significant. Columbus HRS believes that the problem is
best addressed at its source: change the public's attitude
towards rabbits and reduce the number of uninformed
purchases. In the same way that the need to spay and
neuter cats and dogs is recognized by the majority of
Americans, we believe that the message to not buy
rabbits as Easter gifts can become an integral part of
American views on companion animals.

Two years ago, in an attempt to address the problem,
Columbus HRS began the "Make Mine Chocolate!"
campaign. Ceramic pins in the form of chocolate bunnies
symbolize the campaign's goals of discouraging the casual
purchase of rabbits and educating the public about the
special needs of these often-fragile creatures. Wearing the
pin provides the opportunity to share our message with the
general public. These informal conversations are supported
by a card that is distributed with each pin, and by business
cards that can be handed out to interested parties. Both
the pin card and the business card list important facts that
should be considered before bringing a rabbit into the

Although our campaign has been very successful, changing
the public's attitudes requires a broad campaign of national
scope. Because such an effort requires significant
resources, our first step was to apply for a grant from the
Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust to help with startup
costs. In late August, we were extremely gratified to learn
that our grant proposal was approved. However, financial
resources are only one type of resource that a national
campaign requires. Building off of the concept of strength
in numbers, we would like to invite your HRS chapter,
rabbit rescue, humane society, or animal welfare
organization (or you, if you are an independent fosterer or
educator) to partner with us on this important campaign.
We believe that you and your organization can both
benefit from the work that has already been done and
contribute to broadening its effectiveness.

We have a catchy theme, "Make Mine Chocolate!", which
is supported by our "Make Mine Chocolate!" pins,
magnets, and clothing. Our partnership wholesale pricing
makes our products valuable fundraising tools for your
organization. We have a marketing strategy in place that
has already created interest in the campaign by the
national media. Also, we have begun work on a new
website, that will feature
interactive content and games to educate visitors about the
responsibilities of rabbit ownership and proper care of
companion rabbits.

Columbus HRS is committed to supporting our partners in
their efforts to bring this campaign to their local
communities. We will encourage interested visitors to
support our campaign through their local "Make Mine
Chocolate!" campaign partner by providing a link to your
organization's website or listing your individual contact
information on the partners page. As partners, we can
reach every community in America and change the way
the general public thinks about companion rabbits.
Together, we can improve the lives of thousands of
domestic rabbits nationwide.

If you would like more information about the "Make Mine
Chocolate!" campaign, please visit our website: and review our brochure,
which can be found at: If you
have additional questions or would like to partner with us,
contact Terri Cook at [email protected]
or me: [email protected].

** Newsweek Article Promoting Rabbit Fur

Newsweek Article -Real Fur Is Fun Again
It's less expensive and more popular than ever. But as
young people snuggle up, where are the protesters?
By Julie Scelfo

Oct. 11 issue - On a visit to Fifth Avenue's chic Henri
Bendel department store last week, Pietra Jones caresses
a spiky, oval-shaped hat made from fox, dyed lilac and
purple. "I love fur!" purred Jones, 26, unconcerned about
the process that turns living creatures into fashion
accessories. "My sister is totally into PETA (People for
the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and she reams me out
every time I buy fur, but I can't stop myself. I know it's
un-PC, but when I shop I really separate myself from
thinking about the animal."

It's an attitude more and more people seem to be adopting.
A decade after protesters stormed Calvin Klein's office
and used red paint to write KILLS ANIMALS under his
logo, fur is baaack. Thanks to hip-hop stars like Sean
Combs and Foxy Brown, animal pelts have migrated from
high society to youth culture, joining jewel-encrusted bike
chains and 24-inch "spinner" rims as essential status
symbols for the bling-bling set. And you don't have to
drive your Hummer to Rodeo Drive to get a piece:
Express, a fixture at malls nationwide, sells baby pink
rabbit ear muffs for $32. "For me, wearing fur is old-
school glamour," says Brown, who launched a line last
month. "It's also versatile because it can be classic or

Fur is also, of course, controversial. Back in the early
1990s, no red-carpet affair seemed complete without a
paint-hurling protester redesigning a celeb's sable coat. But
for twentysomethings who are too young to remember
Joan Rivers's getting doused on her way to the opera, fur
has little stigma. Not surprisingly, the fur industry is
overjoyed. "So many of PETA's campaigns incensed
people—urging kids to drink beer, not milk—people have
decided it's time to make up their own minds," says Keith
Kaplan of the Fur Information Council of America. PETA
spokesman Dan Mathews blames the media for hiding the
truth about fur production. "We live in such an escapist
society that they don't even let you [air] ads that show
graphic footage of animals' being killed or electrocuted on
fur farms," says Mathews.

