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     This page was last updated: July 20, 2014

Update on rescue of freezing adult and baby bunnies in Caseyville, Illinois. 
At the March hearing it was determined to delay the final hearing until April 3rd.  Yesterday all of the rabbits (and chickens) were released into the custody of the House Rabbit Society of Missouri.  The chickens (which were being cared for by a volunteer in Illinois) will be going to a permanent home waiting for them.  The bunnies all need adoptive homes.

Basically, the breeder received a slap on the hand with a $500 dollar fine to the city of Caseyville and 20 hours of community service.  Not one dime was collected for the over $5000 we have spent on the medical and daily care of these rabbits.  A pretty typical outcome when it comes to animal abuse regarding rabbits.

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Hi Joy

I wanted to share this picture with you in hopes you might add it to your website or newsletter, to remind people to water the outdoor bunnies during the hot summer months or even year round.

I removed the top of my birdbath and placed it on the ground so birds and rabbits could both get a drink.  I am amazed how many bunnies come to get a drink. 

I also throw out apples for them in the summer and provide them with hay in the winter and enjoy seeing my outdoor bunnies everyday.


Summer Heat Hazards for Rabbits!

Rabbits can not sweat.  The only way they have to release heat is from the large veins in their ears.  Be VERY careful about exposing rabbits to heat outside, in your home, car etc.  If you must transport your bunny in hot weather, put ice packs in the pet carrier with bunny to help keep cool during trip.    Bunnies quickly die from overheating.

Inside, move bunny crates away from windows and direct sunlight.  Keep bunny in a cooler room.  A room temperature of 80 degrees or above is dangerous for rabbits.  If your A/C breaks down, move bunny to safe, cool, dry basement area until repairs are complete.  If not possible, repeatedly put cold water on your bunny's ears, making sure it doesn't run down into the ear canal.   Have frozen bottles of water ready for this emergency. Put them in with bunny as some rabbits will lie next to the bottles or will straddle them trying to cool down.  You will also need to take his/her temperature periodically and make sure it remains in normal range. HRS can teach you how to do this safely. Email  tomjoygioia@sbcglobal.net  or call 314-995-1457 for info.

Another option is to call your bunny vet or HRS to inquire about boarding your bunny in a safer environment until the dangerous situation is over.  Click HERE for our veterinarian page to inquire about emergency boarding.  Email  tomjoygioia@sbcglobal.net  or call 314-995-1457 to inquire about emergency boarding with HRS.
Additional important information from HRS National:

Warm weather concerns : http://www.rabbit.org/faq/sections/warm-weather.html
Fly Strike -  a life threatening situation:
One of the many reasons rabbits should be "houserabbits", but even bunnies who never go outside can have this happen.  All it takes is one fly to get inside your house. Learn how to prevent it:  http://www.rabbit.org/journal/2-12/fly-strike.html
Foods suggested for a healthy bunny: http://www.rabbit.org/care/veggies.html