This coming weekend, if you visit the second floor of our Center for Compassion between 12-4 p.m., you may see volunteers massaging buns. In front of an audience, no less.
When the City of Burlingame approved our plans to operate an animal adoption center in their fine city, they also presented a list of operating conditions. For example, these conditions established a maximum number of people we could have for gatherings in our facility. All in all, a fair set of conditions.
However, they were silent on the topic of unlicensed massage, and we intend to take full advantage of this oversight. In fact, we’re billing “massage demos” as part of our first annual “Get Your Hands On Our Buns” event, this Saturday and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. both days.
Before you call City Manager Jim Nantell or 7 On Your Side, you should know that the bun massage is part of a rabbit adoption extravaganza. Buns, or bunnies, will be the featured stars this weekend. Many are awaiting new homes and we are shining a special light on them to help make that happen.
For starters, we dropped the regular adoption fee by 50 percent, from $40 to $20. As we’ve done in the past with various dog and cat promotions, we are making it easy for our animals to go into good homes.
In addition to that significant discount, we’ve nibbled 10 percent off the price tags for all rabbit-related merchandise, cages and starter kits in our first-floor retail store, Furchandise.
One floor above, right next to all the available bunnies, rabbit massage is just one of the special demonstrations we’ve planned for interested guests. Our specialists – staff members and a number of dedicated, knowledgeable volunteers like Cathy and Aida – will also show our guests proper handling and grooming techniques, and clicker-training tips, as well as nail clipping, a necessary but dreaded task for many pet owners.
Potential adopters can also learn about bunny basics like litter-box training (yes, they can be litter-box trained like cats!) and dietary needs.
Are loads of carrots good for bunnies? You’ll find out. Can rabbits multiply like….well, like the old saying? The answer is yes, but you need not worry about that since our adoption fee includes a spay or neuter surgery.
If you already are a bun-ofile or a lover of all things lagomorph, you’ll be impressed with our level of expertise. If you are looking up lagomorphs right now and know very little about bunnies but have always been intrigued, we have you in mind as well and will help educate folks before they leave with their new companions.
Do rabbits prefer Swedish or Shiatsu? You’ll have to see for yourselves this weekend. Did 1970s songster Eddie Rabbitt really love a rainy night? I don’t know, but he sure sold a lot of records. Too bad we couldn’t get him involved in our rabbit extravaganza.
But, hey, there’s always the massage.