April 12, 2012

CHRS Craft Day!

CHRS Craft Day will be held this Saturday at Uphill Chiropractic!

The first CHRS Craft Day will be held on Saturday April 14th at 1:30pm. Future meeting dates/times will be determined at this event.

Please sign up online at Volunteer Spot so we get an accurate head count for seating.


Dr. Jason and Emily Uphill have generously offered the use of their office for this event!

Uphill Chiropractic
3600 Olentangy River Rd
Suite (building 500) Lower Level
Columbus, OH 43214

directions: http://uphillchiropractic.com/custom_content/c_199069_contact__directions.html


Bring to Use:
X-acto knives
hole punch

Bring to Donate:
hay to stuff paper rolls
paper towel/toilet paper rolls
toys like those plastic chains
stacking or connecting toys

CHRS will Provide:
sisal twine
brown paper bags(lunch size)


If you have questions or if you have trouble signing up online, contact me at terri@columbusrabbit.org.

Hope to see you there!

Posted by Terri at 7:39 PM

March 17, 2012

Hop to It! Volunteers Needed for our Spring Events!

Hope you are all enjoying this taste of Spring (and I hope it hangs around)! With the warmer weather, our 2012 event season will heat up quickly, too! We've already got several events on the books for the next few months, and we are ALWAYS in need of volunteers to help out! Take a look at the list below and click the links provided to see more details and sign up if you'd like to lend a hand. (We are using a new sign-up system, so please let me know of any glitches you encounter!)

These are all FUN events that are also a great way to "get your feet wet" to be more involved with CHRS and help the rabbits in Central Ohio! All volunteers are required to be familiar with HRS policies and practices regarding rescue, spay/neuter, diet, etc. New volunteers are always paired with one or more of our Educators who will answer questions and help you learn.

**MARCH 24th - Spring Into Health**
Where: Knox County Career Center School of Practical Nursing, 306 Martinsburg Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
When: Saturday, March 24th, 8am to 5pm
Needed: 3 Volunteers

We will have our CHRS booth, Make Mine Chocolate display, and adoptable rabbit at the Knox Co. Nursing School's annual "Spring Into Health" event. This is a great opportunity to reach parents and grandparents with the MMC message in the critical days leading up to Easter!

For more info or to sign up to volunteer for Spring Into Health, visit http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/1222345632468438059

**May 12th - Adoption Day**
(PLEASE NOTE the date change from previous emails)
Where: Dublin Rec Center, Coffman Park, Dublin, Ohio
When: Sunday, May 20th, time TBD
Needed: 4 Volunteers

This will be an outdoor event. We will have our information tent/booth and adoptable rabbit. This event is still in the planning stages. More info will be provided as we find out.

We will need volunteers to transport foster bunny, set up, and staff booth. Tear down and transport foster bunny at end of day. If we get enough volunteers, we will create shifts.
More info to follow once details become available.

For more info or to sign up to volunteer for the Dublin Adoption Day, visit http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/962345632255484029

**May 19th - OSU Vet Hospital Open House**
Where: OSU Vet Hospital Lawn, 1900 Coffey Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
When: Saturday, May 19th, 8am to 5pm
Needed: 4 Volunteers

This is an outdoor event with an expected attendance of several hundred visitors. We'll have our information tent/table and adoptable rabbit.

For more info or to sign up to volunteer for the OSU Vet Hospital Open House, visit http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/942345659120182098

**May 26th - Pet Promise Rescue Run**
Where: McFerson Commons, Arena District, Columbus, Ohio
When: Saturday, May 26th, 7am to 2pm
Needed: 4 Volunteers

This is a really fun event, with lots of rescue groups, activities, and a 5k run/walk. We'll have an information tent/booth and adoptable rabbit.

We will need volunteers to transport foster bunny, set up, and staff booth. Tear down and transport foster bunny at end of day. If we get enough volunteers, we will create shifts.

For more info or to sign up to volunteer for the Pet Promise Rescue Run, visit http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/802345632407546029

As always, if you have questions or need more information, contact Terri at terri@columbusrabbit.org or Julie at julie@columbusrabbit.org

Posted by Terri at 6:47 PM

March 7, 2012

Join CHRS at Capital Area for Make Mine Chocolate! Day


Come celebrate "Make Mine Chocolate" with The Columbus House Rabbit Society at Capital Area Humane Society. We will have rabbits available for adoption. The Columbus House Rabbit Society will have an information table with everything you need to know about owning a house rabbit.

We will have a fabulous bake sale (thanks to our friends from Job's Daughters) and fantastic raffle to benefit the Capital Area Humane Society rabbits. Check out the photo for some of our great raffle prizes!

We hope to see you there!!

Posted by Terri at 8:24 PM

September 30, 2011

Team Rabbit is Making an Appearance at the Columbus marathon!

CHRS member/volunteer Shannon (McLoughlin) Morrison is running her 5th marathon at Columbus this year and running it for the bunnies! This year Columbus is promoting community activism, and what a better way to do this than to show some love for the buns. As a mom of 2 rabbits (Hoosier and Mandi), her love of bunnies has grown to respect for a pet that is curious intelligent, and becomes bosses of their people.

CHRS members are encouraged to hang out at Mile Marker 18 (which was 'won' in the name of Columbus House Rabbit Society), located in the vicinity of Woody Hayes Drive and Kenny Road. Other great spectator spots can be found throughout the section of the race in Upper Arlington, Grandview and along Victorian Village on Neil Avenue. Parking is free and you can usually find good spots.

How will you find Shannon? She will be wearing a Team Rabbit Shirt, bunny ears and a tail! Want to track how long will it take Shannon to make it to your viewing area OR can't make it the race? Follow her on facebook the day of race!

Would you like to help Shannon help the bunnies and CHRS? Donate on her team site: http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamRabbit

Thanks and "HOP" to see you there!

Posted by Terri at 8:18 PM

September 28, 2011

The All-Star Line Up at Midwest BunFest!

Miwest BunFest is almost here! It's going to be a GREAT day to meet and swap experience, stories and info with other rabbit owners.

Most importantly, they will offer EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS presented by EXPERTS in rabbit care and behavior (including ...ahem... some names you might recognize!).

The Midwest BunFest is pleased to offer 2 classrooms immediately adjacent to the main event hall where there will be concurrent education sessions throughout the day. Sessions will run 30-45 minutes with 15 minutes of Q&A for audience members to interact with our speakers.

We have an exciting and informative "line-up" of presentations for this year's event and are pleased to announce our 2011 Educational Program:

Bunny Basics: An Introduction to Caring for your Rabbit
Presented by: Megan Lynch, Columbus House Rabbit Society
Are you a new rabbit parent? Thinking about getting a rabbit? This session
will cover nutrition, housing, litter box training, and more.

Digestive Issues You Need to Know About: GI Stasis and Bloat
Presented by: Dr. Barbara Oglesbee, DVM
Learn warning signs, treatment options, and things you can do to make it less
likely your rabbit will have these problems.

Using Acupuncture to Help Your Rabbit
Presented by: Dr. Jane Flores, DVM
A live demonstration of the acupuncture technique and what your rabbit will do
and feel during and after the treatment.

What I Should Be Feeding My Rabbit and Why?
Presented by: Dr. Laurie Millward, DVM
Learn simple but effective feeding strategies, including selecting the best type of hay and pellets, which veggies to offer (the good and not so good) and healthy treats.

Elder Bunny Care
Presented by: Terri Cook, Columbus House Rabbit Society
As rabbits age, they need special adaptations to keep them comfortable and healthy.

Keeping Your Rabbit Healthy - Wellness Exams and Dental Issues
Presented by: Dr. Laurie Millward, DVM and Dr. Susan Borders, DVM
This combo session will include highlights of a wellness exam. In the second part, learn how to recognize whether your rabbit has a dental problem and treatment options.

How to Help Your Aging Rabbit
Presented by: Dr. Susan Borders, DVM
Explore treatments that have been found effective for mobility and pain management,
as well as issues related to litter box use, grooming, etc.

Calming Your Rabbit: Multiple Strategies to Transform Aggressive Rabbits
Presented by: Phyllis O'Beollain, Dayton Examiner Small Animal Columnist
Learn how patience, appropriate bonding techniques, and a little "rabbit psychology" can help calm an aggressive rabbit.

Physical Rehabilitation for Rabbits
Presented by: Dr. Adriane Ventresca, DVM, CCRP
Get an inside look into research being conducted by Dr. Ventresca and her colleagues to document the impact of physical therapy on rabbits.

