Welcome to Special Bunny!

We are a Seattle-area house rabbit rescue and we have lots of great, healthy bunnies for adoption. We are also experts when it comes to special-needs house rabbits, and we want our website to become a resource for special-needs bunny owners. We care for 60-80 bunnies at our shelter, and we provide permanent sanctuary for bunnies who need specialized care. We are an all-volunteer, registered 501(c)3 organization. 

Enjoy our latest news & updates on our Special Bunny Rescue Facebook Page. Use the navigation on the left to dive into detailed information about our shelter, our bunnies, advice, resources, and much much more!

Tuesday
Sep032013

New ideas for difficult bondings

Some bunnies seem to fall in love instantly (like our wonderful 'nurse' bunny, Clyde...more on him coming soon!), some take a few days, some take weeks, and some take...months. If they bond at all. It can be frustrating (and dangerous) to bond unwilling pairs, but it's all worth it when the magic happens and two animals who seemed to want to murder each other are suddenly inseparable.

We have lots of great videos and ideas on our bonding page, and we've just added a section (at the bottom) to share difficult bonding stories and ideas. Check it out to learn about the 'bonding gate' that made all the differenct for Norbert and Padfoot, who are now 'a unit' who stay so close to each other they are constantly bumping into each other. 

If you have ideas that have worked for you, or techniques you think others should try, or links to sites with great ideas for bonding, send them to us!

Here's a photo of Norbert and Padfoot now--you'd never know their humans had basically given up trying to bond them after 6 months of trying. 

Here's a photo of Norbert and Padfoot now--you'd never know their humans had basically given up trying to bond them after 6 months of trying.

 

Monday
Sep022013

Auction catalog: now available online!

We know you're dying to start your shopping and planning and plotting early this year. So, we created this fabulous auction catalog website just for you! Check back often, as we are adding new items every week from now until our auction!

Special Bunny 2013 Auction Catalog

AND...GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

Buy now to make sure you and your friends reserve a spot.

 

Monday
Jul292013

The auction is coming! The auction is coming!

Oh my oh my, so much excitement! It's hard to even stand it!

Special Bunny's 2013 Silent Auction & Dinner fundraiser is coming this fall:

October 19, 2013
5 - 8 PM
Rusty Pelican Cafe, Mill Creek

And you get get more info and buy tickets right this very moment! Don't delay, early-bun rates will expire and we plan to sell out this year!

Read all about it! 

Tuesday
Jul022013

Heat is a major problem for bunnies. Let us help!

Much of the country is experiencing a heat wave...and the northwest is too. Here, we're not used to hot temperatures, and many homes don't have air conditioning. If you are uncomfortable, imagine how horrible the heat is for your bunnies, who are wearing fur coats!

Please help your pets manage the heat.

Bring your bunnies indoors. We believe all bunnies should live inside as members of the family all the time, but if you have outdoor hutches it's critical you consider bringing your bunnies in during extreme weather (heat or cold). Can't keep the bunnies in the main living areas? Consider cooler basements or garages with concrete floors. 

Provide frozen water bottles.  This is a super cheap and easy way to help keep bunnies cool. Simply save plastic beverage bottles, fill with water, and freeze. Wrap them in a towel and put them in your bunny's living area. Most bunnies will cuddle up to the coolness for relief from the heat. Remember to leave one set in the freezer so you can always replace melted bottles with nice cold ones.

Provide cool surfaces instead of blankets and towels. Get several tiles (stone or ceramic) and place them in your bunny's area. You can also put these in the fridge or freezer to cool them for your bunnies' lounging enjoyment.

Set up a fan with a bowl of water or wet sheet hanging in front of it. Fanned air + moisture creates a 'swamp cooler' that can be almost as effective as air conditioning. Make sure your bunnies can choose to be protected from the blowing air if they want to be. 

Put ice in water bowls or create frozen treats (ice cubes with fruit inside). 

Know the signs of heat stroke. Get used to feeling your bunny's ears, checking breathing patterns, and checking for drool or panting. More info on our overheating page. 

Wet your bunny's ears. This is very good first aid for overheated bunnies. Moisten a small towel with cool water and put it on your bunny's ears, and/or moisten the surface areas of the ears in some other way. The evaporation of the moisture will help cool your bunny's 'radiators'. 

There are many more easy ways to cool off your bunnies. Check out our page on overheating for all of our recommendations and a great page of recommendations from BinkyBunny.

Monday
Jun172013

Yippee! Fun Yard Sale Flyer you can Print 'n Post!

Come on, you know you want to fly your 'bunny freak' flag high!

Why not print and post this super cute yard sale flyer everywhere? Your work? Your gym? Your bathroom mirror? Your car window? On the side of your dog?

We'll leave the particulars up to you, but we hope to see you on the 29th. Bring your non-bunny friends, because there's tons of non-bunny items in the sale (most of the bunny items end up hidden around the homeowner's property at the end of the day anyways...you're sure to spot the ones from last year when you come and shop!)

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