Do you grow a vegetable garden? If so, you might be able to help us feed our shelter rabbits and guinea pigs!
Leafy greens are an important part of the healthy rabbit's diet. Bunnies should eat one cup of greens a day per two pounds of body weight. FAAS rabbits range in weight from two to eight pounds, which means they put away a lot of greens!
FAAS is currently caring for four adult rabbits, plus nine baby rabbits born in April 2017. The shelter must go to the grocery store two or three times a week to keep fresh greens on hand.
We need arugula, carrot tops, endive, kale (pictured below), turnip greens, dandelion greens, mint, basil, cilantro, radicchio, bok choy, fennel, dill leaves and any type of lettuce but iceberg. Rabbits can have small amounts of parsley, spinach, mustard greens, beet greens, Swiss chard and radish tops. (The latter types of greens have higher amounts of oxalic acid, which is safe when eaten in small amounts.)
Despite what Bugs Bunny taught us about rabbit diets, bunnies should have carrots only as special treats. The same goes for broccoli, celery, bell peppers, cabbage and squash.
We cannot accept greens that have been grown with pesticides. Please wash greens and bag before bringing them to the shelter. Our address is 1590 Fortmann Way and we are open on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are closed Mondays and Tuesdays. We also accept greens from the grocery store!
For more information about the ideal rabbit diet, check out this House Rabbit Society article.
Rabbits make wonderful house pets. Did you know they can be trained to use a litterbox, just like a cat? See all our rabbits and small pets currently available for adoption, including Foo Foo (pictured above).