Sharing Hugs, Hope and Hoppiness

Approaching Peacebunny Island
Huckleberry & Bandit at Peacebunny Cottage
Welcome sign at Peacebunny Island
Harris, a Giant Angora from Peacebunny Island
Daisy Peacebunny on Peacebunny Island
Huckleberry Peacebunny on a trek to Peacebunny Island
"Best Summer EVER" is what Caleb Smith says about his time on Peacebunny Island
Creampuff Peacebunny enjoying Sunset dreams on Peacebunny Island

This private 22 acre main island is a natural, sustainable oasis nestled in the Mississippi National River Recreation Area (National Park) near river mile 832 in Minnesota, USA.   

In 2018, a visionary teen entrepreneur bought a 43 foot houseboat and began renting this  island (while it was underwater from record flooding), fully believing these were the missing pieces to his business plan that he'd been developing for many years.  


Peacebunny Islands Inc. continues to work on providing a turn-key process of training and mobilizing  therapy animal handler teams to help bring comfort during times of tragedy, grief, stress, and loneliness. 


For years the teams have  been serving senior homes and hospice sites, and families going through difficult challenges including children's funerals.  Now with an island and the rest of the infrastructure we can do it more efficiently and sustainably.




With appropriate oversight, youth guardians  oversee the care of the Comfort Rabbits in Training during their outings to and from the island. 


Together they spend warm lazy summer days on the main island or go island hopping by boat to our nearby partner islands we call "Hope" and "Hoppiness."   They also take them to schools and educational events and have a major role in all parts of the business. 


These service-learning opportunities helps prepare the youth for STEM based careers (especially health care) and business.

As guests of very gracious family foundation, the rabbits live year round at a farm we call Peacebunny Cottage  when they are not at events or at foster homes.  


During warmer months we host bunny playdates in the pasture,  but our educational programs continue year round (currently on zoom) and will open again for in person activities once its safe...    


NEW: Contest Winners 
Summer trek with us to Peacebunny Island

Dr. Jonathan Smith, Florida
Sharon Matz, Kansas

Brenda Lundblad, Minnesota

   "We care for the rare breed rabbits
     and rescues... and the rabbits rescue
     us right back."    -- Caleb

The story behind the island...


How a kid entrepreneur started a business that led to buying boats and an island...
all to help people during their darkest times by sharing a little hoppiness. 

A memoir interwoven with lessons learned about kindness and hope and growing up --culminating in a 100 mile boat trek and launching  a business that now cares for
& shares A LOT of  bunnies.

What would you attempt if you knew you couldn't fail?    What's YOUR big dream?

Publishers Weekly

Endearing, inspirational life story... charming debut


The author’s enthusiasm is infectious, and the teenager shows wisdom beyond his years:  

Readers...will appreciate these lessons in kindness, compassion, and ingenuity.

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"My vision for Peacebunny Island started several years ago when
an endangered American Blue rabbit named Paxton Peacebunny
decided to adopt me.


I told Pax that I knew it would take a bunch of dreamers
with a pure heart to create such a special place.

And it took some work, but I found them."

Caleb Smith (2018) -- now 16 years old




Engage Youth in E-STEM Service-Learning  while training endangered/exotic breeds to become Comfort Animals

Hello from Tator Tot


Win-Win: You get a bunny visit (or a basket or a bunnypalooza!) and together we raise funds for their care


Subscribing to this site & our Youtube Channel will help us attract sponsors that align with our vision.


We LOVE suggestions and questions.  Let us know what you're thinking or offer ways to make this project even better.


Wear or gift our t-shirts --  Thanks for sporting our brand & sharing our story with others, all while helping us raise funds



Give a tribute donation.  Be sure to let us know the name of your loved one and/or fuzzy friend who you're honoring so we can write their name in the Island's rock garden.

Enjoy an hour with bunnies hopping in the lush pasture at Peacebunny Cottage, attend Bunny  Boot Camp, or Little Vet classes for kids.  Our events rise funds for the bunnies'  care...  Open to public once its safe again


Watch episode about Peacebunny Island on ABC's "Rock the Park" 

The Tale of Peacebunny Island

A fictional audiobook - bedtime story co-authored by Caleb Smith.     
Narrated by Steven Lyons  
Released June 2019

Huckleberry Peacebunny and Bandit, two rabbits in the pasture at Peacebunny Cottage, getting ready for their journey to Peacebunny Island.  These rabbits are the inspiration behind the Calm Sleep Story, the Tale of Peacebunny Island





Thank you for being patient. 
Our aim is to return messages promptly, but as a youth run business, bunny care responsibilities, home, & school come first...

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Peacebunny Islands Inc. 
Peacebunny Foundation 

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PO Box 202, Newport Minnesota USA 55055

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