Bunny Bunch Orange County had its grand opening last weekend, and for its founder and president, Caroline Charland, the event could not have gone any better. The opening of the new rabbit rescue and education facility was the realization of a long-time dream, as Marylou Zarbock reported on smallanimalchannel.com,
Charland said that people were so excited about the event, that when she arrived at the Bunny Bunch OC location in Fountain Valley at 10:30 that morning, people were already waiting outside — and the event wasn’t scheduled to begin until 4 p.m.
At noon, a rabbit owner arrived with her rabbit for a scheduled bunny date with one of the adoptable rabbits. The date went well, and, because the owner was pre-approved, Honey the rabbit went to a new Forever Home that day. It was the first rabbit adoption for the grand opening. A second rabbit, Hershey, was on hold for adoption, pending a house check.
Charland also commented that the event brought in more people to sign up as volunteers to help out at the rescue. Now that the Bunny Bunch is running two locations, the new one in Fountain Valley and the original Burrow in Montclair, the duties and demands are more intense, and Charland knows she couldn’t do it without the help of many volunteers. “It’s not just me,” she said, “it’s everyone together doing this.”
She walked through the room giving a tour. A row of playpens on the end is reserved for guest bunnies every Saturday night. Charland said this gives pre-approved people who have personally rescued rabbits a chance to show the neutered and healthy rabbits, and possibly get them adopted out. This day’s guest bunnies include two separate bonded pairs, a group of five bunnies and one singleton.
If you would like to read the complete article, it is online at this link, and includes a slide show of photos taken during the grand opening.
Given that they have now successfully opened two rabbit rescue and education locations, it would seem that Bunny Bunch is a good model for other similar rabbit organizations to follow, such as offering free services such as nail trims and scent gland cleanings, as well as forming alliances with local pet stores.
Photo by Marylou Zarbock