Midwest BunFest emphasizes both fun and education, and once again welcomed distinguished speakers offering advice and information on a range of topics for both new bunny owners and for more experienced bunny parents. Speakers include nationally-known, respected exotics veterinarians, rabbit rescue managers and volunteers, and House Rabbit Society Educators. Educational sessions included question and answer periods with the speakers; topics included basic bunny care, bunny bonding, advancements in veterinary care, alternative therapies and dealing with the aging bunny, among many others. Educational sessions were free with a paid admission of only five dollars (three dollars for kids under 12).
Also present were pet-related organizations offering outreach services to the community:
Angel Paws animal assisted therapy and activities was at BunFest with information about the services that they offer. Angel Paws works with select facilities in the Columbus, Ohio area to integrate the beneficial effects of the human/animal bond into a holistic approach to health care and education (including helping children improve reading skills by reading to the Angel Paws therapy dogs). There are so many benefits to pet therapy; you can read more about Angel Paws here.
Shelter Outreach Services of Ohio were present to share information with the public about their low cost spay and neuter of feral and owned cats, dogs and rabbits. It is the goal of SOS to affordably provide high-quality services to low-income Columbus area residents, nonprofit animal rescue groups and humane societies alike. You may visit them for more information here. SOS also provided BunFest attendees with information on assembling a pet first aid kit to have on hand.
Norton Road Veterinary Hospital has been a BunFest event sponsor for 3 years in a row! Located in Columbus, Ohio, Norton Road Veterinary Hospital is owned by Dr. Elizabeth Logan and Dr. Susan Borders. The practice offers the highest level of patient care possible, and veterinary recommendations are customized to meet the needs of their clients and pets. Norton Road Veterinary Hospital is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, and Dr. Borders specializes in exotics (she’s the “bunny doc”).
A new sponsor to Midwest BunFest, MedVet Hilliard provides in-depth care and patient management as well as emergency services for pets including rabbits and other exotics (available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day). Internationally-recognized exotics veterinarian Dr. Barbara L. Oglesbee, DVM, DABVP is a long time supporter of Midwest BunFest and has been a favorite presenter for the education sessions for the past 3 years.
The MedVet, Hilliard location offers state of the art medical and surgical care for pet rabbits, including routine and advanced dental care, digital radiography, ultrasound, fracture repair, abscess treatment, treatment of chronic respiratory disease, surgical services, and 24-hour nursing care. At the MedVet table, a wonderful digital slideshow provided glimpses into bunny dental care procedures, laser procedures, ultrasounds and many other specialized procedures.
A unique outreach program was that of the Ohio House Rabbit Rescue’s Rainbow Bridge Project. Midwest BunFest and the Ohio House Rabbit Rescue provided a memorial wall at this year’s event; guests could purchase a wooden bunny ornament in memory of a pet who had passed on. OHHR believes that the best memorial one can offer to a departed rabbit companion is to extend love and compassion to the bunnies still here on earth who need homes, love and proper care. In that spirit, the Rainbow Bridge Memorial Wall was offered at Midwest BunFest 2014.
Memorial bunny ornaments were offered for a donation of $5 or more, in a variety of colors and with two styles of up-eared and two styles of lop-eared bunnies to choose from. Permanent markers were available for personalization of the memorial bunny ornament. Bunnies could be attached to the wall size painting displayed on the main conference. Proceeds from the sale of the ornaments go to the care and feeding of rescue bunnies at the Ohio House Rabbit Rescue Adoption Center. At the conclusion of Midwest BunFest 2014, the wall was relocated and is prominently displayed at the Ohio House Rabbit Rescue Adoption Center for the rest of the year. Bunny ornaments could be left with the wall for display or taken home with the donor. You can read more about the Rainbow Bridge Project here.
Midwest BunFest continues to grow in size and scope each year. If you didn’t make it to Midwest BunFest this year, be sure to mark your calenders to attend in 2015.
Stay tuned for more Midwest BunFest articles coming this week!