Missouri House Rabbit Society - St. Louis
P.O. Box 6362, Chesterfield, Missouri 63006-6362, USA    Phone: 314-995-1457    Email:  mo_hrs@hotmail.com  
This site last updated: 4/28/2017
Click HERE for valuable info on rabbits and to locate a House Rabbit Society chapter in your area.

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HRS is a 501 (c3) all-volunteer, non-profit organization with a dual purpose of rescue and education. Donations are tax - deductible.
URGENT!  The bunnies need you to sign these petitions! 
Stop cruelty at "Pel-Freez" - the largest rabbit slaughterhouse in the nation. 
We suggest you do not look at the photos, just sign the petition.
Your signature could lessen the intentionally caused suffering of rabbits destined for the dinner table or fur market. 
Please do this NOW!  Sign petition to Stop Horrific Cruelty at Pel-Freez   

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Our newsletter with bunny tips and fun stuff!
A Bunny Who Refuses Food Is a Bunny In Crisis!       
Click HERE to learn how to deal with this deadly situation.
Pictured are Blossom & Petunia, from the 2009 Stone Co. confiscation.  At that time, they were destined to be slaughtered for meat and fur.  They would've suffered horribly.  They are now safe and much loved.  However, there are many others not so blessed who need you to sign this petition immediately, then share it with others.
New bunny parent?
We want to help with adjustment problems you may be having. Email: mo_hrs@hotmail.com Type HELP in the subject line.  We all had questions/problems when we became bunny parents and we are happy to help you with yours. Don't be shy, let us know how we can help!
IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ:  We have no more room to take unwanted rabbit/s.  However, we are happy to provide anyone with information on how to make things easier in taking care of your rabbit. There are many ways to do this so please check with us to see if there is a way to make it easier for you to keep and care for your rabbit.  All of our educational information is free.

We do not take sick or chronically ill bunnies in need of veterinarian care because we do not have the funds, in-house expertise or a staff that can care for ill rabbits.  We are not a "sanctuary" facility.  Please consider the care-giving commitment you made to the bunny when you acquired, rescued or purchased him/her.  Your furry dependents need you to honor your commitment to them.

If you absolutely will not keep your rabbit(s,) please take him/her/them to the Humane Society of Missouri or local shelter or county animal control. Please do not release them into the wild. They are not the same as wild cottontails and will NOT survive.   Your domestic rabbit will quickly be killed horribly by a predator, be run over by a car, or die from parasites, weather, lack of food/water, etc. These are domestic rabbits.  They are not descended from wild rabbits and are NOT equipped to live in the wild.  They stand NO chance of survival. 

Bunnies advertised as "free to good home" or listed on places like Craig's List will likely become a human dinner, snake food, training bait for a dog, stuffed into an outside hutch, or turned into a child's toy (not in a good way).  Please think about your rabbit's safety and well-being.   Contact us for info on how to make caring for your bunny easier and fun! 
314-995-1457  mo_hrs@hotmail.com  
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Please use this AmazonSmile link to get to Amazon:
Then select House Rabbit Society of Missouri/St. Louis as your charity.
Ever wonder exactly what we do?
Take a look at our schedule & list from 2016!
Click HERE to see just some of the events and activities that happened in 2016.
We've been busy bunnies!

Spring is here!  -  Have the Wild Bunnies in Your Yard Really Been Abandoned?

Mother cottontails stay away from the nest so they don't attract predators to their babies.  Mom will normally nurse the babies twice a day around dusk and dawn when the least amount of predators are around.  Do not disturb the nest.

You can check to see if mom is returning by putting several strings across the nest in a tic-tac-toe sort of pattern and then checking it the next day.  If the strings have been moved, then mom is coming back.  She scratches away the covering of the nest while hovering over it and looking like she's just eating grass to fool anyone watching.  The babies nurse from underneath.  She then scratches the covering back over the nest and nonchalantly continues grazing as she moves further away from the nest; again to fool any predator watching.  She doesn't know how to put the strings back into place properly so they'll be all messed up.

You can also tell if mom has been there (if it's necessary to handle the babies,) by looking at their tummies.  If they are wrinkled and empty looking, mom has been lost to a predator or a car, etc.  She normally would not desert her babies.   If the tummies are rounded, then she's still around somewhere.   If the tummies are rounded and you have handled the babies, you can put one tiny drop of vanilla or cologne on their foreheads to confuse the human scent.  If you put too much then the predators and ants will smell them. Baby bunnies have no scent to attract either.  Baby bunnies are normally in the nest for about 4 weeks before going off on their own.

If mother rabbit does not return, do NOT attempt to make them pets. They have different needs than domestic rabbits and generally die in captivity.  Take the babies to Wildlife Rehab Clinic. They have moved to High Ridge at 1864 Little Brennan Road, phone: 636-677-3670.   They have a  good cottontail survival rate.  
Website:  http://www.wild-life-rehab.com/
Mark your bunny calendars!    

Thursday, May 11th will be "Giving Day" in Saint Louis! 

Bunny Expo is coming in June!

Details and more information soon!