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Missouri House Rabbit Society - St. Louis
P.O. Box 6362, Chesterfield, Missouri 63006-6362, USA    Phone: 314-995-1457    Email:  mo_hrs@hotmail.com  
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This site last updated: 6/16/2016
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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.
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URGENT!  The bunnies need you to sign these petitions immediately! 

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   
Want a bunny to love?
Do NOT go to a pet  or farm supply store or breeder! 
Call us: 314-995-1457 or email us an Adoption Questionnaire. 

Buying animals from pet stores or breeders adds to the tragedy of pet overpopulation.  Instead of buying a bunny, check out our adorable buns available for adoption!  We have all sizes and all ages.  Be sure to check out our awesome bigger buns too!




Bunnies  Adoptable

Bunny House Shelter bunnies would love to have "Cottontail Cottages" in which to play while they await their
forever homes. 

For a discounted price, you can donate
a Set of 2 Cottages to be shipped directly
to the Bunny House Shelter! 

Click on Cottontail Cottage, then choose Missouri House Rabbit Society, St. Louis
as your charity of choice. 
The bunnies thank you!
~ Attention Shoppers ~
3 ways to help bunnies just by shopping!
#1  - Visit our Bunny Shop

#2  - Amazon shoppers:
Use http://www.smileamazon.com/ and select House Rabbit Society of Missouri as your selected charity.  Amazon makes donations directly to the charities selected according to people's purchases.  You'll be earning a donation to MOHRS by simply shopping!

#3  - Visit our Buy to Benefit MOHRS page. 
The businesses listed donate to MOHRS, St. Louis or other bunny rescues.  Shop and help bunnies at the same time - how fun!  Click Buy to Benefit MOHRS  for info and links.







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A Bunny Who Refuses Food Is A Bunny In Crisis!        Click HERE to learn how to deal with this deadly situation.
New bunny owners: We want to help with adjustment problems you may be having.  Email: wdaly@sbcglobal.net  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!
Your help is needed immediately! - Say NO to HB 1969!  

Click link below to easily send message to your representatives.
Jefferson City is looking at a horrible bill called HB 1969 which would leave abused/neglected animals
WITH the abusers rather than allowing them to be placed with rescues during the disposition trial. 
If the owner was abusing the animals in the first place, what sense would it make, and how could
you help the suffering animal, if it was left with the abuser during the months it might take to come
to trial? 
The Humane Society of MO link below is an extremely easy way to send your message
to your reps that you are AGAINST HB 1969. 
http://member.hsmo.org/site/MessageViewer?current=true&em_id=21085.0
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.
July 4th and New Year's Fireworks
Can Endanger Our Rabbits
(and other pets).

Please watch this video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9chRsMqV9ZM 

The loud noises of fireworks are a source of alarm and danger to rabbits.  These noises may startle and frighten a bunny, sending him into a panic which makes him run in a frenzy or jump from perilously high places.  A panicky run might send him crashing into solid objects; a too-high jump poses a risk of injury and even death.

Fireworks noise also subjects rabbits to less obvious but equally serious dangers.  The sheer stress of being terrified can send a bunny into gut stasis, which must be treated immediately to get the gut moving again.  If swift treatment is not successful, the rabbit may die.   A badly frightened rabbit may also be so stressed that he goes into shock or leaks deadly toxins into his blood; a grave danger to his health and his life.  It is important to realize that, while the deep, booming sounds of fireworks used in public displays are dangerous enough, fireworks sold to individuals produce sounds that are even sharper and more startling, as well as often nearer to where the rabbit lives so bunny’s extreme sense of hearing is magnified to horrifying proportions for a bunny.     

What measures can we take to protect our rabbits?
First and foremost, do not utilize fireworks at home.  However, we cannot control our neighbors. To accustom our bunnies to the kinds of loud noise they will be hearing, we can turn our radios on days before likely use of fireworks, starting with a relatively low sound level and gradually building up to a loud volume. Help prepare your bunnies by slowly getting them used to fireworks sounds.  (Do NOT start with loud volume!)  
Fireworks sounds:http://www.dogsandfireworks.com/downloads/fireworks.mp3 

We can do this again on the actual holidays with the loudest level occurring during the peak hours of fireworks displays.   This will not keep the rabbits from hearing the fireworks, but it will help them not to be alarmed by a sudden sound since they are already hearing continuous loud noise.

Protecting other animals:
The dangers posed by loud noises are not confined to rabbits.  It is important to keep cats, dogs, and other pets inside on and around “firework holidays.”  Because of their heightened sense of hearing, many animals panic from the loud noise and become lost  when they break out of their yards or homes to flee the terrors of fireworks. 

In addition, some people find it amusing to abuse dogs/cats/other animals they come across by tying firecrackers to an animal, or inserting firecrackers into body openings, then lighting them. This results in horrendous suffering by the animal and the family who loves them. Keep your pets inside your home - not roaming free and not in the yard, even if you think the noises won't bother them. Go out with them for a brief potty break when needed.

Even indoor animals have been known to break through screen doors and glass windows.  They simply want to escape and find a safe place to be.  Sadly, they can then be hit by cars or lost forever.  We should stay near our animals if possible, speaking to them soothingly and maintaining a calm demeanor to reassure them, while “inoculating” them to the frightening noises by exposing them to the loud sounds of a radio or TV.  Give them a place to stay where they can hide and feel safe.

Do NOT share party food, drinks or other holiday items with your pet. Keep them on their normal diet because even one meal or inappropriate item may cause severe indigestion and diarrhea.  It’s a very good idea to exercise and feed your pet a few hours before the fireworks start. A tired pet with a full stomach is more likely to stay relaxed while in their safe haven.

The sad story below comes from an HRS member who lost a beloved bunny to a condition brought on by the noise of a firecracker:  “I wish someone had given me this information in time for my dear Clover-muffin.  Clover was not one to get frightened easily by loud noises.  But, one July 4, a particularly sharp firecracker in a yard near ours went off and Clover bolted from her room and raced down the hall in such a panic that she ended up practically bouncing off the walls.   I was unable to go near her for several minutes.  When she finally calmed down, she seemed fine.  Little did I know that the shock depressed her immune system terribly and that clostridium, a bacterium that is normally present in a rabbit's system, was beginning to take over her little body.   Two days later, Clover began to show signs of serious illness but it was late on a Saturday.  No rabbit vet could be reached.  My regular vet had given me his home number but was out of town for the holiday.  Clover became limp and mostly unresponsive that same night and passed away from a heart attack when the clostridium entered her heart the following morning.  She passed on July 7, 2002  --  exactly one year to the day from her adoption.”
               
NEVER TAKE YOUR BUNNY OR ANY OTHER PET TO A FIREWORKS DISPLAY!    LET’S  TURN  UP OUR  RADIOS  AND  HAVE  A SAFE HOLIDAY!
Have the Wild Bunnies in Your Yard Really Been Abandoned?

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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.wildliferehabclinic.com/
During hot weather, you can help wild bunnies by putting a shallow pie plate/pan in a sheltered spot, and keeping it filled with fresh water.