Celebrating 20 Years of Rescue
by Judith Pierce
09:21 AM, Monday, August 27
San Diego House Rabbit Society is an all-volunteer, nonprofit rabbit welfare organization that has supported the San Diego community for twenty years.  The society rescues abandoned domestic rabbits in cooperation with local shelters and humane societies.  It adopts these rabbits out to new homes and educates the community about adoption and responsible rabbit care.

Each year the society holds a fundraiser, Bunnyfest, which earns much-needed funds to support its work.  Those funds go to spay/neuter surgeries (more than 300 each year), lifesaving medical procedures, and educational activities that promote rabbits as indoor companion animals.  The theme of this year’s Bunnyfest is “Celebrating 20 Years of Caring.”

This year’s Bunnyfest is slated for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, September 16, in famed Balboa Park.  The venue will be located at the corner of Park Blvd. and Presidents Way and feature craft vendors, specialty vets, animal services, games, gourmet food trucks and more.  The event provides an open-air fair atmosphere, where rabbit lovers from all walks of life come to meet up.  You’ll see bunnies on harnesses, being carried on their owner shoulders, in strollers, and some even in “chest” packs like a baby.   

Much like dog owners baby their canine companions, rabbit lovers also spoil their bunnies.  Bunnyfest caters to their love of bunnies by offering rabbit toys, gourmet treats, special services, and gift shopping for bunny-loving humans.  The silent auction features bunny-themed items, including original artworks, prints, apparel, jewelry, and pottery, among the more traditional items such as special event tickets, movie passes, and personal services certificates.  

One feature of Bunnyfest is the opportunity for visitors to meet and talk with local exotic-trained vets who treat rabbits in their practice.  These are veterinarians whose practices have a large rabbit clientele and are very experienced in rabbit medicine and care, including alternative therapies and homeopathic treatment options.  

Petco Foundation is sponsoring this year’s Bunnyfest.  The foundation is a long-time supporter of San Diego House Rabbit Society, offering in-house rabbit adoptions in local Petco retail outlets as opposed to selling rabbits in their stores.  The foundation also supports the society through donations of funds for spay/neuter, supplies for rabbit housing and care, and emergency assistance during evacuation from local wildfires.  

San Diego House Rabbit Society invites the community to stop by and visit Bunnyfest to learn more about rabbits as companion animals, and to enjoy a fun-filled day of games, craft shopping, gourmet food trucks and bunnies!

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