Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Easter Bunny That Grew Up

Via Send2Press.com - The Easter Bunny That Grew Up is a children's book that pays tribute to a little rabbit that captured the hearts of people around the world and the contributions he made to rabbits in rescues and shelters. In September 2010, Gretta Parker started a journey she was not planning on when she adopted a little white rabbit for $7.50 from a local shelter.

On a whim she made him a Facebook page where she could talk about adopting rabbits and rabbit care. She posted adoption ads and wrote about how Flopsy loved to flip things. She started making adoption awareness posters using his image. People began to share them and his page. Gretta told her family and friends that he was going to be the $7.50 rabbit that changed the world for all rabbits.

By 2011, Flopsy Parker had become a household name for his humor, his message of adoption, and his honesty about how much care rabbits need. He was even quoted by the Wall Street Journal when he was outraged over the Royal Shakespeare Company using real dead rabbits in their stage productions.

Gretta taught herself how to make designs with his images, and she started a store on Cafepress using her designs that sent the message that shelter bunnies are the best kind. She donated the proceeds to a different rabbit rescue each month. In the summer of 2011, Gretta pooled all her savings to start Baskets for Bunnies, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that sends supplies to rabbit rescues on a monthly basis. Flopsy was of course the "spokesbunny."

Flopsy not only inspired her to do more, he had also become her teacher to the issues that rabbits face. The truth is rabbits are the third most abandoned animal in the United States, but they do not get the funding or protection they need due to the agricultural laws that govern their care. Gretta set her sights to changing this. By fall 2011, she started making plans to get funding for a nationwide spay and neuter program for rabbits.

In December 2011, with the help of a rabbit toy company called Pet Rabbit Toys, she started Toys for Hops, a program to raise toys to send to rabbits in rescues and shelters. In less than 16 days, with the support of all of Flopsy's Facebook fans, Toys for Hops raised 2,000 toys that went to rescues and shelters all over the United States by Christmas.

On the evening of December 28, Flopsy passed away suddenly from a congenital kidney defect. His Facebook page got so many posts that it shut his timeline down in less than 24 hours. People posted about how he had influenced them to adopt or how he made them laugh. Gretta received letters from all over the world from all people who had been touched by a $7.50 rabbit that another family had chosen to give up. She had been right - Flopsy had started to change the world for rabbits.

To cope with her grief, Gretta wrote a book called "The Easter Bunny That Grew Up" as a tribute to his short, but big life. She decided that death would not be the end of their journey together but the beginning of a new one. Flopsy would always be her partner, son, best friend and continue to lead her to fight for the rights of rabbits. The book teaches about researching an animal's care needs before buying, supporting rabbit rescues, and that sometimes the greatest treasures are the ones other people discard.

Gretta plans to use the proceeds from the book to continue the work of Baskets for Bunnies and to build a sanctuary in Flopsy's name. The Flopsy Parker Memorial Sanctuary will house rabbits with behavioral or health issues and elderly rabbits. It will truly be the sanctuary that a mother's love built.

For more information visit www.theeasterbunnythatgrewup.com .


  1. What a fantastic story - it's amazing how an animal that someone else didn't want can change your life. =)

  2. Thanks for sharing this, we are really in one and touched with people who are striving to help rescue these poor animals. May your blog flourish more. Have a blessed day!