Today was my fourth week volunteering at Dumb Friends League, and I still love every minute of it.
I'm supposed to volunteer 8-11, but as with every other week, I stayed late today :) I just can't help myself.
I am a Bunny Buddy, which means (besides having the best volunteer position.. EVER) that I take the bunnies out of kennels to get play time, I check for any health conditions that need to be communicated to the Animal Care Staff, I massage out their little muscles, and stretch them out. I also handle them, making sure that they get human interaction and get more used to the human touch, trim nails as needed, groom as needed, and so much more.
Of course, I also take pictures... because I can't help myself.
There are two areas where we keep bunnies at Dumb Friends League: The Adoptable Area, and the Holding Area, which is where bunnies who are waiting to become adoptable live.
When I arrived this morning to the Holding Area, Robyn, the volunteer coordinator, was there preparing a kennel for her warren.
Warren: A group of baby bunnies. Much like a litter refers to puppies. PS did you know a group of kittens is called a kindle?
I wish I could post photos on here of the babies, and I will when they become adoptable. We have a policy to only publicly show photographs of adoptable animals. This is so people don't show up wanting to adopt one that isn't available :)
I played with all of the bunnies. I had a good time interacting with some of the Animal Care staff while the bunnies played in the play pen. I ended my shift with the adoptable bunny, Figo.
If anyone wants to meet a funny bunny, go meet Figo. She really cracked me up, and she is the sweetest thing ever.
I picked her up out of her kennel and put her in the carrier. I set her down in the play pen, and she didn't come out. Normally when you open the door on the carrier, in my experience, the bunny will come right out, eager to get out of the small space.
Not Figo! She stayed just like this for a good 2-3 minutes before I lifted her out to make sure she got exercise:
After she didn't get out in the first minute or so, I opened the top of the carrier to see if maybe she was just confused and thought she was looking at the door :P.
After I lifted her out, I realized her nails needed trimming. I flipped her over on her back and held her like a baby as I trimmed her nails. After we were done, and she did very well, she laid on my lap for a good 5-10 minutes just enjoying cuddles and getting petted.
PS don't mind all of the bunny hair :)
Seriously, she is one of the most adorable, loving bunnies I have ever met. It's still on my mind whether I should go back and just adopt her. Gah.
I am also happy to say that I have volunteered enough hours already (in just one month) that I assigned a grant from JCPenney for Dumb Friends League.
I can't wait for next Wednesday!
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