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MCRS Awarded Petco Foundation Grant

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MCRS is excited to announce it has been awarded a $5000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its Companion Rabbit Adoption Program. The Petco Foundation investment will help to provide veterinary care to incoming rabbits that need extra treatments to prepare them for adoption. It will also help with the ongoing care of all rabbits in the foster network.

For more information about the Petco Foundation, visit www.petcofoundation.org. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by using the hashtag #PetcoFoundation.

Christmas Thank You From Barb Kelley


Christmas is a time of giving and sharing. A time to cherish old memories and create new ones.

A quote from one of my favorite music groups - Trans Siberian Orchestra:
"If you want to arrange it. This world you can change it.
If we can somehow make this Christmas thing last.
By helping a neighbor or even a stranger
To know who needs help you need only just ask."

I wish to thank a special group of people who work together all year making those dreams come true. My heartfelt thanks to (from left to right in photo) Jo Ellen who doesn't even own a rabbit but is always there, Justine, Julie, Barb, Russ our wonderful Santa who can make the shyest senior smile, Lou, Shannon, Carol, and Jeff.

There are no words to thank the 41 rabbits living with these people who tirelessly work day after day in nursing homes, memory cares, hospitals, colleges, programs for the disabled, reading, day camp educationals, and community events and festivals. Always gracious and kind THEY are the ambassadors for rabbits everywhere because YES rabbits can do that!

Thanks also to Ila, Catherine, Carol J and Megan who have helped at numerous day camps and other projects.

Together we have brought joy to so many in 2015

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New Year's Resolutions for Your Bun

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Did your bun make their New Year's Resolutions to stay healthy and perhaps lose weight this year? Don't want them to lose interest by Mid-January? Well, help them stay on track this year!

Make sure you rabbit is getting the proper diet.
Your rabbit should get around 1/4 cup of pellets for every 5 pounds, unlimited hay, and up to two cups of vegetables and greens per day. Keep in mind, the pellet recommendation is only a guideline. If you are supplementing your rabbit's diet with the proper foods like hay and greens, you won't need to give many pellets. It also depends on your rabbit's metabolism: some rabbits have higher metabolisms and need more pellets while other rabbits have very slow metabolisms and need less. To read more about rabbit's diet and see a recommended list of vegatables click here.

Keep your rabbit busy and active.
Rabbits of all ages and sizes need a variety of safe toys to provide mental stimulation. See see a list of recommended toys that you can buy as well as make yourself.

Schedule annual vet check ups.
Although rabbits are generally healthy, they are known to have dental issues (their teeth continually grow their entire life) and gastro-intestinal issues, such as stasis. As prey animals, rabbits naturally hide any illnesses, so watching for behavioral, litter box, or dietary changes is the primary way to learn that your rabbit is not feeling well. Another thing to keep in mind: rabbits are considerably different from dogs and cats and need to see a rabbit-savvy veterinarian. See our list of recommended vets.

Top Rabbit Resources

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

In this Month's video, learn how the top rabbit resources.

Also, don't forget to check out the education tab on the MCRS website (http://mncompanionrabbit.org/). There are a lot of great resources there as well regarding rabbit care and other resources that you should check out.


14 Reasons Why Rabbits are Good for Your Health

With the New Year upon on us, many make new commitments to their health. Need some reasons on how rabbits are good for your health? Look no further.

Rabbits will keep your mind active
Rabbits are highly intelligent - they need their own minds kept active with plenty of toys and a great set up for them to live in to keep them entertained and that will of course keep your mind active thinking up ways to do this!

Rabbits are stress relievers
Just by watching them sleep or groom themselves really is very calming and so relaxing to watch, try it!

Rabbits will make you laugh
So many of their daily actions can be hilarious and will make you laugh and smile. Especially so when they want to let you know they are happy or that they are annoyed with you!

Rabbits will become your best friend
Best friends are good for you as no matter what, they will always be there for you. Someone said rabbits are little angels and their wings become their ears. Always there to look out for you!

Read all 14 reasons on the list at besy4bunny.com.

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Nine bunnies found their forever home last month: Buttons, Kimchi, Bubbles, Carrick, Lola, Magee, Fitz, Bowie, and Nestle.

Our newcomers last month are: Juliet, Chester, Jamie, Peanut, Lulu, Jet, and Coco.

See all of our adoptable rabbits on Petfinder.com.

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Foster Homes

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.

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Special events
•Jan 6 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Jan 7 Bunny Basics in Woodbury
•Jan 9 Adoption Event in SSP
•Jan 10 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Jan 11 Bunny Basics in Golden Valley
•Jan 13 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Jan 15 HH in Uptown
•Jan 17 HH in Golden Valley
•Jan 20 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Jan 23 Adoption Event in SSP
•Jan 24 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Jan 27 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Jan 29 HH in Uptown
•Feb 31 HH in Golden Valley
•Feb 3 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Feb 4 Bunny Basics in Woodbury
•Feb 6 Adoption Event in SSP
•Feb 7 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?


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Is your bun worried about their waistline with all the holiday snacking? They'll love the SlimCat treat/food dispenser!

It's a treat or food ball with adjustable slots. Your bun will chase and play and eat to her hearts content!

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


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