Hi, everyone ... MP again ... and I feel terrible. In the last few weeks, I've been "visiting," via the Petfinder website, various shelters across the country with the intent to profile a dog and cat from a state or county run shelter in each state for the 50 Shelters / 50 States blog series, but it has just come to my attention from a new blog friend, Vicki, of Bunny's Blog, who stopped by during today's Blog Hop, that I've been seriously remiss. Anyone who has visited an animal shelter knows that there are not just dogs and cats residing there, waiting patiently and hopefully for someone to come along and offer them a loving, permanent home. There are also hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, sometimes small psittacine birds such as budgies and cockatiels, and ... rabbits. Oddly enough, in a life that's been populated with many wonderful, deeply cherished, animal companions, I've never shared my home with a rabbit. I'm not really sure why, because I find them quite charming. Unfortunately, and hardly surprisingly, they've also become synonomous with the commercialized Easter holiday, and many children beg their parents for an "Easter bunny," only to grow disenchanted with them in the months to follow, whereupon the rabbit ends up in a shelter, rabbit rescue group, or sometimes is simply turned loose to fend for itself.
But as you'll learn here in this link to Bunny's blog , the Columbus House Rabbit Society started a campaign back in 2002 called Make Mine Chocolate, which encourages people to stick to stuffed rabbits and chocolate bunnies for Easter, NOT live rabbits. And now, Rescue Chocolate , a Brooklyn, NY based company that donates 100% of its net profits to rescue organizations, has, befittingly, named The House Rabbit Society as its April benefiary. So all of you chocaholics - be sure to stop by and order your chocolate bunnies from Rescue Chocolate this Easter holiday. The chocolate used in these rabbits is vegan, kosher, artisanally handcrafted, and packaged in eco-friendly materials. It's a win-win-win-win-win!!!! And delicious to boot, I'll bet! I'm ordering mine today!
And now ... meet some rabbit friends whose acquaintances I just made on Petfinder ...
(From top to bottom), Bun-Bun, Roni, Hiccup, Jane, Shiro, and Sweet Tea are all currently in the care of the SPCA of Tampa Bay in Largo, Florida. For a $35 adoption fee, you can make one of these sweethearts a part of your family. But please, as should be the case before adopting any pet, do your research first. The House Rabbit Society website is a great place to start doing that research. If you're interested in adopting any of these adorable rabbits (I personally think Hiccup is the bunny's pajamas!), call the SPCA of Tampa Bay at 727-586-3591 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Blog Hopping everyone!