Organizations and Resources
Many of the stories in Rabbits: Gentle Hearts, Valiant Spirits – Inspirational Stories of Rescue, Triumph, and Joy resulted from conversations with a number of rabbit rescue groups. I am grateful to the following organizations for sharing information about their rabbits. Through the groups below, you'll find links to other rabbit rescue groups, businesses that carry rabbit and rabbit-related supplies and gifts, veterinary references, and other information; the House Rabbit Society maintains one of the most complete websites.
There are many wonderful rabbit rescue organizations; unfortunately, it’s impossible to list them all here. In addition to checking for information on the websites listed above, an internet search for rabbit rescue organizations will help get you started.
For information on the Guardian Campaign (which encourages the philosophy of being an animal's "guardian" rather than "owner") visit www.idausa.org.
Make Mine Chocolate!™ Campaign
To find out why a rabbit is not an appropriate Easter gift or decoration, go to www.makeminechocolate.org. The Make Mine Chocolate!™ campaign was established by the Columbus (Ohio) House Rabbit Society.
Included here is a short list of reference materials. Check with local rescue organizations and rabbit-knowledgeable veterinarians for additional suggestions (including newsletters).
Drollery Press offers a selection of DVDs, VCDs, and CDs that cover a variety of subjects, including getting your first rabbit, introducing rabbits, encouraging exercise, and caring for special-needs bunnies. La Luna Publishing has a DVD on rabbit massage.
Books, Magazines, and Journals:
Of the many books about rabbits, Marinell Harriman’s House Rabbit Handbook: How to Live with an Urban Rabbit was the first to focus on living with house rabbits, and it continues to be an excellent resource; the book is updated as needed. Additional how-to books have been published since then, including Living with a House Rabbit by British authors Linda Dykes and Helen Flack. Also reference the House Rabbit Journal and UK magazines RabbitingOn and Bunny Mad, which focus on living with companion rabbits.
There are an increasing number of books written by veterinarians about rabbit health. They cover a wide variety of subjects, and the material is relatively easy to understand by laypersons. Good information can also be found in veterinary journals that report current research (e.g., Exotic DVM and Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine).Additional reading might include Why Does My Rabbit…?, The Relaxed Rabbit: Massage for Your Pet Bunny, and Stories Rabbits Tell: A Natural and Cultural History of a Misunderstood Creature.