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2014 Oxbow Animal Health Rescue Grant Winner!

oxbowLast month, MCRS was announced as one of the recipients of the 2014 Oxbow Animal Health Rescue Grants. The eleven winning organizations received funding totaling over $20,000 for a variety of programs that benefit the welfare of small animals throughout North America. Grant winners are chosen for excellence in the areas of educational outreach, public awareness, and project impact.

"On behalf of the entire Oxbow family, I would like to congratulate the 2014 Oxbow Rescue Grant recipients," said John Miller, President and CEO of Oxbow Animal Health. "The ongoing work of small animal rescue organizations and wildlife rehabilitators is truly inspiring. We are proud and humbled to support these organizations annually and we so impressed by the work of this year's recipients."

The grant is awarded in part as a generous product donation for MCRS to select the Oxbow items that will best fit our foster rabbits' needs. The monetary award will help cover the ongoing costs of our adoption program, including vet care and foster supplies. This is the second time MCRS has been a winner with Oxbow Animal Health! To learn more about the other winning organizations, visit www.oxbowanimalhealth.com.

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Can Pet Rabbits Be Litter Trained?

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 how to litter train your pet rabbit.


Helpful Tips to Litter Training Your Rabbit

Litter training your pet rabbit takes patience and persistence. But in the end, you'll have a wonderful companion to share your home with.

Add hay: Rabbits like to eat hay and poop at the same time. So to promote good litter box habits, place hay either directly in the box over the litter or place it in a hay box next to the litter box.

Space: It's easiest to develop good litter box habits in rabbits by limiting their space at first. Use a puppy pen to confine your rabbit to one area, even if you intend to give him/her free reign of your home eventually. Once your bunny consistently uses the litter box, you can gradually expand the area. If your rabbit starts "forgetting" to use the litter box, then limit the space again until good habits resume.

Accidents: If accidents occur, mop up urine with a paper towel and pick up stray poop and place both in the litter box. This helps get the message across that the litter box is the place that they should do their business. Keep in mind that rabbits are generally not 100% perfect with their litter box. Sometimes they leave a few droppings next to the box, or they urinate over the edge of their box. This is normal, so placing a plastic mat under their litter box or putting the litter box on a tile floor makes it easier to clean up these little mistakes.

Find the favorite corner: They usually do their business in a favorite corner. I put the "prepared" litter box in that corner. If my bunny decides on a few corners, then I put in a few litter boxes. I have found that they begin to prefer one, and I slowly take out one at a time.

Spay/Neuter: If your rabbit is pooping/spraying pee everywhere, this is probably due to your rabbit marking his territory. It's a good idea to get your rabbit spayed/neutered in order to ease territorial feelings.

For more tips and tricks check out MyHouseRabbit.com and BinkyBunny.com

For tips on helping elderly and special needs rabbits in litter training see some tips from the House Rabbit Society and DisabledRabbits.com.


GreysonHi Everyone, My name is Greyson. My Mommy calls me her foster failure, but I don't think that's a bad thing at all! I never even made it up on petfinder because it was love at first sight for my Mommy. And I love anyone that will pet me nonstop. Seriously, don't stop.

I'm also considered a "special needs" bun, but I can do whatever any other bunny can do. When I was little my back leg was broken and healed very badly, my Daddy likes to call my leg my kickstand because I use it for balance. I'm not in any pain anymore so it doesn't bother me one bit! I have a great disapproving bunny face and I LOVE to eat, so I think I'm perfect for the role of a tester! My Mommy made me these treats and I go crazy for them and spin around and around until I get one. Here's the recipe so you can treat your buns!

Bunny Biscuits
1 small carrot, pureed
1/2 banana, mashed until really creamy
1 tbsp honey
1/4 cup rabbit pellets, ground finely in a coffee grinder
1/4 cup ground oats, ground finely in a coffee grinder

Mix pureed carrot, banana and honey in a medium bowl. Add pellet powder and ground oats. Mix until blended. Knead in your hands for 1-2 minutes. Roll out the "dough" in 1/8- to 1/4-inch thick layers between sheets of plastic wrap. Cut into small cookies (about 3/4 inch across). Place cut shapes onto a parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for about 30 minutes (check to make sure they are not browning too much). Turn off the heat and let the cookies sit in the warm oven for an hour or so. Recipe from birdandsmallanimalrescue.com.

in remembrance


JinxBy: The Brooks Family

Adopting a house rabbit was one of the best decisions our family ever made. Jinx was a perfect companion animal, with a unique personality, likes and dislikes, and a remarkable sense of confidence! Looking back, our "special needs" rabbit was special not for his bad leg, but for his wonderful companionship for his humans, feline and canine friends in our home.

A donation has been made to MCRS in memory of Jinx.

Photo of Jinx and his best friend Molly, the Golden Retriever.

hoppy endings and intakes

Seven bunnies found their forever home last month: Midnight, Steve, Sophie, Sid, Ava & Gigi, and Cocoa Bean.

Our newcomers this month are: Vivian and Ruby.
See all of our adoptable rabbits on Petfinder.com.

open volunteer positions

South Saint Paul Supply Sales

Looking for a chance to help out? South Saint Paul is looking for some volunteers to help out with the supply sales. Even if dealing with money is not your cup of tea, we do need an extra hand bagging hay and pellets. Hoppy Hour is from 6:30 to 8:30pm every Wednesday and ever other Sunday (opposite of Golden Valley) from 1 to 3pm. No experience is necessary; we have lots of people who can help you. We have a sign up sheet online, so you can check your calendar and see what works for you. The more volunteers the better.

If you can help out please let us know! Please e-mail Info@MNCompanionRabbit.Org and we'll be in touch.

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
•Mar 5 Bunny Basics in Woodbury
•Mar 7 Adoption Event in SSP
•Mar 8 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Mar 11 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Mar 13 HH in Uptown
•Mar 15 HH in Golden Valley
•Mar 16 Bunny Basics in Golden Valley
•Mar 18 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Mar 21 Adoption Event in SSP
•Mar 22 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Mar 25 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Mar 27 HH in Uptown
•Mar 29 HH in Golden Valley
•Apr 1 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Apr 2 Bunny Basics in Woodbury
•Apr 4 Adoption Event in SSP
•Apr 5 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Apr 8 HH & Supply Sales in SSP

see our website for the full calendar and additional information.


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


simple rewards

Is your rabbit gnawing at everything but what you want them to? A great option would be the Snak Shak. This gives the rabbit something to chew on to help with their teeth and something that they can destroy. Many of our adoption volunteers recommend these to families when they are getting their new family member!

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!


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