Our Former Foster Bunnies

These are bunnies who previously lived with us, but now have either been promoted to the main HRS Shelter, or adopted into their new families!

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Ginger came to our home as a foster bunny in September of 2001. She was very aggressive (from fear), which is presumably why she was abandoned by her previous owners. She was adopted in 2004 to be bonded with another bunny, but that didn't work out so she was returned to us. At that time, we decided to make her a permanent member of our family.
Cassie came from the main HRS Shelter to our home back in June of 2001, to become a sanctuary foster bunny. In time she became a permanent member of our family, instead.
Thumper was given to us in July of 2001. His previous owners said they had to give up because their landlord changed their lease to disallow pets. He was always a very gentle soul who kept to himself but enjoyed his exercise time immensely. He passed away in the parking lot of the Animerge hospital in Somerville on the 16th of March 2004, after a sudden illness.
Buttons was rescued in early 2002 from a local shelter, along with his father Rusty. He was a tiny little furball when he arrived, probably much too young to have been separated from his mother. The shelter told us that he was a girl, but our vet soon discovered that the shelter was mistaken. He is a very friendly and curious little guy. He was adopted just before labor day of 2003, and is now the center of attention at his new home in Edison.
Sparkles came to us back in 1998, along with his brother Sprinkles. Sprinkles was adopted almost immediately, but Sparkles ended up staying with us until June 2003. He was adopted to be bonded, but that hasn't worked out (so far). However, because Sparkles is so irresistible, his adopter couldn't part with him! He now lives near Mount Holly with a loving family of people and bunnies.
Midnight Midnight was named for the time that he arrived at our home, rather than for his color. He came to us in February of 2003 from a shelter in North Jersey. He is a rich chocolate brown, with very soft fur. He is small (about 4 pounds), is very friendly and loves to be pet (especially on his nose). He loves attention, especially when a treat might be forthcoming.

He was quickly adopted in June of the same year, to be the lucky friend of a bunny named Sunshine.

Vincent came to us at just after Christmas of 2001. He was given up by an owner who received him as an unexpected gift from a well-meaning but uninformed friend. They realized that they did not have the time to care for him responsibly.

He was missing the very tip of one ear, so we named him after Vincent Van Gogh. However, fortunately his ear seemed to heal, which was a marked improvement over his namesake.

Vinnie is a most loving bunny, and would frequently shower his attentive caretakers with bunny licks, especially to the nose and eyes. He did this much less as he matured, much like a human teenager wishes his parents would show him less affection in front of his friends!

Vinnie was adopted in March of 2003 to be the lucky friend of a little bunny named Svetlana.

Olivia came to us at Halloween of 2002. She was found as a stray in an apartment complex in Parsippany. Oddly enough, when she was taken to her first vet appointment, the doctor found that she already had scars from a spay surgery. It is quite unusual to find a stray bunny whose previous owner had at least enough care for the bunny to have her spayed. Olivia is super-soft, and is very friendly and playful. She was quickly adopted, and left us in January 2003 for her new home, where she is now known as Olive.
Rusty was rescued in early 2002 from a local shelter, along with his daughter (now son), Buttons. He was adopted within a few months, and became the best buddy of a bunny girl named Mac. He lives in the Princeton area, although he no doubt still prefers the University of Pennsylvania.

"The Trio" - Thrasher, Panther & Cleo
These three babies were given to us in 2000 by a kind woman, who found them as strays near Flemington. They are almost certainly related to each other, but we're not exactly sure how. Perhaps Cleo is the mother of Thrasher & Panther. When we first took them in, we separated Cleo from the others until they were neutered, and she became terribly aggressive and unhappy. After they were reunited, she returned to being a loving and timid creature.

All three were adopted together, and now live in the hills of upstate New Jersey, with a beautiful room all to themselves, a terrific adopted greyhound for a sister, and a loving mommy who spoils them endlessly! They were also given new names - Potter, Tyler & Brie.

Gwennie was rescued in early 1998 from a shelter in South Jersey, along with Pearl and Abby. She was adopted in late 2000 and again lives in South Jersey, but this time as a member of a loving family.
Honey was a stray not far from our house, who was found by a friendly neighbor. She had been hanging around their garage for several days before they finally managed to catch her. It is amazing that she lasted that long in the wild, as she is the largest bunny I've seen, and she's all white as well.

She was adopted by a loving multi-bunny household in south Jersey, and lived in a wonderful home-built bunny condo. Unfortunately, she passed away suddenly early in 2001, and is dearly missed by her family and by ours.

