It’s Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month!

Posted in New news! at 5:07 PM by Lori

Malibu is a friendly boy waiting for a loving home at Salinas Animal Services.

February is Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month! We will have a table at the Del Monte Center Petco this Saturday, Feb. 25, from 1 – 4 pm. Stop by with your questions about living with a house rabbit, or just to pet one of the adorable shelter rabbits we will have with us!

Lovely Molly is looking forward to a new life with a family who will love her forever! Will she win your heart?


68 Rabbits Rounded Up in Monterey County!

Posted in New news! at 6:09 PM by Lori

We are currently fostering Grace, who is being sponsored by Save A Bunny. She had an injury that required half of her tail to be amputated. We will take her up to Save A Bunny this Saturday, 1/28. Grace is healing quickly and eager to move on to a loving, forever home. Contact Save A Bunny for more information about adopting this wonderful girl!

Update 1/25/12: All but 12 of the Marina Dunes bunnies have now moved on to rescues, homes, or the SPCA! They have all been spayed or neutered, thanks to the generous work of the Avian and Exotic Clinic, which held a Spay-athon last weekend with the support of AFRP’s Rescue Rabbits Rock program and the Rabbit Haven.

Mouse and Matilda are two adorable girls being sponsored by Rabbit Ears in El Cerrito. They were spayed on 1/24 and we will take them up to Rabbit Ears this Saturday, 1/28. Contact Rabbit Ears if you are interested in adopting these cuties!

Thank you to everyone who has helped these bunnies through donations, adoption, fostering, or just getting the word out! Now we need to get the remaining 12 bunnies into rescue or adoptive homes as soon as possible.

Update 1/16/12: More of the Marina Dunes bunnies have been captured, bringing the shelter total to 73 today.

Area rescue groups took several rabbits last Friday. AFRP’s Rescue Rabbits Rock, Harvest Home, House Rabbit Society, RabbitEARS, and Save A Bunny have all rescued at least one rabbit each. Rabbit Haven has contributed a monetary donation and some supplies.

If you would like to adopt one of these delightful bunnies, please visit Monterey County Animal Services. They are open for adoptions from noon until 5:30pm, Monday through Saturday. The shelter is also in need of volunteers to help care for the bunnies and would appreciate donations of plain rabbit pellets and grass hay.

Can you foster one or more bunnies for at least a month? Please contact us here at Friendly Farms and we will direct you to one of the participating rescue groups.

Animal Control officers collected 68 rabbits abandoned on a property in the Marina Dunes area of Monterey County. Many of the rabbits are in foster care, but 10 are currently at Monterey County Animal Services, most of them for medical needs assessment and possible treatment.

According to shelter management, the rabbits are on stray hold in case the owner would like to reclaim them. If you are interested in adopting, donating, or volunteering to help these rabbits, please contact the shelter or Friendly Farms.


Breeder Confiscation Fills Santa Cruz County Shelters!

Posted in New news! at 6:59 PM by Lori

A confiscation of 114 rabbits from an Aptos breeder by Santa Cruz County Animal Services has filled the Santa Cruz and Watsonville shelters to overflowing! These gorgeous little mixed breed bunnies are now looking for loving indoor homes!

Would you like to help? The shelters are looking for volunteers to help clean cages, donations for medical needs and supplies, and, of course, adopters to give these rabbits the good life they deserve!

Here are some contacts:
Friends of the Watsonville Animal Shelter
Friends of Santa Cruz County Animals
The Rabbit Haven

More about the confiscation:
San Jose Mercury News


Bunnies, bunnies, bunnies!

Posted in New news! at 6:19 PM by Lori

A large group of bunnies was found hopping around a Salinas neighborhood, and kind rescuers brought them to the shelter. There are gray bunnies, brown bunnies, white bunnies, adults and teenagers!

Come on down and find a new friend! All bunnies are spayed or neutered before going to new homes (included in the shelter adoption fee). Salinas Animal Services is open from noon until 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday.


SPCA Bunny Update!

Posted in New news! at 6:41 PM by Lori

Kobayashi is a sweet little boy who is looking forward to running and playing in a new home!

There are still lots of delightful bunnies waiting at the SPCA for Monterey County for loving families to discover them and take them home!

Cabernet is a friendly and playful boy!

All of these wonderful rabbits have been spayed or neutered and micro-chipped.

Franny and Zooey are a gorgeous couple who can’t wait to show you their dance steps!

Ready to adopt? The SPCA is located across from the Laguna Seca Raceway, and is open for adoptions everyday from noon until 4pm.

This agouti cutie is named Pepper!

Haven’t lived with a bunny before? The House Rabbit Society has all the information you need to get started!

Rosemary and Pickles will enchant you with their sweet snuggles and playful antics!

Still not sure a bunny is the right choice for your family? We welcome your questions about living with a house rabbit! Contact us today!


California Cavy Daze!

Posted in New news! at 6:10 PM by Lori

The three brothers share an alfalfa cube.

Update 9/20/11: The Salinas guinea pigs are now being sponsored by Cavy House Guinea Pig Rescue. For more information about adopting these wonderful furry friends, contact Sue at Cavy House.

It’s guinea pigs galore! Shelters and rescues all over California have been inundated with guinea pigs lately, and our own Salinas Animal Services is no exception- they have 10 adorable wheekers looking for new homes!

Baby girl and the three ladies check out the treats.

Gloria, Molly and Dolly have been joined by 7 more furry friends. This group was found in a box in a park. They include three cute boys, three adult females, and one young girl.

