Meet The Rabbits




Bunny Foo Foo
(personally owned resident)

She has been with us since she was a kit. She was one of many at a less-than-ideal home where the litter frequency of the pet adults was far greater than their owner's willingness to conscientiously keep the males and females apart. Rabbits have a gestation period of around 31 days. The female can have up to 12-13 kits, very rarely litters as big as 18 and as small as one. As you can imagine, therefore, there were always quite a few kits (baby bunnies) needing homes. In just a short amount of time, there were no more takers. Except us. We tried to resist , detouring around the rabbit village whenever possible. But when we heard the owner had told her young daughter (who had long ago lost interest) that they were "headed to the pet store" we decided to bring two of them to Tomten Farm and Sanctuary. Sadly, one passed away after a few years, but Bunny Foo Foo is our beloved sanctuary rabbit. We think she might be Black Otter Rex breed or Silver Martens, but it doesn't really matter. Her happy place, her peace, protection and possibility paradise is right here.

Mary Matilda and Annabella follow the fragrance of carrots.

Bare feet on the grass comfort the spirit and
connect the body to the earth all at once.
                          ~ Maximillian Degenerez

The only animal testing here is choosing
which rabbit accessory or toy is the favorite.

Meet Our Spring 2018 Rabbit Rescue, Formerly #D477   Rescued!

An uncertain future.

Leaving auction
but ending up where?

Safe! On her way to peace,
protection and possibility.

Each spring we go to auction to celebrate the renewal of life and vitality at the farm after the slog and desolation of a long winter. It is the season of daffodils, mud, and hope. In Spring 2018, we made a difference for this sweet little pastel-eyed Californian rabbit (also called a California White). Californians are the second most popular meat breed . She was at risk and would not be here today without your support and the efforts of our fabulous board members who went to auction, saved her and took her home for quarantine. Great job, Laima and Heather. We couldn't do saves like this without our monthly donors. Their continued contributions allow us to leap (or in this case hop) right into another save, confident that we have the support we need for day-to-day care.

Life will only get better and better for this sweet girl, now named Smudge Bunny by our Facebook followers. Once she is fully evaluated and declared healthy,  she will be available for adoption. In the meantime, Smudge appears to be doing just fine in quarantine.

This Little Bunny

This little bunny has two pink eyes.
This little bunny is very wise.
This little bunny is soft as silk.
This little bunny is white as milk.
This little bunny nibbles away
At cabbages and carrots the livelong day!

~ Easter poem/song, origin unknown 

"This little bunny nibbles away at carrots the livelong day."


Crrrrank it up…it's Crrrrunch time in bunny land!

Rabbits: Still Pets or Hopping Over
to the Dinner Plate?

Option #1
A perfect little pet

Option #2
Auctioned as a
meat rabbit

If you have followed Tomten for a while, you know we try not to judge people's choices. We are all in different places on our journey. But part of our mission is education. And so we share what we have learned about the status of rabbits today.

It is rare that we go to livestock auction and do not see meat rabbits. With their small size, low noise and high meat yield (on average they eat four pounds of grain for every one pound of meat), they are very popular with those who wish to butcher their meat in their back yards or sell to others who do.

Because these animals are not considered livestock by the USDA, they often do not receive any more humane slaughter with commercial processor than they would a backyard breeder.

Oddly, the USDA classifies rabbits in the same group as chickens, as "poultry," so they are not covered under the USDA's Humane Methods of Slaughter act. Even those buns shipped to the less than 100 slaughter houses that process rabbits don't have to be stunned before being killed.

If you can, take a minute to think about that: they do not have to be stunned before they are killed.

In loving pet homes or sanctuaries, rabbits can live 10 years or more — but most within the meat industry are killed at just 3 months old. Their feet are then often sold as a "lucky" novelty items (keychains, etc) while the rest of their body is sold as food…even their heads (see below).

Always a favorite in Italy (look for the word coniglio on the menu next time you head to Tuscany or American Italian restaurants) and many other European countries, America has decided that rabbit is now the even-newer trendy white meat. According to Anne Fanatico, an associate professor of sustainable development at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, "They're the next big thing in pastured livestock."

Globally approximately 1,083 million rabbits were slaughtered in 2015, which was 1.4% more than the previous year figure. China (where the rabbit's head is considered a delicacy) accounted for 48% of that number.*

And that, readers, concludes our public service message regarding rabbits.

Perhaps you or someone you know might consider signing up to be a monthly Tomten. No matter what the amount, your donation makes an immediate impact. Even just $1 a week (that's less than fifteen cents a day) makes a difference, and it is that difference that allows us to give animals like Bunny Foo Foo and our auction rescues the gift of life, a future and even, perhaps, a secure outdoor playground!

Simply click the "donate button." It will take you straight to PayPal. As always, we are grateful to have you on our journey. Thank you.

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Did You Know...

When you adopt your bunny from a rescue group, it makes room for another to be saved. If you are thinking of getting a rabbit as a pet, don't make it an impulse buy. Do some research to be sure a rabbit is the right pet for you or your child. We don't always have adoptable rabbits here at Tomten but a Rabbit Rescue like the House Rabbit Network or your local animal shelter usually does. You may get the pick of the litter and all live happily ever after.

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