Rabbits are intelligent, curious and social creatures that crave happiness, love, stimulation, and empathy just as humans do. Hoolibuns was created to celebrate these amazing animals and help everybun, rabbits and humans, thrive and live their most fulfilled life together.
Our philosophy is "bunny-centric." By focusing on the individuality of a bun, including backgrounds and personalities, we help create the most enriching lifestyles and home environments; while nurturing happy, healthy and loving relationships with other buns and humans.
We leverage 30+ years of experience working with all types of buns across a broad spectrum of rabbit breeds, personalities, behavior, environments, and specialized care to deliver bunny-centric insights and services that are always fear- and stress-free.
Shannon Ryan, Hoolibuns' Founder and creator of the "bunny-centric" philosophy and behavior training methodology, developed her bun-focused approach following a life-altering accident.
During years of recovery, she became acutely aware of the power of empathy. Shannon quickly realized that she needed empathy in ways she never could have imagined prior to her accident. In turn, she became highly attuned to the empathy and compassion that her own bunnies needed and wanted from her.
Fast forward a few years -
After years of trying unsuccessfully to bond her oldest bun MG, a sassy girl with a big alpha personality, with countless suitors using traditional bonding techniques, Shannon tried something different. She applied new, empathy-enriched bonding techniques that she learned and developed from her own recovery, which factored in buns' unique triggers, levers and impairments.
The techniques were an immediate game changer. This bunny-centric approach minimized the emotional and physical intensity training techniques that Shannon had previously experienced and given up on. This new way of thinking emphasized a stress-free, fear-free and conflict-free process for everybun, resulting in a quicker, more permanent and rewarding outcome that strengthened the relationships between the bunnies and with Shannon.
As a result, Hoolibuns applies the “bunny-centric” approach to every aspect of a bun’s life, from enriching lifestyle environments to bonding, and aims to help provide bunny-centric awareness, education and services to bun families around the world so they can thrive and live their most fulfilled life together.
Hoolibuns was founded by Shannon Ryan, who fell in love with bunnies at an early age. Her passion is all things bunnies but special needs buns have a dedicated place in her heart.
She is a long-term volunteer and Educator with House Rabbit Society (HRS), a non-profit global rabbit rescue and education organization, is Fear Free Certified and works with rabbit rescue organizations across the San Francisco Bay Area.
MG is Hoolibuns' CEO. She's the ultimate alpha (even above Shannon!) with keen decision-making skills, attention to detail, and a veteran in human and rabbit management, including her boyfriend Peanut. MG is empathy-driven and instills this approach in all the Hoolibuns (including her mom).
Jon Snow aka Snowy is Hoolibuns' office manager. He's a very hands-off manager but has high standards. Snowy enjoys a quiet and comfortable office environment to help drive productivity.
Aspen is Hoolibuns' Head of HR (that's Hoolibuns' Resources). He's talented in recruiting all bun resources such as hay, greens and treats for the team. Aspen is a patient and kind leader that strives for a balanced environment, figuratively and literally, as he has severe head tilt.
Peanut aka Quixote is Hoolibuns' Head of Culture. He has the energy and charisma of all Hoolibuns combined that he channels from his neurological impairment He rallies the troops, his girlfriend MG, blankets, and toys with motivational glee. He is often called Don Quixote given his idealism and nobility.
Parker is Hoolibuns' Head of IT and joined after being rescued from the Napa fires. She is intelligent and savvy, and prefers dark server like environments aka bunny forts with her boyfriend Aspen for most of her days. You will want her with you if you ever get stuck in an escape room, she can break out of any situation with ease.
Izzy is Hoolibuns' Head of Operations. She is keenly aware of every detail that makes Hoolibuns operate smoothly. Izzy has a neurological condition that impacts her balance but that doesn't slow her down.
Lewis Hamilton is Hoolibuns' Head of PR. He has a neurological condition, head tilt, but that doesn't stop him from hopping out of nap mode to greet all the new boarders and their parents. His perseverance is inspiring as he went from having very limited mobility with extreme barrel rolls when he first joined us to now running around with glee.
Monkey is Hoolibuns' Head of Acquisitions. He is as adventurous as they come and constantly seeking out new things to explore and acquire aka mischief. Monkey's playful and friendly attitude permeates across Hoolibuns' culture.
Groot is Hoolibuns' Head of New Ventures. He is a sweet, curious soul similar to the baby version of his character that he is named after. Groot strives for unity amongst the team as he carefully explores new opportunities.
Onyx was Hoolibuns' Head of Security. She was the first special needs bunny at Hoolibuns with head tilt but that didn't slow her down. Her bun hearing was super-powered with stealth abilities to be anywhere and everywhere a treat situation might be occurring.
Roomba was Hoolibuns' Jack of All Trades and the ultimate hacker. He suffered a severe spinal injury at a very early age prior to Hoolibuns. Roomba overcame, aka hacked his way through, the obstacles of his disability to live a thriving and joyous life with a bigger than life personality. Hoolibuns was created in dedication to his memory.
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