Rabbit Thymes

Rabbit Thymes
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MCRS Facebook Auction

facebook auctionThank you for helping us raise about $1300 during our Fall 2014 Facebook auction! The auction was held on the Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society Facebook page From November 30th to December 5th . Donors and bidders from all over the country came forward to help support MCRS.

We would like to give a HUGE thank you to the following people and Etsy shops who donated almost 100 items for the auction: Kristi Peterson, Erica Pointer Kobett, Cariann Drake ~Drake Explorations Photography, Cariann Drake ~Stellar Seal Designer Jewelry, Love of Charms by DLT, Moosup Valley Designs,Mary Jill, Lavendar Rabbit, Ye olde Time bake shop, The Dew Hop Inn,Blue Dog Rose, Hops A Lot Snacks,Stacie Jewelery,Catherine Illustrate, Annie Elle Bunnies, Truche, BunnyRabbitToys,Kari Maxwell, Marnie Kemmetmueller, Meagan Hintz,Kate Jangula,Cindy Blanding, Colleen Deafenbaugh, Mary Althaus, Denise Donovan, The Travelin' Rat, Justine Domagall, Mandy Stadther, Lisa O'Brien,

Please "like" us on Facebook to receive updates on upcoming auctions! If you are interested in donating to the Spring 2015 auction or helping out with running the auction please e-mail Auction@MNCompanionRabbit.Org.

hare care

Carpet Sample Donation Request

MCRS is looking for more carpet square samples for our Petco and foster bunnies. Donations can be dropped off at South St. Paul during Hoppy Hour or an adoption event. Any questions can be sent to MNRabbitVolunteer@Gmail.Com.

8 Common Myths about Rabbits

It's no secret to a lot of us that rabbits make wonderful pets, but if you've never had a rabbit before and you are thinking about getting one knowing more about them as pets and what to expect is important. Each month we will be sharing a video that features Actress Amy Sedaris, who is a loving mom to her own pet bunny, and rabbit expert Mary E. Cotter, Ed.D., LVT from the House Rabbit Society.

In this Month's video, learn 8 Common Myths about Rabbits.



SantaBy: Barb Kelley

Read and smile - we are.

The therapy rabbits and their families, friends, and our special guest, Santa (who has never held a rabbit before) arrived at Ecumen Lakewood Commons Saturday December 20 at 9:30AM. We planned on visiting with the residents and taking photos with Santa for about 1 1/2 hours. As always with seniors their first response was "NO" - no photo with Santa. No - I don't want to hold a rabbit.

Three hours and many many pictures later everyone had sat for photos some insisting they had missed their turn and sitting down again...and for one lady - again. There were rabbits in baskets at their feet and next to them on the bench, rabbits on blankets on their laps, rabbits in Santa's beard. and there were still many more rabbits and helpers visiting with the other residents.

Several very special things happened that day. The ladies, as they got into it, were flirting with Santa who graciously held their hands and made them feel special. We will not tell Mrs. Claus that he has collected many phone numbers ...and a few cookies. As we were finishing and the residents were heading into the dining room for lunch we noticed a lady in a wheelchair being pushed back out to us. The staff member with her said that she had something to return to us. On her lap was Rodney. She had quietly wheeled up to the lunch table hiding Rodney before anyone noticed her new friend. She was not happy to leave her behind.

It was a day of joy and fun for everyone.

Jen, the Activity Director, had Christmas day off, but she came in just so she could hand out the photos to the residents. Our volunteers had worked into the nights to get those photos sorted, brightened, cropped, printed, stuffed in Christmas frames, and delivered to Lakewood by Christmas Eve, so Jen could deliver them Christmas Day. For a lot of these residents, many....too many...would not be getting visits on Christmas, much less a gift. So these photos were very important.

Jen said the delivery of the photos caused every bit as much a stir as the bunny visit did. Every resident got a personal visit from Jen, and a gift on Christmas Day. This was a very big deal for these residents. She said many of them brought them down to the cafeteria to show their photos to the other residents. Again, this was a very big deal. Jen said between the visit and the photos, the residents still have not stopped talking about the bunnies that came to visit them.

hoppy endings and intakes

Seven bunnies found their forever home last month: Maurice, Sophia, Simon, Pike, Artie, Jack, and Luke.

Our newcomers this month are: Intake: Midnight, Lacey, Grace, Susie Q, Johnny, and Buster.

See all of our adoptable rabbits on Petfinder.com.

open volunteer positions

Email/Voice Mail Volunteer

MCRS is passionate about educating the public on companion-rabbit behavior and proper care. To help us achieve our mission we have a small team of education volunteers that answer e-mail and voicemail inquiries, teach classes and help out at public events. We currently need more education volunteers to join our team, especially for responding to e-mail/voicemail inquiries. You don't have to be a rabbit expert to help out, we can teach you!

Additionally we are looking for a an E-Mail/Voicemail Coordinator to lead our e-mail/voicemail team. Duties include quarterly scheduling of volunteers, ensuring emails and voicemails are answered, giving feedback to better develop the volunteers, and compiling the number of emails/voicemails our volunteers respond to. This person would also train in new education team volunteers and place them with a seasoned mentor. If you are passionate about rabbits, we can teach you the rest!

If you can help out with either opportunity please let us know! Please e-mail Info@MNCompanionRabbit.Org and we'll be in touch. Please let us know which opportunity you are interested in helping with as well as what interests you about the job.

Rabbit Socializers

We're looking for a few more volunteer Rabbit Socializers in the Burnsville, Highland Park, Maplewood and Minnetonka Petco stores. Volunteers visit adoptable rabbits in Petco at least one hour at a time on a regular schedule, preferably once a week for a minimum of six months. Our volunteers provide exercise opportunity, socialize with the rabbit, monitor disposition and basic health signs. For liability reasons all of our Petco volunteers must be age 18 or older.

If you are interested in volunteering in one of these Petco stores please e-mail Marnie at MNRabbitVolunteer@Gmail.Com with your name, address and preferred store location.

Volunteers are not just important to MCRS, they literally are MCRS. Volunteers do everything that needs to be done within the organization from picking up the mail to caring for homeless rabbits to keeping financial records to scooping litter boxes.

Interested in Volunteering? See all of our available volunteer positions on our website.

All media, please contact Shelley Chirhart, MCRS Public Relations & Marketing Manager at info@mncompanionrabbit.org or 651-768-9755.

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Special events
•Jan 7 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Jan 8 Bunny Basics in Woodbury
•Jan 10 Adoption Event in SSP
•Jan 11 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Jan 12 Bunny Basics in Golden Valley
•Jan 14 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Jan 16 HH in Uptown
•Jan 18 HH in Golden Valley
•Jan 21 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Jan 24 Adoption Event in SSP
•Jan 25 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Jan 28 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Jan 30 HH in Uptown
•Feb 1 HH in Golden Valley
•Feb 4 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Feb 5 Bunny Basics in Woodbury
•Feb 7 Adoption Event in SSP

see our website for the full calendar and additional information.


  supply sales

Did you know that in addition to hay and pellets we have a lot of other great items for sale?


simple rewards

There will be a price increase for pellets and hay in the New Year. Pellets will be $1.72 per pound, or $36.00 a bag and hay will be $1.91 per pound, or $70.00 a box.

To purchase supplies from our South Saint Paul location, check our events calendar for the next supply sale!



items needed

small plastic bins for recycling program
copy paper
Paper towels for Hoppy Hour

*Any items you wish to donate can be dropped off at any MCRS event. Donations to MCRS are tax deductible.

THANK YOU to those of you who have donated items already!