So. San Francisco/Peninsula Rabbit Foster Home

(Formerly House Rabbit Society-San Francisco/Peninsula Chapter)



*Special-Needs Bunnies*

Even if you can't adopt or foster a rabbit, you can help us rescue a rabbit in another way. Some of our rabbits here at the Burrow Inn are considered 'Special-Needs bunnies' and will require medical attention for the rest of their lives. These bunnies have proven time and time again that they want to be alive. Many times, these bunnies were placed on the euthanaisa list at the local shelter and rescued at the 11th hour because of that "special spark" in their personality that said..."I want to live". Although many are not available for adoption at this time, most of them do need medical sponsors to help the Burrow Inn pay for their care. They rely on people like you to help support them.

Again, if you love rabbits, but are not able to adopt or foster, sponsoring a rabbit is another compassionate and helpful way to save lives.


Update: St. Valentine goes to the Rainbow Bridge

posted: July 28, 2007

Hello Everyone,

It is with great sadness that I tell you that the Burrow Inn had another loss. Valentine one of are special-needs rabbits passed away this morning.

This was very unexpected as he just went in for a health examine on the 16th of July. Dr. Harvey and I had a few concerns mostly ways in keeping him dry. He had lost some weight but we thought it was muscle mass due to him being paralized.

I knew the minute I saw him that this bunny had fight and a real spirit about him. He came home with us and we never looked back. From the get go he was determined he could be as whole as any of the other rabbits. We put him in with three other special-needs rabbtis, SweetPea, Benjamine, and Rudy who took incredible care of him. Most people couldn't believe we could have four boys living with each without ever having a cross moment between them.

Last night I knew something was very wrong with Valentine. He was very listless and wasn't moving much. I took him out and could see in his eyes the look that rabbits give you when they are starting there journey to the Rainbow Bridge. I told him that it was ok if he wanted to leave and that he must not be afraid, that he must be brave.

I put him back in his cage and Benjamine and Sweet Pea huddled next to him very close. Rudy sat in his litter box posed in vigilance. It was truely a site seeing Valentine's friends being so caring and watchful over there friend.

I will miss his sweet and determined little spirit. This 3 pound Dutch rabbits had so much courage and determination to educate the world and you only had to look at his face to see that.

He is free of his body to run and play as our sweet Abby is who proceeded him. I will be watching and waiting for your sign that you made it to the Rainbow Bridge, Valentine.

Donna Jensen
HRS/Burrow Inn




Standing Vigil Standing Vigil2

Although hard to see, above are pictures of Valentine's suitemates standing vigil over him on his last night with us.



Update: Valentine has bonded with new suitemates!

posted: November 27, 2006

Hi All!

I wanted to give you all an update on how I was doing since I last wrote. I am out of my cast and doing much, much better! After a lot of rest and relaxation, my foster mommy decided to try and bond me with another group of bunnies who are also considered 'special needs' (like me). Lucky for me, we all got along and now I have roommates AND a forever home at the Burrow Inn. Below are a few pictures of us munching on our greens. Thanks again to everyone who had me in their thoughts. The good vibes that were sent out to me worked!




Check out me with my new roommates Benjamin, Sweet Pea and Rudy. (Benjamen and Sweet Pea have head tilt)



Update: Valentine's recovery

posted: March 31, 2006

Hi, it's me Valentine with an update on my progress. First, I want to thank all the very nice people who sent there best wishes for my speedy recovery.

On Monday, Donna took me to see Dr. Harvey and she removed the cast on my leg and said that my leg was healed! Which means no more cast for me! I'm still not able to use my hind legs but that's ok, since I'm not quite used to using my front legs to get me around everywhere. I can still explore to my hearts content and my foster mommy says that I seem quite happy!

For now, I don't have a mate but my foster mommy is thinking of introducing me to some new friends now that my leg is healed. She still has to express my bladder twice a day and I'm a very good boy about the hole thing.

Last week when my foster momy was rushing off to an appointment with the vet she forgot to express my bladder. She called my foster daddy, who was at home, and told him how to express my bladder. He held me over the toilet and pressed on my bladder and of course I peed for him 'cause I'm a good boy.




Valentine's diagnosis

posted: February 27, 2006

Hi Everyone,

Well the outlook doesn't look good for our little St. Valentine.  Dr. Harvey examined the x rays closely and found that he has a fractured spine as well as a broken tibia.  Which is the reason why he is not using his hind leg. She thinks that he will be paralized from the hips down.  Dr. Harvey said that when the dog had him in his mouth and shook him back and forth thats probably how the spine broke.  She also found some old bunny wounds on him probably from others rabbits that were picking on him.

It's amazing that his tiny 3 lb. body survived the attack and that he didn't have an infection.  He is a very young rabbit, maybe about 4 months old.  His bladder will have to be expressed daily.  I haven't done that since Toby passed away.  She re-bandaged his leg to keep it stable and to give it a chance to heal. He was so brave during the whole exam. I know there is a reason that he came to us when he did.    I have some older bunnies that I can bond him with when the time is right.  Or maybe he and Lily can hang out together.

Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers and thank you for caring about him.

Donna Jensen



Bunny injured on Valentine's Day

posted: February 14, 2006

On Valentines Day, the Peninsula Humane Society took in a rabbit that was probably attacked by a dog. The officer went out on a call to a home where the bunny was found in the person's back yard shivering, with a fractured leg and multiple puncture wounds and abrasions over his body.

The bunny was signed down for euthanasia. Donna Jensen, who runs the Burrow Inn HRS foster home, is trying to find either a place for him to go or help with the financials. Valentine's back leg has a broken tibia and the shelter doctor said it may mend on its own if put in a cast. However, the other problem is that he can't or won't use his other leg which means he is paralized. We're not sure why he can't use his leg and in time he may regain use. Donna will take Valentine to the VCA Animal Hospital next week, and she will find out more.

If you would like to ask any question on Valentine, please contact Donna: (650) 994-1012





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