April 21, 2012

Crafty CHRS Donations Help TCHS Bunnies

CHRS volunteers mailed boxes of hand-made bunny toys to Wonderland Rabbit Rescue in Michigan and our friends at Frisky Ferrets, Fuzzies, & Feathered Friends Rescue & Sanctuary (Ffive Rescue) in Youngstown this morning for the TCHS* buns they took in.

At least one more box for one more group is in the works, being packed up now. Thanks again to Emily Uphill and the CHRS Craft Group for donating their time and talents! And another thanks to the Uphills for the use of their office, and Emily for stuffing hay and packing up the boxes!!! We have the BEST volunteers!!

If you missed Craft Day (or just aren't crafty) and want to help out, these groups could still use all the help we can send.

Frisky Ferrets, Fuzzies, & Feathered Friends Rescue and Sanctuary (F5RS)
F5RS is near Youngstown, OH.
They could use help in getting the rabbits spayed or neutered. They can also use hay (any hay but alfalfa) and toys.

Their paypal address is f5rescue@yahoo.com

Mail donations to:
F5RS
315 Forest Ave
North Lima, Ohio 44452


Rabbit Wranglers
Pittsburg, PA
They took in rabbits with medical and behavior issues. The biggest need they have is exercise pens for their foster homes. They can also use Jo-Ann Fabric gift cards for sheepskin rugs for their mobility challenged buns or Giant Eagle gift cards for canned pumpkin, greens, and veggies. They could also use cash donations to offset vet costs.

To donate funds, contact Suaz at 412-953-1770 (they do not have an online source for donations at this time).

To mail gift cards:
Rabbit Wranglers
P.O. Box 8003
Pittsburgh, PA 15216

To mail large items:
Rabbit Wranglers
3248 Pinehurst Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15216.


Wonderland Rabbit Rescue
Wonderland is located near Detroit, MI.
They need rectangle cat litter boxes for the rabbits, big water bottles, and toys. They can also use money for vet costs for spays and neuters.

To mail donations:
Wonderland Rabbit Rescue
19940 Stanley
Melvindale, MI 48122


Capital Area Humane Society
Our local shelter in Columbus, Ohio accepted 11 of the TCHS bunnies, one of whom has already been adopted!! CAHS is not asking for any additional donations at this time, as they are fortunate to have an in-house vet staff to provide spays/neuters and medical care, and our recent MMC fundraiser enabled the purchase of additional toys and supplies earmarked for the rabbits.

Thanks again to all of our CHRS members for your support, generosity and dedication to improving the lives of rabbits in Central Ohio and beyond.


Posted by Terri at 12:25 PM

March 26, 2012

Large Scale Rescue Effort needs Help


In July 2011, the Tuscarawas County Humane Society took in 80 rabbits reported to be neglected and living in deplorable conditions. Since July, the TCHS has cared for these 80 rabbits while the courts were deciding whether to grant custody to the shelter. On Friday, March 9, all 80 rabbits were surrendered to the shelter to be placed for adoption. The shelter is struggling to care for all these rabbits and could use some help. So far they have placed 20 of the rabbits, which leaves 60 rabbits still at the shelter.

CHRS member Amy Shears is coordinating donations of supplies and organizing a group of volunteers to drive over to TCHS to help care for and socialize the rabbits. The group will be driving to Dover, OH (where the shelter is located) on Saturday, March 31 - leaving at 8:00am from the parking lot at Capital Area Humane Society in Hilliard.*

The TCHS wish-list includes:

If you have any of these items to donate or want to volunteer, please contact Amy Shears at angiamelina@yahoo.com

To send donations directly to TCHS, please mail to
Attn: Megan Kovalaske
Tuscarawas County Humane Society
6895 Dover Zoar Rd NE
Dover, OH 44622

Click here to see photos of some of the TCHS rabbits.

To read more about the situation and how Amy is coordinating assistance, visit her Facebook page

*WARNING: Amy wants anyone interested in going to understand that conditions are not ideal (though much better than those from which the rabbits were removed). It may be difficult for some to see, but she emphasizes what a difference the work of the volunteers can make in the quality of the lives of these bunnies.

