Ryan

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Ryan arrived in our care on June 11th 2017. He came to us from the Pipsqueakery in the USA, who took in hundreds of hamsters that were at a shelter in Florida as part of a hoarding/cruelty case. He made the long journey to Canada.
He is a bit quite shy and scared, but his foster home is working on getting him social. We don’t think it will take very long for him to settle in once he gets proper handling that his foster mom will be giving him. More info and photos to come soon!  He is aprox 3 months old.

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Levi

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Levi arrived in our care on June 11th 2017. He came to us from the Pipsqueakery in the USA, who took in hundreds of hamsters that were at a shelter in Florida as part of a hoarding/cruelty case. He made the long journey to Canada.
He is a bit shy, but friendly and his foster home is working on getting him even more social. More info and photos to come soon!  He is aprox 3 months old.

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Donald

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Donald arrived in our care on June 11th 2017. He came to us from the Pipsqueakery in the USA, who took in hundreds of hamsters that were at a shelter in Florida as part of a hoarding/cruelty case. He made the long journey to Canada He is a bit shy, but friendly and his foster home is working on getting him even more social. More info and photos to come soon! He is aprox 3 months old.

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Mykel

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Mykel arrived in our care on June 11th 2017. He came to us from the Pipsqueakery in the USA, who took in hundreds of hamsters that were at a shelter in Florida as part of a hoarding/cruelty case. He made the long journey to Canada.
He is a bit shy, but friendly and his foster home is working on getting him even more social. More info and photos to come soon!  He is aprox 3 months old.  He seems like he is going to make a lovely little pet. He is inquisitive and seems like he will really love spending time with human friends.

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Marshmallow & Choco

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Marshmallow and Choco are bonded and must be adopted together.  They came to us as a rescue from another province.

Marshmallow (taupe, red eyes): He is very energetic, loves to run around the cage, the wheel and the ball. He lets me feed him treats such as cucumbers and alfalfa cubes but otherwise is very nippy and bites quite hard. Marshmallow is also extremely curious and will come out of his house as soon as he hears someone fiddling with the cage. Otherwise, he mostly sleeps all day and comes out during the evening. He seems to be very engaging and playful.

Choco (dark grey, black eyes): He is definitely the larger of the two hammies and seems to be a bit friendlier. Although he tries to nibble, he hasn’t bit yet. Choco is out and about more than marshmallow during the day and comes out during the night as well. He loves to approach my hands and is eager to receive treats. Really likes fresh vegetables and will bring them into his home for later if he can’t finish it all. 

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Speedy & Pearl

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Pearl (light grey). She’s very energetic, and loves to run around in the wheel and ball. If I’m standing while she is in the ball she will gravitate towards me and lean against my leg. Likes to be held, will cuddle in my hands for a few seconds, but mostly prefers to run around. Very mellow. Loves fresh veg, especially cucumber. Will nibble at my finger sometimes, but not bite. And she’s definitely the bigger of the two.

Speedy (dark grey). She’s therefore a little mischievous and energetic. Runs around none stop, making it difficult to get a good picture. Loves to hoard food, as I often see her cheeks stuffed with food. Will nibble at fresh veg, but isn’t too interested. Likes to be held, chill in your hands for a few seconds, but mostly likes to run around. She’s definitely the alpha of the two, and tends to be the aggressor when they fight. Loves to run around in the ball, and will happily do so for 30 min without taking breaks. And she also loves to climb the wires of the cage and then fall/jump down. Very intelligent, demonstrated by the ways she managed to escape from the cage.

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Button

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Hi – I am Button.  I have decided to write my own Bio.  That is just how I role…

I would like to start by saying that I am a girl – because ‘Button’ doesn’t adequately express this important fact.  Although I appreciate the sentiment behind how I got this name – “oh my, she is cute as a button!”, “oh my, she has a cute button nose!” – I rather thought that Beyonce would have been more appropriate.  Just my gorgeous full bodied head of hair alone screams diva!  But I am not bitter.

Rabbit Rescue had me spayed and health checked in April 2017 and Im healthy!  I was dumped outside by my owner and caught by a RR volunteer thank goodness!

It is not spite that causes me to nudge people out of my way or give them sideways glances when they are messing up my beautiful long locks with hands that I clearly did not witness them washing; it is my stature.

That being said, I’ll admit to getting a little mileage out of putting on airs and graces.  The more I do it, the more my foster parents go out of their way to cater to my every whim.  Although I make a point of being ‘hot and cold’ when they are crouched above me while stroking me, I reward them when they get on the floor and lay at eye level by grooming their hair and nuzzling their cheeks.

They get such a kick out of it, that they don’t even notice when I am going around and rubbing my scent all over them! Ha!  You’re mine now!

Sometimes I forget my strategy and do cute little bunny things, like flops and binkies; although I usually recover my dignity fairly quickly.  Well, except for at desert time…  The other day I got my usual favourite – smooshed fresh banana.  This alone affords my foster parents a couple of binkies; just to keep them on side. But then Foster Sue went above and beyond and, consequently, so did I!

