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There are still plenty of adorable, sweet bunnies at the Long Beach Animal Shelter that need homes right away! 
Please help save these bunnies by adopting---  these bunnies are at risk of being euthanized due to overcrowding. Every Saturday there is a volunteer there from 11am - 4:30pm to help with bunny adoptions and answer questions.
Contact Daniel at: satcom692001@yahoo.com or 562.394.2557. 
Long Beach Animal Shelter address:  7700 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, CA 90806


Bunnies are social, intelligent and litter box trained, so they make wonderful companions and live indoors with you just like cats or dogs.

Look at these darlings  below --- Black bunnies: a male and female who really, really need a loving home. They are under a year old and precious! The tan pair are also a young male and female. The single bun is a large, 9lb. bundle of love!
They can be adopted at the Long Beach Animal Shelter.



Ralphs Rewards Card Members- Please Remember to Re-enroll Each September so Sweetpea Foundation Receives Donations!
The Ralphs Rewards program 'clears the slate' on August 31st each year, so if you've chosen our non-profit to receive donations from Ralphs grocery store chain based on your purchases, you need to re-enroll on or after September 1st. Easy instructions are on our Donations page. Thank you for supporting our foundation!



If you live in or near the San Diego area and need bunnysitting or bonding services, please check out this site!
You can also email for more information at Info@BunnyWhispererSD.com.

www.BunnyWhispererSD.com



Beware of Overheating During Warm Weather
We want to remind everyone that bunnies do NOT tolerate heat well. If they get overheated it can quickly become fatal. Imagine if you were wearing a fur coat in hot weather!

Please protect your bunny from becoming overheated by keeping them indoors and making sure the temperature does not exceed 78 degrees. Any time the air temperature gets to 80 or above, it quickly becomes dangerous and very uncomfortable for them. Another way to help keep your bunny cool is to provide a couple 12" or 18" squares of marble, granite or ceramic tile for them to stretch out on. These can be purchased for a couple to a few dollars each from a home improvement store. You can also fill a plastic water or soda bottle with water and freeze it, then put it on a mat or towel in their living area for them to stretch out next to if they are feeling too warm. Fans are good for circulating the air, but don't set them so they are blowing directly on your bunnies.


And of course, never leave your bunny unattended in a vehicle even if you think you might be 'just a minute or two' with a quick stop at a store. It only takes a couple minutes for the inside air temperature of a vehicle to soar well beyond what bunnies can tolerate.

Here is a link to an informative article by the House Rabbit Society .



Please help us raise funds to rescue, spay and neuter bunnies dumped in Huntington Beach!
Several bunnies were found running in the streets, and many more dumped at a nearby schoolyard.
A group of volunteers is doing everything possible to rescue the bunnies, but funds are needed to cover vet exams, spay/neuter costs. We also need foster homes.
No amount is too small. Please donate if you can to help save these bunnies and give them a second chance at life.



 


Foster Homes Needed!
We need more foster homes for our rescued bunnies. We'll provide hay and Oxbow timothy pellets to foster parents who agree to house and care for the bunnies until loving homes can be found. Please contact us if you are willing and able to foster a rescued bunny! Having enough foster homes allows us to rescue more bunnies from high-kill shelters.



Bonded Pairs and Trios
Though some buns do like to be the only bun in the house, most bunnies prefer (and are happier) living with at least one other bunny. Nothing is cuter than watching bunnies play together, groom each other and snuggle. They also provide moral support to each other such as during 'scary' trips to the vet.  Most people who adopt a single bunny end up coming back later to find a mate for it and often say "If I had known then what I know now, I would have adopted a pair from the start." 

Here are some in need of loving homes:

Shop on Amazon and Help the Rescued Sweetpea Foundation Bunnies!
You can help raise funds for our rescued bunnies just by shopping at Amazon.com; it only takes a few steps to set this up.

Here's how it works:
- Log on to Smile.Amazon.com and follow the prompts; select Sweetpea Foundation in Whittier, CA as the charitable organization you want funds donated to
- Amazon will then donate  0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Sweetpea Foundation (it will note on each item whether it is eligible for the program )
- AmasonSmile is the same Amazon you know - same products, prices and service
- Be sure to bookmark smile.amazon.com  and go to the site that way for all future shopping instead of just amazon.com

Happy shopping, and thank you for helping the bunnies!

