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: 12/13/2017
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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.
A Bunny Who Refuses Food Is a Bunny In Crisis!   Click HERE to learn how to deal with this deadly situation.
ATTENTION BUNNY PARENTS:

If you have a bunny in your family and would like more information on rabbit care and behavior, please contact us to set up an orientation on rabbit care and behavior. 

We can promise you information you never knew.  Even bunny caregivers of 20 years have told us they learned a lot. 

These sessions are provided free on Mon - Thur evenings at 7pm and Saturdays/Sundays at 1pm, but appointments are needed.  

Have a bunny question?  E-mail us at mo_hrs@hotmail.com
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To see entire calendar go to: http://bunnycalendar.com/    To order yours from our online store click HERE
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Domestic rabbits lack the survival instincts wild rabbits use to fend for themselves. They become food for everything from raccoons and dogs to crows and hawks.  The "lucky" ones who don't get eaten, get run over by cars or die from heat, cold or disease. Please before getting a bunny - or abandoning one: Visit www.rabbit.org

If you absolutely will not keep your rabbit/rabbits, 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 cottontail rabbits 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 able 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 fighting dog, stuffed into an outside hutch and neglected, 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  

Again, if you absolutely can not keep your rabbit/rabbits, do the humane, responsible thing and take him/her/them to the Humane Society of Missouri, your local shelter or county animal control.
Urgent!  Your Help is Needed for Lola, Cammie, Lady Luck, Velvet and Black Silk!

UPDATE:

Lola successfully had her spay yesterday and has learned to get around well on three legs.   Lady Luck looks better, but the ear keeps wanting to close so she is staying at Hope Animal Hospital awhile longer.  Cammie will take some time yet to heal enough to remove the pins in her bones, but she still enjoys petting and getting attention.  The hole left behind by the cuterebra in Black Silk was infected and required minor surgery to clean out and treat the abscess so Silky is also at Hope Animal Hospital for at least a short time.  Thank you to everyone who is sending them good vibes and who have helped with their continuing medical treatment.  You are all much appreciated.

We would like to sincerely thank all those who have been following the stories of these little girls.  Lola, Cammie and Lady Luck continue to improve. They are still under hospital care at Hope Animal Hospital.  Very sadly we lost Black Velvet. The surgery to close the skin over her exposed muscle was successful and as we mentioned, all of the fly maggots removed, but she had also been infected by tetanus and it ended up too late to save her.  
Lola a young Holland Lop, was surrendered with a severe leg injury to a shelter who called us.  After getting her in and x-rayed at Hope Animal Hospital in Fenton, it was discovered that the injured bone area was so badly infected that an amputation of her back leg was the only way to save her.  It was done.

Cammie arrived on Monday from southern Missouri after a lady witnessed her being tossed out of an apartment window.  She picked her up and met one of our rescuers who brought her the rest of the way to us.  Both front legs are so severely broken that she sits on her back legs to support herself.  Specialized surgery with metal plates is required to hold the bones together (rabbit bones are extremely fragile).  One front leg actually has a second broken area as can be seen in the photo by the twisted paw.
This surgery alone will be over $3,000 and is being scheduled.  It can't wait.   Photos show Cammie with two broken front legs, x-rays and Cammie now.. Cammie will need on-going care and an additional surgery to remove the specialized splint holding her bones together on each side of her body. 


Lady Luck came in just last night. Two young ladies were driving on Olive Boulevard in Olivette and saw a little white bunny weaving in and out of traffic. Then, it just collapsed in the middle of the busy road. The courageous young women picked up the bunny.  After failing to find any veterinarian willing to treat the rabbit, the ladies found us and walked into our shelter around 8 PM.  The left ear was torn off leaving a red and crusty open socket along with an open wound on her back.  Our Tuesday night volunteer crew jumped into action, setting up a comfortable cage for her and giving her pain medication and an antibiotic injection to help fight infection.  She was seen by Dr. Linda Beisswenger at Hope Animal Hospital first thing this morning.  No bones appeared to be broken but she will need surgery for the ear and wound on her back.  She's such a little lady, weighing only a bit over 2 lbs., that we named her Lady Luck as she was definitely lucky to have someone compassionate enough to rescue her and bring her to us.  With continued luck and support, we are optimistic that Lady Luck will do well through her surgeries and recovery. Photos show before and after surgery.


Black Velvet -

Sadly, we lost little Velvet.
Black Silk -

Silk's story is in the above update. Photo shows one of the Cuterebra (a bot fly maggot) found under her skin.
Calendars may be purchased locally for only $12 at our adoption center "The Bunny House" and our St. Louis and Illinois meetings. They are also available for only $12 at the St. Louis, MO area businesses that have graciously offered to sell
our calendar and return every penny to MOHRS.

-  Arch Animal Hospital, 2951 Dougherty Ferry Rd., Twin Oaks/Vally Park 
-  Butterfly & Moon, 814 S. Main St., St. Charles   
-  Creve Coeur Animal Hospital, 12550 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur
-  El - Mel, 2139 1st Capitol Dr., St. Charles
-  Henry's Rabbit Ranch, 1107 historic Old Route 66, Staunton, IL
-  Hope Animal Hospital, 300 Biltmore Dr., Fenton
-  O.K. Hatchery Feed & Garden Store, 115 E. Argonne Dr., Kirkwood
-  The White Rabbit, 9030 Manchester Rd., St. Louis
-  Westwood Automotive, 13458 Big Bend Rd., Kirkwood