Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Good Life....

From the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (UK) Campaign: A Hutch is Not Enough. Read more here.

NB: If you are to keep your rabbit outside in AUSTRALIA then make sure you thoroughly mozzie proof as we do not have a myxomatosis vaccination or cure.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

On speciesism...

Bunny doesn't bug Timmy

Chihuahua Timmy and his rabbit mate, Solomon, play at owner Beverley Livingstone's Caversham home yesterday. Photo by Steven Jaquiery.
Chihuahua Timmy and his rabbit mate, Solomon, play at owner Beverley Livingstone's Caversham home yesterday. Photo by Steven Jaquiery.
It was puppy love at first sight for Solomon.
And Timmy the chihuahua thought the exotic newcomer in his rabbit-fur coat looked like fun, too.
The unlikely pair have been almost inseparable since owner Beverley Livingstone was given the rabbit by a friend a week ago.
The raced around the front yard of her Caversham home yesterday like two old mates.
Read more here.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Hutch is Not Enough Campaign

RWACruelsticker (12K)Did you know it was the Victorians who first kept rabbits in hutches - a short term storage solution before the animals went to the pot?
We've moved on a great deal since then, but the habit of keeping rabbits in hutches has stuck.
Rabbits are not designed to live in a confined space. In the wild they cover an area equivalent to 30 football pitches. They're not designed to live alone either - wild rabbits live in large social groups, foraging, grooming each other and huddling together for warmth. Rabbits living alone experience high levels of stress.
Domestic rabbits are not fundamentally far removed from their wild cousins. They share the same need to run, jump, explore and share companionship with their own kind, so their accommodation must allow them to display these natural behaviours.
Read more about the specifics here at the Rabbit Welfare and Association Fund.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Adopt Belle: Cuddliest and Most Astoundingly Talented at Binkies

Belle. Cuddliest bunny! Belle is waiting for her forever home- very patiently- she has had a lot of interest but it still gracing her rescuers with her warm and lovely presence. She wants a family who will take her on the couch to watch TV or give her a cuddle under the covers. She also dreams of a grassy backyard where she can do her daily acrobatics (leaps, twists and really fast runs) and have adventures! She likes to have the best of all worlds and she deserves it.

Belle was surrendered to the pound- in other words her owners didn't want her. That breaks our heart- who wouldn't want the cuddliest, best mannered, tidiest, most astoundingly talented jumping rabbit in their home? Not to mention sophisticated, dignified and silky to the touch! If you are interested in helping Belle, giving her a second chance or sponsoring her time in foster care then please e-mail or call Clare from Sydney Pet Rescue and Adoption on 0405175511

Belle is currently staying in a garden flat in Dulwich Hill, Sydney.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

