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Rescued “Easter” Bunnies – What You Can Do to Help

Easter Bunnies in a Cage

This year will be like many others before it.  With nostalgic intentions parents all over the US will buy "Easter" Bunnies for their kids.  They can't wait to see the look in Jr's face on Easter morning when a cute little bunny hops out of his Easter basket.

What they don't even think about is "How are we going to take care of this rabbit after Easter morning?"  They are unaware that keeping a rabbit as a pet is more complex and challenging than they could have ever expected.  They also fail to realize that, while their kids are excited to see the bunny on Easter morning, they will quickly forget about their new pet in favor of video games, tv, etc.

The result?  Sometimes the family will do research and will make their new bunny a member of the family as a house rabbit.  But more commonly Bunny winds up in a dirty cage in the basement or garage.  Or the husband gets handy by building a hutch under a tree in the backyard.  Nobody remembers the rabbit is there and Mom has to remind the kids every couple of days to "feed the rabbit". 

Now let's look at Easter morning at your local rabbit rescue organization.  Dozens of shelter rabbits are warm and well fed thanks to the staff and volunteers.  They may receive an extra treat or two but the rescue must be careful with it's resources right now.  They know that in the coming weeks and month's the numbers at their shelter will swell to capacity with this years' Easter Bunnies.  Money will be tight and only the neccessaties can be covered.

We don't think this is right.  Shelter bunnies are often "Ex" Easter Bunnies themselves.  They where loved for one day and then discarded.  When Easter comes around again they are an after thought, replaced by cuter, younger bunnies.  While thousands of baby bunnies are getting new "homes" this year, lasts years Easter Bunnies are still waiting for their forever home.  So, while they wait, we want to make their day a little brighter. We feel that EVERY rescue bunny in the country should get their very own Easter toys when they wake up on Easter morning.

And we are doing that by teaming up with a GREAT organization called Baskets for Bunnies.

Baskets for Bunnies is a non profit that collects donations of food, supplies, toys, or money to aid these already overwhelmed rescues.

Less than a year ago the founder Gretta Parker adopted a rabbit name Flopsy from a local shelter and started a Facebook page as a way to tell the public about the alarming number of rabbits that are purchased and then abandoned each year.  She met several rabbit rescue organizations who always go above and beyond their means to help abandoned rabbits.

Last Christmas Baskets for Bunnies along with help from put in place a program called "Toys for Hops". The purpose of this program was to send Christmas Toys to rabbits in the rescues mentioned below.   The goal was to give a lot of shelter bunnies a very Merry Christmas.  And it did.

FunnyBunny Sanctuary, WV,Red Dog Farm, NC,
Brambly Hedge, AZ,
Judge's Park, PA,
Ffive Rescue, OH
Ohio House Rabbit Rescue, OH
Capital Area Humane Society, OH,
Gainesville Rabbit Rescue, FL,
Hopalong Hollow, CT,
Red Door, IL,
Zooh Corner, CA
Bunny Castle, CA
Pasadena Humane Society, CA
Trinkets Memorial Sanctuary, CA,
Little Furries, NJ,
Bangor  Humane Society ME,
Magic Happens, LA,
Clover Patch TN
4 Lil Pigs and Buns and Suncoast Humane Society in FL,
Indyclaw Rescue,IN,
The Rabbit Center, GA,
Midwest Rabbit Rescue, MI,
Red Barn Rescue, OR,
Rabbit Wranglers, PA
Animal Friends, PA
Luv-N-Buns, PA
Animal Rescue League,  PA
Western PA Humane Society,PA,
North Texas Rabbit Sanctuary,

These are all small organizations or rescues that have had a lot of hardship over the last year. and are Going to Pull out all the stops this Easter to help homeless bunnies.  Will you help too?

