Rabbit Thymes

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Holiday WishesSo, what does that mean for us? We have a chance to win $100,000, but we need your help! What do we need from you? It's simple: share your story of love! The Petco Foundation wants to know how the love of your adopted rabbit has changed your life for the better.

Because if you've ever shared your life with a pet, you know: love changes everything. It changes your mornings. It changes your routine. It changes your perspective. Tell the Petco Foundation how your pet brings more joy to your life each day, and how their love changed your life, big or small, and made it better. That's why the Petco Foundation and this year's Holiday Wishes campaign are All for Love.

By submitting your adoption story and giving us the opportunity to participate in this year's campaign, we have the chance to receive up to $100,000 in grants to continue doing what we do best—saving lives. And get this: If our organization is selected to receive the $100,000 grand prize as a result of your story submission, you will receive a $1,000 Petco gift card! If you adopted your pet through us, please consider submitting your story (500 words max) along with photos and/or video of your pet. Be sure to talk about how your pet has changed your life and how we helped you find each other! The deadline to submit your story and nominate us for a Holiday Wishes grant is October 15, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. CST. Only the first 10,000 submissions are guaranteed to be considered, so please visit holidaywishes.fluidreview.com to get started as soon as possible.

The winning organizations and their featured pets will be announced in December. Also, be sure to include the contact information below on your submission form to ensure that we can respond to the Petco Foundation if your story is selected as a finalist!

Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society
Attn: Leah Gannon
MCRS Grants Volunteer


Congratulations to one of our agility teams; Tim and Eddie!

EddieLast year General Mills announced that they were planning to remove all the artificial colors and additives from their cereals. As an advertising campaign they started searching for a real rabbit to stand with their cartoon Trix rabbit. They were hoping to have at least 5 entries so they could have a big media contest. The reality was that they received over 7800 entries and it took them several months to choose a Holland Lop from Texas as their spokes-bun.

Now this summer a new contest. They were looking for rabbits with skills. How perfect for us as we have an entire rabbit agility school of talented rabbits. Tim not only used Eddie's agility video but got creative with his skills at home and made a great entry.

It's official, Eddie won the rabbit Showdown contest.

Check out @GenMillsCereal's Tweet and view the showdown video.

Congratulations Eddie!!

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Do you know why lops, lop?

From: Smallpetselect.com

lopsWell, it is genetic. Lop ears were produced in particular lines by selective breeding, not as a part of a natural selection process. That is why lop ears can follow along as breed traits. Not much is known about where exactly these genetic traits appear in DNA, but the gene does not follow a reliable dominant/recessive rule. When a standy-up eared mates with a lop-eared, the kits ears could turn out in any variation.

Lop ears fall because of a lack of control of the ear muscles, due to the way the crown of the head forms. The crown of the head is a band of cartilage at the top of the skull, between the ears, and the way the ear muscles attach to that crown decides whether the ears will be lop or not.

All rabbits are born with standy-up ears. Lops ears drop when the bunnies are anywhere from 4-12 weeks old.



Do you have a pet that is dear to you? We will have a special service for Blessing of the Animals on the east lawn (weather permitting, otherwise it will be inside) at Bethel! Bring an animal friend or a photo of your animal companion for a blessing. Also, invite your friends, family and neighbors to join us!

Saturday, October 8th @ 10:00 AM
4120 17th Ave South, Minneapolis

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Lenny Farewell to a pioneer, an ambassador, and a dear friend.

An aged rabbit has left this world leaving behind a legacy of accomplishments. Lenny was Barb's first foster paving the way for the 85 who have followed after him. Andrea sent his photo with the words "Can you say no to this face"? The rest is history. When someone would ask if the rabbits can do this or that Lenny's answer was always "Of course I can do that. Let me show you". He was one of the first agility rabbits and one of a handful of red band bunnies. He could be told to sit from 20 feet away and would stay until told to move.

He attended the first rabbit therapy event at Augustana senior residence in 2008. From there he was registered with Pet Partners and spent the next 7 years visiting seniors, Children's Hospital, and people with disabilities. Always patient, kind, and interactive Lenny was a master fundraiser, educator, and entertainer. He represented MCRS at pet expos, TV shoots, educational events, Walk for Animals, and countless other events. He outlived 4 bond mates and is celebrated in the hearts of so many. He rode in glory to win 2 dog contests as Lenny-Raci.

In celebration of his life Lenny would like all of you to enjoy his music video created to challenge Grumpy Cat as internet king. https://vimeo.com/103095727

And always remember Yes indeed Rabbits can do that.


FennyIt is with great sadness that I had to say goodbye to my beloved Fenny in August. Having adopted him from MCRS in 2007 when he was 2 1/2 or 3, I had the privilege of having him in my life for almost 10 years.

His personality was described as a "grumpy old man" and he had been with MCRS for over a year, but I thought he was absolutely perfect. With a lot of love and a safe home, he was able to overcome many of the defense mechanisms he developed in his previous abusive home. His favorite activities were eating pieces of banana as a treat, getting head rubs, and chasing the cat. He will forever live on in my heart. I love you, Fenny!

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Nine bunnies found their forever home in July and August: Ernie, Pixel, Cupcake, Grover, Snow White, Roxanne, Zariel, Midnight, and Elmer.

Our newcomers in the month of July and August are: Mochi, Diamond, Patience, Fluffy, Chiquita, Gideon, Gertrude, and Luna.

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
•Oct 5 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Oct 6 Bunny Basics in Wodbury
•Oct 9 HH in Golden Valley
•Oct 10 Bunny Basics in Golden Valley
•Oct 12 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Oct 15 Adoption Event in SSP
•Oct 16 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Oct 19 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Oct 23 HH in Golden Valley
•Oct 26 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Oct 29 Adoption Event in SSP
•Oct 30 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Nov 2 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Nov 3 Bunny Basics in Wodbury
•Nov 6 HH in Golden Valley
•Nov 9 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?



Oxbow Simple Rewards Treats
Buy three bags of Oxbow Treats, and receive a free Hoppy Hour! While supplies last. (Valid at South Saint Paul location only.)

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


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