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The Noozhawk Plus Four Legged Friends Guide has officially arrived! We’ve scouted out the local businesses that best cater to the needs, health, comfort, training, exercise, and general well-being of our furry companions!

To take a closer look at pet facilities in Santa Barbara County, Noozhawk conducted a series of interviews with local business representatives for this year’s Four-Legged Friends and More guide that is sure to have you covered. wag the tail.

In this interview, Noozhawk spoke with Jean Silva, Lead Volunteer at Rabbits in Urgent Shelter Need (BUNS)to find out more about the services offered by this association!

Rabbits in Urgent Shelter Need (BUNS)

Question: What is the name of your business or practice?

Answer: BUNS (Rabbits in urgent need of shelter).

Q: What is the mission behind your company?

A: Find new homes for rabbits and guinea pigs on the south coast of Santa Barbara County. Support rabbit and guinea pig families with education, food and other forms of assistance.

Q: What types of animals does your business cater to?

A: Rabbits and guinea pigs.

Q: Can you describe the services or products offered by your company?

A: BUNS finds new homes for rabbits and guinea pigs. We provide 24 hour information and referrals on rabbits and guinea pigs. We have hay for sale on the porch of the shelter. We offer grooming assistance for rabbits and guinea pigs. We can help you with behavioral issues. We organize Hoppy Hours and Pignics for fun and entertainment.

Q: How long have you been in this industry?

A: BUNS was founded in 1992.

Q: What makes your business or practice unique?

A: BUNS is the only rabbit or guinea pig shelter in Santa Barbara County. We are operated solely by volunteers who volunteer their time for the love of animals.

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One of the incredible guinea pigs waiting for you! (Rabbits in urgent need of shelter (BUNS photo))

Q: What training, education and experience do you and your staff have? Do you hold any professional certifications?

A: All of our senior volunteers have years of experience caring for rabbits and guinea pigs. Volunteers attended House Rabbit Society Educator Conferences to learn the latest in rabbit care and medicine. Some volunteers are clicker trainers. The other volunteers are veterinary technicians. A volunteer has a certificate in applied animal behavior.

Q: What is your level of expertise regarding pet health and behavior?

A: Some volunteers are clicker trainers. The other volunteers are veterinary technicians. A volunteer has a certificate in applied animal behavior.

Q: How do you deal with behavioral issues?

A: First, the behavior is due to a physical condition. Second, can we change the environment or routines to achieve a desired behavior. Then can we train the desired behavior or train a substitute for the undesired behavior.

Q: Do you work with all races/age groups?

A: Yes. All breeds and all ages of rabbits and guinea pigs.

Q: What training method do you use? (i.e. positive reinforcement, electronic training, clicker training, workout equipment, etc.)

A: We use positive reinforcement.

Q: What do you do if a pet is aggressive towards you, your staff or other animals?

A: Aggression happens for a reason. We find out the reason for the aggression and suppress or try to reduce the strength of the response.

Q: What advice would you give to a new pet owner?

A: Each animal is unique. Learn how to make them comfortable and happy. Then they will bring you joy.

Q: Are you currently accepting new clients?

A: Visitors are welcome Monday to Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Q: Can you name some common reasons animals end up in your shelter?

A: The family cannot keep the animal in a new location. The family didn’t know she had a male and female rabbit and had an unexpected litter. They found a rabbit or a guinea pig.

Q: Do you relocate animals that can no longer live with their owners?

A: Yes.

Q: What kinds of challenges have you encountered in the pet care industry?

A: The pet care industry and the rescue community focus almost exclusively on dogs and cats. BUNS advocates for necessary services for rabbits and guinea pigs.

Q: How do you help your client feel comfortable leaving their pet in your care?

A: We recognize and accept that circumstances may separate the animal from its family without fault.

Q: Can you describe the process for adopting an animal from your shelter?

A: We ask the family to visit the shelter to meet and get to know the animals. We will ask about family, housing, pet experience and provide information if needed. There is a one page application. Adoption fees are $40.00 for a rabbit and $12.00 for a guinea pig.

Rabbits and piggies love hoppy hours and pignics
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Bunnies and piggies love hopping hours and pignics (pictured Bunnies Needing Shelter Urgently (BUNS))

Q: Are you a non-profit organization? Do you accept donations?

A: We are a non-profit organization and are happy to accept donations.

Q: How do you keep the public informed about your business or services?

A: BUNS has a website, Facebook page and instagram.

Q: What is the typical cost of your service(s) or product(s)? Do you offer payment plans or discounts?

A: Rabbit adoptions: $40; guinea pig adoptions: $12. Nail clippings $5.00; Hay by the flake $5.00.

Q: What are your hours of operation?

A: MF 2-4 Sat noon to 4. Telephone service 7 days a week.

Q: What’s a fun fact about your business?

A: Visitors can hand feed rabbits and pigs.

Q: Is there anything you would like to tell our readers that has not been mentioned above?

A: Join us for Hoppy Hour and Pignics.

Click here to find out more about rabbits in need of emergency shelter (BUNS).

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