The Louie Free Radio Show, based in Youngstown but broadcasting online, is a long-time supporter of the "Make Mine Chocolate!" campaign. Today Heather Dean spoke on the air with Louie for an unprecedented 40 minutes about the importance of doing your research before bringing a rabbit into your home. A chocolate rabbit or stuffed animal are better alternatives as Easter gifts for children. Live rabbits should not be an impulse purchase during Easter, or at anytime. Our website at www.makeminechocolate.org features fun Interactive Bun activities to help your family determine if a rabbit is the right pet for your family.
During the conversation with Louie, Heather brought up concerns about the new movie Hop, in theaters April 1st. The movie depicts the Easter rabbit who causes mischief as a house pet. The concern is that children will see the movie and ask their parents if they can have a pet rabbit because they look like so much fun. Heather pointed out that parents should use this movie as a way to educate their children on the importance of being a responsible pet owner. Heather reminded parents that if children beg for a pet rabbit after seeing the movie, buy them a stuffed animal to put in their Easter basket and explain to them that a pet rabbit needs a lot of care and they are not animals that like to be picked up or carried around. A stuffed animal is a better alternative for young children.
Louie is very passionate about the well-being of rabbits and Heather has a calm demeanor which makes for an interesting conversation! You never know what Louie will say but its nice to know that he strongly supports "Make Mine Chocolate!" and is willing to do whatever he can to help rabbits. Heather plans to talk to him again in a few weeks to further discuss the responsibilities of having a rabbit, and why they should not be an impulse purchase. To listen to the Louie Free Show, please visit www.louiefreeshow.com.
We've got an exciting new MMC Partner this year - Rescue Chocolate out of New York City. They specialize in vegan/kosher chocolate and donate their profits to support animal rescue groups. This April, they have designated the House Rabbit Society as the beneficiary. So every chocolate bunny or creme-filled egg you buy will help HRS!
Flavors include Peanut Butter Pit Bull, Pick Me! Pepper, Fosterrific Peppermint, Mission Feral Fig, The Fix, Wild At Heart, and Bow Wow Bon Bons.
Thank you, Rescue Chocolate for supporting Make Mine Chocolate!
Frisky Ferrets, Fuzzies, & Feathered Friends Rescue & Sanctuary (F5RS) is already in the middle of a very busy MMC season! They have several upcoming events, which will get underway by with a TV appearance on March 30!
On April 2-3rd, they will have a large display at the Northeast Ohio Pet Expo at the Eastwood Expo Center, 5555 Youngstown Warren Road, Niles. Hours are Saturday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
April 9-10th will see them at Petco's Adoption Options at the store in Boardman (317 Boardman Poland Road, Boardman, OH 44512). They had a MMC banner made and we hear it looks great! They will have fantastic raffle baskets with donated chocolate, bunnies and more, from Giannios Candy, a beautiful bunny painting, and a tattoo raffle.
The weekend before Easter (April 16-17th), they will have a Pet Pics with the Easter Bunny day! They will be showcasing Compassionate Photography and Make Mine Chocolate by having a BYOB (Bring Your Own Bunny) to have pictures taken with our Easter Bunny.
And finally, they deserve a big "Congratulations" for being the winner of Petfinder.com's contest entitled "How Did You Celebrate Adopt-A-Rescued Rabbit Month?" The contest was held at the end of February to close out "Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month" nationwide. F5RS shared their winning entry, below:
"How Did You Celebrate Adopt-A-Rescued Rabbit Month? We had a great celebration at Petco for Adopt-A-Rescued Rabbit Month! We Advertised "Meet the Real Housebunnies of F5RS" and combined an adoption day with bunny education. We had bunny wellness checkups, bunny massage classes, an educational children's story featuring our bunny Goodwill Ambassador, Jefe, and Make Mine Chocolate raffle baskets with the chocolate bunnies provided by local candymaker Giannios candy. We had our bunnies set up in play areas to show what a good bunny home area looks like, and lots of handouts of bun information. This was an all day event. Our local newspaper covered our event, (the reporter was obsessed with the bunny massage class) and we had a large article written stressing spay and neuter and health care. We also promoted the month and activities on the Louie Free radio show, and on our websites, newsletter, Facebook, and in our calendar. This was February 12. On the 13, we attended a Valentine event at Petco with the bunnies so people could come and do meet n greets with our bunnies that they saw on Saturday. (We don't do instant adoptions.) Then on the 19, and 20 we attended Petco's Adoption Options Weekend with the same display, raffles, bunny information and some of our buns. We are setting up the same Adopt A Rescued Rabbit month display on February 27. Whew! What a month!
The Easter season is upon us, which means our "Make Mine Chocolate!" campaign is in full swing. We've got a couple of events planned this year to get the word out that rabbits should not be given as Easter gifts.
"Make Mine Chocolate!" Rabbit Day Information Fair and Bake Sale
This event will take place at Capital Area Humane Society on April 2, 2011, 12:00pm to 5:00pm. We will feature the adoptable rabbits at CAHS and CHRS/CAHS volunteers will be on hand to answer all your questions about living with a house rabbit. The event will include raffle prizes and a bake sale. CHRS member Linda Davies has again offered to provide tables full of delicious baked treats prepared by her girls' service group Job's Daughters. Proceeds from this event will go to support the rabbits at the Capital Area Humane Society.
Volunteers to sell advance raffle tickets -- $1 each or $5 for 6 tickets. Volunteers to attend the day of the event to help staff information table, assist with adoptable CAHS rabbits, assist with raffle sales and drawing, assist with bake sale.
Wednesday, March 16th at 7:00pm at Panera Bread on SR 161 at Sawmill Road (behind Barnes & Noble) to pick up raffle tickets and photos of raffle items.
Wilson's Garden Center in Newark, OH on April 17, 2011 - 1:00-4:00pm
Wilson's Garden Center in Newark, Ohio holds an annual Easter event. This year, they are having the Easter Bunny pass out candy to children and have invited us to have an information table and feature an adoptable bunny. They understand we will not be adopting out any rabbits that day and that our focus would be educating people on proper rabbit care. The event takes place indoors with space for our table and a 4x4 pen.
Volunteers to attend the event from set up through tear down, including transportation of the foster bun.