Bunny Play and Language
Presented by: Linda Baley, Too Many Bunnies Rescue, CA
Rabbits have a language all their own. Get some tips on interpreting
your bunny's hops, kicks and grunts.

All sessions free with paid admission.

The educational sessions are generously provided with support from the following:
The Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, A KeyBank Trust
The William and Charlotte Parks Foundation for Animal Welfare
The PETCO Foundation

For a more detailed description about the presenters and topics and the complete session schedule go to: http://www.midwestbunfest.org/education-sessions.html

Event: 2011 Midwest BunFest http://www.midwestbunfest.org
Date: Sunday October 9, 2011
Times: 10:30AM EDT- 4:30PM EDT
Whitehall Community Park Activities Building
402 N. Hamilton Rd.
Whitehall, Ohio 43213 (near the Columbus airport)
Cost: $5.00 per person

Posted by Terri at 6:18 PM

September 21, 2011

A Full Schedule - Volunteer Opportunities!

Wow! I can't believe summer is over, school has started, and Fall is officially here! CHRS has a full calendar of events in October, and WE NEED HELP!


Mystery Lane Farms Community Day

Date:  Oct. 1, 2011

Time:  12:00-4:00 pm (11:00 am set up)

Location: Magic Meadow Farms, 340 Rodney Lane Heath Ohio 43056

Need:  3 volunteers to set up and staff information table, transport and handle foster rabbit(s)

This is an indoor event at the arena of Magic Meadows Farm.  It will be a mix of vendors, sponsors, and partners, including vets, pet-related products, and products to make human lives easier as well.  They are also planning a "petting zoo" with their own rescue animals to teach kids about care and respect for the animals.  They have arranged a live broadcast with WCLT for widespread media coverage.


Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo

Date:  Oct. 8, 2011

Time:  10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (set up 9:00am)

Location:  Columbus Zoo

Need:  Still need at least 1 volunteer to help staff information table

This is an outdoor event in the picnic area of the Columbus Zoo.


Midwest BunFest

Date:  Oct. 9, 2011

Time:  11:00 am to 4:30 pm (set up 10:00 am)

Location:  Whitehall Community Park Activities Building, 402 North Hamilton Road, Whitehall, OH 43213-1312

Need:  2 or 3 additional volunteers to staff information table, assist with handling foster rabbit(s), help with Bunny General sales

This will be a fun day of interacting with rabbit lovers from all over the Midwest. It will feature educational sessions presented by area vets and experts, including several CHRS Educators who will be speaking on various topics.


Obetz Animal Hospital Open House

Date:  Oct. 16, 2011

Time:  2:00 to 6:00 pm

Location:  3999 Alum Creek Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43207

Need:  2 to 3 volunteers to set up, staff information table, transport/handle foster rabbit(s)

This is an annual outdoor event. Features include nail trims, raffle, pet photography, costume contest, dog/cat treat bags, bake sale, and chili cook off.


All volunteers are required to be familiar with HRS policies and practices regarding rescue, spay/neuter, diet, etc. New volunteers are always paired with one or more of our Educators who will answer questions and help you learn.


These are FUN events that are also a great way to "get your feet wet" to be more involved with CHRS and help the rabbits in Central Ohio!


If you are interested in helping out at one or more of these events, please contact Terri at terri@columbusrabbit.org

Posted by Terri at 8:45 PM

August 11, 2011

Tick-Tock! Short Notice - Big Fun!

We have a couple events coming up very quickly!

These are FUN events that are also a great way to "get your feet wet" to be more involved with CHRS and help the rabbits in Central Ohio!
All volunteers are required to be familiar with HRS policies and practices regarding rescue, spay/neuter, diet, etc. New volunteers are always paired with one or more of our Educators who will answer questions and help you learn.

Wessie Fest

Wessie Fest is two short weeks away and we still NEED VOLUNTEERS!

Three (3) volunteers

Saturday, August 27, 2011
Set up at 9:00 am (event hours are 10:00am - 2:00pm)

Alum Creek Trail next to Otterbein Lake
South of W. Main & east of Collegeview
221 West Main St.
Westerville, Ohio

This is an outdoor event, so we'll have a tent, info table, and foster rabbit
(Volunteers are asked to bring their own chairs).

This is a very family-friendly event: lots of kids, and lots of fun! Other groups include wildlife education and awareness groups, environmental groups, etc.

More info is at http://www.franklincountyevents.com/calendar/WessieFestOtterbein_Lake_free_08272011?A=


If you are interested in helping out at this event, please contact Terri Cook at terri@columbusrabbit.org

Pickerington PETFEST

Our next event will be the Pickerington PETFEST in Olde Pickerington

Two (2) or three (3) volunteers

Friday, September 2, 2011
Set up at 4:00 pm (event hours are 5:00pm - 9:00pm)

West Columbus Street
Pickerington, Ohio

This is an outdoor event, so we'll have a tent, info table, and foster rabbit
(Volunteers are asked to bring their own chairs).

There will be a Pet Parade through the area at 7:00 PM. This event will have Animal Rescue Groups, Pet Vendors, Special Pet Services, Activities for the Children and much more!! For more information about this year's event you can log onto http://www.checktheinfo.com

If you are interested in helping out at this event, please contact Terri Cook at terri@columbusrabbit.org

Posted by Terri at 7:09 PM

July 3, 2011

Volunteers Needed!!!

Happy Independence Day!!

I hope everyone's holiday weekend started with a "bang!"

We need three volunteers to represent CHRS at the following event:

What:    Easton Animal Hospital Open House

When:   Sunday July 24, 2011

Time:     9:00am to 3:30pm (event hours: 10 am to 3 pm)

Where:  Easton Animal Hospital
             2959 Stelzer Rd.
             Columbus Ohio 43219


This is an outdoor event, so we'll have a tent, info table, and foster rabbit.
Volunteers will provide transportation of supplies and foster rabbit, set up and tear down.

Volunteers are also asked to bring their own chairs.

This is a fun way to "get your feet wet" to be more involved with CHRS and help the rabbits in Central Ohio!

All volunteers are required to be familiar with HRS policies and practices regarding rescue, spay/neuter, diet, etc. New volunteers are always paired with one or more of our Educators who will answer questions and help you learn.

Contact: Terri Cook terri@columbusrabbit.org with questions or to volunteer.

Posted by Terri at 8:24 PM

May 25, 2011

Success at Worthington Libraries' "Talk About Animals"

A big thanks to Julie Schram and Kim Banks for spending their Sunday afternoon at the Northwest branch of the Worthington Library to "Talk About Animals." They had foster bun Charley with them, who charmed his visitors! Julie said they spoke to a few families who already had rabbits and were looking for information on housing, care, and vet recommendations. They were able to provide them with our Rabbit Care & Behavior Booklet for guidance.

Hillary, the coordinator for the Worthington Libraries, sent this note today:

Good afternoon! Before the week gets away from me, I want to thank all of you for your participation in Worthington Libraries' Talk About Animals event this past weekend. Your willingness to spend a gorgeous Sunday afternoon with us talking to potential pet owners demonstrates your commitment to animals!
I've posted a few photos from the program on the library's Flickr site. Be sure to check them out, everyone is adorable!

Thanks again, Kim and Julie, for brightening the lives of a few more bunnies!

Posted by Terri at 6:36 PM

May 13, 2011

"Where Are They Now? Former Fosters in their Fur-ever Homes"

Please join us in celebrating our former foster rabbits!

If you adopted your bun from CHRS, please bring photos and stories of his or her life with you when you attend our Spring picnic!

We'd love to know what our buns have been up to and how much they are loved!

When: June 18, 2011

Heritage Park - Antrim Shelter
60 N. Cleveland Avenue
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Bring: Covered dish or Dessert

Be sure to check our website for more details as they become available!!

Posted by Terri at 7:31 PM

April 24, 2011

Bunnies at the Egg Hunt


Earlier today, foster buns Scarlet, Charlene, and Amber charmed the children of CenterPointe Church with their sweet faces, funny antics and soft, silky fur. Fellow CHRS Educator Danielle Patterson and I spent the morning with the families attending the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the church in Lewis Center, OH. The festivities were moved indoors due to the wet ground and threat of more rain, but that didn't dampen the fun! The kids got to hunt for Easter eggs and candy around the church and play in a "bounce house."


Our spunky sisters took turns in Danielle's arms so the children could gently pet them.

Some of the children were excited to get an HRS Coloring Book and other word puzzles and games. We also passed out info to the parents on living with a rabbit, and many of them commented on our "Reindeer" poster! It really hit home with them!

Our girls did very well with all the activity and excitement, but I'm guessing they spent the rest of the day sacked out, glad to be back home!

