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MCRS awarded $2500 grant

We're so excited to announce that MCRS was selected for a grant award from the Rudolf E. Wilhelm Fund. This grant was made in support for general operations on behalf of rescue rabbits, as recommended to the Foundation by Mark Wilhelm.

This grant will assist us in continuing our mission for Adoption and Education to care for companion rabbits. We're so grateful to receive this award!

Other Ways to Help MCRS

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This is an easy way to support MCRS if you are an Amazon shopper! Use your log-in with their Amazon Smile program, and select MCRS to receive a 5% donation from your eligible purchases. You will find us listed by our IRS ID, "Companion Rabbit Network."


Our Amazon Wish List

Just add something from our Wish List to your next order and bring it along to Hoppy Hour or an Adoption Event!

You can view our Wish List here: http://smile.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/39W2LQYDSMSN6

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Help keep rabbits healthy at events

Health Image from: best4bunny.com
Article by: Barb Kelley

We need your help to ensure the health of all rabbits attending social events

As we have improved the lives of rabbits and welcomed them more closely into our families we have added new dimensions that require diligent attention to their health. As with children in day care or preschool our rabbits will pass anything they bring to an event to the other rabbits attending. It is an important responsibility for each of us to ensure the health of all our rabbits by carefully checking, keeping them at home if they show symptoms, and obtaining vet care for any rabbit who may have a health concern.

***Rabbits who spend any time outside are more prone to parasites***

The following are specific concerns. There is much information available online or through your veterinarian. Please read and educate yourself to help us keep every bun healthy. Please take your rabbit to the vet if you suspect it has any of these conditions.

1) Fleas - easily contracted from being outdoors or in contact with infested dogs, cats, or other rabbits. Only certain flea treatments are safe for rabbits.

2) Fur mites - the rabbit will have scaly itchy patches on their skin especially at the back of neck, shoulders or hips.

3) Ear mites - in early stages these are hard to detect unless your rabbit is scratching their ears or shaking their head. In later stages you can see the buildup in the ear canal.

4) Upper respiratory infection - any rabbit who is sneezing or has nasal drainage needs to see the vet.

5) Head Tilt - any rabbit who is tipping it's head, traveling in circles, or falling down and rolling needs to see the vet immediately. This is not a contagious situation but one that can be treated successfully with early care.

6) GI Stasis - the number one killer of rabbits - stoppage of the digestive tract can happen at any time for any reason and needs IMMEDIATE help. If your rabbit is not interested in food or you and is laying curled into a ball get help NOW.

Please check your rabbits often. Please help to keep our great social events safe for everyone.

Adoptable buns

In an effort to promote some of our longer term buns we will feature one of these sweeties each month.


Give to the MaxHello! My name is Bert.

I have an extremely gentle heart that makes me very sweet and easy to love. One thing about me is that I am really shy especially around people. I do tend to frighten when people come near and scrunch up order to make myself as small as possible. This does tend to make people apprehensive of me. However, once you get familiar with me, you can see there is much more to me than my timid exterior.

Cage wise, I am very well potty trained and never go to the bathroom outside of my litter box. I am also the cleanest bunny that my foster mom has ever had, loving to keep my area nice and tidy. My favorite vegetables to munch on are kale and cilantro, and the occasional strawberry will make me a very happy camper. And although I am shy, there is nothing that will keep me from getting to my food. The minute food is placed into my cage, I will scurry right to it, and yes that means I will often eat right from your hand.

I am a very mellow guy and will definitely sit next to you or, if you're lucky, on your lap when you're watching tv or doing work. Like I said, I am apprehensive of people when I first meet them. There are a few things to get me to come out of my shell. You can start, if there are any treats around, by feeding me with your hands. This will usually peak my interest and get me moving (plus it's probably one of the cutest things to feel my little tongue against your hand). And I don't bite so don't be afraid that I might nip you while eating—I'm only interested in tasting to food! One thing I love to do is climb on people, kind of like they are my personal jungle gym.

Although I am a shy bunny, I am the sweetest bunny you will ever meet and truly love to have someone care for me. With time, I will warm up to you and reveal all of the best parts of myself.

Read more about Bert.

hoppy endings and intakes

Seven bunnies found their forever homes in January: Bella, Claudia, Sammy & Daffodil, Diamond, Mochi, and Kahl.

Our newcomers in the month of January are: Twig, Willow, Simone, Rain, Gremlin, Zelda, Abraham, Spice, Danny & Ginger, and Charlie.

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, 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
•Feb 8 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Feb 10 HH in Uptown
•Feb 12 HH in Golden Valley
•Feb 13 Bunny Basics in Golden Valley
•Feb 15 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Feb 18 Adoption Event in SSP
•Feb 19 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Feb 22 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Feb 24 HH in Uptown
•Feb 26 HH in Golden Valley
•Feb 28 Bunny Basics in Wodbury
•Mar 1 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Mar 4 Adoption Event in SSP
•Mar 5 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•Mar 8 HH & Supply Sales 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?


Supply item

Cottontail Cottages or Hopper Hideaways: Looking for something new for your rabbit to play in? This may be the answer. These cardboard houses offer them something to explore and to chew on. They are easy to assemble, and last for a fairly long time.

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


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