Rabbits to show athleticism at Hop-A-Thon
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.