Rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas will be available for adoption when a new Fountain Valley adoption and education center has its grand opening this weekend. The opening will kick off with door prizes, refreshments and a silent auction, but the big news is that for the first time Orange County will have a place where rescued rabbits can find forever homes.
Here are details as reported by Maryanne Dell in the Orange County Register:
According to Bunny Bunch founder Caroline Charland, the center is “one of a kind in O.C.” The group opened the Burrow, its first adoption and education center, in Montclair in 2007, and has had “such success at finding homes, we wanted to do the same in O.C.,” Charland said in an email.
Rabbits find their way to the group via shelters that have to euthanize because of lack of space. The Bunny Bunch provides food, shelter and veterinary care – all rabbits are spayed and neutered before placement – and looks for homes via its website, bunnybunch.org, and on its Facebook page.
Adoptions are $85 for single rabbits and $125 for bonded pairs. The fees are tax-deductible and “a really good deal,” Charland says, “as spay/neuter is normally over $200.”
Those wishing to adopt should be prepared to keep the rabbit indoors, preferably with free access to the house, although a large exercise pen is OK, Charland says. All the rabbits Bunny Bunch places are house-trained, she adds.
If you aren’t sure a rabbit would make a good pet, the adoption center is a great place to start. The group has all kinds of information on what to expect from a rabbit and how to provide a good home.
The facility also will provide bunny daycare, bunny introductions and bunny sitting. Grooming and nail trims also are available.
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Hoppington Post would like to congratulate Bunny Bunch for taking this very positive endeavor which we hope will prove to be successful. Perhaps other rabbit rescue organizations in other parts of the world will investigate this facility as well as the Burrow in Montclair and use them as models to set up similar rabbit adoption and education centers.
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