UPDATE 4/11/09: ADOPTED! Tom & Jerry are happily snuggling in their forever loving home tonight :)
On Saturday, March 7th, HRN conducted an Education Day at the PETCO store in Peabody, MA from noon to 4 PM. HRN volunteer, Robin, and her daughter, Francie, rescheduled their day to help out at the HRN Ed table, so special thanks to them. Also, special thanks go out to foster parents, Melissa and Justin, for dropping off two very cute little boys, Tom & Jerry, which debuted in their first social event since being born in November.

The boys were a little skittish with the newness of the surroundings and all the noises that a busy pet store has going on, but by the end of the day, they were out and about exploring on a regular basis!

It was a very steady and, at times, very busy day. We ended up staying an hour longer than planned because of all the activity at our table. We passed out LOTS of literature, sold a calendar or two, answered a gazillion questions, and, hopefully, planted the” seeds” for a few adoptions.

One recurring theme we seem to run into at these Ed Days is people who stop by that are rabbit owners who have purchased from breeders. Usually, these bunny owners are woefully misinformed about how to feed and take care of their pets! Most of these people have been told that hay is not important as a food for their bunny, and some people have even been told that if they bring their bunny inside the house to live, that it will cause the rabbit to die! One such owner was practically crying tears of joy when we told her that her male rabbit did not have to spend the rest of his life living in a hutch inside her garage. She is planning to have him neutered, to litter box train him, and to bring him inside the house to live with her family. Once this transition is settled, she is also interested in finding a companion for her little boy! :)

Experiences like these are what make volunteering at the Ed Events so rewarding. At the end of the day, you may have helped improve the quality of life for a rabbit that otherwise may not have had that opportunity.

So, if you want to make a difference in a rabbit’s life, try volunteering for an Ed Event, you will be glad you did!

Tricia & Tom