My foster mom sat down on the floor (like I have trained her to do) with my bag of Oxbow Oat Hay; she does this thing where she reaches into the bag and finds the shoots of oat seeds.  On this particular day, the bag was almost empty and there didn’t seem to be any shoots left.  I was totally ready to unleash some attitude like the world has never witnessed when she proceeded to put a handful of loose bits into a bowl which she began sorting.  At first, it wasn’t apparent what she was doing until she extended her arm with a little offering; an individual oat seed.

The thought occurred to me to make her feel bad for such a measly offering, like grunt and walk away, but I chose to take the seed and just stare at her; I was going for the “is that all you have to offer me!” look.  Foster mom proceeded to sort out individual seeds, and I proceeded to take them.  Before I knew it, with every seed I got, I did a small ‘Indy 500’ quickly followed by a tight and precise binky.  This went on seed after seed.  I don’t quite know what got into me that day…  I like to blame it on the sugar.  This is a true story.

Cambridge rabbit rescue gears up for unwanted Easter bunnies

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A local rabbit rescue service anticipates a surge of unwanted bunnies now that Easter has come and gone.

The cute, cuddly creatures are often an impulse purchase as an Easter gift for children, but Haviva Porter-Lush at Rabbit Rescue Inc. wishes people would buy stuffed or chocolate bunnies instead.

“Without fail, every year in the three to four months after Easter we get calls from parents whose children have lost interest in the rabbit,” she said.

Read the full story here.

More rabbits found abandoned in days after Easter

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Rabbit rescue organizations are preparing for an influx of surrendered and stray bunnies as Easter weekend comes to an end.

The executive director of Rabbit Rescue Inc. in Cambridge, Ont., said oftentimes, parents who buy the animals for their kids don’t understand what they’re getting into.

“They’re really similar to cats and dogs, not like hamsters and gerbils,” Haviva Porter-Lush said. They can’t be kept in a small cage, for instance. Porter-Lush recommends keeping them in a pen or a dedicated room to themselves.

Full news story here.

Easter not so happy for rabbits raised for meat in Canada

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Haviva Lush, executive director of Rabbit Rescue Incorporated, a southern Ontario-based charity, has seen what happens without any protections in place for rabbits. She’s rescued meat rabbits that were missing limbs, covered in abscesses “with pretty much every disease a rabbit could get.”

“Reality is,” says Lush, “rabbits suffer more than most animals, not only due to no codes of practice, but because they do not need to be rendered unconscious before they are strung up for slaughter.”

Read the full story here.

Local rabbit rescue group helps save bunny left as garbage

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A Cambridge-based bunny rescue organization is seeking a forever home for a rabbit that was left to die tied up in garbage bag last week in Vaughn.

Haviva Lush, executive director of Rabbit Rescue Incorporated, learned about the fluffy white critter on March 8, one of three put out as garbage but later found after one of the bunnies chewed its way out of the bag.

Full story HERE.

Monty

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Monty is a neutered male with a big appetite. He came to us from a shelter when he was out of time, he was not a happy boy there! Now he is doing So much better in foster care! He loves his veggies and treats and will take them from your hand eagerly. He is a bit cage aggressive at the moment but his foster mom is trying to get him out of that habit. He likes to have free range and has pretty good litter box habits when it comes to urine, do find poop balls when he is out of his cage. Monty has been exposed to cats and shows no fear of them at all. He will hop up to them and they will exchange sniffs. He is also starting to let his foster mom his nose and head (and he has only been there a week so far). Monty’s coat is very shiny and silky, makes me think Black Beauty would be a better name for him!

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Cocoa Bean and Coffee Bean

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Cocoa Bean and Coffee Bean are dwarf hamsters that must be adopted together.  They came to Rabbit Rescue from Indiana, via the Pipsqueakery. They had been abandoned and needed a home to help rehabilitate them as they were prone to biting. From the get-go it was obvious to their foster family who was the bossy, active hamster and who was the “chill” girl. Coffee Bean earned her name because she runs around like she’s hyped up on caffeine, and is definitely the bossy one. Like her name, Cocoa Bean is a sweetie, and much more laid back. Cocoa Bean has allowed her foster mum to stroke her back and will take treats. Coffee Bean is still unsure, and will only let herself be pet on her own terms.

Cocoa Bean is usually found sleeping in her food dish… She loves to eat! Coffee Bean is usually on her wheel or climbing the cage when she isn’t napping.

Both Coffee and Cocoa are proving to be devoted mothers..because SURPRISE.. after a few days in our care they both had babies!. All 6 babies are now up for adoption as well.

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Rumsey

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Rumsey is a very sweet shy bunny. She stays reserved unless you click your tongue with some food in your hands, then she will come running over and eat out of your hand and get in your lap. Food is 100% the way to her heart. She is a curious soul and will go everywhere she can get to, to go explore. She is also fearless as she always hops right up to my dog to say hello, She is free range as her size limits her in a traditional cage. Her favorite places to get rubbed are between her ears, and she strongly dislikes her neck being rubbed. She is currently being litter trained and once we get that down pat she’ll be the perfect free range bunny as she doesn’t bite or chew.  She has been spayed and had a small benign lump removed at time of her spay..she is healthy now and ready to find her forever home!