7 Ways Rabbits are Environmentally-Friendly

Rabbits in harmony with nature
There are many benefits to owning a pet rabbit: they're utterly adorable, they're funny, they're quiet, they're clean... I could go on and on.
But one thing many people may not realize is that rabbits are ecologically-friendly pets. Here are seven ways that pet rabbits help contribute to a healthy environment.
  1. You can grow a lot of their food yourself in a backyard garden. Rabbits eat an assortment of greens such as romaine and other dark leaf lettuce, collard greens, kale, parsley, and cilantro, which you can grow in your own home garden vegetable patch. They also love dandelion greens and flowers, so you can kill two birds with one stone and feed your bunnies your unwanted weeds. Growing your rabbit's food yourself helps the environment by cutting down on energy consumption and waste production caused by manufacturing, packaging, storing and shipping commercial food. (See our article Bunny Gardening for Beginners for more information on starting a garden.)
  2. You can use both their recycled paper litter and their droppings in a compost pile, which will then fertilize your garden. In fact, rabbit droppings contain a large amount of nitrogen and phosphorus which is essential for flower and fruit production. [1] This is not true for carnivorous pets like cats and dogs. Their waste products are not recommended for compost heaps. Furthermore, many kinds of clay-based cat litter come from strip mining and are non-degradable. [2]
  3. Even if you're not a gardener, you can purchase their main diet staple, timothy hay, along with other vegetables, from local farmers, again diminishing carbon emissions, chemicals, and other waste products that result from shipping commercial food. [3]
  4. Rabbits are effective paper shredders. No need to waste money and electricity on an electric shredder- rabbits' teeth grow continuously, so they need objects to chew on a regular basis. They will happily destroy your sensitive documents.
  5. Rabbits' favorite toys consist of items you would normally throw away or recycle. They love playing with toilet paper rolls, outdated phone books, old towels, cardboard boxes, etc. Again, this reduces waste associated with manufacturing, packaging, storing, shipping and advertising commercial pet toys. But, if you really must buy a toy for your bunny, you can be sure that he/she will also love the cardboard packaging (perhaps even more than the toy itself).
  6. Rabbits are content to run around in your house or apartment, so you don't have to make regular trips to the dog park. This reduces gas consumption and carbon emissions. In addition, because house rabbits stay inside and use their eco-friendly litterboxes, you don't have to worry about proper poop disposal like you do with dogs. Not only are many dog poop bags non-recyclable and non-degradable, but dog fecal bacteria currently pollutes our storm drain systems causing disease to humans and wildlife. [4]
  7. House rabbits are very clean animals and, in general, they manage to carry on relatively disease-free lives. This means a reduction of harmful chemicals and drugs associated with pet shampoos, flea and tick treatments, and other medications. These pollutants cause an array of problems such as drug-resistant bacteria, contamination of waterways, and health concerns for aquatic animals. [4]
So there you have it: seven ways rabbits are eco-friendly. Just another benefit to owning a pet bunny!

Friday, June 17, 2011


Have you seen Panda?

He was last seen on Thursday 9.6.11 at his home in Balgowlah. 

His mum Jessi is frantic and worried he has fallen from the balcony and could not get back up. He may be wandering around, very frightened and possibly hurt.

Panda is just 4 months old and has distinctive black markings and lop ears.

Please call Jessi 0420 943 833
 or James 0439 644 971

or email here at

Even if you just think you have seen him, any information about where he might have been or is now is greatly appreciated. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Diary of Winifred's Babes: Day 10

Day 10 Babes.

Mama Winifred comes over to lick the nest and the babies look like real rabbits now! They love to be pet behind the ears and wriggle into a ball to go to sleep in my hands and sucking my fingers. There are size differences between some of them and they all seem to be showing signs of individuality. The blue-grey one here is always up on top crawling over everyone, whereas you'll be hard pressed to find out sleepy white friend who is always trying to hog warmth from underneath. The grey spotty one still does the oddest things with his arms and legs!

At any moment now they will open their eyes and maybe even start to take a wander out of the nest- which scares me so much!

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Bunny Rules

  1. The bunny is not allowed in the house.
  2. OK, the bunny is allowed in the house, but only in certain rooms.
  3. The bunny is allowed in all rooms, but has to stay off the furniture.
  4. The bunny can get on the old furniture only.
  5. Fine, the bunny is allowed on all the furniture, but is not allowed to sleep with humans, on the bed.
  6. OK, the bunny is allowed on the bed,but only by invitation.
  7. The bunny can sleep on the bed when-ever he wants, but not under the covers.
  8. The bunny can sleep under the coversby invitation only.
  9. The bunny can sleep under the coversevery night.
  10. Humans must ask permission to sleep under the covers with the bunny.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Diary of Winifred's Babes: Day 7

blue-grey otter guy- very wriggly!
 So our little ones start to look like individuals. These were taken today- on their one week birthday!! Mama Winifred is doing a splendid job feeding her babes and even letting us watch sometimes. She comes over to make sure I'm not doing anything too rough with her little ones as I check them each day and has become more and more relaxed. She seems like she's just enjoying being a mama- hopefully she hasn't had to do it too many times before.

grey spotty sleepy guy with long arms and legs!
our pure white guy with pink ears looks just like dad.
triplets that look just like mum!

our darkest friend with light patches on his ears and eyebrows.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Diary of Winifred's Babes: Day 3

Here are they at 3 days old.

