Bunnies ... they're so cute, no?

Published by: Atlas Staff
So, why aren't John and I in Columbus for Origins? Here's one reason ...

Our exciting project of the week is that we've volunteered to provide homes for four foster rabbits temporarily. Last week approximately 70 rabbits kept by a "hoarder" in the Twin Cities were confiscated, after having endured some horrendous living conditions. That's where the Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society -- a non-profit rabbit rescue organziation -- stepped in, taking as many as they could find space for. Read all about it at mn.companionrabbit.org

John and I are founding members of the Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society -- John's actually on it's board of directors, and I used to produce its newsletter -- so we felt that we had to help however we could. Rescued animals often have health problems, so they're quarantined from our own two rabbits. One of them is a sweet boy dwarf Netherland who we haven't named yet, and the other three are girl Jersey Woolies -- really long-haired, small rabbits. Because of serious fur matting, two of them have had most of their fur shaved. Let me tell you, little looks as absurd as a shaved long-haired rabbit. Check out the picture of one we've named Pooka. Despite the hardships she's gone through, she's been enjoying her veggies, which she probably hasn't had in a LONG time. She has really beautiful, bright blue eyes. The goofiest is Scylla (aka "Silly" -- her bonded partner is Charybdis, of course), who lookes like a shockingly underdressed Albert Einstein, with a skinny little shaved body and an incredible mane of fur all around her head and face, gray and white in color. They'll be ready to adopt in a few weeks after they've recovered from their spay surgeries and their fur has grown out a bit.

The dwarf is ready to be adopted immediately (after a little bit of medical care) -- he's outgoing, loves to be petted, and returns affection by licking your hand, which is very rare in rabbits. The other three are a lot more nervous around people, but part of our job in fostering will be to help them get comfortable with humans, so they'll fit in well with their new homes.

If you'd like to help the Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society by volunteering your time or making a donation, or if you're interested in adopting a rabbit and live in the Twin Cities area, now's the time to contact MCRS! They can be reached at MNHouseRabbit@aol.com or 651-768-9755, or by mail to: MCRS, PO Box 390691, Edina, MN 55439. As soon as the rabbits MCRS took in are ready for adoption, you'll be able to find their pictures and biographies at www.petfinder.org