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New Precautions at the Shelter
First, we are still open during our regular hours and our volunteers are still taking care of the bunnies. However, please watch for our newsletter e-mail as things are changing in the metro area on a daily basis and we may have to change accordingly.
Second, we have installed touchless hand sanitizer dispensers at both the front door and back door. PLEASE use them as soon as you come in the door.
Please do not bring children to the Bunny House. We are exercising social distancing and children simply do not understand the concept. Also, we have a lot of volunteers in the high-risk category.
Supplies are still available
If there are several people already getting supplies, you may want to wait in your car until some people leave.
We use Square for credit cards. A signature is no longer required and you will insert your own credit card in the reader if you have a chip while the front desk person holds the credit card reader. We also have sanitizer wipes approved for killing the coronavirus should it be necessary to handle a credit card.
We have obtained approved cleaners for cleaning the building and sanitizing things our volunteers must touch. This cleaner is also safe for the bunnies. We also have smaller sanitizer dispensers throughout the building and at the front desk.
We have installed touchless soap dispensers in two main bathrooms and plan to get a third one. Wash hands often. We've been advised that the coronavirus has a fatty coating as its protective layer and soap dissolves fat allowing the soap to also kill the virus. This is everyone's first line of defense. WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN!
We have a touchless forehead thermometer at our front desk should it be necessary to use.
We are wiping down common surfaces like doorknobs, the front desk, faucet handles, etc. to help keep everything clean.
New Shelter Safety Protocols
We are currently open for bunny supplies during our regular member hours and we are trying to keep everything in stock, but please check our website as things have been rapidly changing during this situation which affects us all.
Immediately use the hands-free hand sanitizer upon entering the front door.
Please do not bring children to the shelter. Older teens are OK, but limit anyone coming with you to the maximum number of people allowed inside.
Only a max of 6 people inside at a time. If you see several cars outside, please check to see when you may come in.
Please get your supplies as quickly as possible and leave so there is no "gathering" and others are able to come in for their bunny supplies.
Please maintain a 6' distance from others. We are trying to utilize this to help keep everyone safe.
Nail trims are by appointment only. You can reach us here to request an appointment during member store hours.
Adoptions and bonding after orientation are also by appointment only.
Until current situations change we are not allowing members to visit the bunnies. We know this is something enjoyable our members like to do, but we must maintain this area for our volunteers who are taking care of the bunnies until the current shelter in place order is lifted.
Changes to the adoption process
For viewing adoptable bunnies, having bonding sessions, and even nail trims, please set up an appointment so we don't have a lot of people coming at the same time. Please use this site's contact us page to let us know when you would like to come in. We will respond to your inquiry.
Temporarily we are not allowing people to go in the main bunny room just to look at bunnies. Normally, we love to have you see the bunnies, but we are using as many precautions as possible so that we can keep the Bunny House open for supply trips, orientations, bunny adoptions, etc.
There will still be supplies made available at Pat Daly's home, but there will be a new method to best keep our volunteers safe. Please text or e-mail Pat to let her know what supplies you need. Those of you on the east side already have her contact info. Wait to hear back from her with what she has available and the price. Make your payment via PayPal on our website. Pat will place your order on her front porch. No orders after 8:30PM.
"I'm Pumpkin. I might pop-up from time to time to give you some bunny insights."
Volunteers are still needed (even more so) during these trying times. We are taking precautions to keep our volunteers safe and the bunnies still need cleaning, food, and hay. Please let us know if you can help. Adults only at this time.
Front Desk Help
This is an easy and fun way to help at the Bunny House. It does not require a lot of physical effort and you always know when new things have arrived and popular items are back in stock. Front desk help is needed from 7pm - 9pm Monday through Friday and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4pm. Can you help? Please go to our Volunteer page and mention Front Desk in the form.
Bunny House Help
Of course, we always need volunteers at the Bunny House, too, so if you want hands-on volunteering with the bunnies, please go to our Volunteer Page and mention when you would like to volunteer in the form. Volunteer times are Mondays through Thursday 6pm - 9pm, Tuesday through Thursday 9:30am to 11am, Fridays at 9:30am, 3:30pm, or 7pm, Saturdays between 10am - 4pm, and Sundays between 11am - 4pm.
Become a Member
Anyone interested in becoming a member can do so for only $25 per year. The choice of "how" is up to you, just please do it! HRS has a never-ending stream of innocent bunnies that need help. Your memberships are always needed and greatly appreciated! All workers are volunteers, so your membership dues go directly to caring for homeless rabbits. Membership includes free nail trims for bunnies, discounts on hay and more. Thank you in advance for your support!
Sanctuary Homes Needed
Do you have room in your home and heart to take in a sanctuary bunny? These are rabbits who may be a bit more cranky from poor previous human care or ones with a chronic physical condition that can be accommodated with care or medicine or maybe they're just old bunnies who are not likely to get adopted, but deserve to live in a home where they can be loved. These are rabbits for whom we seek a permanent home and MO HRS provides for the medical care of these rabbits. There are several at our shelter who would love to have a home. If you are interested, please mention sanctuary bunnies when you
Bunnies By the Numbers
This past year, we took in 286 rabbits. We receive calls to take in rabbits from many rescues and animal controls throughout the metro area
We adopted out 250 bunnies. Thanks to all our adopters!
This year, volunteers caught 61 rabbits left to fend for themselves in the wild. Our chapter is blessed to have volunteers who go out to save the lives of abandoned rabbits - day and night, in the summer's heat and the winter's cold.
We handled 135 events and activities this year. From our Bunny Expo in June to our Bunny Boutique in November, we handle many outreach events throughout the year. We participated in local events at the Botanical Garden and Science Center(and many others) and host education events for schools and scout programs. Our Chapter Manager, Joy Gioia also taught a class for veterinary students at Mizzou.
Bunny of the Week
Meet Giada, a friendly Florida White mix female. She even comes with a built-in pillow. Giada would love a home with room to explore. She is litter box trained and spayed. She would do best with older children and adults. Giada may work well as a bondmate. Please come and meet this sweet girl. Big white bunnies make great pets!
Missouri House Rabbit Society is a 501 (c3) all-volunteer, non-profit organization with a dual purpose of rescue and education. Donations are tax deductible.
Utilizing foster homes as well as The Bunny House shelter, volunteers provide appropriate care and socialization opportunities to rabbits so that they may be adopted into loving, permanent, indoor homes. Our educators assist the public, humane societies, and local shelters through publications on rabbit care, phone and e-mail consultations, and classes upon request.
Please note that we are only open to members due to our St. Louis County permit; we are not open to the public for walk-in traffic. Appointments must be made by prospective members for orientations or to view rabbits.