Heather Dean was proud to represent "Make Mine Chocolate!" today on the Louie B. Free Radio show this afternoon. It is exciting to speak to someone who is so passionate-and feisty-about the welfare of rabbits.
On the show, Heather discussed the importance of educating the public about what is involved with caring for a rabbit, especially this time of year with pictures of rabbits placed all over Easter cards and candy. Heather emphasized that a chocolate bunny makes a more sensible Easter gift for children.
During a commercial break, Louie B. apologized for getting so worked up about the issue of "Easter dumping." He really does speak from the heart about this issue, being the caretaker of 6 rescued rabbits himself.
We are very fortunate to have partners like Louie B. who dedicate their time to spread the message that rabbits are not disposable pets. He has generously offered to feature "Make Mine Chocolate!" again next week on his radio show so stay tuned!
Tune in tomorrow afternoon at 4:30pm or listen live online to WGFT 1330 in Youngstown, OH.
Our own Heather Dean will resurrect her radio career to be a guest on the Louie Free Radio Show. Louie is an avid supporters of Make Mine Chocolate! Heather and Louie will chat about rabbits and the campaign, and once he gets going, he'll probably hit on the "Pet Store Whores." We count on him for that!
Check back later this week for Heather's recap of the interview!
24 Carrot Coverage
Tania Fardella of MMC Partner 24 Carrot Lane has been doing double duty spreading the word about Make Mine Chocolate! Not only is her business supporting us, but Tania wrote a fantastic article about Make Mine Chocolate! for the Alameda Sun, a local newspaper in the San Francisco bay area.
Associated Press Coverage
Linda Lombardi, writer for the Associated Press, interviewed Mary Cotter, vice-president and education/outreach director of the House Rabbit Society, and Karalee Curry, Chapter Manager of the Columbus House Rabbit Society which runs the MMC campaign. Her article, which includes several facts about living with house rabbits, has been picked up by newspapers around the country. From Lubbock, TX to Waltham, MA and Ventura County, CA to York, PA and Tampa, FL, readers are being educated about the tragic fate of Easter bunnies. The article was even published in Canada ! It also included links to HRS and MMC, and photos of spoiled house rabbits. Well done!!
We all know how important having good vet care is for our companion rabbits. The public often looks to the veterinary community for advice and what kind of pets to add to their families and what the specific needs of those animals might be. So vets can make some of our best allies when it comes to discouraging someone from getting a rabbit who might not be prepared for the level of care and attention they require.
Recently, some of our own local Central Ohio veterinarians have Partnered with MMC to share our message. In north Columbus, Ohio, The Animal Hospital of Polaris recently began a patient newsletter and included information about Make Mine Chocolate! in addition to linking to our website.
Also in Central Ohio, Dr. Lani Herrli of the Norton Road Veterinary Hospital took foster bunny Preston to her boys' grade school to teach them that rabbits are not for Easter gifts. She also took buttons from our CafePress store as well as our signature chocolate ceramic pins to give to all the kids.
Sabrina’s House~~Rabbit Rescue of North Carolina attended an event at the College of Veterinary Medicine at NC State University on March 31. By featuring the MMC flyers, they were able to generate “quite a bit of conversation” as well as “many ‘thumb's up’ from our guests.”
Dr. Tony Kremer will be appearing on ABC and FOX channels in Chicago this week to discuss rabbits as Easter gifts. He plans to present the anchors with our signature pins! This is a great way to raise awareness of the campaign and to educate the public.
MMC supporter Lois Veeder arranged for Philadelphia-area Avian and Exotic specialist Dr. Len Donato to appear on NBC-10 consumer news last Friday with his bunny. Dr. Donato will also be interviewed on KYW tomorrow morning. It’s fantastic to have the support of the veterinary community, and we are very grateful for their participation!
The Make Mine Chocolate! campaign is the Charity of the Day on Goodsearch! Use Goodsearch for all your internet searches and designate the Columbus House Rabbit Society as your charity. It's an easy way to contribute without hurting your wallet! Proceeds raised help fund our foster program, educational campaigns and, of course, Make Mine Chocolate!
Only one week left to purchase raffle tickets for this beautiful original painting entitled "Mr. Brooks in the Garden" by Joseph Larkin. Tickets are priced at $1.00 each.
Joseph is an extremely talented professional artist who kindly donated his time and skill to create this amazing work of art.
For your chance to win, visit our raffle page!
Make Mine Chocolate! will be the topic of discussion on Best Friend's No More Homeless Pets Forum March 26th - 30th. Our very own Terri Cook will be the guest "speaker"! Have you ever wondered what happens to those cute rabbits sold around Easter? Tune in.
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