All posts by Ruthann the Bunny Mama

Publix Stores Sells Rabbit Meat – Contact Them TODAY!

URGENT:  Publix Grocery stores carrying rabbit meat in the south.
They have 1,000 stores and must be stopped. Call today to their corporate office at 1-800-242-1227. Each call is being logged so call today and spread the word for other to call to…
More to come on this important matter soon…. we are working on our campaign and will let you know soon how you can help.
Rabbits are PETS not FOOD!!!

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Contact Tony’s “Not So” Finer Foods In Chicago – Stop Selling Rabbit Meat!!!!

Well it was almost 2 years ago exactly that Tony’s stopped carrying rabbit meat. Yeah I know — we thought they understood how we felt as compassionate bunny parents and animal lovers. But apparently they have restocked it.

Bunny parents you need to call, visit or complete contact us forms for all stores. This is not acceptable. They need to reverse their thinking on this.  We will not stop.  Protest dates will be forth coming.

Contact them by using their contact us form.

Call them at the stores or visit in person:

Bolingbrook 281 S. Bolingbrook   630.914.5494
Hanover Park 7580 Barrington Rd   630.246.7359
Countryside 6704 Countryside   708.286.6041
Prospect Heights 1241 E Rand Rd   847.394.1000
Chicago 3607 W Fullerton   773.278.8355
Niles 8900 N Greenwood   847.795.4600
Bridgeview 8630 Harlem Ave   708.233.9710
Itasca 1200 Bryn Mawr  630.735.6760
Chicago 5630 W Belmont   773.993.0091
Chicago 5233 N Lincoln   773.943.6042
Chicago 4137 N Elston   773.866.0010
Chicago 2500 N Central   773.804.1556
Melrose Park 2099 Mannheim Rd   708.345.4700
Chicago 4608 W Belmont   773.202.1760

Remember this is NOT acceptable and Tony’s needs to hear from as many outraged bunny parents and animal activists as possible or they will not stop!

Protest information coming soon!!!!!!

Thank you from the bunnies…….

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Necco Another Dumped Pet Bunny Rescued Outdoors

So this precious little guy was spotted in a family's backyard on July 4th weekend. He was friendly and happy. But as quickly as he appeared he was gone. The family thought about it and over the course of a few days realized he was a pet bunny and should not be loose outdoors.  They contacted  Red Door Animal Shelter and the facebook post went out.

Here is a link to the rescue post.

This was less than 10 minutes from our house so over we went twice that first night looking. I mean we looked everywhere and found no sign of him. Others came and helped searched but notta.  We asked every neighbor and person traveling in this area and had talked to almost every person in a 1 block square radius of where he was spotted. So I gave up but was heartbroken.

The following week the family called me as he was in their yard right then! So we left work raced over with a carrier and a folding fence. The family was hand feeding him carrots and lettuce. He was loving the attention. Once we arrived it was a matter of winning his trust over along with  a carrot and my husband was able to grab him up.  Safe in the carrier at last.  He spent the next 4 days at Bunny Mama’s. In my very nice basement although I doubt he understood  or appreciated the Wisconsin Lodge decorations.

This bunny was the most attentive social rabbit I have ever encountered. I mean he made my own pet bunnies look antisocial.  He was loving and friendly and smart. He was a good eater too. So off to the animal shelter to vetting and adoption he went. I was not able to keep him and it broke my heart. My Lucy has e. cuniculi and I cannot bring a health rabbit her her or the healthy bunny may get sick.

So once checked out by the Shelters vet, Chicago Exotics it was determined that Necco had Coccidia an intestinal parasite. A bunny gets it from ingesting an infected rabbit (or other animals) poop. It is detected by a poop test and took 2 weeks of drugs to cure it.  Its very common for pet house rabbits to catch this once outdoors. ANOTHER REASON TO NOT TAKE PET RABBITS OUTDOORS.

So he was safe and cured from Coccidia…..what an amazing little bunny he was. So attentive, loving and happy. I will always remember how happy he was to be in my home getting love and attention. He might have broke a house record here for number of bunny 500′ s and at a such a speed. He touched me and I will never forget him. Love you Necco – binky on little baby.


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Nationwide Protest Against Restaurants That Serve Rabbit Meat

So in the past few weeks, has sent a flurry of posts that read The 15 Best Restaurants in Your City that Serve Rabbit Meat!  So please email them and tell them this is not acceptable. Email is  Please contact them.

Also please join Bunny Mama and Rabbit Advocacy Network in protesting NATIONWIDE  against restaurants that serve rabbit meat.  This is so wrong.

You can email, call or visit any time.  This weekend Aug. 19 and 20 (2017) we really want to stir things up. You can contact any restaurant anywhere or contact the ones we’ve listed. We know there are so many that sell it but hopefully we can get them to stop just like we did with so many grocery stores that used to sell it.  Feel  free to email any location nationwide as they will not know where you live. I composed 1 email and then sent it out to about 30 restaurants already.

See this facebook post from Rabbit Advocacy Network for more info and details.

Thanks for helping the bunnies and remember the more people that contact these restaurants the better our chances of stopping them all together.