Posted by Terri at 7:59 PM

July 29, 2007

The History of Room H Window Displays at Capital Area Humane Society

About two years ago Columbus House Rabbit Society member, Karen Winstead, volunteer and promoter of rabbits at the shelter, requested permission to put up a display in room H window for "Adopt a Shelter Rabbit Month." Up until this time, the window had been used for displaying information about cats. Her request was granted and our first display was posted! Several months later, the person in charge of the window displays moved and Karen took over this duty. Currently, CHRS volunteers decorate the window monthly with the focus on rabbits. Our goal through these displays is to help potential adopters realize the preciousness of rabbits. One volunteer who has done most of the window displays is Judy de Roche. Danielle Patterson coordinates the volunteers and puts up window displays as needed. A more recent volunteer (since December, 2006) is Eileen Vorst. Two other volunteers who have contributed themes/ideas are Julie Schram and Terri Cook. No matter what level of involvement, window H at CAHS could not be done without the help of volunteers. If you would like to get involved with this volunteer activity, whether to assist with themes/ideas, hand tape and/or other supplies to the person putting up the display, or to actually design and put up a window display, please contact Danielle Patterson at DPatterson@limitedbrands.com.

Following are pictures of some past displays.

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Posted by Eileen at 5:03 PM

May 22, 2007

Farewell Reception

I hope you all can join us at this special event. It is time to say goodbye to the chief veterinarian at Capital Area Humane Society before she moves back to her home town in Texas. Dr. Barbara S. Whitlock has been at the shelter for almost a decade and has helped save thousands and thousands of animals! The details of the party are as follows:

When: Wednesday May 30, 2007
What: Open House 5:00-7:00PM
Where: Capital Area Humane Society

A light supper will be served followed by a brief presentation at 6:00PM.

R.S.V.P to Karen Fabritius (614) 777-7387 ext. 247

In the volunteer room, there is a card in the rabbit socialization box for everyone to sign. There is also a white envelope for anyone who wants to make a donation towards her going away gift. We will be giving her a 2 year subscription to Exotic DVM so she can continue her excellent work with rabbits in Texas.

So, come on out to thank Dr. Whitlock for all that she has done for the rabbits at CAHS and to wish her well with her new endeavors!!

Posted by Danielle at 1:13 PM

February 16, 2007

Attention All Animal Lovers!

It's time for Capital Area Humane Society's 5th Annual Celebrity Chef Event on Thursday, March 22, 2007 at the Huntington Club at the OSU Staduim. Enjoy an evening full of fun, food and frolic while helping to save the lives of all the homeless animals (including lots of rabbits) at the shelter.

Guests can taste lots of delicious dishes catered by restaurants such as Hyde Park, Lindey's, Z Cucina and Cameron Mitchell Catering or mingle with local celebrities such as Anthony Rothman and Dimitrious Stanley from Channel 6's Buckeye Football Fever program. There are also sure to be many tempting silent auction items to bid on and live music entertainment to add to the ambience.

Tickets are available for $35 each on the Humane Society's website at www.cahs-pets.org or by calling (614) 777-7381, ext. 233.

It's guaranteed to be a great gathering, so come on by and say hello to Helen, our adoptable house rabbit who will be in the spotlight that evening. The party starts at 6:00PM, so don't be late. I hope to see you at the memorable March marvel!

Posted by Danielle at 9:18 PM

December 18, 2006

Rounds Two, Three, Etc. of Operation Spay/Neuter

It's exciting news that the spays and neuters from CAHS are happening so fast, that I can't even keep up with them! Thanks to Drs. Borders and Hayward, and the staff at Norton Road Vet Hospital, round 2 of operation spay/neuter occurred on December 6th and 7th and included Ricardo, Roberto, Betty Lou, Raisin and Clark.