The Guest Book is NOT Designed for Inquiries - Please Visit the Contact Us tab for Adoption Applications and Email us at Sweetpeafoundation@yahoo.com with questions or if you are interested in a bunny or pair of bunnies. 
We've noticed some people are leaving questions on the guestbook instead of going to the Contact Us page for forms and the link to our email. Please e-mail us with your questions and provide your contact information and we'll be happy to respond to you.



Please adopt from rescues and shelters!
That way you save lives and are not supporting breeders and pet stores who treat these precious living creatures as just a money-making product to be sold.

Adopting creates space for other bunnies to be rescued, whether from a high-kill shelter, or those who have been abandoned in parks and neighborhoods. It's a smarter move, too.  Bunnies purchased from pet stores and breeders are not spayed or neutered, which can cost $100- $180 or so at most vet offices, and most are not litter box trained. Bunnies adopted from rescues and shelters are litter box trained and have already been spayed/neutered to prevent overpopulation and improve behavior. Volunteers from rescues are well acquainted with their bunnies and can find you the best match.


Hay, Hay, Hay!  Be sure you are feeding plenty of hay to your bunnies.
Good quality grass hay is the most important part of a bunny's diet and should be fed in unlimited amounts and available to them 24/7. This is critical to their digestive health and well-being. Hay has a lot of fiber and bunnies need that to keep their GI tract moving. Unlike cats, bunnies cannot vomit, so everything must pass through their GI system- which includes the fur they ingest during throughout the day as they groom themselves.

Many people overfeed their bunnies timothy pellets, greens or treats and that can result in digestive problems like small, mushy or misshapen poops. This can also lead to GI stasis, which can quickly be fatal to bunnies without proper treatment. Hay should comprise 80 - 85% of a bunny's diet. Be sure litter boxes and other hay grazing places, such as hay racks or baskets, are piled with fresh hay at least a couple times a day.

Timothy Hay- This is the primary hay for most adult bunnies and has plenty of beneficial fiber. It has a nice green color and a fresh smell - bunnies love it.

Many people mix other hays in with the Timothy to provide some variety, these are all great options:
3-Way Hay - A blend of Oat, Wheat and Barley. Bunnies love this variety.
Oat - Bunnies really enjoy this golden, hollow and firm hay - especially the seed heads.
Orchard and Bermuda - These are softer grass hays that bunnies like. A nice addition atop a pile of Timothy hay.
Alfalfa -
Baby bunnies should be eating Alfalfa Hay to build strong bones and teeth. Bunnies past 6 - 8 months of age should not be fed Alfalfa hay because its high calcium content can cause bladder sludge and other health issues.

 
Spread the Word & Help Educate: Bunnies should NEVER be given to children at Easter! A chocolate or plush toy
Easter Bunny are the only type of bunnies kids should get.

Bunnies, like any pet, should never be given as a gift unless you are certain the recipient wants the animal
and is fully able and prepared to be responsible and provide proper care for its lifetime - which can be up to 13 years or more.

Too often bunnies are given to children, when the child should receive a stuffed animal instead. The average lifespan is 10 years, but many can live longer than that. Bunnies are not toys, nor are they a short-term, low maintenance/low cost commitment.

If you are experienced with bunnies or have researched how to care or and live with them inside your home, then you can make an informed decision and adopt a bunny or two.
They make wonderful companions for those willing to learn about them
and give them the love and care they need!

 



A Very Important Message
We saw this on Facebook and felt it was a good message to re-post here.

Too often people think releasing the pet bunny they're tired of caring for is
OK, and that it can 'be free and run with its buddies.'  Not the case.
Tragically, many suffer and die; the lucky few are rescued.

When it comes to pet bunnies (or any pet), please always act responsibly and
teach others to do the same.