 

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Tulip

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Tulip is a sweet bun who was rescued from a terrible situation.  She has come along way since August after being rescued with 103 other rabbits who were being raised for meat.  Tulip is still very hesitant about new situations and loud noises so she will require someone with rabbit experience and patience to continue to bring her out of her shell.  She loves to binky and run around so a large space and lots of time outside her pen is a must.  Tulip likes to be pet around the face and ears which means she just wants to be loved.  She gets very excited about her pellets and loves fresh timothy hay.  Tulip is litter trained and likes to play with toys that she can chew.  She does not show any destructive behaviour and likes to stretch out just about anywhere.  Tulip wants to trust, she just needs someone to spend time with her and love her – could that be you?  We had her spayed and health checked in Aug 2016.

 

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Audrey Hopbun

Audrey HopBun is one of the 103 we saved in Aug 2016. She came to us after being raised for meat and kept in such bad conditions the SPCA had to remove all of them.

Audrey is a very inquisitive and bright little bunny who loves to play with toys and enjoys being petted! She is trying her best to be friends with our cats and seems to be winning them over with her playful attitude. It’s impossible to be anything but happy with her bright little self around!

She is energetic, very bright, playful! Likes to hop after our cats, enjoys exploring. Good at getting out of pen, had to make Bunny Alcatraz, but also seems to be easily occupied with toys. She is a great eater, loves cantaloupe as a special treat and promised to be your very best friend if you adopt her!

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OSPCA euthanizes rabbit with ‘forever’ home waiting

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A bunny left in the Orangeville OSPCA’s care has been euthanized even though the director of a rabbit rescue agency says a permanent home had been secured for her.

“It is so tragically unfair. This bunny was saved, only to be euthanized,” argued Haviva Porter-Lush, executive director of the Rabbit Rescue based in Cambridge. “They knew we had a confirmed spot, a permanent place where she would get the care she needed forever.”

Full story HERE.

Eleven rescued rabbits in need of a home

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A Cambridge woman who helped rescue more than 70 rabbits from “deplorable” living conditions last summer is still working to find homes for 11 bunnies.

Haviva Porter-Lush, who founded the Cambridge-based Rabbit Rescue foundation more than 15 years ago, successfully located foster and adoptive families for nearly all of the rabbits seized from a Peterborough facility, which raised them for meat in unacceptable conditions.

Full story HERE.

Alfie

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One of Gias babies, who is a wonderful boy!!! Gia was rescued from a terrible situation where all the rabbits were being raised for meat, in very inhumane conditions and they were suffering terribly. Gia came to us when her babies were 2 days old.

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UPDATE as of Aug 2017: Alfie is very explorative, and a bit of a rascal. He’ll find ways to get everywhere in the apartment and climb on things you never thought a rabbit could. He loves to hop up the different levels of the cat tower. His foster mom has lots of fun creating small obstacles to challenge him and keep his explorations interesting. If there’s a small space in an awkward location, you can bet that Alfie will love it!

After a good run around and exploration session, he loves to flop down by the radiator, behind the toilet or any of those small award places he’s discovered. He doesn’t get much traction on his foster family’s vinyl floors, but makes the most out of their rug to do plenty of binkies. He loves to use the sectional couch as a highway to run laps on, or a fun hurdle to jump to his cage. The couch is definitely his favourite place. He can run on it, hop up different levels, jump over it like a hurdle, or find his foster family and snuggle up to them for some much deserved love and cuddles. He doesn’t discriminate when it comes to love, foster family or strangers, he approaches everyone. Though he’ll stick around as long as there are head scratches and nose rubs, he has a very short attention span. The moment you stop petting him, he’ll nudge you for more, and if he doesn’t get it right away, off he goes. So keep the love coming!

When he’s not napping, he’ll sometimes follow his foster family around and stand on his hind legs, looking for love or a treat. He loves anything banana – dates and apples too. His favourite toy is banana peel (organic so there aren’t pesticides) skewered on a stick, punched through the sides of a toilet paper roll. Alfie has learned that a clicking noise from his foster family means he’s either getting a treat or some head scratches. Although he usually comes to the clicks, he likes to occasionally remind his foster family he is not dog, and sometimes has his own agenda.

Alfie is very respectful of his foster families’ home. He’ll use his litter box when outside his pen, but inside his pen, he’ll leave a few poops scattered about. A large litter box with plenty of hay is recommended. His foster family likes to think of him as a loving, but somewhat rebellious teen, who likes a messy bedroom and doesn’t always come when called. And just like a rebellious teen, though he’ll usually stop a bad behaviour with a simple sharp “no!” or “ah!” he may occasionally decide he’s having too much fun to listen to his foster parents. Wires and baseboard corners are this little gentleman’s kryptonite, so it’s recommended you get wire protectors and spend some time reminding him he can only chew on his toys.

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