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March 15, 2011 > Bunny hop

Bunny hop

Hayward Animal Shelter adoption event

By Simon Wong
Photos By Gary Gin

East Bay Regional Park District was recently informed of a group of abandoned rabbits on the shoreline near the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge. Three rangers managed to capture 18 and take them to the Hayward Animal Shelter for care. The Shelter now has a total of 24 rabbits in residence. One of the illegally dumped rabbits also gave birth to a litter a few days after she was rescued from the shoreline.

All are healthy and available for adoption at the Hayward Animal Shelter's second annual Bunny Hop from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. The adoption fee is $50 which includes the spay/neuter and a cardboard carrier.

Other rabbit rescues will participate in the Bunny Hop, which is sponsored by the Hayward Animal Shelter Volunteers - Animal Friends Rescue Project; Bananas for Bunnies; Harvest Home; House Rabbit Society; Leaps and Bounds; Rabbit Haven and Save-A-Bunny.

"All the rabbits had to be out of the shelter system quickly to avoid euthanasia; these Rescues came forward and took most of them though they didn't have room for more. Three bunnies were adopted as a result of our push. Hopefully, we can help them find permanent homes for their rabbits at the Bunny Hop event," said Christina Gin, Hayward Animal Shelter volunteer.

The Bunny Hop will include complimentary toenail clipping (rabbits), children's games and bunny dates/meets.

A bunny "date" is a necessary part of the adoption process for people who already have a pet rabbit. According to rabbit expert Anne Martin, rabbits are particular about their companions. Upon introduction, some will fight immediately and for others it is a case of love-at-first-sight; there can be anything in between. Rabbit-owners should not adopt another without first bringing their rabbit for a date to ensure they are compatible. Rabbits that fight on the first introduction will not be able to live together. Anything less than that, the bonding process will simply be harder or easier, depending on how well the rabbits get along at their first meeting.

Shelter and rescue staff are experienced in rabbit introductions and bonding and will be present to interpret the body language and signs that the rabbits display to determine whether a match is likely to be successful at home. Staff can also advise how to continue the bonding process at home.

Additionally, there will be dogs, cats, guinea pigs and other critters available for adoption.

The Hayward Animal Shelter is open to the public Tuesday through Friday (noon to 5 p.m.) and on Saturdays (11 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and is closed every last Saturday of the month except for lost animals.

Second Annual Bunny Hop
Saturday, March 19
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Hayward Animal Shelter
16 Barnes Court, Hayward
(510) 293-7200, ext. 7

Hayward Animal Shelter Adoption Fees

Female cats/kittens: $107
Male cats/kittens: $97
Female dogs/puppies: $166.50
Male dogs/puppies: $141.50
Male and female rabbits: $50
All other animals - turtles, hamsters, guinea pigs, birds, reptiles, etc.: $20.

Dog and cat fees include sterilization, shots (not rabies), a microchip, a cardboard carrier for cats, and a license for dogs if the adopters are Hayward residents. If the adopter lives outside the City of Hayward, the license fee is deducted.

If a pet enters the shelter already spayed or neutered, the fee is reduced because the shelter does not have to subsidize the procedure.

Low-cost Spay/Neuter certificates (to owners whose pets are intact)

Male cat/kitten: $20
Male dogs: $35
Female dogs: $60

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