While Midwest BunFest offers something for everyone in your family (bunnies included), the focus has always been on the Rescue Partners.
This year’s Rescue Partners are bringing a wealth of information to educate the public on proper care and housing of rabbits, to explain why you must get your rabbits spayed or neutered and how to find low-cost neutering services, information on rabbit behavior, resources for veterinary care and more. These are organizations that 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. Shopping for gifts from the Rescue Partners is a great way to get a jump on holiday shopping (hah!) while supporting homeless rabbits and the groups who volunteer their own time and resources to rescue and care for them (have I mentioned that Christmas is less than 8 weeks away?!).
Many of the Rescue Partners will also be bringing adoptable rabbits to admire, pet and possibly adopt. Rescue Partners attending Midwest BunFest 2013 include:
Dayton Area Rabbit Network will again be on hand with tasty items for (human) snacking. Proceeds go to support the rabbits at Dayton Area Rabbit Network, many of whom are sanctuary rabbits.
F5RS - Frisky Ferrets, Fuzzies, & Feathered Friends Rescue & Sanctuary was arguably tied with DARN last year for ‘Best Tee Shirt’. F5’s ‘Hellbuns’ tee shirt is so true and SO hilarious! F5 had all sorts of interesting and unique items last year, including buckets of dried bunny 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. supports rescues with the supplies they need to care for abandoned rabbits. Founded by Marie Gretta Parker, her adopted shelter bunny Flopsy Parker provided the inspiration for the non-profit charity which provides food, chews, toys, water bottles and other supplies.. You may visit Flopsy's Rescue Rabbit shop on Cafepress to shop for for rabbit merchandise and to help their cause.
Catnap from the Heart comes all the way from LaGrange, Illinois to be at Midwest BunFest. CatNap from the Heart 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 unique and very sweet collection of handmade pet dishes.
Buckeye House Rabbit Society out of Ohio is one of the best resources for rabbit care, and last year they brought along many educational books and other literature as well as information from the Make Mine Chocolate campaign (trying to head off some of those Christmas impulse purchases) as well as tiny bunny soaps, bumper stickers, and other merchandise for sale.
Judge’s Park Small Animal Rescue from Edinburgh, PA is a rescue dedicated to the rescue of rabbits, guinea pigs, and other small animals. Their two-fold mission aims to rehabilitate abused, neglected and/or special needs animals and find the best homes for them, and to educate individuals who want to make these great pets part of their families. Check out their website www.judgespark.org for more information.
Capital Area Humane Society has been sheltering homeless pets, fighting against animal cruelty and neglect, and addressing the needs of animals in the community for more than 127 years.
The Columbus House Rabbit Society is another great resource for all things bunny. In addition to educational materials, the organization had many great gifts for bunnies at last year’s event, including willow toys, tasty hays and cetyl-M, a joint-support supplement suitable for bunnies.
The Ohio House Rabbit Rescue - the organization which brings you Midwest BunFest - has had such a banner year in 2013! This year saw the opening of their wonderful adoption center for rescued abandoned pet rabbits on 5485 N. High Street in Columbus. The Ohio House Rabbit Rescue has a thriving adoption program and provides educational resources for the proper care of rabbits as indoor companions. The OHRR Bunny Boutique was the place to shop at last year’s event for one-of-a-kind items and rabbit collectibles, fine art and fine jewelry from artists such as Mary Beth Parisi, as well as magnets, tee shirts, aprons and other official Midwest BunFest swag. Proceeds from these purchases benefited the Ohio House Rabbit Rescue.
Living in New Zealand and can’t make it to BunFest this year? You can still shop online at the Midwest BunFest online store. T-shirts for you and your rabbit, bumper stickers and more are available, with 10% of all sales going to support Midwest BunFest and rabbits rescued by Ohio House Rabbit Rescue.
Check out the slideshow for photos of some of the rescue groups at the 2012 Midwest BunFest and make plans to attend on Nov 2, 2013!
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