Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Heartland bunnies featured in news story....

This morning, Wednesday - 3/23/2011, a reporter and cameraman from Channel 4 News here in the Oklahoma City area came out and shot some footage at Heartland...several volunteers are shown along with some of the exquisite Heartland bunnies. The coverage offered the opportunity to do a little advocating on behalf of all bunnies and to educate the public about bunnies as companions.

This is an important time of year to get the message out about adopting instead of buying bunnies (or other companion animals) because of the Easter holiday and the images of the Easter bunny and all such imagery.

It is not unusual for someone to purchase a baby bunny for a child (as an Easter present) then a short time later (especially when the hormones kick in) start trying to get someone to take the bunny off of their hands. These hopefully good intentioned purchases are often made in ignorance. Companion animals aren't toys, they are a big responsibility and require an enduring commitment. Getting the message out about the nature of bunnies and their needs is one way to try to derail impulsive and misguided behavior.

The news coverage did not tell the public the important information that bunnies or any other companion animal should never be purchased, rather always, if a companion animal is desired, they should be adopted from a shelter or rescue organization or facility. There are too many homeless animals facing possible death or having to live in a shelter without a family of their own...adopt, never buy.

A great big thanks to Jeanne and Brad Patterson for making Heartland Rabbit Rescue possible and more big thanks to the numerous volunteers who arranged the media coverage and pitched in to make this visit from the news folks go well. It is a great benefit to have such support.

Gwendolyn, Veronica, all the babies and even Marshall asked me to thank all these folks on their behalf too.

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Blogger laughingwolf said...

grats on the coverage!... and yes, make sure you know all about your companion animal[s] BEFORE you get em!

5:57 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Wonderful video!!! KFOR did a good job, and so did, of course, the volunteers and the bunnies themselves. Thanks for posting the video!!!

7:21 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

They did a good job and the bunnies and volunteers were FAB!

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Krissa said...

I was so excited to see this and I recognized everybunny! How fun to see them on the news! And it looks like it's as windy there as it is here (Berlin). ... You're right, it would have been good if they pointed out the downfalls of buying from stores/breeders, but it really was a neat piece and I'm glad you all got to do it. Thanks for sharing!

1:35 PM  
Blogger RG said...

Aw - great job. So easy to see some of ours there instead of here in a good home.

9:15 PM  
Blogger haley said...

everyone in the rabbit community knows that dumping Easter rabbits is a no-no, but it's good to see that word is breaking out to the masses from a new source.

9:37 PM  
Blogger d. moll, said...

A great piece to get out there, even if there were a few bits left out.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

We had to take what we could get Diana, the goal was to get the story out before the bunny movie came out. Those pieces are edited for time purposes. I thought it was great and didnt make Heartland look silly.

3:17 PM  

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