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Thank You to all our Supporters! We met our match!
Thanks so much for all of the donations we received to help us replace our HVAC system. The bunnies are cool and happy. We're incredibly fortunate to have such generous donors.
Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus is a highly infectious and deadly disease affecting ONLY rabbits (domestic and wild) hares and possibly pikas. It does not affect humans or other animals, but humans and other animals can carry the virus on them if they've unknowingly been in contact with the virus. To protect your rabbits, it's important for you to know as much as you can about this deadly rabbit disease.
Currently, the disease is present in Arizona, New Mexico, Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Nevada, and California.
It is important to note that any suspicious rabbit death (domestic or wild) needs to be reported to your state veterinarian or your local veterinarian.
There has been no confirmed case yet in Missouri or Illinois, but we are preparing at the Bunny House and we want you to be prepared, too, with the best steps to protect your rabbits.
HRS is actively working on multiple fronts regarding this disease. At the moment, for Missouri, we only have biosecurity measures, but these will go a long way to protect your rabbits. Even after a vaccine is available the continued use of biosecurity measures is recommended.
Currently, in our area, the first measure we are recommending is to avoid purchasing any produce that comes from the above-affected areas as the virus could be on the produce. Any surface that comes in contact with the virus can become a fomite, meaning a carrier of the disease. For example, if a fly lands on an infected rabbit (living or dead) the fly is a fomite. If the fly lands on some produce, now the produce is a fomite carrying the disease. All produce should be washed thoroughly before given to your rabbit.
The RHD virus is not susceptible to freezing nor high temperatures. It can live on a surface for 105 days at room temperature and 225 days at 39F. It can survive heat up to 122F for one hour.
Another biosecurity measure to implement immediately is to become accustomed to removing your shoes in your home as the virus can be tracked inside on the bottom of your shoes.
It's highly recommended to keep cats inside and wash the paws of dogs before allowing them back inside the house. Taking dogs out on a leash so they don't lay down in the grass is something to think about, too, as they can bring the virus back in on their fur if they came in contact with an infected area of the lawn.
Once the disease is in our area we will be eligible to purchase a vaccine that will significantly reduce having our rabbits catch the disease or reduce the effect of the disease.
Why don't we have it now? The vaccine is currently produced in Europe and is not available in great quantities. It is important that those already in an infected area receive the vaccine first.
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.
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.
"I'm Pumpkin. I might pop-up from time to time to give you some bunny insights."
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
Midnight Mademoiselle is a sweet Mini-satin mix female. She loves attention and demands pets from any shelter worker who passes her cage. She gets really excited about meal times too. This outgoing girl is spayed and litterbox trained. she is easy to carry and pick-up and really enjoys spending time with humans. She would do well with older children and adults. Please come and meet this ridiculously friendly girl.
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.