Emergency Vets 
What if your bunny suddenly becomes ill, or stops eating and develops GI Stasis or gets injured and it is a Saturday evening or a Sunday when your regular bunny vet's office is closed? You hope it never happens, but be prepared so you have a back-up plan and can get your bunny to an emergency care center that is open 24 hours and has experience with rabbits. Your bunny's life may depend on it, so get them treatment so they are stabilized and then get them in to your regular vet the next day their office is open. Ask your regular bunny vet for their recommendation.

Here are two locations in southern California that are open 24 hours, 7 days a week:

TLC Pet Medical Center                             
VCA All-Care Animal Hospital
1412 Huntington Drive                                 
18440 Amistad
South Pasadena, CA 91030                          Fountain Valley, CA 92708
626.441.8555                                                714.963.0909



There are many friendly domestic bunnies in need of loving homes...please consider adopting and  sharing your home with one or two. Their gentle souls and endearing personalities will provide you with more joy than you could imagine.
 



A Fantastic Book About House Rabbits! 
The Bunny Lover's Complete Guide to House Rabbits by The Bunny Guy (Stephan Flores) is a must-read whether you're considering adopting bunnies, have recently adopted or even if you have been a bunny parent for years.

The author is a volunteer and educator for the San Diego House Rabbit Society and has been a bunny parent for many years. It's an easy-to-read book loaded with valuable information and tips covering a broad range of topics including diet, housing options, bunny proofing, behavior, communication, medical issues and much, much more. At the end of each chapter there is a handy summary of key points which makes it helpful for future reference.

We highly recommend this book for all bunny parents. It can be purchased in printed form or for e-readers at retailers such as Amazon as well as on The Bunny Guy




Why Not to Buy a Baby Bunny 

Many people buy baby bunnies when in a pet store - their heart is touched by how cute and adorable this little ball of fluff is or they're concerned about the poor, crowded conditions the poor animal is living in. Whatever the reason, PLEASE do not buy baby bunnies from pet stores or street vendors. Too often children accidentally injure or kill the bunny with rough handling and/or the family hasn't educated themselves on how to care for it and many are not prepared for the 10+ year commitment to proper care, diet, housing and vet bills. The unfortunate result is the unwanted bunnies get dumped in parks and neighborhoods to fend for themselves or turned in at shelters which are overcrowded.

Key Reasons Why:
1) The bunnies are much too young to be taken from their mother and may not survive.
2) Pet store employees may be uninformed or may lie and say they know what sex the bunny is but in truth that cannot be determined until the bunny is quite a bit older.
3) They will say it is a dwarf rabbit when the animal is really just  a tiny baby bunny and it will grow and some will become quite large.
4) Bunnies sold in pet stores are too young to have been spayed or neutered yet. As the bunny grows and puberty sets in the bad behavior begins - spraying, biting, easily frightened, excessive chewing, digging, hyperactivity and so on. Spay or neuter is the solution to these problems but must be done when the bunny is old enough.
5) If you buy a rabbit that only encourages the pet store to get more rabbits from breeders to sell and make more money off these poor creatures, all while thousands of bunnies are waiting in shelters for homes, many of whom are euthanized due to overcrowding.
6) Spay and neuter surgeries can be expensive and many people don't want to spend the money. However, when you adopt from a rescue or shelter the bunnies have already been spayed or neutered.
7) An older rabbit is easier to litter box train. Baby bunnies are often messy and it takes time for a baby bun to mature and develop good litter box habits.




We Are At Full Capacity
We are at full capacity and do not have space to take in additional bunnies at this time. It is heartbreaking to know that shelters are full, as are many rescues. Animals turned in at city and county shelters usually have very little time to get adopted before they are euthanized due to overcrowding.

If you have a bunny that you acquired elsewhere and cannot keep it, we will try to help you get it adopted.  Please contact us. If you are willing to house and care for your rabbit until we help you find it another home, we will post a photo and information on our site. Never, ever set a domestic bunny loose to fend for itself outdoors or it will not survive long. And never post ads offering a bunny free or for $5 or $10 or it will likely end up as snake food.  A bunny is a living creature with a heart, soul and personality. If you cannot keep it, the very least you can do is take the proper steps to ensure the bunny gets a new home.
All bunnies deserve good, loving homes.

Los Angeles County Shelters Open on Sundays from 10am - 5pm
We hope the extra weekend hours will help more animals get adopted



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