THANK YOU……..from the bunnies……

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Outdoor Rescues Joliet & Lois from July 2016

Its pretty embarrassing that an entire year has passed and I never posted about these 2 sweethearts that we rescued in the hot summer of 2016.  The reason why I am taking the time to post now is because those of us on these rescues were changed forever.  It was Joliet, a beautiful tan house bunny that was aloft and sneaky and elusive for several days.  Brad my husband and I drove 40 minutes one way to help catch him. over the course of about 10 days.   A family dumped several pet house rabbits outside. They had babies and eventually one by one suffered illness, injury and finally death. Joliet was the last one. The neighbors knew the pet rabbits shouldn’t be outside but didn’t know who to call for help. The poor bunnies made it through a horrific winter and one by one lost their life.  Joliet was the last one. The one we wanted to save so badly. We eventually caught him. He spent the night at my house before taking him for medical treatment. But it was not to be.  For Joliet was very sick. He had a phone book list of illnesses.  He had to be euthanized.  So sad. So many of us worked for days to catch him, to help him, to save him.  But it was too late.  At least his suffering was over, suffering caused by humans who did this to him by dumping him outdoors. Humans who had let him down.  Please read this powerful post written by Red Door Rescue. A reminder to everyone to never dump a pet house rabbit outdoors.

Joliet’s Red Door Post

Then there was Lois. A beautiful bunny a few blocks away from where Joliet was caught.  Lois got away from her owner when she was left outside in the yard. She squeezed under a fence and was gone.  The owner never contacted us to take ownership back of Lois. So Lois now lives at Earth Animal Sanctuary with other bunnies having a bunderful life.

Lois had a bot fly on her face that needed immediate attention when we caught her. Lucky for Lois, the owner of Earth Animal Sanctuary was with us and literally did surgery on the curb of the street to remove it and flush the would with medicine. I’d never witnessed anything like it before.  Lois was gonna make it. She was safe and loved. She was good.

The alarming thing about these 2 rescues is that they were blocks apart. A third rescue also happened but one of the volunteer rescuers kept that bun. This neighborhood had a pet store selling bunnies.  A pet store that gave its bunny parents no information or guidance on how to care for a bunny.  I suspect that people just eventually dumped the bunnies once they got tired of them.  A death sentence for any pet house rabbit dumped outside.

Help spread the word for Joliet – never dump a pet house rabbit outdoors. If you know someone with a pet rabbit make sure they know never to dump a pet house rabbit outdoors or its a certain death.  Remember Joliet — I always will.

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Horrific Abuse in Lincoln Park – Chicago to Wild Rabbits

See bottom of post for an update…..

People we need to send out the word on this as this horrible person(s) must be stopped. They are mutilating wild rabbits in this area. 3 rabbits have been caught with help of Red Door Animal Shelter where Brad and I do outdoor rescue of domestic rabbits (pets that have been dumped outside to fend for themselves).  The shelter got calls and emails starting about a week ago.  The Conservation Police were called and an active investigation is now under way.  Last night (6/19) 5 shelter volunteers set out to catch these bunnies. Once in the neighborhood concerned folks were coming from every direction to help in the rescue.  3 rabbits were caught last night. A 4th was not found but if seen they will go back and attempt a rescue. The buns have been transported to Flint Creek Wildlife Rehab for medical treatment and then to be released. Visit their facebook page here for updates.

This is not a hoax, here is an article from DNAinfo. Link is below.

The pics are graphic and we know other crimes are being committed against wild rabbits  (eastern cottontails) in this area.

I don’t want to post pics here so I am warning you about clicking over to see the article.

Please share this post to anyone living in the Chicago area. By getting the word out hopefully we can find and stop this disgraceful person.

If you are a tattoo artist or do piercings please ask around in case you’ve heard something about who might be doing this. These innocent bunnies do not deserve this mistreatment. Please contact the Conservation Police/IDNR TIPS line at 1- 877-2DNRLAW (1-877-236-7529) with any information.  Flint Creek has a reward to find this person.

Have you seen someone harassing rabbits, chasing rabbits, carrying or hiding rabbits. Did you hear someone talking about it in passing. Did you see someone messing around with a rabbits nest?  If YES then you do need to report what you know to the IDNR or to me and I will take your information to the authorities.

Please help us, spread the word or contact me directly with information. No wild bunny deserves this kind of mistreatment. Its only a matter of time before this person attacks another animal species or humans. Please help. Thank you.

UPDATE: July 29th —after a report came in that more baby bunnies were spotted in the Lincoln Square area abused,  a search party went out and found two tiny baby rabbits –good news they were not being abused as they had ticks that made them appear abnormal as if the unthinkable had happened again but they were deemed to be okay.

The 3 buns that had surgery and recovery at Flint Creek Wildlife Rescue were released onto private property where they can be safe and flourish. See pics and more on their story here.  Awesome work. Thanks to Flint Creek Wildlife Rescue…..

