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Hoppy Hour and Agility Featured on Fox News

Fox 9 News went to a recent Hoppy Hour and Agility Class and filmed for a recent segment very appropriately titled: "We went to a rabbit-filled Hoppy Hour, and it was the best thing ever."

Watch the video here.

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MCRS' Relationship with the Animal Humane Society

Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society has a long and valuable relationship with the Animal Humane Society (AHS). For many years the organizations have worked together improving the lives of rabbits.

When rabbits are surrendered to AHS with health or behavior needs that make shelter adoptions challenging, MCRS is called. Our caring and nurturing foster homes help these special rabbits develop into the cherished family members our adopters meet. AHS provides us with the space and support to host our largest Hoppy Hours, teach our Rabbit Agility Classes, and even store all our equipment. MCRS volunteers teach rabbit care education to 4th and 5th graders at 19 sessions of the AHS Unleashed summer day camps. MCRS volunteers also teach Bunny Basics at two AHS locations and AHS recommends that all rabbit adopters attend these classes. In addition, MCRS volunteers have provided training sessions for AHS staff on rabbit dating/bonding and general rabbit care.

Frequently in our work in the community we hear from people who are concerned about surrendering a rabbit to AHS for fear it will just be euthanized. Now we have factual answers for the that were printed in the AHS 2015 Annual Report is a detailed report. In their fiscal year 2015, 91.2% of the 23,372 animals surrendered to AHS were placed in new homes or transferred to organizations like MCRS. That is 20,847 animals who received specialty health, behavior, and socialization assistance to prepare them for successful adoption. The animals euthanized were all surrendered with severe or untreatable illnesses or behavior issues. There were no healthy animals euthanized. As much as we would like every rabbit owner to be committed for life that is not always possible. Please be confident recommending AHS as a positive and caring solution.

Saturday May 7 is the annual AHS Walk For Animals Fundraiser. Please consider supporting our partner by contributing.

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Tis the Season!



fleaFleas! Yuck!
Spring is here! We finally get to spend time outside. Remember if you take your bunnies out, they can pick up some of those annoying pests like fleas. Your rabbits can also get them if you have others fur babies who go outside. See your vet for flea protection. Let's leave the pests outside.



12 Human-Like Ways Rabbits Behave

From Best4Bunny.com

Greyson1. Bunnies have good & bad moods.
You can usually tell from their faces & the looks they give you. For bad moods they may stomp their back leg once to let you know they are annoyed and some bunnies will gladly grunt at you too. For good moods it's all about the binkies and running about full speed in different directions.

2. Bunnies will throw a strop if they don't get their own way.
And when they throw a strop they usually throw things with it! Beware of their toys being launched into the air. Also, don't ever leave anything in their way like your shoes for example, bunnies will never go round them, they will always make every effort to move them out of their way.

3. Bunnies can ignore you & give you the silent treatment.
Usually this happens when they are refused another treat or when you return from a visit to the vets.

4. Bunnies can become bored if they have nothing to do.
Their minds need to be kept stimulated to avoid boredom. Bunnies love toys and they love investigating, so keep their homes interesting and fun for them with lots of toys and things to do.

5. Bunnies love their comfy beds.
They really do love their soft comfortable furnishings. It could be just a plain rug or it could be a luxury cushioned pet bed or even your bed!

6. Bunnies can be very cheeky and don't always play by the rules.
They do definitely have a cheeky side to their personalities and it always appears when you are not expecting it. Usually they will act in this way when you are running late for work or an appointment.

Snowball7. Bunnies love relaxing and chilling out.
The more relaxed and chilled out your bunny, the healthier they will be. Stress is not good for your bunnies health. House rabbits will quite happily stretch out and enjoy an evening with you in front of the TV.

8. Bunnies hate to be alone, they can get depressed & feel very lonely.
Rabbits love company and are extremely sociable, which is why they should never be kept alone in an isolated hutch outside.

9. Bunnies love to have their own space.
Although they love company, just like us, they need to take time out every now and then and it is important to provide an area where they can do this. Let them have an area they can go to if they want to be left alone.

10. Bunnies love affection.
They really do love their nose rubs and head massages and will do everything they can to get your attention. Usually it is a gentle nudge or they will push their heads underneath your hand & lay flat on the floor and not move.

11. Bunnies are very protective about their homes.
They will need to know what you are doing in their home at all times. They also won't appreciate you cleaning up after they have just rearranged their home to how they like it to look.

12. Bunnies love to let you know they are in charge
Just don't argue with them, you will lose!

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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!

Supplies
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
•May 5 Bunny Basics in Woodbury
•May 6 HH in Uptown
•May 9 Bunny Basics in Golden Valley
•May 11 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•May 14 Adoption Event in SSP
•May 15 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•May 18 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•May 20 HH in Uptown
•May 22 HH in Golden Valley
•May 25 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•May 28 Adoption Event in SSP
•June 1 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•June 2 Bunny Basics in Woodbury
•June 3 HH in Uptown
•June 5 HH in Golden Valley
•June 8 Bunny Basics in Golden Valley
•June 11 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?

 

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Are you looking for something to read? Love your bunnies? All books we have will be $5.00 this month. While supplies last.

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

 
 


 
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