Abby came from the same shelter as Gwennie & Pearl. We eventually adopted her ourselves as a mate for our Solo
Wilma was struck by a car in October of 1998, but miraculously only received minor injuries. She was rescued by someone who gave her to my vet, who spayed her for free so that we could find her a home. She is adorable and very friendly, and is particularly fond of hay and carrots. She came to us as a young female English Spot, about 3 pounds and about 6 months old, but she filled out a little to be maybe 4-5 pounds.

She was adopted in August 1999 and now lives in Pennsylvania with her loving family of humans and Fred the bunny.

Sprinkles was given to us by someone who couldn't keep him for health reasons. He is a very happy, outgoing bunny. He was adopted, had his name changed to Pongo, and is now living with his girlfriend, Snuggles, in his new home. The larger picture was sent by his new family (Sprinkles/Pongo is the one on the right!).
Baby is the tiniest little baby, and the softest bunny I've ever felt (she's a Rex). She was found at the side of a road near the Round Valley Reservoir by a very kind person, and given to us. She was adopted very quickly by her new, loving family.
Beatrix is a beautiful brown Dutch. She was found running loose through people's yards way up in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ. In her travels she got a single large tick embedded in her neck, which required surgery to remove. She is now living at the NJ HRS shelter waiting to be adopted. Despite all that she has been through, she is one of the most curious and loving bunnies we've fostered.
Spunky was given to us by someone who said she couldn't keep her anymore because she was moving. She was adopted as the new best friend for a lucky bunny boy, and now lives with him in a small house built just for them.
Milo joined us in late 1997, and became a sanctuary bunny due to his multiple persistent health problems. Because he was a permanent resident, he moved in with Solo & Smokey. He passed away December 13 2003 after a jaw surgery.
Silver was rescued at the same time as Scarlett. He was bonded with our Creamy bunny, and became a permanent member of our home.
Scarlett and Silver were rescued from an animal shelter in Passaic, NJ. Scarlett was left at the shelter by a family who didn't give a reason for abandoning her.

She was a beautiful red-brown color, and had a very outgoing personality. She loved attention and would allow you to pet her for as long as you could.

She was adopted by a loving family in Brooklyn. She passed away very suddenly in 2000, and is missed terribly by her family and by us as well.

We took Emerson into our home in 1997 to help alleviate some of the overcrowding at the New Jersey Chapter of the House Rabbit Society. We spent several weeks allowing him to get acclimated to human company and some freedom around the house. We attempted to introduce him to our Sandy, but she was not interested.

Emerson is a very mellow bunny who loves people. He was very patient with our son, who was six months old at the time. As it turns out, Emerson was adopted by someone who worked with children, and who had an unbonded bunny. Emerson now lives with his mate, Peanut, and works with some developmentally disabled children under the close supervision of his human slave.

Finley was probably another abandoned easter bunny from 1997. He was rescued by a very nice worker at a North Jersey animal shelter. This person called the HRS New Jersey Chapter, and arranged to have him transferred there. However, on the day before that could happen, the somewhat uncooperative management at the original shelter sent him to an "animal park" near the Jersey shore. They immediately had him neutered, but a vet tech apparently struck a nerve in his leg with the anesthesia needle. The discomfort from this caused him to gnaw at his leg until it needed to be amputated.

Finley moved to the main HRS shelter to recover from his amputation, and continued to be a very energetic and playful bunny. He loved to get assistance in scratching behind his right ear.

Also, as you can see from the picture, he was a very intelligent creature (as are all rabbits), and knew a real football when he saw one.

Poor Finley passed away in 2002, a victim of many health problems mostly related to his leg. He is deeply missed by us and by his adopted family.

Smokey was rescued at the same time as Lily. He was bonded with our Grey bunny, and became a permanent member of our home.
Lily and Smokey were the first two bunnies we fostered for the New Jersey Chapter of the House Rabbit Society.

Lily had obviously been mistreated by her previous owners, because she was terribly afraid of people, and would attack out of fear. This almost cost her her life, as the shelter was about to have her euthanized when we took her.

We kept her in our home for about four months before returning her to the NJ HRS Chapter in February, 1997. The shift in scenery and household full of other rabbits upset her somewhat, and she returned to her aggressive behavior. After a lot of patience, Chapter Manager Shelley Stack was able to gain her trust enough to pet and groom her.

In October of 1997, a person brought a boy bunny named Reno to the HRS Shelter, and was able to bond him with Lily. Lily (renamed to Hailey) lived many happy years with Reno and her devoted human servant, but passed away in 2004.

(c) 2005 MWG - Last updated: 29 July 2005