A mother and father purchase a baby male Holland Lop to put in their 6 year old daughter’s Easter basket. On Easter day, little Samantha sees the rabbit sitting in a bright pink basket amongst various colored plastic eggs- Samantha is giddy with excitement! The baby bunny’s soft fur, little paws, big ears, and his twitching nose are delightful to behold! The curious bunny hops out of the basket and he begins to explore the living room. Samantha wants to pet the bunny, so she begins chasing him throughout the room. The terrified bunny darts about the room, but he soon finds himself trapped in a corner. Little Samantha reaches down and clumsily picks up the tiny bunny. The bunny desperately wants to escape from Samantha’s grasp, so he kicks his legs as hard as he can until she releases him. The bunny flies through the air and falls to the ground with a loud thump. The horrified parents see that the bunny’s hind leg is dangling from underneath him.
The veterinarian tells the family that the bunny has a broken hind leg and that it is going to cost between 500-1500 dollars for the rabbit to be treated depending upon if the x-rays show that he will need surgery. The dejected family asks the doctor to wrap the leg without setting it, then they take the bunny to a local animal shelter where they drop him off. As they are driving away, Samantha asks her parents, “Why are we leaving Thumper behind?”. The mother and father solemnly tell Samantha that they cannot keep the rabbit and that he has “Gone to a better place”. Little Samantha clings onto her stuffed bear, buries her head in his synthetic fur, then sobs the entire way home. Meanwhile, two exhausted volunteers from the shelter look in the box and see the injured rabbit. They sigh, contact their vet, then one of them takes the rabbit to get treated. It is the eleventh rabbit that has arrived and they are expecting hundreds of more abandoned and injured “Easter” bunnies to arrive for weeks to come. As the two volunteers are leaving the shelter, one woman says to the other woman, “Do you think it will be better next year?”, the other woman disconcertedly replies, “For the sake of the rabbits, I hope so”.
The story above is just one of the tragedies that happens during Easter time. Unfortunately, the novelty of owning a rabbit will eventually wear off for a lot of children and parents. Many neglected rabbits will eventually be released into the wild where they will die from dehydration, starvation, predation, or from a number of other horrors. Other abandoned rabbits will end up at shelters where the majority of unwanted Easter rabbits are euthanized.
When parents go to purchase a baby bunny for Easter, many don’t realize that owning a rabbit is big commitment. Rabbits live between 8-12 years and rabbits are not suitable pets for young children. Rabbits require copious fresh hay, fresh veggies, a limited amount of pellets, nail trimmings, brushings, toys to chew on, a bunny proofed play area, fresh water, and they must be spayed, or neutered to ensure that they do not mark your house or get testicular, or ovarian cancer. Rabbit owners must also learn how to properly handle a rabbit since rabbit’s bones are quite fragile. If dropped, or handled incorrectly, rabbits can be severely injured.
Please save the Easter bunnies this year and choose a plush, or a chocolate rabbit for your child. If you understand how to properly care for a rabbit and you would like to have one, there are thousands of sweet rabbits waiting in shelters for a forever family. You can visit www.bunnyworldfoundation.org for more information on adopting and caring for bunnies.
Written By. Heather Lei Hernandez
~Bunny World Foundation
With all this LOVE in the air, we here at BWF are asking you to consider our Urgent Care bunnies and their medical needs.
Flowers wilt, chocolates pack on the pounds, so why not adopt, foster, sponsor or make a donation in honor of your hunnybunny valentine? Now THAT is a real gift of love! Please make a donation today and help our Urgent Care bunnies!
OR you can contact our Vets Directly on Monday and make a donation towards our Vet Bill:
Exotic Animal Care Center: $1,000 (accepts any amount)
Northwood Animal Hospital: $3,000 (accepts $100+ donations)
Wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day from all of us at BWF! May you be blessed with happiness, love, health, and prosperity.
With lots of love,
~Bunny World Foundation Family
Dear BWF Friend,
2015 has been yet another bittersweet year at BWF. We have exceeded internal expectations, witnessed miracles, celebrated successes and experienced some heartache along the way to a very successful year of rescues and rabbit advocacy. BWF takes this opportunity to give sincere thanks and gratitude to all who have touched BWF in a positive way and lent a helping hand. Thank you!
BWF is proud to celebrate the SEVEN and a half year voyage which begun with the fiercest struggle to bring to light illegal animal sales in the LA Fashion District. Since June 2008 BWF has rescued over 6,000 rabbits in the City of LA, ranging from un-weaned baby bunnies from Santee Alley to adult bunnies from the over-inundated city shelters. In the past year alone, BWF took in over 300 “Red” and “Blue” rabbits from the SIX City Shelters. In addition, BWF housed, provided medical care, promoted, and found permanent and loving homes for more than 500 spayed and neutered rabbits.
