by leilani Hotaling

Supporting: Hop On Our Fundraiser for Bunny Besties

My Team: Team Love Bugs


Campaign has ended.


I am on the Board of Directors for Bunny Besties.  I want friends to know about Bunny Besties because it truly is "small but mighty!"  I am so proud of all this organization accomplishes in the lives of kids in our communities.  I have personally invested in making sure these rabbits meet the highest veterinary standards and my partner and I are committed to continuing to help.  Please consider a donation to keep us strong in 2020!

Dr. Leilani Hotaling of Minnetonka Animal Hospital

Hop on our 2020 Fundraiser!


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.


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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