Posted by Terri at 7:05 PM

April 9, 2011

MMC on 10TV Sunday Morning News

The Columbus House Rabbit Society's MMC Day at Capital Area Humane Society on April 2nd was featured on 10TV's morning news the following day.

Posted by Terri at 6:33 PM

April 3, 2011

"Make Mine Chocolate!" at the Capital Area Humane Society a HUGE Success!


Thanks to everyone (and everyBUN) who attended the CHRS "Make Mine Chocolate!" Day at the Capital Area Humane Society in Hilliard, OH today!! What a GREAT event!!

The timing was perfect, too, because this morning was orientation for new shelter volunteers and then in the afternoon, the shelter hosted about 60 Girl Scouts (4 to 5 Troops) working on their animal care badges. The girls spend time learning about caring for animals, how the shelter works, and then making toys and treats for the animals. They are accompanied by their moms and troop leaders, and sometimes their whole families. It all added up to a lot of foot traffic coming past our tables! Our volunteers took time with each group of Girl Scouts to talk about the challenges of living with a house rabbit, explain the goals of the "Make Mine Chocolate!" campaign, and to find out what the girls had learned about rabbits in their day at the shelter and answer their questions.



We had lots of winners for our fabulous raffle prizes, gave away lots of info on living with a rabbit, enjoyed sweet baked goodies thanks to our friends from Job's Daughters, and will be featured on the 10tv news at 11:00pm tonight! Plus we raised nearly $700 for the bunnies at CAHS!!!

I'd like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all the volunteers who made it all possible, and to CAHS for allowing us to set up in their lobby!! GREAT JOB everyone!

Posted by Terri at 4:30 PM

March 9, 2011

Local MMC Events - Columbus House Rabbit Society

The Easter season is upon us, which means our "Make Mine Chocolate!" campaign is in full swing. If you are not familiar with our annual campaign, please take a minute to visit our website at www.makeminechocolate.org.

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.

Meeting: 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.

Please RSVP to Terri (sauceypaw@gmail.com or terri@columbusrabbit.org) and let me know if you are interested in helping out.

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.

Needed: Volunteers to attend the event from set up through tear down, including transportation of the foster bun.

Please RSVP to Terri (sauceypaw@gmail.com or terri@columbusrabbit.org) and let me know if you are interested in helping out.

Posted by Terri at 6:39 PM

February 24, 2011

Midwest Vet Conference 2011

booth photo1.jpg


Today was the opening day for the 2011 Midwest Veterinary Conference at the Columbus Convention Center. This marks the 10th year that we have had a booth at the conference. TEN YEARS! Did I just write that? Yes, indeed.

Sadly, I don't think we took any photos of that very first booth. We were up against a back wall, tucked in among tech schools and other oddball groups. We fit right in - our materials were mostly hand made of poster board and glue. The booth to our immediate left was occupied by two men, one older and one younger, who were featuring a device for use in euthanization at shelters (depressing, right?). They asked what kind of group we represented, and when we explained, they snickered. "HOUSE rabbits?"

Over the course of the convention, the men watched as one by one, our fellow back-wall occupants came forward with comments from "I have a friend who has a rabbit!" to "My wife and I watch the wild rabbits in our backyard. They sure are fascinating animals." All the while, no one was visiting their depressing booth. The Exhibit Hall was open from Thursday through Sunday that year. By Saturday, the men admitted they were surprised at how much attention and traffic had come to our little homespun booth. By that evening, they concluded that the conference had not been successful at all for them, and they packed up their device and called it quits. To my knowledge, they have not been back.

On the other hand, our booth has grown by leaps and bounds through the years. Our presentation has become a little more polished. We now have several volunteers who rotate through on shifts, so no one has to endure long days, tired feet and an aching back. We've passed out a ton of articles and literature, we've shown videos, and we've sold everything from books, CDs and DVDs to hay and rabbit toys to Make Mine Chocolate! pins. My favorite memory is of the second or third year, right at the opening bell, a vet marched across the concrete floor shouting "THERE you are! I have been looking for your booth!"

With the help of an outgoing foster bun each year, we are always one of the most popular booths at the conference. We still get the occasional naysayer or skeptic, and we will always get those to whom rabbits are more livestock than pets. But overall, we have become a fixture and the go-to resource for rabbit care information. Our Rabbit Care and Behavior booklet is sought out by vets, vet techs, office managers and students for the solid advice is provides on the basics of living with a house rabbit.

We are proud to again be a part of the Midwest Vet Conference. And we are looking forward to being part of it for another 10 years.

Posted by Terri at 7:17 PM

August 12, 2010

Volunteer Opportunities: Aug. 22nd and Aug. 29th

Obetz Animal Hospital Open House - August 22nd, 9am-3pm

We have again been invited to Obetz Animal Hospital's annual Open House.
This year the event will take place at their new Emergency Clinic near the intersection of US 33 and Diley Road between Pickerington and Canal Winchester.

The event starts at 9am and they want tables set up by 8:30, so we'll need to be at the clinic by 8am. If I can get at FOUR volunteers, I'll make two shifts (set up to 12:30 and noon to tear down). Please let me know ASAP if you are interested and the shift for which you are available (or all day, if you'd like). This is an outside event, so we'll have a tent, info table, and foster rabbit (volunteers are asked to bring their own chairs).

The Clinic will have a cook-out, raffle prizes, and games. Several rescue groups (cat/dog) will be there, along with a Pet ID group, doggy Day Care, Adler House photography, and others.

Diley Road Animal Hospital
9695 Basil Western Road
Canal Winchester, OH

Wessie Fest - August 28th, 10am - 2pm

Wessie Fest along the Alum Creek Bike trail in Westerville is scheduled for Saturday, August 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is an outdoor event, so we'll have a tent, info table, and foster rabbit (volunteers are asked to bring their own chairs).

This is a very family-friendly event: lots of kids, and lots of fun! Other groups include wildlife education and awareness groups, environmental groups, etc. It's a very "hands-on" event!

More info is at

If you are interested in helping out at either event, please contact Terri Cook at terri@columbusrabbit.org

Posted by Terri at 6:56 PM

July 12, 2010

Dog and Cat Days of Summer at Galleria Evangelia

From Terri:

In conjunction with the rising of the Dog Star Sirius, Galleria Evangelia presents the Dog (and Cat) Day of Summer, on Saturday, July 17 from 12:00 noon to 7 pm. Some of the participating artists are Sherry Mullet, Keith Klingenburg, Amy Piguet, Bob James, Will Shively, Annette Lasker, Chris Worthington, Kathleen Dlabick and Evangelia Philippidis.

In addition to dog and cat art from local artists, the gallery will be hosting a pet adoption weekend. Cat Welfare, Pets without Parents and the House Rabbit Society will be there to answer questions and perhaps help you find a furry friend.

4269 N. High St. Columbus, Ohio in Clintonville (on the corner of West Cook and High Street, just south of Kemba Financial)

For more information visit www.galleria-evangelia.com or call 354-6557.

Posted by Sue at 5:15 PM

January 19, 2010

United Cerebral Palsy Event

Courtesy of Heather and John:

CHRS members Heather and John Dean were invited to give a presentation at United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Central Ohio on Monday, January 11th. UCP of Central Ohio is an agency that provides programs and services for people with disabilities and aging conditions.

Heather works at UCP of Central Ohio and makes every effort to spread the word about the joys of living with rabbits. Daphne, a big black New Zealand bun, helped John and Heather show the group how much fun house rabbits can be. Before the presentation started, Daphne got some nose pets and then settled down with a dramatic bunny flop! During the presentation, she was happy to munch on some greens and hay to emphasize the proper diet for a rabbit.

The group was most interested in learning about bunny proofing methods to protect rabbits from chewing dangerous cords. Heather explained that bunny proofing items can easily be purchased at the local hardware store. Of course the highlight of the day was getting the opportunity to pet Daphne. She was definitely soaking up the attention.

CHRS would like to thank UCP of Central Ohio for inviting us to talk with the participants and staff about the responsibilities of having a house rabbit.

The Deans


John and Friend

Posted by Sue at 3:34 PM

October 26, 2009

Team Rabbit Triumphs!

Team Rabbit (Judy, Laine, Captain Terri, Sue, Julie) made a respectable showing in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraising event, raising $1000! Equally amazing, all five members completed the 5K walk under their own power.

Our sincere thanks to everyone who donated!

Team Rabbit will reconvene for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure next May. Please consider joining us!

Or suggest another event. Team Rabbit will consider any and all suggestions!