Although fur sales peaked along with Alexis Carrington's
shoulder pads in the late 1980s, they fell drastically in the
early 1990s. Since 1999, sales have climbed steadily,
reaching a record $1.8 billion in 2003, and are expected to
be even higher this year. Much of that revenue will come
not from high-end couture, but from lower-priced
accessories, like BCBG's $178 rabbit poncho and
Coach's $400 coyote-trimmed duffle bag. "In the 1980s,
you had coats, jackets, stoles, and that's about it," says
Timothy Gunn, head of fashion at Parsons School of
Design. "Now, you can find fur almost anywhere. It's
affordable to more people, and that makes a huge

Not everyone is blase about wearing this season's berry-
colored rabbit shrugs. Some, like Amanda Harding, still
think fur equals murder. Harding, 30, was shocked while
shopping in New York last week to hear a 25-year-old
fashion buyer touting the merits of fur. "Fake fur keeps
you just as warm, looks the same and costs less," says
Harding. Next, PETA launches a new antifur billboard,
featuring Charlize Theron and her dog. As the fur
continues to fly off shelves, it remains to be seen if the
paint will fly again, too.

Here are three things you can do to voice your opinion
about this callous Newsweek article:

1) Sign the petition: and pass it on.
2) Call Newsweek: 1-800-631-1040
3) Write to Newsweek: [email protected]

** When Only the Love Remains: The Pain of Pet Loss

A book by Emily Margaret Stuparyk

Our companion animals play an important role in our daily
lives as friends, confidants, and family members. When
they die, it is very natural to grieve over this loss. "When
Only the Love Remains:The Pain of Pet Loss" is a
collection of poems written by Emily Margaret Stuparyk,
following the sudden and untimely death of her beloved
rabbit, Poochie. This hardcover book traces the journey
of grief as the author moves through the stages of shock,
anguish, denial, depression, hope and finally, acceptance.
Emily's book offers compassion, comfort, and support for
the grieving pet lover and is available at the HRS Rabbit
Reading Room ( ) or at Emily's website:

** HRS Featured Chapter Item of the Month

Vancouver Rabbit Rescue and Advocacy is proud to offer
our supporters these quality 100% cotton, heavy duty, Fruit
of the Loom T-shirts.The shirts display the VRRA official
logo as well as the important message, "Some bunny needs
you." Available in 5 color and 4 sizes (S, M, L, XL).
All T-shirts are $15:

Please show your support of VRRA , the only registered
rabbit charity in Western Canada. All proceeds raised in
the sale of these handsome shirts go directly to the care
and housing of VRRA rabbits or to their educational work
to ensure all rabbits are well cared for.

** House Rabbit Society Chapter Updates

* Tampa Bay Florida (

Hurricane Update
Dana Hakes, Chapter Manager writes: "We are fortunate
to have weathered (pun intended) a historical period of
hurricane activity. I am extremely grateful that there were
no serious losses or injuries. One lady lost the two
bedrooms that she uses for the buns, but friends helped
her reconfigure her house. Several people lost cars.
About everyone lost power, phone and other
conveniences at some point.

We all got a crash course in hurricane preparation, even
those of us who thought we had plans. We still have alot
of learning and planning to do, especially those people
who have alot of buns. I am very proud of the way that
the bun people in the state pulled together and helped
each other out.

When Charley came, Orlando stepped up and opened up
their homes, even though they got hit far worse than
Tampa. By the time Ivan came through, we were able to
advise the people in the Panhandle with the wisdom that
comes from two hurricanes in three weeks. Jeanne was
just an annoyance, and everyone "made do" with what they
already had. Things are quickly returning to normal and we
continue to cope with shelters bursting at the seams with
displaced animals, and the probability that already high
insurance rates are going to skyrocket."

