Happy New Year! We hope you’re off to a great start! It’s that time again when people make their New Year’s Resolutions. This year, why not make a resolution that will be good for you and for bunnies? Here are some ideas for 2012:Give some time to shelter or rescue bunnies in your community. Maybe you can bring them some vegetables, drop off some toys, help exercise and socialize the bunnies, put up some flyers for adoption days, write for their newsletter, or run an errand for the shelter picking up food or hay. There are lots of ways to give, and all would be appreciated.
Make a step or two towards going cruelty-free. How about replacing the cleaners you use in your home with one not tested on animals?
Get prepared for an emergency. Put an emergency sticker for your door or window so emergency personnel know there are rabbits that need rescue. If you live in an area where you might be evacuated, know what the route is and have a plan for your rabbits. Put your vet’s number in your phone or wallet. Check your rabbit first aid kit and replace any expired supplies. Make sure you have bottled water in your pantry for you and your bunnies.
Learn how to report cruelty or neglect. Look up the number of your local humane law enforcement agency, SPCA, or shelter and put it where you can find it.
Do a bunny safe home check-up. Look over your rabbit-proofing. Do any of your cord covers have teeth marks? It might be time to replace them. Are the new decorations or plants you got as gifts out of bunny’s reach?
Promote spaying and neutering. Many people don’t know the benefits of spaying and neutering for rabbits. Help combat rabbit overpopulation and keep buns out of shelters by spreading the word.
Learn something new! Do you have a bunny who loves to jump, or who seems a little too smart for his or her own good? Give clicker training a try!
Donate your services. Are you an artist, a legal professional, a web designer, a construction or home-improvement professional? Could your local rescue use an item for a raffle or auction, some legal advice, a new website, some shelves for their supplies? Offer your expertise in whatever your field.
Here’s the easiest one - do something special for your buns. Try out that treat recipe, make up some new toys, play a game, and take time to give those extra rubs. The year goes by fast! Take time to appreciate your buns for who they are.