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House rabbit group wins $3,000 grant

The House Rabbit Society of Missouri (HRS-MO) cares for two hundred or more rabbits at time through a network of volunteers. So a $3,000 grant from The Animal Rescue Site's Shelter+ Challenge with Petfinder.com came as a welcome end to 2011.

"Setting up and running the contests no doubt calls for considerable time and effort," wrote Elaine Moser on behalf of the the group. "We especially appreciate the trouble The Animal Rescue Site takes to make funding available, not only to large, well-known animal charities, but to small, local ones like ours.  Making it available through contests which involve many people in voting is an excellent way to encourage animal lovers to network with their friends and acquaintances in order to make their causes known and to 'spread the word' about the need for people to concern themselves with the well-being of animals.  The contests serve the dual purpose of not only helping provide funds but of engaging many people at the grass-roots level as well."

HRS-MO plans to use their grant to providing food, shelter, and medical care for rabbits. The group also goes out to schools, community organizations, and even other animal shelters to teach classes on the proper care of these adorable pets. "We have run two accredited Veterinarian Conferences to teach vets about the special characteristics and needs of rabbits. Many lovely bunnies pass through our hands and find loving homes; a few, who are never adopted, are given lifelong sanctuary care. All these efforts are very costly," added Moser.

The Animal Rescue Site's Shelter+ Challenge with Petfinder.com began in 2008. Any active group in the Petfinder.com Network can participate. As of July 2011, more than $1 million in grants will have gone to groups of all sizes in North America serving all types of pets.

Photo: Fezziwig, " a real ham for the camera" currently awaiting adoption from HRS-MO.

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