Rabbit Ears TV:

Rabbit Ears TV is a 30 minute show that is broadcast on
Public Access TV. Each show has 2 segments on
important education topics such as housing, toys and
litterbox training. Every show also has a presentation from
one of our recommended rabbit vets. Adoptable rabbit
videos are shown twice during the show. Each show
concludes with a fun segment such as a demonstration of
rabbit-hopping or a music video that demonstrated the
joy of rabbits at play.

Rabbit Ears TV was nominated for Best New Series and
Best Education/Instructional Program at the Suncoast
Access Awards. Rabbit Ears TV did not win, but there is
great success in being nominated. The clips shown during
the ceremony got the best crowd reaction.

Rabbit Ears TV is written, produced and directed by
Maran Fulvi. Mike Rowan and Jennifer Richard, and
Missy and John Ott have contributed pieces. A favorite
segment of Chapter Manager Dana Hakes, is the one on
nutrition. Mike Rowan shows a refrigerator full of greens
for the buns and a tiny carton of Chinese food for him and
Jennifer. I think most of us can relate! Several Tampa Bay
HRS recommended vets, such as Dr. Peter Helmer and
Dr. James Hughes, contributed pieces.

Rabbit Ears TV was nominated for Best New Series and
Best Educational/Instructional Program at the Suncoast
Access Awards. Although they did not win, being
nominated was quite an accomplishment. They also
showed clips during the awards ceremony to a strong and
positive audience response.

Tampa Bay HRS is very pleased to announce that on Sun.
Nov. 14, NYC HRS Chapter Manager Mary Cotter will be
in Orlando to give a workshop on "Handling a Difficult
Bunny" (see NYC HRS Chapter update below for

* Vancouver Update (

House Rabbit Society's newest chapter, Vancouver Rabbit
Rescue and Advocacy has an incredible opportunity to
have a shelter and education center. A major funding
organization is interested in granting shelter start-up funds.
$ 20,000 in matching funds must be raised by year's end.
Chapter Manager Olga Betts writes, "Now we are writing
our proposal and application for start up funds for a
shelter and education centre and hopefully will be able to
get $20,000. We need a matching $20,000 which is the
tricky part; we're working on it! Several younger
members are in music groups and bands and we now
have a venue for a benefit concert in November."

VRRA is the only registered rabbit charity in Western
Canada. Please consider a cash donation to this important
shelter funding project. Amounts of $10 or more can
receive a tax deductible receipt.

Checks may be sent to:
Vancouver Rabbit Rescue and Advocacy
P.O. Box 45039, Dunbar R.P.O.
Vancouver, B.C. V6S 2M8

VRRA had a very successful "Rabbit Festival" in
conjunction with the Vancouver SPCA. Lots of people
came and many learned a lot. Many people brought their
rabbits for a free checkup so they learned to clip nails and
the importance of spay and neuter. Some of these people
wouldn't spend the money on a vet so it was really good
for the rabbits. Most were in good health, some needed
attention for small matters. One set were in bad shape
from being on wire - but the woman has stayed in touch
and is helping her rabbits.

VRRA had their Annual General Membership meeting in
September, an exciting landmark to cross! "We brought in
$10,000 last year which surprised us all. Of course almost
all was spent on vet bills.", Chapter Manager, Olga Betts.

* Monterey (

Susan Harrow, Monterey Educator and Fosterer writes:
On November 6 & 7, I will have a booth at the Monterey
Pet Show at the Monterey Fairgrounds. The Pet Show is
co-sponsored by the SPCA of Monterey County, and all
vendors/booths must be approved by the SPCA. It will be
a great opportunity to show rabbits for adoption, and
educate. The SPCA's booth will be close by so we will be
actively working together at this local event
For more information see:

* Colorado (

Colorado HRS is installing eight protected outdoor runs
across the drive from the bunny rooms. In a matter of
several weeks, we expect to be able to put eight crates'
worth of bunnies in them, on warm days. If each is out for
an hour, we'll be able to get all of the rabbits out every day
in the spring and fall, and at least every other day in the
summer. "We're really excited about this!", writes Nancy
LaRoche, Co-Manager, CO HRS.

* Alabama (

Bunny 101
Alabama EARS held it's first Bunny 101 Care Class on
Oct. 2 in Birmingham, AL. The free event was attended
by people from all over the state of Alabama.

Individual booths staffed by EARS' volunteers covered
topics such as the importance of spay and neuter, litterbox
training, nutrition, preparing for emergencies, bonding,
grooming, and indoor housing. At registration, each guest
was given a packet of information with HRS literature
covering the topics, and additional topics not represented
by a booth.

