Magellan is a friendly “attention hog.” Katy knows when she’s being scolded, and knows her name. Nessie thinks she’s Queen of the Universe and lets everyone know it. Andrea has been with them for a dozen years.
Who knew that among the warehouses across the street from Van Nuys Airport there are 130 cute and fuzzy bunny rabbits being taken care of by the team at the BunnyLuv Rabbit Resource Center.
“They all have very distinct personalities, some are friendly, some are shy, some are mischievous,” said Jody Springborn, healthy associate and office manager. “Not many people know about us.”
Each cage has a name, with a rap sheet of what they like and their characteristics.
And if BunnyLuv didn’t take them in, they would probably have been euthanized at another area shelter in Los Angeles. The non-profit Center works on donations and needs volunteers.
During the month of March, the people at Flat Bonnie are dedicating offering 20 percent of all sales to go to BunnyLuv to help care for all of the bunnies.
BunnyLuv has been at the location for 17 years, and has been associated with the House Rabbits Society, which was founded in 1988 to educate people about rabbits as indoor pets.
It’s OK to have another pet, and in fact, most of the board of directors of BunnyLuv have a dog at home. Certain breeds work better than others. A Greyhound, bred to hunt rabbits, may not be a good idea and Chihuahuas which tend to be hyper may make a timid rabbit more nervous.
“I have a dog at home that doesn’t even pay attention to the rabbits,” said Springborn, who has four rabbits at home.
Indoor bunnies don’t get fleas, and cats are generally better companions to rabbits than dogs.
Rabbits are not good for outdoors in Los Angeles, because they can have a heat stroke at 85 degrees, which is many days of the year here. They should have a pen that is 4x4 feet at least, and should be adopted in pairs because they are social creatures.
“Some rabbits have the run of the whole house,” Springborn said.
Rabbits can be trained to go in a litter box (they drop about 200 rabbit droppings a day), and they can even be trained to do tricks and learn their names.
The adoption fee is $95 per rabbit and all of them are spayed or neutered before adopted out. It generally costs $200 for boys and $300 for girl rabbits to be fixed.
“They are also considered exotic animals, so not all veterinarians take them,” Springborn warned.
The Center is located at 16742 Stagg Street #104 in Van Nuys. It is opened Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed on Mondays and Fridays. Call 818-988-4488 or go to www.bunnyluv.org.
Click here for another story about the shelter, and check back tomorrow to see if a bunny is a good pet for you.
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