Pamplin Media Group – Bunny Spa Day: Pawdicures and Hare Styling for Southeast Bunnies

Rabbits may not be aggressive enough to demand it, but every rabbit deserves a day at the spa once in a while.

It’s not just humans who can enjoy a day at the spa. Interior Southeast Portland pet bunnies now have the opportunity to experience ‘pawdicures’, ‘hare style’ and other grooming treatments at Bunny Spa Day – now a monthly event at Sellwood Pet Supply.

Portland non-profit “Rabbit Advocates” organizes and hosts Bunny Spa Day on the fourth Sunday of each month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in advance. All groomers give of their time.

On January Spa Day, the bunnies arrived in wicker baskets, plastic shipping crates, cardboard boxes and pet strollers. The owners handed over their little lagomorphs to Rabbit Advocates volunteers, who cradled the rabbits in their arms or positioned them safely on a table. Groomers then got to work pumping up their four-legged bosses: brushing off thick winter coats, trimming hair falling away from the eyes, trimming overgrown nails and checking for visible health issues. Volunteers also answered questions about proper food, litter training, dental care, neutering, food supplements, chew toys, and how to safely introduce rabbits to other animals. of company.

“This event sold out in less than 24 hours,” volunteer Tracy Chen remarked, glancing around the room at the plethora of long ears and fluffy tails. She explained that Rabbit Advocates is 100% volunteer run and strives to find loving indoor homes for neglected, abandoned or abandoned pet rabbits. The money raised from these events goes entirely to the rescue group and supports the rabbits they have in foster care.

PAIGE WALLACE — Rabbit Advocates volunteers performed nail clippings — pawdicures — on Bunny Spa Day Jan. 23, held one day a month at Sellwood Pet Supply. These low-cost grooming services also fill a niche need in the community: Chen explained that rabbits need to see specialist veterinarians, whose services often cost more than treating a cat or pet. dog.

Attendees said the affordability and convenience of Bunny Spa Day is a big draw. “It’s hard to cut a rabbit’s nails on your own. They wiggle a bit,” Fostere-Powell resident Alexis Morgan told THE BEE. “It’s nice to have someone who knows what he’s doing!”

Morgan brought along her bunny, Hattie, whom she rescued from a feral rookery at Cannon Beach three years ago. With a tiny baby rabbit in her hand and not knowing how to care for it, Morgan said she learned what she needed to know by following Rabbit Advocates’ social media feeds and attending events like this. -this.

Morgan, like many others, applauded the group’s overall mission. “Rescuing all these rabbits, educating people, and then providing services like this is truly amazing! »

Sellwood Pet Supply began hosting Bunny Spa Day last October, after hosting several successful rabbit adoption events. Dalton Williams, the store’s small animal expert, is happy to have these groomers come in regularly. “They know exactly what they’re doing and honestly it’s a great price for people who need service but aren’t comfortable doing it themselves.” He explained that the closure of Naomi’s Organic Farm Supply on Powell Boulevard in February of last year left many rabbit owners in Inner Southeast Portland without a local source for needed produce. As a result, Sellwood Pet Supply now stocks more food, toys and other necessary supplies.

For people looking to add another lagomorph (yes, that’s what a bunny is) to their household, Rabbit Advocates also offers Bunny Speed ​​Dating, which runs supervised bunnies dating. Chen explained that rabbits can be very particular about their companions, and even aggressive towards those they don’t like, so it’s good to check compatibility beforehand.

More information about these activities and online Bunny Spa Day registration can be found at – www.rabbitadvocates.org – this is where the registration sheet is put online one week before each event. Note that all rabbits present must be up to date with their Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease vaccinations.

The website also features rabbits available for adoption and information on becoming a foster family.


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