Dr. Alvin Atlas from Riverview Animal Clinic in
Birmingham attended to answer medical questions about
rabbits. One worried rabbit mom even brought X-rays and
her rabbit's medical file for a free consultation.

Mary Alexander, an Alabama EARS educator-in-training,
gave two 45 minute seminars "All About Bunny" which
covered the basics about domestic rabbit care.

Area businesses donated approximately $1,200 for
printing, supplies, and event T-shirts. Volunteers wore the
t-shirts and passed them out to guests. (The shirts had the
Bunny 101 class title on it and "a rabbits place is inside the
home" on the back.) Additional donations from local
businesses included $300 in gift certificates to area stores
and restaurants that were used as door prizes.

Even though Bunny 101 was primarily an educational
event, Alabama EARS brought in almost $900 in
donations, new memberships, and sales from the Bunny

Fall Garage Sale
Alabama EARS held its Fall garage sale on October 11th.
The sale, organized by Connie Cowan, JB and Ron
Cowen, and Kathy Troup brought in $760.

Pensacola Bunnies Back Home
When the threat of Hurricane Ivan became real, Alabama
EARS became an emergency, temporary home for some
Pensacola, FL rabbits. The 10 rabbits are now back in
foster care in Pensacola.

* Ohio (

Buckeye HRS is participating in the Akron, Ohio Pet Expo
called PetapaZOOla, at the Summit County Fairgrounds
on November 27th & 28th.
For more info, visit

* New Jersey (

New Jersey HRS held the third annual BunnyFest on
Oct. 23rd at the Woman's Club Meeting House in
Matawan. The turnout was wonderful! Approximately 120
people, including 18 dedicated volunteers, attended for a
day of bunny fun and education. Oakhurst Veterinary
Hospital donated $10 gift certificates for all attendees and
each pre-registrant received a goody bag with treats for
rabbits and their people.

The goody bag included a mini-willow chew ring from
Busy Bunny, a hay bundle with wood chew (made by
Tracy Turner), our NJ HRS magnet picture frame with our
logo and contact information, another magnet from an
area pet supply place, and for humans, a Panda licorice
chew, a dried fruit treat and one piece of "bad for you"
Halloween candy (either Reese's peanut butter cup,
Mounds bar or Hershey chocolate bar). The goody bags
were a major hit....everyone was opening them right away
and enjoying contents!

Dr. Michael Doolen gave a slide presentation about GI
stasis, dental issues and ear infections, followed by a
question and answer session which lasted right up until
Mary Cotter's (NYC HRS) scheduled presentation.
While we were re-arranging the room for the "Handling a
Difficult Bunny' presentation, Dr. Doolen moved his
question answering out to the entry way and continued
talking to people for well over another hour!

Mary Cotter's presentation fascinated the audience. She
worked with 6 bunnies and people were calling her the
"Bunny Whisperer". Many people wanted her contact

Volunteers staffed the tables....we had a refreshment table
complete with home made baked goods. We sold
JenniSoy Candles and Busy Bunny items (and nearly sold
out!). We had a Nearly New/Really Good Old Stuff
table....with a large variety of items....these did not sell
great until, at the end of the day, we announced that the
items were half price and whoosh...they disappeared!
Also a popular item were the chew toys made by Foster
Health Coordinator, Tracy Turner. The rabbit care
information table was supplied with the House Rabbit
Handbook, Stories Rabbits Tell, handouts, membership
information, etc. The silent auction included items
such as CareFresh Litter, Oxbow items, a rabbit first
aid kit and bunny gift baskets.

Several people told Chapter Manager Shelley Stack and
Treasurer Janine Motta how much they enjoyed
themselves. The day was a genuine cooperative effort and
everyone was pleased to partake in such a successful
event, including the 19 bunnies who got their nails clipped
by Tracy Turner!

* Indiana (

Dawn Sailer, Co-Chapter Manager Training writes:
Each year, the October Indianapolis Monthly (magazine)
features pets in Central Indiana:

We have been working with staff over the past two years
to increase their rabbit knowledge. We are pleased with
the results in this year's issue:

A full page spread featuring one of our rabbit-savvy
exotics vets, detailing that non-dog cat species need
special veterinary care. The spread included a 1/4 page
photo of the vet examining a rabbit - looking in the rabbit's
ear with an otoscope, but we'll take it.