Round 3 of operation spay/neuter happened this past week-end at Healthy Pets of Rome-Hilliard. Dr. Keith and our wonderful CAHS vet tech Cathy Schoppelrei also gave us very low surgery prices and donated their time to perform spays or neuters on Sammie, Charmer, Cavalier, Tony and Merlin. Popcorn is scheduled to be neutered this Thursday and we will then be close to having ALL rabbits currently at CAHS spayed or neutered.

Many thanks goes out to Karen Winstead for once again coordinating the schedule and arranging for drop offs, pick ups and overnight stays along with help from Cathy Schoppelrei. By having the rabbits already spayed or neutered, we have been able to quickly adopt out 7 rabbits within the past month. I can't think of a better Christmas present for the rabbits at CAHS than a permanent home!!

Posted by Danielle at 12:55 PM

December 6, 2006

So Girl Scouting CAN be Fun (at CAHS)

I confess: I hated being a Girl Scout. But I don’t remember ever doing anything this fun, either. Last Saturday, approximately 60 Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts invaded the Capital Area Humane Society for a three-hour program to work on their Animal Care Patches and Pet Care Badges. CAHS volunteer Jill Jameson and the CAHS staff have put together a terrific program where the girls learn first-hand about the needs of the shelter animals. Each time it’s held, this event is wildly successful.

It’s a crazy day full of learning, chatter, and laughter. The girls are split into groups that rotate between four learning stations: Animal Care, a tour of the shelter, Careers in Animal Care, and Making Treats for the Animals. In the Animal Care session, they are taught about the basic needs of all animals and what it takes to provide for those needs. This is followed by a tour of the CAHS facility where they can see how the staff cares for the animals at the shelter. During Careers in Animal Care, they hear from personnel in different fields of animal care speaking about what they do in their professions. In the last session, the girls make treats for the shelter animals. They bake cat, dog and rodent treats and roll hay bundles for the rabbits. The day wraps up with the girls sharing their homemade treats with the pets downstairs.

Though I’m no gourmet, I usually help with making the treats. While we mix, roll, and cut out our treats, we chat about the kinds of pets they have at home, and about the shelter pets awaiting new homes. We talk about the lessons they learned in the other sessions, and how to apply their new knowledge to caring for their own pets. Depending on the age group, our conversations can range from just plain silly to pondering pet overpopulation and euthanasia. I’m always amazed at how much they learn in a few short hours.

Since I’m not used to spending so much time with pre-teen girls, it’s an exhausting few hours, but well worth it. The girls undoubtedly come away with a better idea of responsible pet caretaking, including the importance of spaying or neutering. And, just briefly, I get to have fun being a Girl Scout!

If you are interested in helping with the next Girl Scout program (scheduled for February), please contact me at terri@columbusrabbit.org.

The Girl Scout program is one of the most successful new programs at the Capital Area Humane Society under the new Humane Education section, which teaches kids about caring for animals. The Humane Education program includes several modules for parents and teachers to use in helping their kids learn about the needs of different kinds of pets. For more information, visit http://www.ohiokidsloveanimals.org/

Posted by Terri at 9:32 PM

November 26, 2006

Operation Spay/Neuter

With Dr. Whitlock, the only vet at CAHS who spays or neuters the rabbits, taking a much needed medical leave of absence until the New Year, we weren't sure how all the adopted rabbits from CAHS were going to be fixed before they went home. That is until Karalee Curry devised a master plan with the help of Karen Winstead.

In record breaking time over a period of just 4 days, we managed to get a total of 13 buns spayed or neutered! 5 males were neutered (Charles, Erwin, Louis, Jessie and Drummer) and 8 females were spayed (Arizona, Loppy, Daisy, Helicopter, Patience, Lydia, Mandy and Lulu) which consisted of lobby rabbits, foster rabbits, room H rabbits and room G rabbits.

