On the Monday after Easter, Facebook exploded with the story of the first abandoned Easter rabbit of 2011. Fortunately, thanks to Erinn and our good friends at Red Door Animal Shelter in Chicago, this sweet bunny will get a loving home just as quickly as the welcome at his first home wore off.
Erinn sent this story of Fozzy's brief time as an Easter bunny.
FOZZY'S STORY It was the day after Easter and I was sitting at home watching TV with my four other bunnies. I had just put another load of laundry in the dryer and was just glad to not be out in the cold and wind. My phone rang, and it was a friend of mine. The day before, on Easter Sunday, she had seen her neighbors take a cage with a bunny inside their house. Twenty four hours later, the bunny was sitting in his cage out by the trash cans on the curb. Knowing that I was a bunny lover and that I was a volunteer for Red Door, my friend called me and asked if I would come rescue the bunny who had obviously worn out his welcome as an Easter gift. Sadly, she could not take him inside her home because of her dogs, so I had to hurry.
When I got there, the poor thing was shivering from being out in the cold rain for hours. I immediately wrapped him in my coat and put his cage in the car. I turned the heater on high and sat him in my lap for the ride home. By the time we got home, he was warmed up, but obviously still shaken up by the events of the day. I wrapped him in a blanket and turned on the wedding music CD I had been listening to earlier. As it turns out, he loves classical music and immediately perked up and began to relax.
A few hours later my fiancé came home from work, and we named the little Harlequin-Lionhead-Lop mix Fozzy. Although we already had four bunnies, we knew this little guy was special and that he was not going anywhere. I took him to Red Door so that he could be checked over and given a clean bill of health. He had his ears cleaned and his fur trimmed. Now he looks like a million dollars and spends his time stealing hearts. Since we are believers in bonding bunnies, as they are very loving creatures, we are considering bringing home a friend for him after he is neutered.
Thankfully, Fozzy's story has a happy ending, and we are very grateful that Erinn was able to get to him in time.
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!
The new year is just around the corner and it's time for the 2006 "Make Mine Chocolate!" campaign to begin!
This year is going to be particularly special. Professional artist, Joseph Larkin, has donated a very special painting that will be raffled off on Easter Sunday. Proceeds from raffle ticket sales will go to supporting our "Make Mine Chocolate!" public relations campaign. We will be purchasing advertising space this year in several newspapers and our public service announcement will appear on cable television stations. By purchasing "Make Mine Chocolate!" raffle tickets, you will help us further spread the word that live rabbits do not make good Easter presents. You may also be the lucky person who gets to hang this lovely painting on your wall.
We have also completed a new learning module called "What will you feed your rabbit?" Rabbits have unique dietary requirements. Learn about them before you bring that darling little bunny home.
We hope that you will support this year's campaign. Please send your comments and suggestions to us.
Happy New Year!
Your experience may be like ours. We tell everyone we know that live rabbits are not appropriate Easter gifts. Almost invariably, they are polite but sometimes you see the briefest glimmer of a grin or a smirk. Ah, come on, what's the big deal?
Yesterday, we were reminded of what the "big deal" is when a white rabbit was rescued by one of our volunteers. Read her story here.
On a more positive note, the "Make Mine Chocolate!" campaign was a huge success in its first year as a national campaign. Revisit our first year here.
Thanks to everyone for making our campaign such a success!