Bunfest attracts hundreds and helps shelter animals
STUART, Fla. — Rabbit and guinea pig lovers turned out by the hundreds at Southeast Bunfest, presented by the Silvester Foundation and Angler’s Landing Marina, at Flagler Place. The popular event raised a record-breaking $13,000, which will help the more than 300 neglected and abandoned rabbits, guinea pigs and other small exotics that come to Humane Society of the Treasure Coast.
Bunfest is designed not only to only raise funds for the Humane Society but also educate and raise awareness for the often overlooked rabbits and guinea pigs. Activities included educational seminars, critter grooming, a bunny playground, critter adoptions and vendors. Amy Mott of Clover Patch Sanctuary and Patti Brant of Gainesville Rabbit Rescue conducted a Blessing of the Animals and Reagan Johnson donated her time photographing critters in the Glamour Photo booth.
Among the highlights — a talk by Dr. Susan Kelleher, veterinarian and host of “Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER” on the National Geographic Channel. Each TV episode features Kellher and her staff dealing with a variety of unique exotic animal care cases.
“We were extremely lucky to have Dr. Susan Kelleher as our guest speaker,” said Bunfest organizer Sara Kornegay. “She spent all day meeting fans, taking photos and talking all things rabbit and guinea pig.”
In addition to presenting sponsors, the Silvester Foundation and Angler’s Landing Marina, the Smyth family, Gainesville Rabbit Rescue and Treasure Coast Legal sponsored the event.
About the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast
Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for homeless, abused and abandoned animals in Martin County. The HSTC provides the Treasure Coast’s most progressive spay-neuter and adoption programs and dynamic humane education services. The HSTC has long had partnerships with like-minded organizations. The HSTC does not euthanize to make space at its shelter, there are no time limits on how long animals stay in its care, and no companion animal is turned away for any reason. For more information, visit http://www.hstc1.org or call (772) 223-8822.