Team Rabbit

Team Rabbit Survivors

Posted by Sue at 3:09 PM

Nickels for Non-Profits

After the disappointing cancellation of our grill fundraiser with Whole Foods this past summer, they decided to find another way to help us. For this quarter, October - January, we are one of the two non-profits selected to be featured for their Nickels for Non-Profits Program.

The Nickels for Non-Profits program raises money by giving customers 5 cents in the form of a wooden nickel for each grocery bag they bring to the store and use for their groceries. You, the customer, can then put the wooden nickels in the box at the end of the grocery lanes near the door. You will see a brief description of us and the other non-profit by the boxes.

If you shop at Whole Foods, please take your bags and ask for wooden nickels. Hopefully we can make a good showing against the other group, Hand Me Down Dobes.

Thanks for supporting CHRS!

Posted by Sue at 3:07 PM

October 3, 2009

Team Rabbit!

Dear Friends,

I have created TEAM RABBIT to participate in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and I'm hoping you'll walk with me.

So far, Sue - our Survivor - and Julie and Laine have said they will walk with me. I believe you will have to visit my Team page and join.

I know there are a lot of breast cancer events out there, but Making Strides speaks to me because funds raised enable the American Cancer Society to help people stay well and get well from breast cancer, find cures, and empower people to fight back today. With your help, we can save lives.

If you'd like to join me at Making Strides, please visit my personal page. If you won't be in town, I hope you'll still support my efforts by making a donation of any amount you can spare.

As a little extra inspiration, I thought you might like to know a few of the ways the funds raised through Making Strides will help the American Cancer Society save lives every day.

When you walk and make donation...

* More people in our community will have the information and tools they need to help prevent breast cancer or find it early.
* More people with breast cancer will have a place to turn around the clock to help them through every step of their cancer journey - whether it's a free ride to treatment, a place to stay, or just talking to someone who has "been there."
* More progress will be made toward finding breast cancer's causes and cures. The American Cancer Society has played a role in nearly every major breast cancer breakthrough of the last century, which have led to the discovery of lifesaving breast cancer treatments like Tamoxifen and Herceptin. You will help us find more.
* More women - like our own mothers, daughters, sisters, and grandmothers - will have access to lifesaving mammograms and treatment they need.

Each of us has our own reasons for caring about the fight against breast cancer ... whatever your reasons, I hope you'll choose to make a difference by signing up to walk with me or making a donation online. I'm so grateful to have great people like you in my life who care about helping fight breast cancer!


Terri Cook

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
American Cancer Society

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Click here to view the company page for Columbus House Rabbit Society

Posted by Sue at 4:02 AM

June 28, 2009

Giving Grill at Whole Foods - July 19, 2009

Hope everyone is having a great summer! We're about to make it even better!

On Sunday, July 19, 2009 from 12:00 to 4:00pm, the Whole Foods Market at 3670 W. Dublin-Granville Rd (near the intersection of SR 161 & Sawmill Road) will be grilling out to benefit the Columbus House Rabbit Society!

We'll have a great day of fun and food! Their outdoor grill will be selling hot dogs, artichoke veggie burgers, and a third choice from their organic meat department - sausage, burgers, brats, etc. And a portion of the proceeds will be donated to our chapter.

This is one-stop shopping at its best: have lunch, do some grocery shopping, and support the Columbus House Rabbit Society in one visit!

Print out the flyer to hang up or hand out to let people know about this event! Encourage your friends and family to join us for lunch and support our chapter!

The day of the event, CHRS will have an information table near the grill. We will need a few volunteers to pass out information about CHRS. Please contact me at terri@columbusrabbit.org if you'd like to volunteer.

Let's eat!!

Posted by Terri at 5:23 PM

May 18, 2009

Pet Promise Rescue Run

Courtesy of Megan:

Join CHRS this Saturday at Nationwide as we participate in the Pet Promise Rescue Run. Festivities start at 9am and go all day! Register to walk/lightly jog :-) with Team Running Rabbits (Bring bunny ears! I know you have them). Support our team here:

or just get your face painted, pet blessed and micro-chipped, watch demonstrations, enjoy music....it's going to be a blast!

Here's the website! http://www.facebook.com/l/;http://rescuerun.com/

Check out the fun from last year!

WARNING (there will be dogs there lots of dogs. :-p)

Posted by Sue at 4:56 PM

Returning to Normal - At the Zoo

In January of this year, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had surgery, followed by 32 radiation treatments. During the 6 1/2 weeks of radiation, I pretty much disappeared from the world, devoting my very limited energies to keeping my job and doing the best I could for my furred and feathered kids. Thankfully, I completed radiation therapy on May 6.

So, what better way to resume my normal life than to spend an afternoon at the Columbus Zoo with Laine and Megan, representing CHRS at the "Meet Your Friend at the Zoo" event? This was a momentous occasion for me for another reason. Since the early days of our chapter, I have always been a behind-the-scenes kinda girl. I write, I support websites. I have even been known to show up at an occasional CHRS social event. But I've never represented the chapter at a public event - until this past Saturday.

How did it go? Frankly, I had a blast. Granted, there's far worse places to spend one's time than the zoo. Laine and Megan are fine company. And we were surrounded by the most precious dogs, all of whom were looking for their forever homes. I was also impressed by how many rescue group volunteers there were. It's reassuring that we're not the only ones crazy enough to spend our Saturdays trying to find homes for our beloved critters.

The weather was expected to be horrible but, contrary to what I've come to expect with CHRS events, we had a lovely day. Unfortunately, the crowds were small and few people showed much interest in adopting. But Gracie the rabbit was a smash, with lots of oohs and ahhs over how big she is. And it was another small step towards educating people that rabbits are pets, not livestock.

Mega thanks to Eileen, Whitney, Julie, Megan, and Laine for donating part of their Saturday to this event. And to those of you who are considering volunteering for events like this one - DO IT! I'll bet you have as much fun as I did.

CHRS Table

Posted by Sue at 4:24 PM

April 26, 2009

Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo - Call for Volunteers!

Columbus HRS will host an information table at this year's Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo event, to be held on Saturday, May 16th (the event will continue on May 17th, but we will not attend that day due to our chapter picnic). Set up begins at 8:00am and the event runs from 10:00am - 4:00pm.

We are looking for volunteers to work two shifts -

8:00 to 12:30 (includes set up)

12:00 to 4:30 (includes break down)

Volunteers will receive a free pass to the Zoo, good any day through 12/21/09.

New volunteers will be paired with experienced educators. We will be talking with the public about living with a house rabbit and passing out information. Weather permitting, will have a foster rabbit with us to demonstrate how we set up a pen, litterbox, toys, etc.

If you are interested in helping out for one of these shifts, please contact Terri Cook at terri@columbusrabbit.org.

Posted by Terri at 7:22 PM

February 28, 2009


From Karalee:

Our own Heather Dean, and foster bun Abby, will be on Gail Hogan's Daytime Columbus (NBC, channel 4)this coming Monday, March 2nd. The show runs from 11:00 - 11:30 so not sure exactly when she will be on.

Heather will be talking about the Make Mine Chocolate! campaign and will also show Abby in a proper pen setup.

Break a leg Heather!

Posted by Sue at 7:34 AM

January 10, 2009

Time-Warner Cable Adoption Program

They're gonna be famous!

Who am I talking about? Our foster rabbits, that's who.

During the month of February, photos of Hannah, Nellie, Molly, Maynard, Abby, and Cricket will appear on Time Warner Cable's Adopt-A-Pet program. This program focuses on pets available for adoption in shelters and humane societies in our area.

If you are a Time Warner Cable digital cable subscriber, tune to Local On Demand Channels 1 or 1111, select the "Lifestyle" category, then click on the "Pets" tab. On Demand means you can watch the show whenever you wish.

Thank you, Kim, for making this happen!

Time Warner On Demand

Posted by Sue at 5:18 AM

December 28, 2008

CHRS Holiday Party

Because of the snow and ice, our expectations weren't very high as we set up for the CHRS holiday party on Saturday afternoon, December 6. Imagine our pleasant surprise when nearly 30 members arrived, albeit a little late, bringing holiday goodies and cheer. Partygoers even joked that it wouldn't be a typical CHRS event without nasty weather of one kind or another! Heather and Jarod Whitaker should have won an award for traveling the farthest - they came all the way from Dayton to attend! Once safely inside, spiced cider and hot chocolate got everyone warmed up, and we all enjoyed sandwiches, homemade side dishes and, of course, all those holiday cookies and treats! Christmas music filled the air as we enjoyed a slideshow with all of our favorite bunnies (and a few other critters), past and present. Heather Whitaker also announced the formation of her new cottage industry - all natural bunny toys!! Made of wood and natural juice flavors, these crafty toys will keep buns safely entertained. Everyone who attended got to take home a bag of samples for their buns to enjoy!