There are numerous people to thank for helping to make the project a complete success! First, Karalee and Karen for creating and implementing the idea. Second, our veterinarians and vet technicians who agreed to help us out by quickly fitting the rabbits into their surgery schedules, giving us discounts on the operations and even going as far as to donate their time to perform the surgeries. Special thanks goes to Dr. Ann Crafton and staff at Companion Animal Care in Worthington and Drs. Susan Borders, Lani Herrli and Elizabeth Logan and staff at Norton Road Vet Hospital in Galloway. Without them, this mission could not have been possible.

Last, but definitely not least, are the volunteers who agreed to drop off, pick up and temporarily house the rabbits as they recovered from their surgeries. Many thanks goes to Karalee Curry, Karen Winstead, Terri Cook and our fabulous CAHS vet tech Cathy.

No sooner were the surgeries complete then we had our first adoption. Helicopter went home with her new family on Saturday Nov. 25th. Hooray for Helicopter!

Over this Thanksgiving holiday, I know I am truly thankful for all these kind and generous individuals coming together to do wonderful things for the rabbits at Capital Area Human Society!!

Posted by Danielle at 11:43 AM

November 17, 2006

Capital Area Humane Society 2006 Holiday Party

Please join staff and volunteers on Thursday, December 7th from 6:00PM until 9:00PM in the upstairs bingo hall. Dinner will be served at 6:30PM.

Make sure to nominate your favorite staff member or volunteer for the following awards:
Compassionate Calico, Dedicated Doxson, Paramount Paw and the Maggie Award

Nomination forms, including descriptions of each of the above awards, can be found in the Volunteer Room or Adoptions.
All forms are due by Friday, December 1st.

Don't forget to bring your favorite dessert to enter into the "Barking Bake-Off" contest where prizes will be awarded for tastiest treat, most creative concoction and most appetizing appearance!

We will also be holding a White Elephant Gift Exchance. If you would like to participate, please bring a unisex gift.

Please RSVP to mlandon@cahs-pets.org no later than Friday, December 1st. If you would like a vegetarian meal, just note on your RSVP.

We want the rabbits to be well represented, so come on out and join in the fun!! I hope to see you there!

Posted by Danielle at 1:19 PM

October 23, 2006

Here Come the Babies!!

Ready or not, here they come! Both Arizona and Diamond's babies will be making their debut on the adoption floor at Capital Area Humane Society this Saturday October 28th. Arizona and Diamond are 2 of the 6 rabbits who went into CAHS foster care from room G.

Arizona and Diamond went into foster care around September 14th and less than a week later, both gave birth to a litter of babies. Arizona on September 18th and Diamond on September 20th. Arizona's babies are named Fritz, Sharpei, Silver, Snow and Thumper. Diamond's babies are named Bugs and Thumper. Each one is cuter than the next.

So, don't waste any time! Come on in and say hello or give a kiss or two to the babies. Remember, they grow up fast and may get adopted even faster with all the inquiries we've had.

Posted by Danielle at 8:50 PM

May 26, 2006

Calling All Hands-on Bunny Lovers!!

Are you looking for a bun to snuggle next to or give nose rubs to? Well, look no further! Capital Area Humane Society in Hilliard always has tons of buns to love. Becoming a rabbit volunteer at CAHS is easy and the rewards are endless!

All you have to do is attend 2 training classes at CAHS and then you are free to spend as much time with the rabbits as you like. To make the CAHS experience even more enjoyable, you can be matched up with other Columbus House Rabbit Society members when you volunteer. It's teamwork at it's best!

You can volunteer by socializing the rabbits, taking pictures of rabbits and posting them on the CAHS website or if you're the creative type, we have a window display area that you can fill with rabbit photos and fun facts.

Being a CAHS volunteer is flexible because you volunteer when you want and as often as you want. It is a most gratifying and heartwarming experience. Try it - you'll like it!!

For more information , please contact Danielle Patterson at danielle@columbusrabbit.org or (614) 392-0154.

Posted by Danielle at 5:47 PM

April 22, 2006

Capital Area Humane Society

Want to know what's going on with our volunteers at our local shelter? You can now when you read our blog's Shelter News. Look for updates soon!

Posted by Karalee at 3:34 PM