Rab­bits to show ath­leti­cism at Hop-A-Thon

Kent County News - - SOCIAL SCENE -

ROCK HALL — The Eastern Shore Rab­bit Res­cue and Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter will hold its sec­ond an­nual “Bunny Hop-a-Thon” Satur­day, May 12 at the Rock Hall Amer­i­can Le­gion.

Show­cas­ing the Euro­pean spec­ta­tor sport of rab­bit jump­ing, the Hop-a-Thon will be open to the public from 12 to 5 p.m., with an ad­mis­sion fee of $7 for adults and $3 for chil­dren ages 12 and un­der.

Sev­eral rab­bit own­ers are regis­tered to take a “be­gin­ner’s hop­ping class” in the morn­ing with Alikatt Rab­bit Hop­ping and Agility, a Penn­syl­va­nia-based in­struc­tor, who will also pro­vide hop­ping demon­stra­tions in the af­ter­noon.

A com­pe­ti­tion will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. with mul­ti­ple lev­els of dif­fi­culty. Dur­ing the event, ESRREC also will of­fer chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties and a “Bunny Bazaar” (popup gift shop for bun­nies and bunny lovers), while the Le­gion Aux­il­iary will sell food and drink.

“Last year the Hop-a-Thon was a fun event for the rab­bit own­ers and their bun­nies, as well as for the crowd watch­ing and cheer­ing from the side­lines,” said ESRREC Pres­i­dent and founder Cora Dick­son in a news re­lease. “We will also have a cou­ple of rab­bits from our shel­ter join the class and com­pe­ti­tion, giv­ing them great ex­po­sure to po­ten­tial adopters.”

Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease, ESRREC’s over­ar­ch­ing goal is to raise aware­ness that aban­doned bun­nies — like other pets — need homes. As part of its mis­sion, ESRREC fo­cuses on ed­u­cat­ing po­ten­tial adopters re­gard­ing proper care and at­ten­tion. With­out such prepa­ra­tion, new pet rab­bit own­ers of­ten fail to un­der­stand the com­mit­ment, lead­ing to aban­doned rab­bits par­tic­u­larly in the months fol­low­ing Easter.

Since it opened its shel­ter in April 2015, ESRREC has taken in 121 rab­bits and con­ducted 78 adop­tions. All ESRREC adopt­able rab­bits are lit­ter box trained and fed a healthy diet in­clud­ing mainly fresh hay from lo­cal farms.

Through col­lect­ing do­na­tions and other fundrais­ing, ESRREC has also been able to ar­range spay or neuter for 92 of the in­take rab­bits to get them ready for new homes. The rab­bits are trans­ferred from re­gional shel­ters, are sur­ren­dered di­rectly by own­ers, or are brought to ESRREC af­ter be­ing found as strays.

The of­fi­cial site for the Hop-a-Thon is esrrec.org/ hop-a-thon. Learn more about ESRREC at esrrec. org.

Tami Steele leads one of her rab­bits over a jump to demon­strate bunny hop­ping dur­ing last year’s “Hop-A-Thon.” Steele, who owns Alikatt Rab­bit Hop­ping, will be re­turn­ing for this year’s event May 12 at the Rock Hall Amer­i­can Le­gion.

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