The real highlight of the evening was the White Elephant exchange! Kim Banks' clever story about Karalee and Chuck's ill-fated tropical vacation brought peals of laughter and left everyone with an interesting gift. Things got more lively, however, during the second round, which involved gift stealing, secret alliances and conspiracies. The most coveted gift was a rabbit-shaped casserole dish, initially opened by Terri, stolen repeatedly, returned to Terri and stolen again! In the end, John Dean was kind enough to return the treasure to a very grateful Terri - though terms of repayment are still pending! (Afterward, Kim collected any unwanted gifts to donate to Goodwill.) But with plenty of treats and goodies left to share, no one departed empty-handed!

Holiday Party

Posted by Sue at 7:51 AM

November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving kind of snuck up on me this year, even though the reminders have been there for weeks. Walking home from work last Friday through a light dusting of snow. The annual invitation to join my neighbors for turkey.

But the sagging economy and, just last night, the carnage in India have dampened my mood this year. Fortunately, Shelby came through and gave me a wonderful Thanksgiving gift. Although stiff with age and chronic bladder issues, she greeted me this morning by making several circuits around the bird room, then eating her morning pellets with great gusto. What a champ she is!

As I write this, Kramer is sunning himself by the living room window, no doubt waiting for his lady friend Molly to join him. The birds are chattering happily, bellies full from vegies and pellets.

I have a lot to be thankful for this year and a recent email from Terri couldn't have made that fact any clearer. She and Jeremy are in Galveston this Thanksgiving. Jeremy has a three-month assignment there helping to get Galveston back on its feet after being devastated by Hurricane Ike. She wrote:

"The island is trashed. The hotel sits right off the freeway surrounded by houses that are all destroyed, either knocked down by the hurricane or now demolished. The hotel is still fixing the rooms on the first floor, but upper floors are fine. I believe it was still under construction when the hurricane hit. The devastation is just amazing. We drove through the historic district last night where all the cute little shops are/were... it's very sad. There are one or two small places that are reopened already but the vast majority are still digging out. And some of the coastal roads are washed away. Many of the traffic lights are still out and they've got temporary stop signs installed at the intersections. Some of the restaurants are open - had great Italian Sunday night, awful Chinese last night - but many are not. We're trying to eat on the island as much as possible to support the local economy. I want to explore a little this afternoon and see if I can find a few shops open. Our waiter at the Italian place said he was born/raised here, owns some rental properties and worked at another restaurant his whole life. His rentals are tagged for demolition and his restaurant was destroyed. I can't even imagine that."

So give thanks for family, friends, and the critters that give us so much joy. And say a prayer for those less fortunate and for our troops serving overseas.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Posted by Sue at 7:40 AM

November 10, 2008

Pet Food and Supply Drive

On Saturday, November 8, a Pet Food and Supply Drive was held at the old Northland Mall site. The event was organized by volunteers of the Humane Society of Delaware County to benefit local shelters and rescue groups, including CHRS and Capital Area Humane Society. The goal was to collect donations of food and other supplies that could be distributed to participating rescue groups.

Our volunteers helped with stuffing "goody bags" which included Terri's modification of our "Make Mine Chocolate!" postcards. They also braved the wind and cold to collect donations for the chapter and transport them to Danielle's garage where they were stored.

Not surprisingly, a lot of the donations targeted cats and dogs but our chapter did receive several bags of Carefresh and Yesterday's News litter, some plain pellet food, towels, paper towels, white vinegar as well as some office supplies and miscellaneous other items.

Kudos to Terri, Julie, Laine, Megan, Rose, Cara, John and Heather, and Danielle for their excellent efforts on behalf of the bunnies!


Posted by Sue at 3:53 PM

November 2, 2008

Vote! (No Rabbit Content)

These past three days are a clear reminder of just how important the Ohio vote is for the presidential race. John McCain held a rally at Nationwide Arena on Friday afternoon. I work just across the street from the arena, which gave me an excellent view of the long lines of people, many dressed in red, waiting patiently to cheer their candidate. I was excited to see the large number of families, many with children dressed in Halloween costumes. Two guesses what they were doing after the rally!

Today, Terri and I (and assorted friends) attended the Obama rally at the State House. I had seen Kerry at Ohio State in 2004 and thought I knew what to expect. I was wrong. We started in line on Long Street near Front and, over the course of about 90 minutes, snaked our way over to the State House. The party atmosphere made the time go quickly.

After passing through security, a man came up and asked us if we wanted to sit behind the stage. I didn't know what that meant but thought it sounded cool so we agreed. We ended up standing on the steps of the State House, 30 feet from where Michelle and Barack Obama stood. We had an amazing view of all the speakers, as well as the enormous crowd. Terri later told me that 60,000 people showed up. If I'd known we were going to be that close, I would have brought a CHRS banner!

Sarah Palin was also here today, holding a rally at Rickenbacker. Unfortunately, her rally conflicted with the Obama one and I wasn't able to attend.

So, if you haven't already voted, be sure to do so. The candidates obviously think our votes are important.

Obama Rally

Posted by Sue at 1:49 PM

October 20, 2008

Obetz Annual Open House & Adoption Fair

Three intrepid volunteers proudly represented CHRS at the Obetz Annual Open House and Adoption Fair. Not only was a good time had by all but...

The event raised over $950 for of the Brandy Hague Fund for needy animals!

Our sincere thanks to Terri, Laine, and Julie!

Who could refuse this face?


Laine, making us proud!


Posted by Sue at 4:33 PM

June 17, 2008

Wowing Fox 28

Thanks to Heather Dean for providing the following description of her appearance on Fox 28. Kudos to everyone involved!

I, along with some help from Lacey and Brie, appeared on Fox 28's Good Day Columbus this morning. The crew was thrilled to have our sweet girls on the set, and were gracious enough to provide space to set up an X-pen complete with a litterbox and toys. Terri Sullivan sat down with me for three minutes to talk about why rabbits make great pets, and what families should understand before bringing a rabbit into their home.

I focused on the fact that rabbits should be spayed or neutered to help prevent health concerns and behavioral issues. I also talked about the life span of rabbits, and the time committment that is involved. Terri Sullivan was very impressed with the fact that rabbits will use a litterbox. Of course Lacey and Brie stole the show, making sure the TV crew could see how much fun rabbits can be.

Three minutes goes by fast and I could talk about rabbits as pets all day long! Let's hope that Fox 28 will invite CHRS back again soon to brag about our beloved bunnies... and find them good homes.

Thanks to Karen Winstead and John Dean for their help with the TV appearance, and to Fox 28 for their support!

Posted by Sue at 4:50 PM

June 14, 2008

Our Talented Volunteers

We are planning to put together a slideshow for last weekend's picnic. In the meantime, I pulled out a few pictures that I particularly liked. To me, each picture demonstrates the range of talents our volunteers possess.


Karalee's reaction to Terri's congratulatory remarks. Karalee also received a book that commemorated her many accomplishments. The book was put together by CHRS volunteers, including Ellen Eder who did the graphic design.


One view of the CHRS timeline. Even those of us who helped to create it were surprised by its size. We've been very busy these past years!

Eileen's station

One of Eileen Vorst's stations. Four stations were created for each of the major volunteer activities CHRS supports.


One of many raffle prizes, this one was created by Judy. The names of some of the rabbits who found forever homes through CHRS are stitched around our logo. I was the lucky winner!

More pictures to follow!

Posted by Sue at 3:18 PM

June 12, 2008

Make That Fox 28 on Monday!

I hope that everyone survived the thunderstorm this evening. I had to work late, which meant that I observed the storm from the fourth floor overlooking Nationwide Boulevard. The trees that line the street were bent over almost to the point of breaking. The winds first came from the west, then switched to the east. During the worst of it, the rain was actually traveling upward and the building's roof began to leak. In a panic, I rushed home as soon as I could and found that all was well, with the exception of a line down in my back yard. I think it's my neighbor's cable but only time will tell. The rabbits and birds were fine, although questioning, no doubt, my panicked state.

You would have thought that we had a CHRS meeting scheduled!

My apologies for the digression. Our very own Heather Dean will be on Fox 28 on Monday at 8:15 for three minutes. Be sure to tune in!

Posted by Sue at 5:29 PM

June 11, 2008

Check Out Fox 28 on Friday Morning!

Our very own Heather Dean will be on Fox 28 Friday morning at 8:15! She will be talking about rabbit adoption.

Be sure to tune in....

