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Best Litter Material for a Pet Rabbit

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 Julyy E. Cotter, Ed.D., LVT from the House Rabbit Society.

In this Month's video, learn what the best litter material is for a pet rabbit.


Using Wood Pellets for Litter

Wood PelletsWhat exactly are wood pellets?
Wood pellets generally come from the by-products of the logging or construction industries: little scraps of wood and sawdust, the occasional nutshells or paper packaging plant bits, dried and compressed into small cylinder-shaped pellets. They are generally sold in home improvement stores such as Menards and Fleet Farm; a 40 pound bag will cost about 4 - 6 dollars.

Because the pellets are normally burned inside special stoves inside the home, the pellets are processed to extract most of the resins, oils, tars, acids and water from the wood fiber, resulting in less contaminants in the air and less ash. After processing, the wood pellets are extremely absorbent and the dangerous aromatic hydrocarbons have been eliminated. (when purchasing, be sure that no propellants have been added after processing - it will note “propellants added” on the packaging if this has indeed occurred).

Why wood pellets? 
Even with the recent increase in prices, they are less expensive than traditional pet litter. They also work well, being very absorbent of both urine and odors. Their wood composition also helps control bacterial growth. Toss some hay on top of the pellets in a litter box and you're all set. The pellets absorb urine and soiled product can simply be scooped out of the pan. Best of all? The pellets are biodegradable and can be disposed of in compost piles, flower beds, or with regular trash collection (it will biodegrade in landfills).

If your rabbit shows an interest in chewing on the wood pellets (which is unusual), use softwood pellets instead of hardwood pellets (certain types of hardwood can be poisonous). For those rabbits or other pets who think the stuff in their litter pan is granola, this pelleted bedding will simply break down into its original fibrous components and pass through the digestive tract. 

Need more information on litterbox basics? Click here


The Things Bunnies Do That Are Really Annoying

sleepy bunfrom: best4bunny.com

You may be able to relate to some of the annoying little things that bunnies do. But, lets be truthful... these don't really annoy us bunny lovers, it's what makes us love our bunnies even more!

• They won't stay still long enough for you to give them all the bunny kisses you want to give them

• The way they do a fantastic binky the minute you give up trying to video them doing one

• The way they do noisy DIY to their houses in the very early hours

• When they show no interest in the new toy you have just bought them

• They tell you when exercise time is over – you don't tell them

• The way they sleep during the day and you have to tip toe around them

See the full list at best4bunny.com


MCRS Silent Auction

sleepy bun MCRS is excited to announce that during the Sunday, July 26th Hoppy Hour at South St. Paul we will be holding an outdoor silent auction fundraiser to help support MCRS.

Date: Sunday, July 26th (Rain Date: Hoppy Hour on Wednesday, July 29th)
Time: Bidding starts at 12:45pm and ends at 2:30pm
Where: South St. Paul Hoppy Hour

How It Works!
The silent auction will be held outdoors at South St. Paul on the sidewalks/lawn (weather permitting). Bidding will follow traditional silent auction format and winning bidders are asked to pay for their item and pick it up before leaving for the day.

•Bidding starts at 12:45pm (15 minutes before Hoppy Hour begins)
•Bidding ends at 2:30pm (1/2 hour before end of Hoppy Hour)

Donations Needed!
We are happy to accept donated items from now until the day of the auction. Please contact Marnie at MNRabbitVolunteer@Gmail.Com to make arrangements to drop off your donation.

Suggestions of Items to Donate:
Bunny toys (store bought or handmade)
Bunny themed household items
Bunny themed clothing (for people)
Baked goods
Gift cards to local businesses
Other household items or clothes that would appeal to animal lovers

Please Note: Donated items that do not sell will become property of MCRS and may be offered for sale as part of a future fundraiser.

Contact Marnie at MNRabbitVolunteer@Gmail.Com

hoppy endings and intakes

Three bunnies found their forever home last month: Sophie, Thunder, and Perry.

Our newcomers last month are: Mulan, Opie, Jeffery, Jenna Bean, Roger, Maggie, Ginger, Monroe, and Wilma.

See all of our adoptable rabbits on Petfinder.com.

open volunteer positions

Foster Home

We have been asked to take more and more rabbits with behavior or medical issues and we need more foster homes willing to help with these situations.

The foster program is an essential part of our mission. Without our dedicated foster families we wouldn't be able to help the many rabbits we do each year. Providing a foster home for one of these rabbits can be a very rewarding experience and literally saves a life!

MCRS will supply all the equipment you will need - cage, litterbox, litter, food & hay. MCRS also covers any medical expenses for foster rabbits. Your only out-of-pocket expense is for the fresh greens & veggies you feed your foster rabbit - and even that is a tax-deductible donation!

All you need is:
•a space in your home for a cage & some play space for the rabbit.
•an hour or so daily to provide socialization and care.
•a willingness to learn about the proper care of rabbits.
•convenient access to email is strongly preferred.
•ability to transport rabbit to periodic adoption events is preferred, but not required.

Please contact MCRS at info@mncompanionrabbit.org if you are able to help. Thank you!

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
•July 8 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•July 11 Adoption Event in SSP
•July 12 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•July 13 Bunny Basics in Golden Valley
•July 15 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•July 17 HH in Uptown
•July 19 HH in Golden Valley
•July 22 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•July 25 Adoption Event in SSP
•July 26 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•July 29 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•July 31 HH in Uptown
•Aug 2 HH in Golden Valley
•Aug 5 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Aug 6 Bunny Basics in Woodbury

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?


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Rabbit Toys!

MCRS offers lots of different kind of toys for rabbit. The Slim Bun balls are great for the clever rabbit. For the pro-ball bun, we have footballs, soccer balls of the chewable kind. We have hideaways for the shy buns. Grass mats for the Yoga buns! Stop in today to see what special toy that would be perfect for your rabbit!

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


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