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Hey Chicago – Help us Protest Pete’s Fresh Market for selling rabbit meat!!!!! Sun April 9th 3pm – 5 pm

Hey local bunny parents in Chicago, PLEASE join Bunny Mama and others to protest at Pete’s Fresh Market store in Oak Brook Terrace on Sunday April 9th from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  This grocery store chain continues to sell rabbit meat after emails, phone calls and in person meetings. THEY DON’T CARE and you MUST help in this fight.

The address is:

17W675 Roosevelt Rd, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois 60181

For map and full details see this public facebook post:

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Come out and meet some other bunny parents, the weather is suppose to be great – warm and sunny.  The bunnies need your help in this fight.  I hope to see you then.

Bunny Mama –Ruthann

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Bunnies Show Up Everywhere….

When you are a bunny parent you just never know where a bunny will show up. Not a live bunny but bunny-like-nesses. You know images, pics, in clouds, bunny themed items in stores – BUNNIES.

So while recently in Hawaii on vacation, I caught a glimpse of this bunny. On the back of a traveling bus. I was fascinated and couldn’t chase the first one I saw. Note I said first one.  Next day here comes a bunny bus again. Game on but ooops it got away.  Third day – EUREKA – I spot the bus company but no bunny buses.  Last day on the island, go to the bus company on the way to the airport and score!  Bunny picture. SCORE!!!!

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Help Stop Pete’s Fresh Market From Selling Rabbit Meat!

Tell Pete’s Fresh Market in Chicago to STOP SELLING RABBIT MEAT!

We need some help from bunny parents.  This grocery store chain is selling rabbit meat.  Please tell them to stop. Please call or email them and ask them to stop. Tell them your bunnies names and how they are part of your family.  Tell them to stop. Call them and ask them to stop.

Go to the link below and take literally 30 seconds and select a store and fill out the form or forms and ask them to stop….. We’ve come along a way but have a little more work.  There is a corporate meeting on Feb. 28th and the STORES NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU NOW. So that they will stop. Thank you so very much and the bunnies thank you.

Pete’s Fresh Market Locations
Opens 7 am – 10 pm
Corp. 5724 S. Kedzie Chicago 773.925.6200
4700 S. Kedzie Chicago 773.523.4600
4343 S. Pulaski Chicago 773.927.4300
5838 S. Pulaski Chicago 773.581.0600
3448 E. 118th St. Chicago 773.646.6400
2526 W. Cermak Rd Chicago 773.254.8400
1968 Sibley Blvd Calumet City 708.382.3800
3720 W. 95th St. Evergreen Park 708.398.6700
17W675 W. Roosevelt Rd Oakbrook Terrace 630.812.6100
2333 W. Madison St Chicago 312.888.6400
10280 S. Harlem Bridgeview 708.237.7800
259 Lake St. Oak Park 708.406.8700

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Dino – GI Stasis #3

So this actually happened back in April of 2016 a month after Dino had GI Stasis for the second time. Read more about it here.  He was treated at the vet for his on going dental issues.  The vet had removed a tooth during a normal teeth grinding appointment for dental spurs. Dino had been doing this every month for about 2 and a half years.  His teeth grow dental spurs that need to be ground down every month.  It was during one of these appointments where the vet pulled a tooth.

Because of his history with him going into GI Stasis after a tooth was removed we were on high alert. We learned last time that Dino does not respond well when in a vet hospital.  He only responded during his last hospitalization when we visited. He would eat a little and poop while we were there. After a few days in the hospital with no improvement, the vet sent him home with us hoping that he would respond once back home again and he did. Within 3 hours of returning home he began to eat and poop.

So we gave him all the GI drugs and pain meds. He had stopped eating and pooping  due to what I was pretty sure was dental pain. Here are a few pointers to take note of that clued me in that he was in pain:

Signs of pain for Dino:

  1. He stopped eating, he stopped pooping and did not move around.
  2. He would take a pc of food into his mouth and then drop it. He would not chew it or bite it. He wanted to eat but the dental pain made him drop the food out of his mouth.
  3.  He would sit upright with a slight lean forward.  He kept his eyes closed. Can you see how he is sitting upright but cleaning forward some.dinohospital4
  4. He just seemed to be off – not himself. Not engaging his wife or us. Not coming for treats or eating treats. Not running for food when called that is was time for food.

We have called our vet in the past to ask what the max dosage of pain meds we can give is. This is so important to know so that if your bun is not responding to meds you know what your options to safely increase the dosage is.  Your vet will prescribe a pretty low dose so that may not work. As it did not for Dino. So ask what the options are if the pain med does not work so you have  a back up plan.  Once we increased the dosage he began to respond.

We were able to pull him through the stasis on our own at home.  Its so important that you know your bunny and know when something is off.   We were amazed that we were able to treat him at home since we had all the meds on hand. If your bun is prone to GI Stasis then have the meds on hand at all times and be sure to check the expiration dates often too.

To learn more about the meds, how we give meds,  and how we organize the  meds just click on the links in this sentence.

Here is a pic of our little Dino when sitting under the Christmas tree.


Know your bun. Ask your vet about Critical Care a food supplement that you can feed by syringe to your bun to help him or her get through GI Stasis.

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Have the Critical Care on hand in your frig because you never know when you will need it.

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