Posted by Sue at 6:41 PM

Wessie Fest

You may have noticed the link on the home page to our next event, Wessie Fest. Terri Cook, Eileen Vorst and Jennifer Reed will be representing us.

This is our first appearance at Wessie Fest so we're not sure what to expect. But it looks like a fun family event, with an emphasis on nature. If you're looking for something to do on the 21st, think about attending!

Kudos to our three intrepid volunteers! And don't forget to take pictures.

Posted by Sue at 6:17 PM

June 9, 2008

And A Good Time Was Had!

If you missed the CHRS picnic extravaganza this past Saturday, you missed one heck of a good time! The official theme of the party was a celebration of our chapter. To this end, a number of volunteers worked diligently over the past few months to create a wonderful timeline of photographs, newspaper articles, and other memorabilia that documented the history of our chapter.

You may not be aware of this but our roots trace back to 1995 when our favorite dynamic duo, Karalee and Chuck, began their education and rescue efforts. Since then, 330 rabbits have found new homes and our chapter has grown to more than 140 members. The timeline provided a wonderful walk down memory lane and we can all take pride in the enormity of the work that has been accomplished, including the Capital Area Humane Society socialization program and our international campaign, Make Mine Chocolate! The large number of new members who attended the picnic bodes well for a strong future for our chapter.

Now to the interesting part of the picnic. A few devious volunteers (dare I name names?) had an alternative picnic theme in mind. Four bunny elves, with assistance from many more, decided it was long past time to honor our fearless chapter leader, Karalee, who has worked tirelessly through the years to help the rabbits and their often clueless humans. So they put their heads together and came up with a plan for honoring Karalee.

You can see the results for yourself here. The book was presented to Karalee at the picnic and, for the first time that I can recall, she was absolutely speechless. It was truly a special time!

We are putting together a one-time group order so, if you are interested in purchasing a copy and donating to the chapter at the same time, stay tuned! I will provide instructions on how to order in a subsequent blog entry. You can always order the book at a later time but the publisher, Blurb, will keep all of the profits.

And if you missed the party, please send an email to Karalee thanking her for all she has accomplished for the lagomorphs we love. Posted by Sue at 3:43 PM

June 1, 2008

Why Events Matter

My apologies for the long delay between posts. Life has been very busy lately between preparing for the CHRS spring picnic and the arrival of my family, who visit every Memorial Day weekend.

My mother and brother are mad about dogs, which means they rarely travel without the family pug. This passion made attending the Pet Promise Rescue Run an easy sell. The CHRS booth was staffed by Julie Schram and Laine Kathary, who had the misfortune to be located in the shadow of a neighboring building. When I stopped by to visit, both were freezing but their enthusiasm was undiminished.

It didn't take long to figure out that this event was largely dog-oriented, with a minor role for cats. While appreciative of Laine and Julie's efforts, I had to wonder if they (and Jeremy Cook who helped with setup) were wasting their time. The answer came from a rather surprising source.

Several years ago, I started monitoring the showbunny mailing list in order to anticipate any possible backlash against our "Make Mine Chocolate!" campaign. As its name suggests, showbunny targets those who breed and show rabbits. I quickly learned to scan the list to avoid upsetting topics but occasionally a topic comes up that is mildly interesting.

One such topic started in response to a request for help concerning a doe and her babies who were apparently sick with mastitis. One intrepid poster suggested the obvious: get them to a vet. Well, this immediately created a firestorm since a number of members of the list are against vet treatment for rabbits. More than a few respondents accused the poster of being an animal rights supporter and another asked if she considered her rabbits to be her property or her children. Another respondent said that she provided vet care for her dog and goats but not the rabbits. Things settled down only after the poster unsubscribed from the list.

Needless to say, I found this whole topic fascinating. I do not consider my rabbits to be my property (as I do my car and my house) nor do I think of them as my children. I suspect most dog and cat people feel the same way. But for a lot of people, rabbits are still very much considered livestock and not companion animals. Those of us who share our homes and our lives with rabbits must necessarily consider them our children, clearly demonstrating that there's something a bit daft about us.

So why do events like the Pet Promise Rescue Run matter? Because each one of them is an opportunity to link in people's heads an association between dogs, cats, and rabbits. Each of these events is a baby step towards moving rabbits from the category of livestock into the category of companion animal.

Thank you, Julie, Laine, and Jeremy for giving up a big chunk of your Saturday for this very worthy event!

Posted by Sue at 10:13 AM

May 18, 2008

Pet Promise Rescue Run

Memorial Day weekend starts this Saturday, which means it's time for the annual Pet Promise Rescue Run!

From the site: "The PetPromise RESCUE RUN & WALK is a 5K run/walk and festival held annually on Memorial Day Weekend promoting awareness of the pet overpopulation problem and supporting efforts to change the future for all homeless pets through education, rescue, sterilization, and adoption."

CHRS will have a table staffed by Laine Kathary and Julie Schram. Be sure to stop by and say hello!

Posted by Sue at 7:00 AM

February 26, 2008

2008 Midwest Veterinary Conference

Last weekend, Columbus HRS once again hosted a booth at the annual Midwest Veterinary Conference at the Columbus Convention Center. In spite of the cold and nasty weather outside, things were warm and friendly inside, thanks in part to spokesrabbits Rupert and Elaina. As in the past, we offered a selection of excellent articles and materials on rabbit care, health and behavior. But it's no surprise that the rabbits stole the show!

On Friday, Rupert took full advantage of the Cottontail Cottage to demonstrate his superior ability to nap amidst any hustle and bustle. He also played hard-to-get, peeking out the second floor window when passers-by caught his eye, popping up to the top level to make sure they got a good look at him, then dashing down to chew his willow basket and get a drink before resuming his nap.

On Saturday, Elaina also did extremely well, as she always does when she's out and about. She really is quite the ham. She also got on the top floor of the cottontail cottage so people could pet her as they passed by.

The buns not only attract attention to our booth, but also serve to demonstrate how real rabbits behave. People who have never heard of house rabbits (yes, they do exist) can see them using a litterbox, eating hay, and interacting with humans in a way that shows their natural curiosity and intelligence. As much as we can talk about them, the buns really do speak for themselves.

Posted by Terri at 10:49 PM

December 31, 2007


“Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful...” These were the thoughts of approximately 23 CHRS members, family, and friends who braved the snow/rain/sleet to attend the 2007 CHRS Holiday Party and Cookie Exchange at Cedar Ridge Lodge on Saturday, December 15th. It was a fantastic event! Activities included eating a meal together, visiting and sharing stories around the glow and warmth of a fireplace, auctioning of a beautiful afghan and set of chocolate "12 days of Christmas" ornaments (both created and donated by Cindy Derosier), and the annual exchange of cookies/desserts. The highlight of the evening was a power point presentation of CHRS members’ bunnies (and two very special guinea pigs:) put together and presented by nature lover and naturalist, Kim Banks. One could feel the pride and love of each “parent” as pictures of loved ones flashed on the screen. Sad moments were also shared as some pictures shown were in memory of bunnies now living at Rainbow Bridge. Overall, it was a great presentation and a great evening! Thank you to Kim Banks, who also reserved and decorated Cedar Ridge Lodge for this occasion, Cindy Derosier for her generous donations, Terri and Jeremy Cook for providing technical support for the power point presentation, and the members who shared their lovely pictures. It was well worth braving the elements to attend this fun-filled event.












Posted by Eileen at 1:03 PM

November 24, 2007



Posted by Karalee at 12:12 PM

November 18, 2007

Fall Bonfire

On October 13th, 2007, CHRS held it’s annual Fall bonfire with temperatures perfect for a campfire. The flames danced and crackled with merriment as we mingled together sharing stories...about life, bunnies, past bonfires and more. Some played the ever-popular “corn hole” game while others drank hot chocolate, roasted hotdogs and marshmallows, ate chili, or filled up on other wonderful goodies. Later in the evening, John Dean entertained us with the skillful art of fire juggling. It was amazing to watch as the flames twirled round and round and round as if they had a mind of their own (see picture below). Other activities to round out the evening included awarding of door prizes and raffled items. Eventually, the flames died down and whispered, “It is time to go.” As the last few people were getting into their cars, it was said they heard one more very quiet whisper, “... but we’ll be back next year, bigger and brighter!”
