We can see fur growing and even their little bodies have grown in this short time! Their markings are coming out and we can see so far one really white one, one really dark one and the rest are speckled with two being quite hard to tell apart at this stage.

They are individuals already- 2 of them like to make lots of fuss, crawling over everyone and scratching the floor, trying to get the best spot amongst Mamma Winifred's fur. There is one really calm, quiet guy- one of the speckled ones whose quite accomodating to everyone.

Winifred is much calmer and happier for me to come and check her bubs- she has let me watch them drink her milk twice now which is unusual for both her personality and the prey instincts of rabbits in general.  And a great pleasure for me as the noises of baby bunnies suckling are really adorable. Winifred has been timid and flighty til now and today I could pat her whilst she ate.

All things are nice and furry in the bunny nook.


Monday, June 6, 2011

Diary of Winifred's Babes: Day 1+2

Winifred, our rescue rabbit who was meant to be a Wesley came to us pregnant from the pound. It's something to always be aware of when rescuing from pounds is that they often do not have qualified rabbit vets to sex rabbits properly. It was a red flag though when she was labelled a desexed male as those are rare in pounds- usually a desexed rabbit is a well looked after rabbit. So she was flatting with a big white boy who is now also in another rescue, safe and sound and unaware of his 7 babies now welcomed into our world.

The warning signs were obvious- Winifred had started to re-arrange in her playpen- ripping all the newspaper from inside her litter tray and arranging it into her other litter tray. At one stage I watched her drag a huge towel, after knocking her water bowl and food from on top of it, over to the "nest" she was creating. From then on anything that went into the playpen, went into the nest, Winifred sacrificing all her bedding in prep for her babes. One of her veggie meals even went in once and I had to fetch it out.

The next sign was the weight gain- big fat bulges on the side of her body and then came the fur pulling- for two reasons: to line the nest with for warmth (these lucky buns have a cashmere bun which are farmed for their fur so they get extra soft warmth) and to remove barrier to the teats.

Sunday morning 22 days after we rescued Winnie, we awoke to seven very warm wriggly pink bodies as photographed above. You can already see some of their markings and I'm told they are quite big- maybe after their dad. They were making noise and crawling all over each other with so much joy to be alive! This told us they were healthy and happy!!

We even had the pleasure of seeing Winifred feeding her children this morning, her own milk- confirming their safety. Domestic rabbits share wild rabbits genetic imprint when it comes to baby care- they do not hang next to or sit on their nest- they feed once or twice a day then watch from afar. This is because they have a scent and babies do not yet therefore they could lead a predator to the nest if they were to guard it. Many people think they are not caring for their young, when really they are using their instincts to protect them. That's the prey animal instincts for you!

Winifred and her babes will be up for adoption later in the year but we are taking enquiries now. For fostering too as I am space poor now in this bunny refuge and would love help.

They are with Sydney Pet Rescue and Adoption and can be enquired about through

Good information on domestic, wild and orphan baby care from The House Rabbit Society here.

Will keep you posted on their progress,


Patch desperately needs a home

Gumtree: Patch the Rabbit in Desperate Need of a Loving Home


Black & White
Long Hair
Male Rabbit
Patch arrived to the Forest Animal Hospital a few months ago, and is looking for his forever home after a long rehabilitation.
When Patch arrived, having been handed in by a very concerned member of the public who found him alone on the street, he was matted and underweight. The staff at the Forest Animal Hospital and the Northside Emergency Veterinary Service have cleaned him up and nursed him back to health. He is very friendly, loves being petted and is very curious and courageous.
Patch is desperate to turn his luck around as he has actually been abandoned twice in his lifetime since his new owners never showed up for him. He is not an impulse buy, but a life-long commitment who deserves a family who will love him forever.
If you can find it in your heart and your home to adopt Patch please contact:
Forest Animal Hospital
612 Warringah Road, Forestvile 2087
Monday - Friday 8am-7pm
Saturday 8am - 12 noon
(02) 9451 4840

Northside Emergency Veterinary Service
612 Warringah Road, Forestvile 2087
After Hours
(02) 9452 2933