BWF continues to be one of the strongest advocates for domestic rabbits and a powerful influence in the Los Angeles area. Our Board Members, Volunteers, Fosters, Transporters have gone above and beyond the call of duty for yet another year to ensure the delivery of many babies to safe, loving, ‘furever’ homes! Once again, we have proven CBS right for including BWF in their 5 top choices of “Best Volunteer Opportunities For Animal Lovers in Los Angeles.”
Emergency Medical Fund - 2016
This message is also an opportunity for you to give a voice to the voiceless through a generous donation that will continue to fuel many more milestones similar to those summarized in this message. The challenges we faced in 2015 will continue in 2016, so we ask you to please remember BWF in your holiday gift plans. Your year-end tax-deductible donation via Givezooks or PayPal will make a positive difference as we head into the New Year.
Please make your year-end donation to BWF today. Bunnies need you!
To donate to our vet directly, please call Northwood Animal Hospital at (949) 559-1992 and make a donation towards our "$10,000 Emergency Medical Fund" ($100+ donations only). Or, you can contact Exotic Animal Care Center or All Pets Medical Center and help with our outstanding balance. Thank you so much!
Miracles and Milestones - 2015
We promise to get better at mailers, but for now for up-to-date info on ALL BWF activities, needs & wants, please LIKE us on Facebook. You may have missed some of the highlights:
- SEVEN & a half year journey and over 6,000 bunny rescues to look back on.
- Global Outreach: 110,000 fans on Facebook, and millions of the audiences worldwide.
- Foster Program successfully expanded, and adoptions peaking.
- Fifty+ Adoption events including the Bunny Brushing Fest at Petco Pasadena.
- Illegal animal traffickers at Santee Alley kept at bay.
- Media Outreach: BWF made it to LA Times again and on the Good Mythical Morning.
- Injured rabbits, La Mirada: Charleston, Lulu & TWO litters. Original Post & Update.
- Van Nuys Rescue: ABC News Story. All trapped with the help of neighbors & LAAS.
- Backyard Breeders' rabbits rescued from appaling conditions. Before and Now!
- BWF intervention on horrific breeding operation of 100+ rabbits in Westchester.
- Whole Foods will NOT be selling DEAD rabbits in 2016. Whole Foods Campaign/BWF Advocacy Efforts and Protests to STOP Butchering Bunnies paid off! BWF contributed to this Victory!
- Public Outreach and Education: BWF pulled off TEN events during Easter including Kidspace Children's Museum - Pasadena, Western University of Health Sciences College - Pomona, Arts for Animals' Sake - Silverlake, Bunnymania - Wilding Cran Gallery & Chung King Studio, The National Museum of Animals in LA., participated in First Eagle Rock Animal Fest.
- Rescued over 300 'Red' (Kill for space) & 'Blue' (Kill for medical reason) LAAS rabbits, i.e Death Row Bunnies, Orphaned babies, Petunia & Heather, Snowflake, and Archie.
- Special Needs/Miracle Bunnies: William, Luke & Leia, as well as...
- Nelly, Alston, Abby, Brownie, Holly, Channel, Lucy, Orangina, Luigi, Snowflake, Jane, Lover, George, etc.
For up-to-date info on ALL BWF activities, needs & wants, please LIKE us on Facebook.
What’s Next on the BWF Agenda in 2016?
Through stern criticism of failed efforts of Los Angeles Animal Services (LAAS), multiple trips to City Hall, attendance of the LA City Commission Meetings, and even protests, BWF brought about an evolution to LAAS collaborating with BWF on BWF’s efforts to push for legislation and policies for rabbits to be treated equal to cats and dogs within Los Angeles Animal Services (“LAAS”) and the community. Some progress has been made, but we are far from being done.
Our focus on “Equity & Equality for Rabbits” will continue. Our demand from the City Officials and LAAS for rabbits to be protected under the law and granted the same rights as cats and dogs will continue. The City of LA must stop rabbit overpopulation by regulating commercial and backyard rabbit breeders and by enforcing spay/neuter laws.
Please DONATE NOW and help BWF win this crucial fight!
We are grateful for your support and we wish you and your loved ones a Wonderful New Year!
President and Founder
BWF Mission & History: Bunny World Foundation (BWF) is an ALL-Volunteer, non-profit 501(c) 3 animal welfare organization founded in 2008 in Los Angeles, California. Set up to promote (Shelter) Equity and Equality for Rabbits, BWF’s mission is to combat animal cruelty, illegal animal sales, exploitation and neglect of all animals, through rescue efforts, public education, investigations, legislation, special events, and media attention.