Posted by Eileen at 7:01 PM

September 6, 2007

Annual Fall Bonfire and Picnic on Saturday, OCTOBER 13, 2007

Save October 13 now for the CHRS annual Fall bonfire and picnic! Join us for a relaxing and fun evening around the fire! HRS will provide wieners and marshmallows for roasting, beverages, and plates/utensils. Side dishes or desserts will be happily accepted, but are not required.** The fun starts at 4:00 p.m. with bonfire starting at dusk. Place is Bob Postle's Farm at 6844 Bale Kenyon Road. You can access map and directions at http://www.columbusrabbit.org/ Some other fun events include a raffle of Bunny General Gift Certificates, terrific Door Prizes, and lots of socializing. Come and enjoy a relaxing evening around the fire with good food and good friends! RSVP to karalee@columbusrabbit.org

**Please note, we will not have electricity for crockpots. We do have a flush toilet and running water. :) Also, please bring lawn chairs, lanterns, and roasting sticks if you have them! We look forward to seeing you!

Posted by Eileen at 6:30 PM

August 27, 2007

PETFEST at Olde Pickerington Village on Friday, September 7, 2007

All members, families, and friends of CHRS are invited to attend the annual OPVBA* Petfest on Friday, September 7, 2007, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The event will take place along West Columbus Street in the Olde Pickerington Village. There will be a Pet Parade through the area at 7:00 PM. This event will have Animal Rescue Groups (including the Columbus House Rabbit Society!), Pet Vendors, Special Pet Services, Activities for the Children and much more!! For more information about this years event you can log onto http://www.checktheinfo.com. Hope to see you there!

*OPVBA = Olde Pickerington Village Business Association

Posted by Eileen at 10:04 PM

July 17, 2007

Another Evening at the Clipper's Game!

CHRS's last trip to Cooper Stadium to see the Columbus Clippers (and the Zooperstars!) was so successful, we thought we'd do it again! The Zooperstars are returning to Columbus on Friday August 10 when the Clippers host the Norfolk Tides. The Zooperstars made choosing which game to attend easy!

The game begins at 7:25 and gates open at 6:00. It is a "Party at the Park" night at Cooper Stadium with beer, soda, hot dogs, hamburgers and popcorn costing only a dollar each in the right field picnic pavilion from 6:00 to 7:15. Donatos pizza will also be sold for just $1 a slice.

And the best news is--the tickets are FREE!

We look forward to seeing another great turnout on the 10th!

If you are interested in free tickets, please contact John Dean at
jhnmdn1@sbcglobal.net. John will coordinate the details of the trip with those attending the game.

Posted by Eileen at 11:54 PM

June 27, 2007


What do the Columbus House Rabbit Society, Clipper’s Baseball Team, and ZOOperstars have in common? June 22! On this evening, CHRS members, families, and friends attended the Clipper’s vs. Ottawa Lynx game at Cooper Stadium with ZOOperstars as the entertainment. John and Heather Dean, coordinators for this event, met most of us at the front gate and ushered us to our seats. By game time, we were all sitting on the third base side in the General Admission seats eagerly anticipating the game’s beginning. To add to the excitement of the evening, John was dressed as a Clipper’s player and had clipboard in hand to record runs batted in and other facts about the game!

Throughout the game, the ZOOperstars provided entertainment. For those unfamiliar with this group, ZOOperstars are huge inflatable animal characters based on famous athletes, such as Jeff Gordog, Clammy Sosa, and others listed in the “quiz” below. The characters dance to contemporary hits and do skits, which sometimes involve children/adults from the audience. Each character has some unique quality, such as Centipete Rose who splits into two pieces with both running around frantically for its other half; or Shark McGwire who has a vibrating fin and can extend the shimmy to his whole body. At this Clipper’s game, each character was quite entertaining, but one in particular seemed to truly awe the crowd: Clammy Sosa as he devoured the Clipper's bat boy! It seemed pretty uneventful at first – a 10-foot-tall clam walking in the field from third base toward home plate, waving at ballplayers, the audience, and whomever walked by. However, as he walked past the bat boy (or perhaps an actor playing the bat boy?), he suddenly turned around, opened his shell and "swallowed" him! By now, the audience was mesmerized as the clam began to move its body up and down, forward and backward. Next thing you know, the shell opened part way and out came a pair of shoes. The audience went ballistic! Then followed the socks, cap, and the bat boy’s uniform! Finally, out popped the bat boy himself in boxer shorts and undershirt! And of course, to add to all the fun, the band was playing “Weird Al” Yankovich’s song Eat It throughout the skit! Comments around me ranged from, “GAROSSSS,” to “I can’t believe what I just saw!” to “COOL, let’s see that again.”

It turned out to be a great evening weather wise and game wise as the Clippers beat the Ottawa Lynx 4 to 0. One other interesting tidbit for baseball fans: Nationals prospect John Lannan made his AAA debut and pitched well enough to earn the win!

CHRS would like to thank John and Heather Dean for coordinating this event. Both score very high with all the rabbits they have adopted/fostered over the years! Also, thank you to all the members who came to join in the festivities. It wouldn’t have worked without your participation! Finally, for anyone who wishes to see the ZOOperstars again, or for the first time, they will be back at Cooper Stadium August 10th. If you attend this game, be sure to look behind first base where you'll probably see one fan dressed in a clipper's uniform, hurriedly writing all the details of the game on his clipboard, while the fan next to him reads a magazine and ducks when there's a loud crack of the bat! That would be none other than the Deans enjoying another evening with the Clippers!

ZOOperstar Quiz: The following ZOOperstars appeared at the June 22nd Clipper’s game at Cooper Stadium. Who do these ZOOperstars represent? (hints have been provided)

Harry Canary: _____________, long time announcer for Chicago Cubs
Jeff Gordog: ______________, NASCAR driver
Shark McGuire: _____________, slugger for the Cardinals, now retired
Clammy Sosa: ________________, power hitter for the Cubs, now with the Rangers
Snail Earnhardt: _______________, former NASCAR driver
Derek Cheetah: ________________, Shortstop for the Yankees





Answers to quiz:

Harry Canary - Harry Caray, long time announcer for Chicago Cubs
Jeff Gordog - Jeff Gordon, NASCAR driver
Shark McGuire - Mark McGuire, slugger for the Cardinals, now retired
Clammy Sosa - Sammy Sosa, power hitter for the Cubs, now with the Rangers
Snail Earnhardt - Dale Earnhardt, former NASCAR driver
Derek Cheetah - Derek Jeter, Shortstop for the Yankees

*Image of Harry Canary from www.volcanoesbaseball.com.
Information about ZOOperstars compiled from John Dean, www.usatoday.com, and www.businessweek.com.

Posted by Eileen at 1:07 PM

June 9, 2007

Summer Potluck a Great Time!

The day began and ended with the sun shining on CHRS members, their families, friends, one dog, and one turtle who attended the CHRS summer picnic potluck on June 2, 2007, at Westerville Heritage Park. Not even a downpour of rain half-way through the day could dampen our spirits!

The event began with people mingling and swapping "bunny" stories, renewing old friendships, and making new friends. Eventually, food was added to the fun and delicious favorites were enjoyed by all! Following the meal, we sat back and relaxed as winners of the raffle prizes and door prizes were announced (see first two pictures below). In addition, three awards to recognize outstanding volunteers were presented to:

1) Teresa Martini - The Gus B. Curry Meritorious Service Award for providing foster care, website assistance, and post-operative care for Capital Area Humane Society (CAHS) rabbits;

2) Judy de Roche - The Annie M. Curry Volunteer Service Award for her exceptional dedication to the rabbits under CHRS care including fostering in her home and devotion to the CHRS/CAHS shelter program;

3) Chuck Curry - certificate of merit for his years of work in building the CHRS chapter and Make Mine Chocolate! Campaign.

Following the award presentations, Bunny Bingo began! As usual, this game was a big hit and kept Julie Schram (coordinator for the picnic) "hopping" back and forth with all kinds of bingo prizes. For the more energetic types, there were also outdoor games including Cornhole, Badminton, and Croquet. Something for everyone!

To wrap up the day's events, winners of the photo contest were announced which included Laine Kathary's Wilson (Bun In Action), Kristen Lassiter's Cupcake (Cutest Face), and Megan Metzger's troup (Buns and Friends).

All in all, it was a good day!



Rosemary Weagle, Rose Carlton, Jill Coleman, Karen Winstead, Shelley Jahn (Not pictured: Terri Cook, Sue Zimmerman)



Danielle Patterson, Judy de Roche, Sue Metzger



Megan Metzger, Laine Kathary, Kristen Lassiter









Posted by Eileen at 4:10 PM

June 5, 2007

Columbus House Rabbit Society at the Columbus Clippers!

The Columbus House Rabbit Society is hosting a night of fun and baseball on Friday, June 22! Join CHRS for a relaxing night at the ballpark with old friends, new friends, and swapping bunny stories as the Clippers host Ottawa Lynx!

