Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from Buckeye House Rabbit Society! We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our supporters and adopters. On this special day, we want to spotlight an adoption that holds a particularly special place in our hearts.

Meet Merlin, a bunny who endured a lengthy stint in foster care and even faced the disappointment of a failed adoption. Red-eyed white bunnies, like Merlin, often face long waits for their forever homes. During his time as a foster, Merlin remained quite reserved, occasionally revealing glimpses of his unique personality to his foster family.

When Bev and Rich made the decision to welcome Merlin into their lives, we knew that the wait had been worthwhile. Today, we share Merlin’s heartwarming adoption journey and express gratitude for all our adopters who make stories like his possible. Happy Thanksgiving!

Merlin’s Story, written by Bev:
I retired before my husband and had a lot of free time available.  My husband (Rich) knew I needed something to occupy my time and brought home a retired Japanese Harlequin show rabbit named Buttercup.  His previous owner had gone to college. Buttercup was a very loveable rabbit and filled the “work” void I was experiencing since retiring.  He loved to be petted and enjoyed his “free” time in the yard.  He would run around the yard until he got tired, then would nap under the hostas where he had made a cubbyhole.  My husband once petted Buttercup for 40 minutes, before Buttercup had had enough and wandered off to his bed.  Buttercup soon became an important part of our lives.  He passed away unexpectedly, and our hearts were broken.

We decided to adopt another rabbit. We researched the internet and found the Buckeye House Rabbit Society (aka BHRS).  We spoke to several members of BHRS and began working with Maggie.  Not quite sure how we would navigate a new, younger rabbit, it was recommended that we foster a rabbit before adopting. This took the pressure off “picking one” and permitted us time to get to know the personality of the bunny.  This turned out to be wonderful for us.  After just a couple of months of fostering Merlin we decided to adopt him!  BHRS was so helpful and supportive during this process.

Merlin was something of a loner and very skittish around us. He would run when we got near him and would not let us pet him. Over time, and with love and patience, Merlin accepted us as his new parents and is completely at ease with us.  He will now lay on the floor as we walk around; even permitting us to step over him without his moving. With mutual trust, he has earned the full run of the first floor of the house.  He follows us around the house and even upstairs, where we have our computer.  While we’re on the computer, Merlin will often jump up into a chair behind us and lay down for a nap.

Merlin does numerous binky’s daily and runs from one end of the house to the other, and even up and down the stairs.  He often runs down through the second-floor hall, down the steps, through the living room to the front door, immediately turning around and runs back upstairs.  After eating his breakfast, Merlin will nap in the living room until around 11:00 in the morning, and then move to his bed under our spare bed.  He will come out for his “greens” and more social time around 5:30.  Once Rich and I go to bed, Merlin will spend about an hour in the living room alone and then comes into our bedroom where he sleeps under our bed. He is quite the night owl. If we get up in the middle of the night, he is sitting in the living room enjoying the quiet. He brings us such joy and laughter that we can’t imagine our days without him.

Rich and I, both being retired now, took on this responsibility with pleasure and haven’t regretted a minute of it.  We just laugh when he gets mad at us for leaving him (ex: grocery shopping); turning his back towards us when we get home and telling us to “talk to the tail”.  But it’s not long before he’s making us laugh and smile again….


Pinky may be the most extra character we’ve met yet. He’s curious, playful, ROTTEN and loves to snuggle. An agent of chaos and the most tender snuggle bunny ever, Pinky would do well with an attentive and patient family.

He’s athletic, intelligent and is young and super playful. He was born into our foster care from his Mom Rosa, who was rescued pregnant in the North Hill neighborhood of Akron. He has all the charm of his parents Steve and Rosa, and all the energy of a 6-month old baby. We love his colorful personality and think he will charm his way into the right person or family’s heart.

Please contact Renee Argento rargento@ohare.org
This bunny in HRS foster care needs a permanent home. All HRS rabbits are spayed/neutered, litterbox-trained, and socialized.


Let’s all take a moment to focus on the wondrous, the whimsical…Winifred Bunderson (Winnie for short!) While she may belong in Salem, there is no hocus pocus when it comes to winning her love!

Winnie was rescued in October after her family moved and let her loose outside. With her strong will to survive, Winnie went against all odds and after over a week being alone in the outdoors, she is stronger than ever and here to share her story.

At only 3.4 pounds, Winnie has proven she is small but mighty. After all she’s been through, she can be timid at first, but once she warms up she is outgoing, lovable, and will keep you on your toes as she shows her rabbitude whenever she is displeased!

Winnie likes to play by throwing around her paper towel tubes, and make music as she jiggles around her keyring. She loves to smoosh herself into the tiniest spaces for naps, and her favorite snacks are romaine, parsley and cilantro. Although she may not enjoy being picked up, she always accepts head pets and cheek rubs. Winnie is very smart and uses her litter box like a tidy lady. I think we can all agree, Winifred is a bunny you just can’t beat!

Please contact Stephanie Ash sash@ohare.org

This bunny in HRS foster care needs a permanent home. All HRS rabbits are spayed/neutered, litterbox-trained, and socialized.


Stella is a sweet and playful 6 month old bun. She has lots of youthful energy and loves zooming around and playing with her toys. She’s also a great eater and has good litter box habits. Stella is still a little shy about new people, but as soon as she’s comfortable, she’s happy to climb all over you and settle in for nose scritches!

Please contact Renee Argento rargento@ohare.org
This bunny in HRS foster care needs a permanent home. All HRS rabbits are spayed/neutered, litterbox-trained, and socialized.