In the summary table listing "Where to Obtain Your Pet,"
rabbits actually were listed in the table for the first time!
Categories (listed from top to bottom) were "High End
(HRS)," "Middle of the Road (Shelters in Central
Indiana)," and "Low End (Pet Stores)." Indianapolis
Monthly did a great job of mentioning that HRS rescues
rabbits because they die in Indiana Shelters every day,
adult rabbits are more widely available than baby rabbits
(in shelters), and, finally, cautioning people that cute fuzzy
bunnies should not be purchased on impulse from pet

Interestingly, the HRS adoption fee and shelter adoption
fees for spayed/neutered rabbits ($45) are, at times, in
alignment or lower than pet store fees ($25-40 dollars,
higher at holiday time). The magazine did call out that
HRS and shelter adoption fees included spay/neuter.

The only "con" listed for HRS was that at times it can take
volunteers days to contact people. If only there were 24
hours/day and/or an unlimited supply of volunteers...

* Rhode Island (

Chapter Manager Training Pam Hood writes about
proposed Rhode Island regulations concerning
animal health, shelters, fostering, rabbits and more:

Jennifer Sears (Ed) and myself attended the latest DEM
(Dept. of Environmental Management) meeting yesterday
and it seems the state will be slacking up some, but not
much concerning foster care. However, I believe we will
have the regulation changed that allows the sale of rabbits
4 weeks and older to be changed to 8 weeks. We are
very pleased about this.

Also, we found out that any breeder who supplies rabbits
to pet shops in RI must have a Animal Dealer's License
from the state. This would require those breeders to
comply with the same state regulations that shelters, pet
stores, etc. must comply with. I need to get clarification
from the state vet about out of state breeders supplying
rabbits and what restrictions there are for them. (For
instance, the already neutered 4 week old baby buns from
Marshall Farms). I am pretty certain that no pet shops in
RI that sells rabbits, gets these rabbits from a state
licensed dealer. This may be the way we can make a
huge impact regarding pet store rabbit sales.

Unfortunately, hobbyists are exempt from these regs. That
is quite a shame as it is usually the backyard breeders and
hobbyists that make the news (like recently the American
Rabbit Breeders Association breeders here had 70
angoras seized from their basement). But we will continue
to work on that one.

According to the state vet, we would have to go through
legislative procedures and have the current law changed for
hobbyists to be fall under these regs. Because of our
501c3 status, I really doubt we can pursue this, but we can
have folks not affiliated with Sweet Binks work on that
one. I know there are many dog/cat advocates here that
want breeders regulated. As far as unlicensed rescue
groups continuing rescue work in will be very tough
if these regs are enforced. The latest revised (not including
yesterday's revisions) can be found at: Select: Draft Animal Care Regs.

Another thing that will be changed is the state was going to
require that EVERY animal in a foster home be presented
to the licensed organization and/or veterinarian EVERY
two weeks for evaluation.....the wording will be changed
to something like "as needed or required by parent org
or vet." I am feeling more confident about positive
changes being made concerning rabbits in RI. The fact
that rabbits will not be considered livestock in RI may
open the gate to for more positive changes as well.

* New York City (

NYC HRS just had their 9th annual rabbit care conference
with Anne McBride (author of "Why Does My Rabbit?")
as special guest speaker on rabbit behavior, and Dr Gil
Stanzione doing a terrific powerpoint presentation on
e.Cunniculi. The turnout was great, and participants
seemed to love it.

Many of the NYC Chapter "regulars" said it was their best
conference yet. Chapter Manager Mary Cotter is busy on
the East Coast presenting her workshop, "Handling a
Difficult Bunny". Mary held her workshop at the New
Jersey HRS BunnyFest in Oct. and will have another on
Nov. 14 in Orlando. Of the NJ BunnyFest workshop,
Mary writes: "The theme was "working with difficult
bunnies" - participants were asked to bring in rabbits who
are very resistant to,or traumatized by, handling, nail
cutting, etc. We created a central "corral" out of a couple
of puppy pens, and placed participants' chairs in
concentric rings around the corral, so everyone could see.
I worked with the "difficult" bunnies and their owners in
the corral, one at a time.

