Bexley News

Midwest Bunfest

Rabbit rescue groups to amass in Whitehall Oct. 27


Thirteen house rabbit rescue organizations will convene in Whitehall for the 2012 Midwest Bunfest.

The event, slated for 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Whitehall Community Park, 402 N. Hamilton Road, provides an opportunity for people to adopt a domestic rabbit or to learn how to best care for one.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 12 and younger.

The event will feature guest speakers who will offer advice and information about the nature and care of domestic rabbits. Each speaker is a certified rabbit educator through the National House Rabbit Society, said Cara Haughey, director of marketing and development for Ohio House Rabbit Rescue, which organized this year's Bunfest.

"Each educational session is about 30 to 45 minutes (with a Q&A session to follow) and covers such topics as the health care of rabbits, how to facilitate the bonding of rabbits" and other rabbit-related topics, Haughey said.

Scheduled guest speakers include: Karen Winstead, of the Columbus House Rabbit Society, on the topic of bonding; Dr. Susan Borders, on the dental health of domestic rabbits; Phyllis O'Beollain, on growing and foraging edible food for domestic rabbits; Dr. Barbara Oglesbee, on the urinary tract of domestic rabbits; Linda Baley, on "bunny play and language"; and Dr. Laurie Millward, on wellness examinations.

The event was held for the first time last October at Whitehall Community Park.

"The turnout last year was more than we expected -- ... about 300 people," Haughey said. "We hope to double that at this year's Bunfest."

Rescue groups to be represented at the event include not only those from Ohio but also those from Michigan, Canada and Florida. Sponsors of the event include the William and Charlotte Parks Foundation and the Petco Foundation.

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