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Bonding Bunnies

1. Desex both bunnies
Most bunnies would love a bunny friend, however, finding a perfect partner and bonding rabbits is not as simple as people think.  Rabbits are very territorial and aggressive when another bunny enters their home.  The best bondings are a desexed boy & a desexed girl and best if they pick out their own friend.  Bringing just any bunny home and introducing that bunny to yours will just end up in tears and trip to the vet when one of the bunnies gets hurt.
2. Let your bunny find their own friend
The best thing you can do (if your bun is desexed) is to take your bun along to a shelter for a "bunny date".  Your desexed bun is introduced to a number of desexed buns and they can equally agree who they find the nicest bun to live with.  The best place to do this in Melbourne (assuming you're in Melbourne) is the Australian Animal Protection Society in Keysborough where they have a fabulous bunny adoption program.
3. Bringing home a new bunny
Saying all that above, however, it doesn't mean smooth sailing even if your bunny finds a friend and all seems good at the shelter.  When you get home, it's still your bunny's territory so you need to change all towels, rugs and thoroughly clean out the litter tray (preferably get a new neutral tray that both can claim).  I find it better to re-introduce in the bathtub when you get home (with a towel on the bottom) so you can see how they go when home.  If they seem to be okay, you could put them together in a neutral zone with all neutral things and supervise.  If there's any chasing, humping or aggression, you'll need to keep them separated until they get used to each other.
4.  Introducing your buns safely
A barrier helps when you bring a new bunny into the home.  Swap each bun over into the other's territory so they can smell each other's zone and get used to each other without any close up contact.  Keep swapping them over every day & introduce in a neutral zone for a short time every day until they start to groom each other, snuggle & share food together.  By that stage, the buns are usually very happy together unsupervised.

From Boing Online - a great Melbourne based site for rescue buns. 

**In Sydney I recommend contacting Porsches Small Rescue.

Rupert and Evie need Desperate help!!!

MELB: Rupert and Evie's mum is moving to Queensland for her job- sadly there are no bunnies allowed there (they incur a huge fine and are put to sleep) so she has to leave them behind.

These very loved companions are adorable and follow each other around, Evie is very protective of Rupert and they are such a joy to watch together.

Rupert has some special needs to do with his teeth but just requires an injection each week- his mum is supplying 5 months worth for him. Besides that they are healthy and happy and come desexed and vaccinated.

They need urgent help and can be either adopted or fostered by a caring person who can make them part of the family indoors. Even if you are not in Melb, let us know if you can help.

You can contact me for more info on or Suzanne who is helping rehome them on:

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Belle is a calm, cuddly possum. She is a sophisticated blue-grey Chinchilla rabbit in her first years of life. Her previous owners surrendered her to the pound much to our shock as she is the most kindly mannered, sweet hearted girl with so much love to give. Put her on the grass outside and she'll express all her joys with binkies (literal jumps, leaps and flips which express extreme happiness) and will flop out, snuggled into her own fur when she is relaxing inside. She is very clean, litter trained and enjoys playing with her toys- we think shes a smart girl! She will cuddle with you on the couch or in bed and would make a beautiful companion.

Belle would like to find a home with people who can make her part of their family and that can give her daily cuddles and playtime. Can you give this special girl a second chance?

Belle comes desexed, vaccinated and is litter trained and very clean. She enjoys oxbow pellets and fresh oaten hay and fresh vegetables from her foster's garden :)

Leia came to the pound as a stray before she came to us. She has really come out of her shell to reveal a rascally but adorable bunny who needs lots of love and affection. Sit with Leia and she'll jump all over you, and sniff around your face, ears and if she can make it up onto your shoulders and onto your back she will! She has lots of energy for a girl whose endured some tough trials. Though curious and seemingly mischievous, she is very well behaved, litter trained and not very fussy. She is happy as long as someone is loving her. She'll give lots of attention to you in return and will amaze you with her funny quirks.

Leia would like to find a home where she is made part of the family and not confined to a small hutch or cage. She'd make a wonderful companion if someone could give her, her turn at a second chance.

Leia is desexed and vaccinated. She is litter trained and very clean too!! 

Contact to enquire about fostering of adopting Leia.