BWF works to reduce rabbit overpopulation and to establish rabbits as companion animals that deserve the same individual rights, level of care, and opportunity for longevity as cats and dogs that live as human companions. BWF manages a complex Foster & Adoption Program that requires constant strengthening and expansion to accommodate new rescues and provide for their intensive care, medication, supplies, and spay/neuter funds. BWF has 300 volunteers/fosters and rescues 500-700 abandoned and abused domestic rabbits a year. In 2014, BWF was featured by CBS as one of the "Five Best Volunteer Opportunities for Animal Lovers in Los Angeles.”
Santee Alley, LA Fashion District, was the city's number one haven for illegal animal sales where underaged rabbits, kittens, salmonella infected turtles, parvo-infected puppies, and exotic birds were sold illegally on a daily basis. Animals were kept in filthy conditions in the glaring sun with no food or water, and many were sick or dying when sold. These activities clearly violated City codes and other statutes as well. BWF worked tediously on advocacy efforts to urge the city officials and councilmembers to enforce laws prohibiting illegal sales of animals; to better protect the health and welfare of animals and humans that are victimized by such sales; and, where necessary and appropriate, propose new legislation and ordinances in support of these efforts.
Prior Achievements: BWF track record of effectiveness has led to meaningful victories for animals in city legislatures. BWF successfully combatted illegal animal traffickers in Santee Alley by collaborating with the City Attorney’s Office, and by aiding in the arrest of notorious ring leaders behind this crime. BWF volunteers followed the traffickers, and provided LAPD with the evidence of their offenses. As a result, the bail amount increased from the mere $25 to $26,000, the infamous ring leader of illegal animal traffickers, Juan Mena, got arrested and the People vs Juan Mena and Norma Pluma trial began. In December 2013, the traffickers were found GUILTY by the Jury and were sentenced to jail. This marked the beginning of the end of the ongoing practice of animal abuse, cruelty and disregard for the animal protection laws in Santee Alley, LA Fashion District. BWF received the recognition by The County of LA (Michael D. Antonovich), The California State Assembly (Cameron M. Smyth), and The City of Santa Clarita (Frank Ferry, Mayor).
In 2013, BWF was instrumental in pushing the LA City Council to adopt an ordinance banning pet stores from selling rabbits from commercial breeders and limiting pet stores to selling animals obtained from shelters, humane societies and registered rescue groups. BWF formed “Bunnies for Puppies & Kitties” division that, through a collaborative effort with other solely cat/dog rescues, saved lives of over 500 dogs/cats from high-kill LA County & City shelters.
BWF was featured multiple times in LA Times, Huffington Post, LA Business Journal, KABC News, and NBC’s EIGHT-piece Investigation by Ana Garcia Team. BWF voice was heard on KSWD/100.3FM The Sound, 89.3 KPCC, and 102.7 KIIS FM/570 KLAC AM/98.7 KYSR FM. Santee Alley Baby Bunnies *WON* the Genesis Award at the Humane Society of the United States and the Emmy Award at the 65th LA Area Emmy Awards Nominations & Winners. In 2014, BWF was featured by CBS as one of the FIVE "Best Volunteer Opportunities for Animal Lovers in Los Angeles" and made it into LA Times (April 2015).
In 2014, BWF conducted several undercover investigations of illegal rabbit breeding operations in the City of LA that resulted in the discussion with the City Officials to bring about “(Shelter) Equity and Rabbit Equality”. At the time many of the city ordinances, particularly those governing breeders, did not apply to the breeding or keeping of rabbits. BWF presented various rabbit breeding cases before the LAAS Board of Commissioners and educated the public officials about much needed regulations and legislative changes in regards to keeping rabbits as pets. BWF requested the amendment of the existing city ordinances that protect cats and dogs, by addition/inclusion of the rabbits as beneficiaries to those laws. BWF persistence paid off in multiple ways, but we're NOT done yet!
In the Next Newsletter, please watch for the official city records/excerpts of the BWF’s recent efforts to push for legislation and policies for rabbits to be treated equal to cats and dogs within Los Angeles Animal Services (“LAAS”) and the community.
Bunny World Foundation is deeply honored to be a recipient of the funds designated to assist 300 bunnies rescued from high kill shelters in Los Angeles City/County during the Fall/Winter of 2015. The project, made possible by the Petco Foundation enabled us to continue our mission through January of 2016 and tackle many medical challenges related to the rabbits we rescued. Thanks to our Adoption & Charitable Partner Petco Foundation, together, we continue to make a real difference for animals.
About the Petco Foundation: At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $125 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 8,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 4.2 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.