"I had met Arabella only once, while I was at the shelter one evening in September. But, she made such a strong impression that when Joy asked for volunteers to foster over the December holidays, I knew exactly which bunny I was interested in fostering. While I was picking her up from the shelter, my husband Josh Haake was at home making sure he had everything set up in advance of our arrival. No sooner had I let her out the carrier, Arabella scanned her new surroundings and then immediately hopped into Josh’s lap. His first words: 'She’s staying! She’s found a home!'
"In the following days, we quickly learned that Arabella could climb out of an x-pen in seconds, had a voracious appetite, and would do just about anything for a papaya treat. Because of her breed, a Belgian Hare, she is full of energy so we give her plenty of room to run and plenty of toys to keep her entertained. She has a special chair that we call her “throne” because she will sit in it and wait until we bring her salad - just like a queen. (third photo)
"She's a 'Daddy's girl' and follows Josh around wherever he goes (observe her devotion to him in the first photo.) We finalized the adoption papers in January and re-named her Ilsa.
"Ilsa enjoyed being a Bunny Ambassador at a few of the Easter Outreach events this year and likes to attend the monthly meetings in St. Louis. (middle photo) In addition to spending time with our other bunny, Bollo, a Black Satin that we adopted in September 2013, Ilsa enjoys a freshly-stocked hay rack, romaine lettuce, and getting lots of love and affection. She has been such a wonderful addition to our family and we are so grateful to Joy for the fostering experience!"
Spencer, 7, is comforted by his adopted bunny, Aspen. "Spencer was not feeling well and Aspen kept jumping on the bed to see him," said mother Valerie Maule, who volunteers at The Bunny House.
"Spencer started to pet Aspen and he stayed with Spencer for a long time."
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