"I talked about some basic principles of working with,
and communicating with, a small prey species, and
demonstrated these principles for the owners, with their
own rabbits. The results were really fast and fun to watch
and very rewarding. One of the rabbits had NEVER been
picked up by his owner (in the whole year since they had
gotten him), and they were able to pick him up quite
easily and peacefully, with no fuss at all, in just a few

* North Georgia (

The following article is from the North Georgia Chapter
Fall 2004 newsletter, "The Literate Lagomorph".

IHOP Renovations Under Way

Our facility in Conyers is getting a facelift! A Building
Committee has formed to plan out the steps needed for
an Improved Habitat Overhaul Project (IHOP). The
initial goal is an HRS Adoption/Foster Center located in
Chapter Manager Debbie Trantin's converted garage. The
ultimate goal will be our very own North Georgia HRS
Shelter in a separate location.

Work has already begun at Debbie's house, which has
served as our main foster home for several years. The
indoor/outdoor carpet in the garage has been ripped up
and the concrete floor has been sanded and coated with a
sealant that will make messes and spills easier to clean.

The room has been painted a cheery yellow and green.
Old cages have been pressure washed and cleaned for
use until the new ones arrive, and litter pans were bleached
and cleaned. Thank you to all volunteers who helped
throughout the week so that the foundation could be
layed for the new Adoption/Foster Center.

The next step will be the installation of new stainless steel
cages with large doors that will be easier to clean, the
placing of new exercise pens, and the set-up of storage
units. Architect Clare Eisenstein has used her skills to
draw up floorplans for the new equipment. Purchase and
delivery of the cages is currently being negotiated by Angel
Holcomb. Builder Mick Haves is donating his time and
expertise to set up the cages and install storage areas
and a utility sink.

The fundraising effort has been mounted by the Building
Committee to collect the money needed for these
renovations. Estimates have put the project at $8,000;
which includes equipment, shipping and labor. Letters
have been mailed out to all North Georgia House Rabbit
Society members seeking donations at different
sponsorship levels. Each level gives the sponsor a chance
to be a part of a lasting memorial dedicated to this project.

* UPDATE on the North Georgia IHOP

Co-Chapter Manager Arlene Pabros writes: "Our goal
was to raise $8000 for our main foster home improvements
from membership donations. To date we have raised over
$11,000 and the donations are still coming in. We have
also been applying for grants and have received $5790
from Petsmart and are now applying for one from Oxbow
as well as working on other foundations. We have
certainly come a long way in the last nine years."

* San Francisco Peninsula (

"Today is not only Halloween, it is a very special
anniversary day for me. Fourteen years ago on
Halloween I became a volunteer at Peninsula Humane
Society in San Mateo Ca. working with the rabbits.
Thank you to Amy Espie for sharing her knowledge
and carrying me under her wing to make me become
the person I am today. Thank you to Marinell and
Beth Woolbright for there guidance and support during
some of thoses trying times.

I have seen so many changes in fourteen years, most
of them I can say have been for the betterment for the
rabbits. Just knowing that back in 1990 we were
seeing 750 rabbits a year coming in to the shelter with
80 percent being euthanized. Feeling helpless in knowing
the only thing I could do for them would be to be with
them at the end. Each and everyone knew they were
loved. Little did I know back then we would see a
dramatic decline as the years went by in the number of
rabbits coming into the shelter. We're now getting less
then 300 a year with most getting adopted. The rabbits
at the shelter now have an important voice and have
become equal to the dogs and cats in acknowledging

In those 14 years I can't say there haven't been days
when I've told myself I can't do this anymore. I only
need to look into the eyes of the rabbits and hear them
say. You can't quit who will be our voice. I know there
is still more important work to do. So I pick myself up
brush myself off and say 'one rabbit at a time.'"

Donna Jensen
Chapter Manager San Francisco Peninsula Chapter HRS

** Join House Rabbit Society Today!

If you are not a member of House Rabbit Society, please
take this opportunity to join us. A yearly tax-deductible
membership costs only $18, or $25 for international
memberships. All members receive the Society's
newsletter, House Rabbit Journal. Please go to:

** To Beetle **

Your youth was dreadful and you had a right to be bitter.
You brought love to Violet, who misses you enormously,
as do Erin and Andy. It isn't right that you had to leave so

** On behalf of the rabbits, thank you. **
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