Guinea pigs do best when they have a companion to keep them company while their humans are off at work or school, so consider a pair or trio! For more information about living with guinea pigs, visit Guinea Lynx and Cavy Cages.

To adopt some fun into your family, visit Salinas Animal Services at 144 Hitchcock Road, just south of Salinas. The shelter is open noon until 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Contact the shelter or Friendly Farms for more information about these wonderful guinea pigs!

Don’t live in the Salinas area? Guinea pig groups such as Cavy House and North Star have many wonderful guinea pigs to choose from in the Bay Area. Southern California residents can contact Orange County Cavy Haven and Wee Companions.



Posted in New news!, The Friendly Farms Crew at 3:56 PM by Lori

Update 10/13: Casey has had a severe episode of head tilt, probably caused by e.cuniculi. His rolling was so bad that we had to keep him in a padded carrier for most of the month of September. Casey is much better now, still a little wobbly, but back to running up and down the hallway and being his cheerful self. With his myriad medical issues, we have decided to make him a sanctuary bunny and let him live the rest of his days with his friends here at Friendly Farms.

Update 10/14/11: Casey’s wound has fully healed, he has been neutered, and he is available for adoption! This darling little boy will bring smiles to the lucky family who takes him home!

Update 9/20/11: Casey’s wound is healing very well, and should be completely gone within a couple of weeks. We are hoping to schedule his neuter for early October.


Casey is our newest medical needs rescue. He came to the shelter with a large maggot-infested wound to his hindquarters, an injured eye, bad teeth, and a strong will to live. The terrific shelter vet and staff cleaned his wound and started him on medication. Shelter management decided not to keep him, so we took him to the Avian and Exotic Clinic and got a treatment plan for him.

Casey is now well on his way to recovery. His wound is healing nicely, and has now been closed up, except for a drain. His eye is looking better, but will still need medication and watching for a few more weeks. The vet trimmed his molars and incisors under anesthesia, and hopefully that will be the last of his tooth issues. Casey has done his part by eating constantly to regain his weight, and by keeping a great attitude. He has been a very good boy through all of his wound cleanings and medications.

Wound first week.

We would like to raise $500 to cover Casey’s medical bills. To donate directly to our medical fund, please contact the Avian and Exotic Clinic and tell them the money is for Casey at Friendly Farms.

Wound second week – closed with drain.

Casey will be available for adoption after his neuter surgery, which we will schedule once his wound has finished healing. For more information about this amazing little boy, contact us here at Friendly Farms.


The SPCA is hopping with bunnies!

Posted in New news! at 4:01 PM by Lori

Starbuck is a sweet girl who loves to be petted! She has been spayed and is ready to go home with the right family.

Things are really hopping right now at the SPCA for Monterey County with all of the adorable bunnies looking for loving homes!

Randy is a cute lionhead/lop mix who is very curious and outgoing.

With two hoarding cases plus the usual owner surrenders and strays, they have over 50 rabbits! You will only see about 10 at a time in the small animal room, so keep coming back if you don’t find the bunny of your dreams the first visit!

Puff is a darling little girl who has been waiting for the right person to come along since February.

The SPCA is open for adoptions everyday, including many holidays. Their adoption hours are 11am – 5pm Monday through Friday, 11am – 4pm Saturdays and Sundays.

Looking for cute? Eleanor’s got it!

They are located on Hwy. 68 across from Laguna Seca Raceway.

Hamilton is an active young boy who would love to delight you with his playful antics!

Contact the SPCA or Friendly Farms for more information about these wonderful bunnies!

Jon doesn’t let the paparazzi ruin his snack time.


Hey iPad Users – We have a new look…

Posted in New news! at 11:22 PM by Ross

Warhol Bunnies

We have added a feature to our site which gives a new viewing dimension and additional options for iPad users.

Android users will have to wait a bit longer.



February is Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month!

Posted in New news! at 6:55 PM by Lori

Handsome Harvey is available for adoption at Salinas Animal Services!

February is Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month! With the Lunar Year of the Rabbit beginning on Feb. 3, we hope that this is an especially lucky month for the bunnies waiting in our shelters for their loving new homes!

Here are some upcoming events:

February 5: “Using the Art and Science of Behavior to Enrich Your Relationship with Animals”, by Dr. Susan Brown

This all-day class at the House Rabbit Society Rabbit Center in Richmond, CA, will give you the tools you need to have a more rewarding relationship with all the animals in your life–large or small, mammal, bird, reptile, or fish. Whether you want to modify unwanted behavior, help your pet become more outgoing, or start an exercise program, this class will show you how! Through a combination of lecture, video, in-class problem-solving exercises, and games, you will learn:

* the principals of behavior and how all animals learn
* how to develop strategies for changing animal behavior and preventing future unwanted behavior
* the basics of positive, effective, and enriching training techniques that can be used with any species of animal

For more information, and to register click here.

February 12: Petco Education Outreach Event

We will be at the Del Monte Center Petco on Saturday, February 12, from 2 – 6pm, with educational materials and rabbits looking for homes. Stop by to ask us your questions about living with a house rabbit, or just to pet the bunnies!

February 19: Spa Day!

Bring your bunny or guinea pig for a gentle grooming, relax, have some snacks, and enjoy chatting with other rabbit and cavy lovers! At Silkscreen Express in Seaside, 1 – 5pm. Call 831-663-1413 or email us here at Friendly Farms to make your appointment. Hurry before they are all filled!

The house rabbit in his native habitat. Tundra was adopted in 2009 from Salinas Animal Services through Deerbrook Guinea Pigs and Rabbits in Oakhurst, CA.

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