This handsome Dutch rabbit was abandoned, along with his three siblings, at the tender age of six weeks. The caring volunteers at BUNS stepped in to provide temporary foster homes, while seeking permanent digs for each bunny. Fernando is now five months old and is eager to meet his new family. He is affectionate, curious, and is an all-around busy boy. His favorite hobbies include eating fresh greens and climbing on his own cardboard castle. He even likes cats!

Fernando is available for adoption at BUNS (Bunnies Urgently Needing Shelter). The facility is located at the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter, 5473 Overpass Road, off Patterson Avenue. Stop by or call 683-0521 for more information on Fernando or any other rabbits awaiting adoption.

View other available pets on KEYT Channel 3's “Pet of the Week” segment on Wednesdays at 6:45 am. To view pictures of other adoptable dogs, cats and bunnies, visit

Be Prepared for Emergencies

On May 20, we’ll observe National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day. If a manmade or natural disaster were to strike, would you be prepared to safely evacuate your pets? The following tips will help you prepare for an emergency:

 Make arrangements with a family member, friend or neighbor who will take in your companion animal if you are unable to return home. Give them a key to your home or let them know where you have a spare key hidden.

 Type or print up an “Emergency Care of Companion Animals” card and place it in a prominent place in your wallet. The card should state the number and types of pets in your home and who should be contacted in the event you are injured or hospitalized and cannot return home. If you are at home when a disaster happens and you must evacuate, never leave your animals behind. Make arrangements to take them to a family member, a veterinary office, an animal shelter or, ideally, to stay with you.

 Make sure your pets are wearing a collar and tag with your name and phone number. Better yet, be sure all your pets are microchipped (your veterinarian can perform this simple procedure for a nominal fee).

 Have a supply of your pets' food (and water) on hand as well as any medication they may be taking.

 Keep a cardboard box or sturdy carrier handy (one for each small animal you have) as well as a leash (one for each dog you have).