The game begins at 7:25 and gates open at 6:00. It is a “Party at the Park” night at Cooper Stadium with beer, soda, hot dogs, hamburgers and popcorn costing only a dollar each in the right field picnic pavilion from 6:00 to 7:15. The ZOOperstars will be appearing throughout the game!

This event is open to everyone! So if you’re a CHRS veteran, simply interested in interacting with people who are crazy about their house rabbits, or anyone in between, you should come down to the ballpark to get to know each other.

We will have people come early to the stadium to meet people who are interested in the Party at the Park. Prior to the game we will move to the third base side General Admission seats. Keep a lookout for people in CHRS Chapter T-shirts!

Tickets are $6 each for Adults and $3 for youth (12 and under) and seniors (60 and over). The best part is that the Clippers will let CHRS keep half of the ticket price!

If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please contact John Dean at jhnmdn1@sbcglobal.net.

See you there!

Posted by Eileen at 8:45 PM

May 21, 2007

Spring Picnic, June 2nd, 1:00 pm

We hope you will come join the fun with fellow rabbit lovers at our
annual CHRS spring/summer picnic. We always have lots of good food and fun, and we love to talk about our rabbits!

Download the flyer & map and please RSVP to julie@columbusrabbit.org.

See you on the 2nd!

Posted by Karalee at 10:11 AM

May 1, 2007

Chapter Meeting, Sunday May 20th, 1:00 pm

We hope you can attend our upcoming chapter meeting on Sunday, May 20th, at 1:00 pm. We plan to talk about the direction of CHRS in 2007 and beyond as well as hopefully encourage people to get involved! Refreshments will be served.

The meeting will be at Danielle Patterson's home in Westerville, close to both 71 & 270. Please RSVP to karalee@columbusrabbit.org and I will send you directions.

Hope to see ya there!

Posted by Karalee at 10:10 AM

March 24, 2007

Visit with Oxbow Rep Dawn Hromanik on April 12th

We are delighted to have Dawn Hromanik, Director of Education for the Oxbow Hay Company, visiting the Columbus HRS!

In a relaxed style, we will visit with Dawn and learn about the history and culture of Oxbow as well as have time for all your questions. Refreshments will be served.

We will be meeting in a neighborhood's community building in Worthington. Some of you may remember that is where we had our first CHRS picnic. Download directions and a map here. Starts at 7:00.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 11th, to Karalee Curry.

Posted by Karalee at 8:05 PM

October 15, 2006

Bonfire Blast

It couldn't have been any better. A brisk Fall day, a chill in the air, lots of warm food, and a roaring hot fire. Another CHRS Bonfire has come and gone, leaving us with lasting memories.

Cornhole (always, Cornhole).
Bobbing (or "fishing") for apples.
Door prizes.
Sharing bunny stories.
Making new friends.
Laughing with (at?) old friends.
The drama of Fire Juggling.
Juggling two fires (or fire pits).
Roasting hot dogs and marshmallows.
Warm chili and mac and cheese.
Hot chocolate.
Cookies and cakes and candy, oh my!

It was everything a bonfire is supposed to be. A great evening of hanging out with the people who understand us - and our bunnies - best.
To those who shared in the fun - thanks for coming.
And to those who worked to make it possible - THANK YOU.
It was a blast!

Posted by Terri at 3:08 PM

August 24, 2006

Upcoming Events

Columbus HRS will be participating in the following events:

Pickerington PetFest - Friday, Sept 1, 2006 5 - 9 pm

Santa in September - Saturday, Sept 9, 2006 10 - 5

Obetz Animal Hospital Open House - Sunday, Sept 24, 10 - 4
Detail soon!

Join the fun!

Posted by Karalee at 6:27 PM

August 18, 2006

Rascal Low Cost Rabbit Spay & Neuter Day

The RASCAL (Roaming Animal Sterilization Clinic at Low Cost) Mobile Unit set up at Capital Area Humane Society for a Bunny-Exclusive Low Cost Spay and Neuter Day and it was a great success!

You can see pictures and read about it at:

Posted by Karalee at 4:12 PM

June 13, 2006

The Sum of All Fun

By the Numbers
63 – Official high temperature for the day
51 – People who attended
40 – Bunny Bingo prizes won
37 – Rounds of Cornhole played
12 – Items raffled
8 – Bunny General sales
4 – Awards given
3 – Tables of food


1 – Great day of FUN!

The Breakdown
Thank goodness for the beautiful shelter at Heritage Park! It kept our picnickers dry enough to enjoy the day in spite of its soggy start! And what a great day it was! We had the best turn-out ever and a terrific selection of delicious food. Who would have guessed that hot food in crock pots would be the biggest hit on a June day?!

Our games and prizes were a lot of fun. We found out that Cornhole is the game of choice for some, while others still enjoy the beloved Bunny Bingo. Our photo contest produced some of the cutest rabbit pictures we’ve ever seen! It was a tough call in each category, but foster bun Murphy in the hay feeder (“Buns in Strange Places”), sweet Georgie sleeping (“Favorite Picture”), and fuzzy little Scout (“Cutest Mouth”) were voted No. 1. The competition may have been stiff, but it was easy to see how much we all love our bunnies!

We also recognized some of our deserving volunteers with awards thanking them for their service. Karen Winstead, nominated by her peers, received the Annie M. Curry Volunteer Service Award in appreciation of her dedication to Columbus HRS’ mission and her extraordinary work with the Capital Area Humane Society to better the lives of the shelter’s rabbits.

Sue and Megan Metzger jointly received the Gus B. Curry Meritorious Service Award, given by our Board of Directors, in recognition of their years of continuous fostering and Megan’s additional help with campaigns, special projects, and acquisition of low-cost medical supplies.

Terri Cook was given a “Volunteer of the Decade” award for her 10 years of service with Columbus HRS – including years before it was ever an official chapter. From folding brochures and staffing the booth at the old Pet Expo to working at the annual Vet Conference, from making one of our first display boards to creating our current newsletter, from “emergency” fostering one bunny to becoming a licensed fosterer and educator, Terri has always been involved and committed to our mission.

This year, our raffle prizes were also some of the best ever, including original artworks by professional artists and CHRS members Joseph Larkin and Grace Willard. Always popular, our fundraising efforts benefit greatly when their work is offered. The “grand prize” was to have your own rabbit’s portrait drawn by Joseph. Grace crafted a photo album from the scraps of timothy hay that her bunnies didn’t eat, processing the hay into paper and binding the book with twine. It’s a beautiful creation. Other terrific prizes included a selection of Oxbow hay and pellets, a Busy Bunny Tent Tunnel, brightly colored wooden bunny toys, a cottontail cottage, a car cleaning kit, a set of fun pictures and eyeglass holder, a bunny statue/key safe, a bunny stepping stone, a gardening set, and a collection of organic lip balms and perfumes.

And finally, about the time things were winding down, the clouds broke and the sun smiled down on our happy group.

See the fun! http://www.columbusrabbit.org/indexpicnic.htm

Posted by Terri at 9:41 PM

March 19, 2006

Capital Area Humane Society's Celebrity Chef Special Event

Capital Area will be sponsoring the special event fundraiser, Celebrity Chef, and Columbus HRS will have a table with literature and be displaying a furnished pen set-up to show proper housing for rabbits. We will also be promoting our Make Mine Chocolate! Easter Ribbon Campaign. Below is some information about their event if you would like to attend.

Join the Capital Area Humane Society at the exclusive Huntington Club in the Ohio Stadium on Thursday, March 23, 2006 from 6-9 p.m. to experience the tastiest event of 2006.

The Huntington Club at The Ohio Stadium will be the place to be for the Fourth Annual Celebrity Chef Event, which features some of Columbus’ most honored celebrities dishing out their favorite recipes for you! Television personalities, restaurant owners, influential notables, athletes, government leaders and even those who are well-known for their publicized antics will be present. You will be able to sample our Celebrities culinary masterpieces and participate in a silent auction and raffle for an opportunity to win great prizes, with all the proceeds going to the Humane Society. Live music will also be provided by Blue Level. Marshall McPeek and Beth Dal Ponte from NBC-4 are emcees for the event.

Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

Please note: Paper tickets will not be issued when ticket purchases are made online. Please be certain to list all Celebrity Chef attendees for whom you are purchasing tickets on the Click & Pledge Form. Your receipt from Click & Pledge (our secure online processor) serves as your confirmation.

Parking information and directions to the Huntington Club.

Please call (614) 777-7387, ext. 233 for more information.

Posted by Karalee at 3:11 PM