PAWS for SJACS (Pet Awareness and Welfare Society for San Jose Animal Care Center) is a volunteer group in the San Jose area that raises money to help pay for non-routine medical for rescue groups. Thank you to PAWS for SJACS for medical assistance grants for Everee and Celestine!
Submitted by webmaster on November 12, 2012 - 4:30pm
The volunteers and SaveABunny have gotten to know a lot of individual rabbits. Some are affectionate, some are cranky, some are adventurous, some are playful, some are openly loving, and most are all of the above. One thing we are sure of is that every rabbit we have ever met is deserving of love, affection and happiness.
That's why we vehemently dislike Devil's Gulch Ranch, which views rabbits as commodities for consumption, even while "appreciating" their personalities (albeit in a callous way). From their website:
They are a combination of three breeds: Rex, New Zealand and Californian. Californian and New Zealand breeds are related and currently are the most popular commercial meat breeds due to their fast growth. The Rex breed, while being an excellent meat breed, is particularly known for its fine fur. Ours seem to have a mellower temperament, which is helpful for their mothering ability and handling in general. While they grow somewhat less quickly than the New Zealand and Californian breeds, we use the Rex to add hybrid vigor and positive temperament characteristics.
Ping and Pong are New Zealands. Koala is a Californian. Maribel is a Rex. SaveABunny rabbits and Devil's Gulch rabbits are one and the same.
We at SaveABunny believe that a vegetarian diet is a much more sustainable and humane solution to the challenge of feeding the world's growing human population.
Submitted by webmaster on January 20, 2013 - 12:54pm
Northern California rabbit rescue efforts recognized with national funding award
Mill Valley, Calif. - SaveABunny, Inc., a Northern California, volunteer-based, non-profit animal rescue group, today announced it has been chosen to receive a $25,000 “Angels in Top Hats” grant from the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) for its commitment to rescuing rabbits. Working in close partnership with more than 30 Northern California animal shelters, SaveABunny rescues, rehabilitates (if needed), and finds homes for more than 300 domestic rabbits who face imminent euthanasia every year.
The ASPCA grant will fund urgently needed adoption center upgrades that are essential to the operation of SaveABunny’s full scale animal rescue work. The funds from this grant will allow SaveABunny to create a dedicated medical and quarantine area for critically ill rabbits, expand rabbit play zones which are vital for enrichment and recovery, upgrade rabbit houses and replace broken equipment. To maximize the reach of these funds, SaveABunny is hopeful that compassionate members of the community and local businesses will donate time and resources, such as space planning, carpentry and handy work skills and building materials.
“The work that SaveABunny does is both heartbreaking and hopeful, caring for abused and neglected rabbits, as well as highly-adoptable rabbits who simply find themselves without a loving home,” said SaveABunny Founder and Executive Director Marcy Schaaf. “We are grateful to the ASPCA for recognizing the plight of rabbits, which are often at high risk of euthanasia. This grant will allow us to provide an even deeper level of care for these highly intelligent, sensitive and often misunderstood companion animals. The demand for rescue assistance has surpassed our available resources, and in order to maintain and extend our life-saving work at the high standards we keep, we urgently need these upgrades to our facility.”
“The ASPCA Angels in Top Hats grant is unique in that the winner is chosen by our staff,” said Michael Barrett, vice president of grants management for the ASPCA. “SaveABunny exemplifies ASPCA founder Henry Bergh’s vision of preventing cruelty to animals, which is important as this grant program is named after him. Their application was inspiring and heartfelt, and it was clear they deserved this grant so they can continue to carry out their mission.”
Working in partnership with 30 Northern California animal shelters, SaveABunny is often the only resource for house rabbits deemed “unadoptable” due to extenuating medical needs sometimes resulting from trauma, neglect or abuse. The number of rabbits being abandoned at animal shelters has increased recently due to the economic downturn and the increased popularity of rabbits as pets. SaveABunny performs community outreach programs in an effort to educate shelter staff and the public about the required daily and long-term care for rabbits as pets.
The ASPCA’s Angels in Top Hats grants council is a program designed to award worthwhile grant funding to organizations in need. The council’s name pays tribute to the ASPCA’s founder Henry Bergh, a dapper, 19th century gentleman with a fondness for side-whiskers and top hats. The ASPCA is among the top providers of grant funds to local animal welfare organizations across the country, supporting its mission of providing effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. Since 2008, the ASPCA has awarded more than $50 million in grants for animal welfare and anti-cruelty assistance in all 50 states as well as other regions. Grant support is provided to a variety of animal welfare organizations through cash awards, sponsorships, executive and technical assistance and training.
SaveABunny (SAB), founded in 1999, is an approved 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization that is creative, passionate and professional about saving lives. SAB is recognized as a leader in rabbit rescue efforts, as well as a model for building effective partnerships with animal shelters and community groups, such as the Girl Scouts. SaveABunny assists Northern California shelters with rescue efforts leading to successful adoption of more than 300 domestic rabbits per year. Funding is raised primarily through donations and grants, and secondarily through adoption fees and specialty services, such as boarding, rabbit grooming, and limited merchandise sales. For more information, please visit www.saveabunny.org and be sure to follow SaveABunny on Facebook and Twitter.
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.