March is (un)officially bunny month, at least in Rohnert Park. These little animals are so often forgotten and ignored, both in homes and in shelters, that we take this month to bring them into the limelight and give them the attention they deserve. We, at the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter, love bunnies and want to share this love, and some education with everyone. Does us no good to keep it to ourselves, right?
Saturday, March 14 is our regular monthly Bunny Day (second Saturday of each month) from 1-5 p.m. If rain is predicted it might be moved inside, but typically in nice weather we give our rabbits a chance to frolic on the lawn – in safe ex-pens, of course. We set up our Bunny Boutique of fresh hay, toys and other supplies to sell in support of our small animal program, and also offer free nail trims (donations accepted, of course!) to help pet owners keep their rabbits in tip-top shape.
But the highlight of the month is Sonoma County Bunfest! A whole day celebrating everything rabbit. It’s happening on Saturday, March 28, 11-3 p.m. at the Rohnert Park Community Center. Entrance is free, parking is free, and it’s a family friendly event, with lots of activities for kids to participate in and enjoy. For the adults it’s also fun, but there’s an educational component too. We have some wonderful guest speakers presenting on some very interesting topics.
Ann Martin, Executing Director of the House Rabbit Society will talk at 1 p.m. on “Your Rabbit Needs a Friend! How to Bond Rabbits;” A SaveABunny educator will talk at 1:45 p.m., topic to be announced. Both of these national rabbit rescues will have a booth at the event with rabbit supplies for sale and handout information, and knowledgeable staff available to answer questions. Dr. Jake Merryman, VCA Sequoia Valley Animal Hospital will be our first presenter at 11:30 a.m. talking about “Exploring the Basic Anatomy of Rabbits” and Dr. Steven Krome, Santa Rosa Veterinary Hospital will follow at 12:15 p.m. with a talk on “Common Diseases of Rabbits and their Prevention.” Lots of good information and brilliant minds to answer your questions. If you’re just thinking about getting a rabbit or have had many over the years, there is always something new to learn!
There will be delicious plant-based lunch food available for purchase from Goatlandia Farm Animal Sanctuary, many vendors selling bunny toys and supplies, and a fun raffle, so bring your wallet. For the youngsters, there will be crafts and games led by the City’s Community Services Department. It’s really shaping up to be a fun day – and did we mention there would be lots of adorable adoptable rabbits there hoping to catch someone’s eye and heart! We will have a costumed character for fun photo opportunities wandering the hall, so there really will be something for everyone.
Leave your bunny safely at home but bring the kids and an open mind and prepare yourself for bunny cuteness overload! No registration required, no tickets to buy, just head over to the Community Center on Saturday, March 28 and prepare to fall in love with, and learn more about, rabbits!
Fix-it Clinics – Free spay and neuters for cats; and $100 dog surgeries (up to 80 lbs.) for low-income Rohnert Park and Cotati residents. Call 588-3531 for an appointment.
“Get Them Back Home” Campaign – Every lost pet should have a way to get back home. FREE pet ID tag and a back-up microchip are available to all residents of Rohnert Park and Cotati. No appointment necessary, just come by the shelter during our regular open hours: Wed. 1-6:30; Thurs.-Fri.-Sat. 1-5:30; Sun. 1-4:30.
Mickey Zeldes is the supervisor at the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.