While Midwest BunFest offers something for everyone – educational sessions, great shopping, raffles, a silent auction, bunny grooming and glam shots – the focus has always been on the Rescue Partners. Rescue Partners bring a wealth of information to educate the public on proper care and housing of rabbits, the importance of getting your rabbit spayed or neutered, how to find low-cost neutering services, information on rabbit behavior, resources for veterinary and other services and more. These rescues operate on very little income, and sales from their merchandise at BunFest help support the homeless rabbits in their care, as well as ongoing projects to educate the public on rabbits and their needs. Many of the Rescue Partners bring along wonderful, adoptable rabbits to admire, pet and possibly adopt. Shopping for gifts from these rescues is a great way to get started on your holiday shopping while supporting homeless rabbits and the groups who volunteer their time, money and effort to rescue them.
Here’s a sampling of some of the goodies that the 2014 Midwest BunFest Rescue Partners are likely to bring:
Dayton Area Rabbit Network is a 501(c) 3 rescue, many of whose rabbits are sanctuary rabbits. Included in items for sale at this year’s event are dried, bagged, organic herbs and greens. These are delicious, nutritional treats for bunnies, providing high fiber and no sugar! Proceeds go to support the rabbits at Dayton Area Rabbit Network.
F5RS – Frisky Ferrets, Fuzzies, & Feathered Friends Rescue & Sanctuary – arguably tied for ‘Best Tee Shirt’ (with the DARN ‘Here Be Rabbits’ tee shirt) is the F5 ‘Hellbuns’ tee shirt. F5 has all sorts of interesting and unique items, and last year brought along buckets of dried (bunny-poo) compost! The F5 compost is broken down, mixed and dried, so no worries about mold or other unwanted growth in your compost, and the attractive container makes this a great gift for any gardener on your list.
Baskets for Bunnies, Inc. began with the goal of supporting rescues with the supplies needed to care for abandoned rabbits. The organization provides food, chews, toys, water bottles, and more. Founded by Marie Gretta Parker, her adopted shelter bunny Flopsy Parker provided the inspiration for the non-profit charity. You may visit Flopsy’s Rescue Rabbit shop on Cafepress for rabbit merchandise, and to help their cause.
Catnap from the Heart from LaGrange, Illinois, is a limited-access shelter for cats, birds, and small mammals. They do not euthanize for cage space, and there is no time limit for any animal. Last year they brought a very sweet collection of handmade pet dishes for sale.
Buckeye House Rabbit Society, a chapter of the national House Rabbit Society, was founded in 1997. The all-volunteer, non-profit organization rescues abandoned rabbits and educates the public about rabbit care. Buckeye HRS brings educational books and other literature, information from the Make Mine Chocolate campaign (trying to head off some of those Christmas impulse purchases) as well as bunny soaps, bumper stickers, and other merchandise for sale.
Judge’s Park Small Animal Rescue from Edinburgh, PA is a small animal rescue dedicated to the rescue of rabbits, guinea pigs, and other small animals. Their mission is to rehabilitate abused, neglected, and/or special needs animals and find only the best homes for them, and to educate individuals who want to make these wonderful animals part of their families. Judge’s Park has some great tee shirts for sale, and you never know what other great items they may bring along!
The organization responsible for bringing you Midwest BunFest, the Ohio House Rabbit Rescue has also established and operates a center for rescued abandoned pet rabbits in Columbus, Ohio! They offer a robust adoption program, and provide educational resources and programming on the proper care of rabbits as indoor companions. The OHRR Hop Shop and Boutique offers OHRR merchandise to wear and use, as well as high-quality supplies for the house rabbit.
Get a jump start (ha!) on your holiday shopping and help support the rescues caring for these innocent pets. Midwest Bunfest is now in a new, larger venue at Ramada Plaza, 4900 Sinclair Rd in Columbus, Ohio. Admission is only $5 for adults, $3 for children under 12 years of age, and children under 5 are free. For complete event details, check out the Midwest BunFest website at www.midwestbunfest.org.
Next: the rest of the Rescue Partners!