During finals week last year at Minnetoka High School, I helped bring the Bunny Besties to the high for the first time, after five years of trying. Since then I have volunteered daily and put in over 400 hours of service. I will be receiving the gold level Presidential Service Award this November. But above all of this I have made a new best friend, Clementine. We sit in the couch with each other everyday. When I go downstairs she stands on her hind legs until I pick her up. It would mean a great deal to the both of us if you donated any amount to help out Clementine.
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Bunny Besties misson is to provide standardized high-quality Animal Assisted Interactions ("animal therapy") with rabbits to support the emotional wellness of our community, with an emphasis on serving children, adolescents, and young adults as well as those facing challenging life transitions.
Bunny Besties was co-founded by a woman and her son. They were working at Nursing homes and People Serving People Homeless shelter when a call came from the newly formed Pet Away Worry and Stress program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus. The Director of the PAWS program had a recommendation of these two and wanted them to bring bunnies to the UMN PAWS. They began in September 2014 and have never looked back. The first three rabbits were such a huge hit with students that additional volunteers and rabbits soon joined the effort. Bunny Besties soon established itself as a 501 c 3 non-profit organization in 2017.
SMALL BUT MIGHTY:
With a current team of 28 volunteers and 19 rabbits. Bunny Besties continues to contribute to the PAWS program as well as provide rabbit interactions to homeless shelters, hospice, schools, and library reading programs. We have participated in over 550 events with a total of over 23,000 attendees, mostly children and young adults. Bunny Besties was awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award (Gold Level) in 2018 and 2019.
We need to raise $15,000 of "Bunny Money" to support our 2020 programs. Bunny Besties recruits rescue rabbits, puts them through school, and provides them with a lifelong home, specialized veterinary care, high quality nutrition, and most of all, the chance to provide and receive love from those going through stressful life transitions. Bunny Besties receives some income through service provision but is primarily dependent on philanthropy to meet our costs.
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