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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: 8/11/2016
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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.







Love bunnies? Join MOHRS

Click HERE for
"Happenings"
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.
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.
Have the Wild Bunnies in Your Yard Really Been Abandoned?

Click HERE for help.
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/
~  Warm Weather Heat Hazards for Rabbits  ~

Rabbits can not sweat.  The only way they have to release heat is from the large veins in their ears.  Be VERY careful about exposing rabbits to heat outside, in your home, car etc.  If you must transport your bunny in hot weather, put ice packs or bottles of frozen water in the pet carrier with bunny to help keep cool during trip.    Bunnies quickly die from overheating.

Inside, move bunny crates away from windows and direct sunlight.  Keep bunny in a cooler room.  A room temperature of 80 degrees or above is dangerous for rabbits.  If your A/C breaks down, move bunny to safe, cool, dry basement area until repairs are complete.  If not possible, repeatedly put cold water on your bunny's ears, making sure it doesn't run down into the ear canal.   Have frozen bottles of water ready for this emergency. Put them in with bunny as some rabbits will lie next to the bottles or will straddle them trying to cool down.  You will also need to take his/her temperature periodically and make sure it remains in normal range. HRS can teach you how to do this safely. 
Email  tomjoygioia@sbcglobal.net  or call 314-995-1457 for info.

Another option is to call your bunny vet or HRS to inquire about boarding your bunny in a safer environment until the dangerous situation is over.  Click HERE for our veterinarian page to inquire about emergency boarding.  Email  tomjoygioia@sbcglobal.net  or call 314-995-1457 to inquire about emergency boarding with HRS.
                                                                                 
Additional important information from HRS National:
                                                
Warm weather concerns : http://www.rabbit.org/faq/sections/warm-weather.html
                                                                              
Fly Strike -  A life threatening situation: One of the many reasons rabbits should be indoor "houserabbits", but even bunnies who never go outside can have this happen.  All it takes is one fly to get inside your house.  Learn how to prevent it:  http://www.rabbit.org/journal/2-12/fly-strike.html                                                                                                                   
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. 
New bunny parent? 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!
2017 Rabbit Rescue Calendars Are Here!
(Includes educational info and coupons!)

Purchase at the Bunny House Shelter
or our Online Store

Non-profit organizations: Contact Susan mo_hrs@hotmail.com
to sell these calendars as a fundraiser for your group!


















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Stop Abusing Rabbits & Other Animals for Fun! 

Each August, the Tippah County Fair in Mississippi holds a "Farm Animal Scramble," during which rabbits & other animals are released into an arena & children are encouraged to chase them down. The results are sickeningly predictable.

Pictures and video of the event reveal the true horror of the fair's frenzy, during which animals are caught by any means necessary. Disturbing images show rabbits being savagely dangled by their ears, choked around the neck and even dropped to the floor while children race around the arena.  Not only is this event terrifying and painful for the rabbits, but it can cause lasting damage including broken ear cartilage, fractured spines, and can even cause the skin to separate from the rabbits' backs.  The event clearly breaches Mississippi State Statute 97-41-5, which forbids the inhumane carrying of animals by vehicle or hand.

Swathes of impressionable young children are being encouraged to treat animals as unfeeling, disposable objects who can be abused for fun. Tragically, the rabbits are awarded as prizes to the same children. The only qualification for bringing home an animal is the child’s ability to chase and grab him/her.  This animal horror show event must be stopped.















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