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Field Trip: Bunnies Urgently Needing Shelter

Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara, California

Bill Hepp
The organization: Bunnies Urgently Needing Shelter (BUNS), an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that cares for rabbits and guinea pigs at the Santa Barbara County Stray Animal Shelter under a resolution passed by the county board of supervisors

Year established: 1992

Resources: About 20 volunteers care for 35 to 50 rabbits and guinea pigs.

Population size served: 250,000

The mission: BUNS aims to care for rabbits and guinea pigs, educate the public about them, and find them good homes, says board member Jean Silva.

What they do: Shelter staff handle intake and maintain adoption paperwork and other records, but BUNS manages the rest. And to do that, the group doesn’t just send volunteers to the shelter—they work within it seven days a week, operating the rabbit area of the county facility and working closely with site supervisor Joan Robb.

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