While Midwest BunFest offers something for everyone – educational sessions, great shopping, raffles, a silent auction, bunny grooming and glam shots – the focus has always been on the Rescue Partners.
This year’s Rescue Partners brought a wealth of information to educate the public on proper care and housing of rabbits, why you must get your rabbits spayed or neutered and how to find low-cost neutering services, Information on rabbit behavior, resources for veterinary and other services and more. These rescues operate on very little income, and sales from their merchandise at BunFest help support the homeless rabbits in their care, as well as ongoing projects to educate the public on rabbits and their needs. Many of the Rescue Partners brought along wonderful, adoptable rabbits to admire, pet and possibly adopt. If you missed Midwest BunFest this year, click on the links to the rescues listed below to shop for the items you see in the slideshow, as well as other items offered by the rescues. Shopping for gifts from these rescues is a great way to get started on your holiday shopping while supporting homeless rabbits and the groups who volunteer their time and effort to rescue them.
Dayton Area Rabbit Network was on hand with their clever ‘Here be rabbits’ tee shirts, bunny treat bags with toys, a variety of hay, and sticks and a wooden toy donated by Connie Cowan. Also available were Bare Rabbit soaps and vegan Chai spice cookies. Proceeds go to support the rabbits at Dayton Area Rabbit Network, many of whom are sanctuary rabbits.
F5RS – Frisky Ferrets, Fuzzies, & Feathered Friends Rescue & Sanctuary – arguably tied for ‘Best Tee Shirt’ with the aforementioned DARN tee shirt was F5’s ‘Hellbuns’ tee shirt, although F5 had all sorts of interesting and unique items, including their buckets of dried bunny compost! The F5 compost is broken down, mixed and dried, so no worries about mold or other unwanted growth in your compost, and the attractive container makes this a great gift for any gardener on your list.
Great Lakes Rabbit Sanctuary – Great Lakes Rabbit Sanctuary provides a safe haven to abandoned, abused, and neglected domestic rabbits with the goal of adopting them out to loving homes. Those rabbits who are not eligible for adoption, due to either health or temperament, live out their lives peacefully at the sanctuary. Great Lakes also strives to educate the public about the joys of having a house rabbit, rabbit behavior and health, and the importance of proper diet and care.
Baskets for Bunnies, Inc. was started to support rescues with the supplies they need to care for abandoned rabbits. They provide food, chews, toys, water bottles, and more. Founded a year ago by Marie Gretta Parker, her adopted shelter bunny Flopsy Parker provided the inspiration for the non-profit charity. You may visit Flopsy’s Rescue Rabbit shop on Cafepress for rabbit merchandise, and to help their cause.
Catnap from the Heart brought a very sweet collection of handmade pet dishes. All the way from LaGrange, Illinois, CatNap from the Heart is a limited-access shelter for cats, birds, and small mammals. They do not euthanize for cage space, and there is no time limit for any animal.
Buckeye House Rabbit Society joined Midwest BunFest as a Rescue Partner this year, bringing with them their educational books and other literature, information from the Make Mine Chocolate campaign (trying to head off some of those Christmas impulse purchases) as well as tiny bunny soaps, bumper stickers, and other merchandise for sale. Buckeye also brought a raffle basket with an elegant rabbit lamp (most rabbit lamps look like carnival prizes), rabbit kitchen whisks, a rabbit jump rope, rabbit treats and more.
Wonderland Rabbit Rescue is a new rescue for abandoned and rescued rabbits or others who need a new home due to unexpected family situations that do not allow the bunny to stay in its home. All rabbits adopted out of Wonderland are spayed or neutered and rehabilitated to be house rabbits only. Wonderland is striving to cover new ground with programs which address situations that most rescues do not.
Judge’s Park Small Animal Rescue from Edinburgh, PA is a soon to be non-profit, small animal rescue dedicated to the rescue of rabbits, guinea pigs, and other small animals. Their mission is to rehabilitate abused, neglected, and/or special needs animals and find only the best homes for them, and to educate individuals who want to make these wonderful animals part of their families. Check out their website, www.judgespark.org for more information.
West Michigan Critter Haven is a 501c3, tax exempt, non-profit organization composed of a network of foster families in the Grand Rapids area of Michigan. Dedicated to the specialized needs of small animals, exotic pets such as rabbits, ferrets, birds, guinea pigs, small lizards, and rodents are cared for according to the most educated standards known. Each foster and adopter is thoroughly educated on the needs of that animal before a pet is placed into their care.
Capital Area Humane Society – for more than 127 years, the Capital Area Humane Society has been sheltering homeless animals, fighting animal cruelty and neglect, and offering programs to address the needs of animals in the community.
The Columbus House Rabbit Society had many great gifts for bunnies, including willow toys and hays, as well as cetyl-M, a joint-support supplement suitable for bunnies.
Ohio House Rabbit Rescue had a nice variety of magnets, tee shirts, aprons and interesting drinking glasses, as well as being the organization to bring you Midwest BunFest. The Ohio House Rabbit Rescue aims to establish and operate a center for rescued abandoned pet rabbits, offer a robust adoption program, and provide educational resources and programming on the proper care of rabbits as indoor companions. The Bunny Boutique was the place for one-of-a-kind items and rabbit collectibles as well as fine art and fine jewelry from the likes of artists such as Mary Beth Parisi; proceeds from purchases benefited the Ohio House Rabbit Rescue.
You can shop online at the 2012 Midwest BunFest online store. T-shirts for you and your rabbit, bumper stickers and more are available, and 10% of all sales support the Midwest BunFest and rabbits rescued by Ohio House Rabbit Rescue.
Check out the slideshow for photos of some of the rescues at Midwest BunFest and go online to shop at their gift shops or donate to these worthy rescues.
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