Over 25,000 served!
Bunny Besties has been featured in the Huffington Post, The Star Tribune, pictured in the Wall Street Journal, WCCO, Kare11, KSTP News Minnesota, Pet Partners Magazine, The Jason Show, Minnetonka Schools District Website, and Lakeshore Weekly just to name a few. Check out our amazing press here, by clicking on the button below!
About: Bunny Besties is an all-volunteer nonprofit that addresses the heightened stress in our community. We do it with cuddly loving bunnies and with the principles founded through studies at Mayo Clinic and our work with Boynton Health Services Pet Away Worry and Stress (PAWS) Program at the University of Minnesota. Our rescued rabbits have a unique ability to lower stress of the humans around them and bring joyfulness to those in challenging life transitions. We host bunny interactions in college and other
educational settings, homeless shelters, libraries, senior living, and hospices in the greater Twin Cities area of Minnesota, USA.
Results: Bunny Besties has been traveling around our community since 2012 serving our mission on-site for our partners. Our partners have included the University of Minnesota PAWS program, Homeless shelters serving children, libraries, nursing homes, hospice programs, and Minnetonka High School.
We have served our partners with 446 on-site visits to their facilities. We have volunteered 8,420+ service hours from our organization into their organizations resulting in serving more than 23,749 community members. We may be a small nonprofit, but we are dedicated to our mission and making a big impact in our community.
Programs: Our programs include bringing Animal Assisted Interactions and Animal Assisted Activities to nursing homes, high schools, universities, libraries, and any other local schools or organizations looking for a hoppy experience to reduce stress and bring emotional wellness to their organization. This includes our traveling rabbit agility show, our hoppy hour with our bunny castle and one on one therapy bunny cuddles.
Presidential Volunteer Service Award
Bunny Besties is a proud certifying organization for the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. The PVSA program utilizes two groups of organizations to certify service awards. Certifying organizations or CO's are an integral part of the PVSA process to recognize outstanding citizens in our communities.
How did Bunny Besties become a CO one might ask? A CO is an organization that has been granted authority to approve volunteer service hours. This prestigious honor is given through an application and review process to outstanding organizations. We are proud to be an Official Certifying Organization of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.
Please apply with us to become a volunteer! Click on the volunteer button up top of our page.