Below you'll find a Paypal button where you can send Baskets for Bunnies a donation of fun, interactive rabbit toys directly from  Baskets for Bunnies will use those toys in their Toys for Hops program by redistributing them to the rescues in the most need.  Then the rescues will give each bunny in their program their very own Easter Toy present.

But the best part is will MATCH your donation!  and cover all shipping costs to get these toys to Baskets for Bunnies. 

So if you purchase a $40 toy donation for the Toys for Hops program, will send $80 worth of toys!  This is the perfect way to give homeless buns across the country the Easter they so richly deserve. 

Rescue bunnies have so few people to speak up for them and who look out for their needs.  This Easter you have the opportunity to help those who are often only in this situation due to human ignorance.

Make a One Time Donation Here:      
(or make a monthly donation by looking further below)

Donation Amount

Or you can make a Donation every single Month!  By choosing the option below you agree to make monthly rabbit toy donation to Gretta Parker and her Baskets for Bunnies and Toys for Hops programs.  Each and every month we will send Gretta your toy donation along with our match of toys for her to distribute to bunnies in rescues across the nation.  Of course you can cancel your monthly donation at any time if the need arises.

Donation Amount

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  1. Suzy Suzy

    People dont understand the needs bunnies have and the care they need and how senceative they are. Bunnies are great pets if you work with them and take great care of there health. People are just lazy now and dont think befor they get a bunny. They just see them as nothing . People dont see them as a life. I think people need to be put in the rabbits life and how it feels to be thrown away because you are no longer fun, cute or entertainging anymore. My rabbit is amazing he 5 years old and in great health and so happy and i wish people could see that they can become so loveing and amazing towards you. its just really sad how people have become.

  2. Tara Stevens Tara Stevens

    I work for the small animal team of a rescue centre based in Kent, England. I currently have
    34 rabbits in my care and turn away at least 6 a day, I can’t even begin to explain how upsetting it is not to be able to help them all. Every one of my buns gets new toys, either brought out of my own money (not easy when you work for a charity) or the dog and cat teams give me bits they can’t use. Very rarely do the small animals get there own donated toys, I think because it doesn’t occur to people that bunnies need fun too. So this article actuallly did bring a tear to my eye, bunnies in care receiving new toys is heartwarming and enlightening peoplea about the real requirements and true nature of our rabbit friends is essential! Gold star to whoever thought this initiative up!!! Good luck, I hope bunnies nationwide notice the difference!!!

  3. Diane Crow-Brown Diane Crow-Brown

    I have adopted 3 rabbits over the last 19 years, raised them from less than one year old. My last living bunny, is my Meeko-who is 13+ years old; he was healthy until the past 4 months-he is almost blind with cataracts, has a tumor on his shoulder, and now has neurological problems…his days may be numbered-but I still love him and spend time with him. Every night I sit and lay him beside me and pet him…he still misses his sister who he lost 4 months ago.
    I fostered another bunny at one time, who was put out on a upstairs balcony (by his former owner) and fell off twice! Either a cat or a dog nipped his ears, because he had holes in them. It is disgraceful that people do not understand what LIFE is, whether it is animal or human. I know of kids that when their dog tore up their guinea pigs; they just went and got more guinea pigs. No respect for a Life. No VALUES.
    I value every person, and every animal…God put them here for a purpose. To LEARN to LOVE is the second greatest gift for all creatures. To RECEIVE LOVE is the GREATEST GIFT.

  4. When I was 9 my parents got me a rabbit for Easter and I loved him for a few months and it did get old after my parents made me put him outside and having to wake up everyday and feed him and water and clean up after him, After 2 or so years the rabbit ended up dieing. 
    Almost 2 years ago my partner and I rescued a rabbit from a local rescue and she is the greatest rabbit and a few months later we rescued another and asked to volenteer for the rescue. We love doing this and we have started fostering bunnies now and get so much joy from them. 
    I think about my rabbit from when I was a kid and wounder how much more time i would have had him if my parents wouldnt have put him outside. 

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