It’s not enough to have a heart for rabbits. You must have a brain for them as well. Educate yourself about rabbit behavior and care. Join a rescue group and attend events to meet others who are interested in helping with the cause. If you don’t live near an active rabbit organization, join one of the many online forums and learn from others who own rabbits as pets.
Attend rabbit events to mingle with local rescuers and learn more.
- Attending rabbit shows will help you meet local bunny people and learn more about the community. These are a great place to ask questions, network, and find out about upcoming events. You can also visit the American Rabbit Breeders Association’s website for information on shows going on near you (just go to rabbitbreeders.us and click Events).
- Participating in rabbit hops is another way to mingle with fellow rabbits rescuers. A hop is a race of rabbits who compete by hopping across a finish line on top of a long table. It’s possible that you’ll spot some potential adoptees at these events! This website has more information: hollandloprabbitclub.com/events/rabbit-hops/.
- Rescue groups often host their own events, so be sure to attend any nearby gatherings they have scheduled. The House Rabbit Society hosts educational forums at its San Francisco headquarters and it has an event called BunnyFest in Los Angeles every year that features speakers and vendors (bunnyfestla.org).
- There might be a local festival or conference celebrating rabbits as well! One example is the Ohio River Festival of Rabbits in Cincinnati, which takes place every April (ohiorabbitshow.weebly.com). You can probably find other festivals with relative ease just by Googling keywords like “rabbit” + “festival” or “conference” + “somewhere near me” or something similar along those lines!
Volunteer with an existing rescue organization.
Volunteering with an existing rescue organization is a great way to learn more about bunnies, while also helping your local bunny community. There are many ways to get started—most organizations will have you sign up and volunteer with them for training, then have you shadow other volunteers and help with different tasks.
- Fostering: You can take home a new bun or two, feed them, play with them, and help get them ready for their new families.
- Transporting: Bunnies in need of foster homes or adoption often need rides from the shelter or vet to their foster home. Many rescues organize carpools to make this easier.
- Adoption events: If your rescue holds adoption events at pet stores or other locations, they’ll likely need help setting up and breaking down tables, handing out materials and greeting potential adopters.
- Bunny bonding: Bonded pairs of bunnies are difficult to place in homes together because not many people have room for two rabbits! You can volunteer to bond buns that aren’t yet paired so that it’s easier for them both to be adopted into one home!
Become a foster.
One of the best ways to help your local rabbit rescue, whether it’s a shelter or a non-profit, is to become a foster.
Fostering helps rescues by taking pressure off their facilities, especially if you offer to be a long-term foster for older rabbits or rabbits who are harder to adopt. The rescue supplies the rabbit food and litter, and any medical care required. You supply the love and attention!
To become a foster, contact your local shelter or rescue organization today.
Learn about trap-neuter-return (TNR).
Trap-neuter-return, or TNR, is a method of reducing feral cat populations. It involves trapping the cats, taking them to the doctor to spay or neuter them, and then releasing them back into their outdoor homes. If you’re an aspiring bunny rescuer who’s also interested in helping cats, you can use this section as your guide in how to save these little guys’ lives.
That’s what trap-neuter-return (TNR) is all about: a humane way of dealing with feral cat colonies! And it works—according to Alley Cat Allies, “Cats are humanely trapped and brought to veterinarians to be spayed or neutered and vaccinated. Kittens and tame cats are adopted into homes. Healthy adult cats unsocialized to humans are returned to their familiar habitat under the lifelong care of one or more feeding stations.”
Though TNR has its critics—especially from bird lovers who see it as a license for hungry felines—proponents claim that it’s actually beneficial for birds because it decreases the chance of kittens surviving back into adulthood, where they’re at their hungriest phase. Others argue that well-fed cats no longer need to hunt anyway!
Set up a bunny habitat in your home where a bunny can live while you’re rehabilitating him or her.
The first step in becoming a bunny rescuer is setting up a habitat where the bunny can live while it’s recovering and preparing for adoption. In the wild, rabbits prefer to burrow underground in shady areas. Their burrows are normally at least 1 foot deep, so they will feel secure and comfortable when they are hiding underground. When setting up an indoor rabbit habitat in your home, you’ll want to set aside a corner of your room or possibly a closet or bathroom where you can create some privacy for the bunny. You’ll need to make sure that this space is big enough for the rabbit to stretch out and hop around, but not too big that he or she can’t find their way back home (to their cage). Also, be sure that wherever you put the bunny’s cage there is no possibility that it could be knocked over by someone stumbling into it or accidentally hitting it with their foot.
Once you have found an appropriate spot for your rabbit’s cage, you’ll want to make sure it has plenty of room inside so that he or she can hop around easily without bumping into any objects such as other cages or furniture pieces. This will make them feel more secure during their recovery period while they’re getting used to living indoors instead of outdoors where it might be warmer outside than inside your house during winter months when temperatures drop below freezing regularly!
It may seem like common sense but many people overlook important factors when choosing the right size of wire mesh flooring for their bunnies’ indoor habitats: Make sure that any openings won’t allow paws through (a rabbit will try very hard if desperate). Also ensure there aren’t any sharp edges on which one could get hurt if jumping onto them from above; gaps between panels should also be small enough not prevent escape by crawling between holes instead! You’ll want every area covered so nothing escapes our precious babies!
Bunnies are wonderful pets, but they need rescue and rehabilitation too!
Rabbits are wonderful pets, and make great companion animals. However, not all bunnies have owners that take proper care of them. Many rabbits end up at shelters where they need to be rehabilitated before they can be adopted into a home. If you love rabbits, you can become a bunny rescuer!
In order to rescue bunnies in need and help them find forever homes, it is important to learn how to handle medical emergencies with rabbits. You will also need to learn how properly care for the rabbit when it is in your care. This includes knowing what kind of diet the rabbit should have and the proper way to handle it so as not to injure either one of you! It’s also important for bunny rescuers understand how rabbits behave so that they can better assess which homes would make good forever ones once rehabilitation is complete.