This morning brought this year's first Easter reject - a baby bunny purchased as a PHOTO PROP.
The online ad read: I have a Beautiful Baby Bunny that needs a home. I purchased him from a pet store to shoot Easter Portraits. I used him for two days and he was wonderful!!! Great with children and needs a good home. I want to finalize this asap.
To her, he was nothing more than another prop, "used" for a couple of days to make her pictures look cute. And once the photos had been taken, she "didn't need him anymore." Obviously, she couldn't wait to get rid of him "asap."
The good news for this little guy is that a dedicated rescuer saw the ad and negotiated getting him from the ill-informed photographer. He is, indeed, adorable! But he's still a baby at 6-7 weeks old. He will be neutered in a few weeks and then be ready for adoption.
Heather Dean will make an appearance this coming Thursday at 11:00 am on NBC4, when she will talk with Daytime Columbus host Gail Hogan about the Make Mine Chocolate! campaign. She'll have a foster bun with her and she will be reminding viewers that rabbits should not be an impulse purchase.
Here's a photo of John Dean and Burton, doing a fantastic job of representing MMC last Sunday morning. John spoke with host Marshall McPeek about the responsibility of properly caring for a pet rabbit, and emphasized that rabbits should not be given as Easter gifts.
Our own John Dean and Spokesbun Burton will make an appearance on the WCMH (Channel 4) local news this Sunday morning (3/28) during the 9:00 hour. John will be talking with weekend anchor Mindy Drayer about Make Mine Chocolate! while Burton demonstrates how intelligent and interactive rabbits really are! Set your DVRs or tune in to catch all the fun!
Our original MMC Flyer has been updated for 2010! Check it out: Click HERE for the color version; or HERE for the Black/White version. We've also got a page of small-size fliers (4 per page) coming soon! These revisions match our Photography poster and help give our materials a more consistent look. Please download them and use them to help share the word that rabbits are NOT disposable pets!
Each year, our campaign has had continued support from the Louie Free radio show in Youngstown, OH. Last Wednesday (3/17), Heather Dean called in to his show hoping to talk with Louie about our campaign and wouldn't you know - he was already talking about it before he answered her call!
Louie was actually talking about the wonderful produce he feeds his bunnies and where he shops for the greens. He currently has 6 rescued rabbits, so he definitely spends some time at the grocery store!
Louie and Heather talked about Make Mine Chocolate! and how it can be a valuable tool for doing research before bringing a rabbit into the home. They also discussed various options for Easter gifts...other than a live rabbit: try a chocolate bunny, a stuffed bunny, a zsu zsu pet. It is so important to teach children about the responsibilities of owning a pet, and the truth is - children have short attention spans and will tire of a pet long before the pet lives out its life.
Heather is looking forward to speaking with Louie again in the days leading up to Easter. He has been a tireless supporter of our campaign. Please support him by tuning into his radio show weekdays between 10am - 3pm at http://www.vindy.com/louie-free/.
'Twas the night before Easter, and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The baskets were ready for eggs they would find
Hidden by the Easter Bunny so cute and so kind.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds
With no thought of their bunny who hadn't been fed.
With Ma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap
We knew he was hungry but we needed a nap.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear
But the Easter Bunny - with eyes full of tears.
He un-caged the rabbit, once lively and quick,
Last year's Easter Gift, now lonely and sick.
More rapid than eagles he called the bunn's name
And with a few binkies, the bunny happily came.
"You poor little soul, so sad and alone,
With no one to love you in this so-called home.
How quickly they forgot about your joys and your needs.
Come with me, Little One, come with me please.
Run with me, Bunny, stretch your legs tall!
Let's find you a home where you'll be loved by all."
The Easter Bunny left no chocolates that year But he certainly made one thing quite clear.
The gift of a rabbit is not just for the season,
We had gotten the bunny for all the wrong reasons.
"A bunny would make a great gift!" was our thought
But there was one important thing we forgot.
A bunny should be family, and loved just as much,
Not locked in a cage and denied human touch.
They need more than a name, a pat and a meal,
They need companionship and love that is real.
And I heard him exclaim as he dashed out of sight
"You weren't given a gift! You were given a LIFE!"
We've added new items to our selection of MMC merchandise! From an expanded selection of shirts and baby gear, to bags and water bottles, we've got something for every non-furry member of your family! We've even got household items - like this great apron, to help you spread the MMC message while you make your Easter dinner! Visit the MMC CafePress store to order your MMC merchandise today!
A mom wrote in and said last year, she made a donation to a local rabbit rescue group and sponsored two rabbits for Easter in her kids' names. She then used the bunnies' photos and character descriptions from the website and made a sign for each bunny. She put the signs in her kids' Easter baskets and gave them their donation gift for Easter. They loved it!
Now THAT'S the way to give kids an Easter bunny!
After spending the 2009 in a "holding pattern" due to health issues, we are back and ready to tackle the 2010 MMC season with renewed energy!
To kick things off, we have some exciting things planned here in Columbus. Look for volunteers with bunny ears to be passing out flyers during upcoming Gallery Hops in the Short North.
We'll also have a contest to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar at Stauff's in Grandview. The winner will receive a chocolate bunny, of course!
We are also sponsoring a photo contest on Bunspace in the weeks leading up to Easter! Visit www.bunspace.com for more information as Easter approaches.
The new campaign season has brought some exciting new Partnerships. Check back in the coming weeks to find out who has joined our campaign and what fantastic events they are planning to spread the message that rabbits are not disposable pets!
In support of our Make Mine Chocolate! campaign, Busy Bunny generously donated 10% of their retail proceeds accumulated during the week just after Easter. The result was $693.56.
Not only do they make wonderful products for our rabbits, they also generously support our campaign.
Thanks, Busy Bunny!