Happy Easter from everyBUN at "Make Mine Chocolate!" Hope your holiday is filled with delight! We'd like to thank each one of our supporters for your ongoing efforts to help the bunnies: one flyer, poster, email, or conversation at a time! However you do it, it all adds up to another great campaign!
For some last-minute Easter reading, we encourage you to visit these sites:
Earlier today, foster buns Scarlet, Charlene, and Amber charmed the children of CenterPointe Church with their sweet faces, funny antics and soft, silky fur. Fellow CHRS Educator Danielle Patterson and I spent the morning with the families attending the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the church in Lewis Center, OH. The festivities were moved indoors due to the wet ground and threat of more rain, but that didn't dampen the fun! The kids got to hunt for Easter eggs and candy around the church and play in a "bounce house."
Our spunky sisters took turns in Danielle's arms so the children could gently pet them.
Some of the children were excited to get an HRS Coloring Book and other word puzzles and games. We also passed out info to the parents on living with a rabbit, and many of them commented on our "Reindeer" poster! It really hit home with them!
Our girls did very well with all the activity and excitement, but I'm guessing they spent the rest of the day sacked out, glad to be back home!
The winner of the Make Mine Chocolate! Easter basket is..... Kim G.! She already picked up her basket at Karalee's and was quite pleased with all the goodies.
Thank you to everyone who supported CHRS through this raffle. We made $172.00 for the rabbits! And a big thanks to Adrienne Lang who donated it to us.
"Let's all go to the lobby....Let's all go to the lobby..."
That's right, folks! "Make Mine Chocolate!" is going to the movies! Starting tomorrow - April 22nd - the Make Mine Chocolate! public service announcement (PSA) will be shown at the AMC Theater at Easton in Columbus, Ohio on all 30 screens, before every movie, and on three lobby screens!! Our message that rabbits are not disposable pets or Easter toys will be seen by hundreds, if not thousands, of movie-goers over the next three weeks!
This dream started with the announcement of the movie HOP. We thought it would be wonderful if we could get the PSA shown to coincide with the release of the film. When we investigated what this would take, we found out that our taped copy of the PSA was on old technology. With no way to easily convert it to a useable format, it seemed we were at a standstill.
As I was surfing Facebook one evening, someone suggested it would be great to have the PSA shown on the screens prior to HOP. I mentioned that we had looked into it, but found out our tape would not work in modern equipment. This prompted Toni Greetis of Red Door Animal Shelter in Chicago to press me for details. She said she thought she might be able to get it converted to a digital format, and I gave her the specifics on the tape and the format specifications from AMC. She confirmed that her friend, Rogelio Gazga, co-owner of SPI-tv Media Group, could accomplish the conversion, and I immediately packed the tape off to Chicago! Within days, our tape was converted to an acceptable digital format and ready for upload to AMC's media site. All that was left was to sign the contract and receive upload instructions. And that's where we hit a snag. The contract was signed and faxed on a Friday evening and emails continued to fly over the weekend. With a Monday deadline, Ro attempted to upload the file. The website would not work! In a panic, I called the AMC representative and explained the problem. I begged for an extension to allow us to overnight a CD with the file. The rep said she'd see what she could do, and I waited on pins and needles to hear back. Mid-afternoon, she called with the news that we could send the CD and they would put a rush on it, as the problem had been on their end and not our fault! Whew!! What a relief! Toni and Ro took the CD to FedEx, and we all held our breath.
The following day, I emailed the rep to make sure the CD had been received. She confirmed that it had been, that the file was in the correct format, and that the rush order had been approved. Everything was set. In all of the panic, we seem to have won her over. She wrote that "in my reasoning for the rush I explained about the digidelivery issues but mostly said it was FOR THE BUNNIES!" Now pass the popcorn!
New MMC Partner West Michigan Critter Haven has already had a whole basketful of events this Spring to support the "Make Mine Chocolate!" campaign!
On March 26th, they hosted a table during Kid's Day at Younker's at Rivertown Mall in Grandville, MI. Three foster buns helps staff a booth which displayed the MMC flier. The centerpiece of their table an Easter basket of bunny shaped chocolates and plastic carrots filled with jellybeans. Booth visitors enjoyed the candy while they flipped through a binder of adoptable pets and learned about responsible rabbit ownership.
They held another Make Mine Chocolate educational event on Saturday, April at the Pet Supplies Plus Store in Grandville, MI. The centerpiece of their table was again the MMC flier and a large Easter basket filled with chocolate along with handmade bunny toys demonstrated good alternatives to live rabbits for Easter gifts. They proudly displayed two recent issues of Cats and Dogs magazine which included stories from WMCH telling the true personalities of house rabbits. Kids attending the event were entertained with educational word searches, crossword puzzles and other handouts promoting proper rabbit care and nutrition. A big thanks to fosters Dave and Lisa V. (pictured) who staffed the WMCH table.
On Friday, April 15, CHRS Educator John Dean appeared on the WSYX6 news at noon to promote "Make Mine Chocolate!" and responsible pet parenting. Helping him share his message was foster bun Charley, who charmed the news anchor and the viewers! Way to go boys!!
Tune in or set your DVR to catch our own John Dean and foster bun, Charley, on the noon news on WSYX 6 this Friday, April 15th! John will be talking about Make Mine Chocolate!, but I suspect Charley will be the real star of the show! We anticipate the segment will likely air around 12:40pm. Thank you John and Charley! We know you'll be great!!
When blogger Jennifer Holsman spotted our Partnership with Rescue Chocolate, the makers of fair-trade, vegan chocolate whose proceeds are donated to help animal rescue groups, she felt inspired to resurrect her own dormant website. VaVaVaVegan is where she combines her love of pop culture and fashion and her devotion to animal welfare. She gives commentary on everything from how and where to find animal-friendly accessories and beauty products to tips and tricks on updating your cruelty-free wardrobe! And did I mention she's a bunny-parent to boot? It all adds up to a pretty glam Partnership, and we're happy to have her on board! Now, go make yourself fierce!
F5RS in Northeast Ohio is at it again, with a very active April schedule to promote MMC and responsible rabbit ownership before Easter! Here's a look at what they've got coming up this month:
This Easter Sponsor a Bun and help a rescue/sanctuary bunny. Your sponsorship will help with food, treats and vet care. Sponsor a Bun for Easter will focus on bunny education and why not to buy that cute pet store baby bun. Using Make Mine Chocolate educational materials and our own booklets we hope to make people think before buying. We will have a special sponsor program featuring some of our sanctuary bunnies. When you sponsor a Bun for Easter you get an Easter Bun picture and a gift with your sponsor packet!
Come see our adoptable bunnies! We will have foods, treats, gifts, Make Mine Chocolate raffles baskets and a great tattoo raffle! Bunny educational materials will be available. Bunnies are available to go to new homes May 1st.
Bring your bunny to get pictures with our Easter Bunny! Pictures with pets and kids Saturday 12:00-2:00 & 4:00-6:00, and Sunday 12:00-3:00. $5.00 donation. We will have adoptable bunnies to meet, bunny supplies, our raffle baskets and bunny educational materials. Bunnies are available to go to new homes May 1st.
We will be at Angels for Animals in Canfield, OH with our adoptable bunnies for you to meet, bunny foods, treats and educational materials. 12:00-3:00
If you are in the Youngstown/Warren/Niles area, we encourage you to stop by and support them in their campaign!
The Columbus House Rabbit Society's MMC Day at Capital Area Humane Society on April 2nd was featured on 10TV's morning news the following day.