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Rabbit Rescue Spotlight: House Rabbit Society of Missouri

Joy Gioia and Rembrandt, a flemish giant rabbit.As the owner of one especially mischievous rabbit, I loved the anecdote told by Joy Gioia of the Missouri House Rabbit Society in the St. Louis Suburban Journals:

Belle loved to play with decorative pillows. She once used her nose to push one from the head of the bed to the foot of the bed and onto the cat sleeping on the floor. It hit the cat, Paws, with a plop.

The bunny hopped in a way that made Joy Gioia think she enjoyed what she had done.

“I just watched an animal size up a situation, think up a joke and carry it out,” Gioia said. “I know people who don’t have that type of humor. (Bunnies) have a wicked sense of humor.”

Gioia started out as a wildlife rehabilitator who specialized in cottontails. When a park ranger brought in an injured domestic rabbit, Gioia embarked on a new journey: she became chapter leader of the House Rabbit Society of Missouri.

Now Gioia and her team of volunteers foster rabbits in their homes and educate the public about proper rabbit care. They are holding Bunny Expo 2009 on June 7, 11am – 4pm at the Humane Society of Missouri. The expo will feature free nail clippings, information booths, photo sessions, children’s activities, and seminars.

For more info:
Suburban Journals
Missouri House Rabbit Society