RABBIT WRANGLERS

Rating: 4.92 stars   52 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 8003 Pittsburgh PA 15216 USA

Mission: To help abused, neglected and abandoned rabbits and educate the public to improve the lives of these companion animals.
Results: Since its inception, Rabbit Wranglers’ primary accomplishments include: rescuing abused, neglected and abandoned rabbits; assisting shelters with their high maintenance cases and overflow population; providing medical, hospice and behavior rabbits safe harbor and state of the art care; and finding them loving and permanent indoor homes. The organization has also been successful in educating the public about the unique nature and proper care of these intelligent companion animals. As part of the process of becoming a nonprofit, Rabbit Wranglers formalized its programs and streamlined its infrastructure and operating procedures. The organization also strengthened its relationships with local Pittsburgh shelters, Humane Officers and Veterinarians. These modifications have provided a solid base for decision-making for the future and for management of significant external critical issues. Rabbit Wranglers has grown quickly from a two-person operation, to an organization that is now 50 volunteers strong and highly regarded in the rabbit community. We achieved this through our professional coordination of rescue efforts with area shelters and humane officers; ongoing recruitment of volunteers to assist with fundraising, education, and fostering; and our interaction with countless rabbit owners to provide assistance during times of medical crisis. In May 2011, Rabbit Wranglers debuted on a television segment of WQED’s Pittsburgh 360. The show continues to air every few months and has been a wonderful opportunity for the organization to reach out to hundreds of people. Rabbit Wranglers has an excellent track record for providing care to medical and behavior rabbits. In 2011, 81 rabbits found their way through our doors. Twenty-seven of these rabbits had their health issues resolved and were transferred to area shelters for adoption. Seven rabbits found their forever homes while still with the organization, and 13 long-term medical and behavior boarders returned home to their families with their issues resolved. Sadly, five rabbits, unable to overcome the medical issues that brought them to Rabbit Wranglers, passed away. Additionally, in 2011, the organization boarded 24 rabbits while their guardians were away from home. The boarding of these rabbits, along with the 13 long-term medical and behavior boarders mentioned above, show that owners trust our ability to provide care for their rabbits. Local shelters, who accounted for 30 of our intakes, turn to us first for their high maintenance rabbits. We also receive calls and emails daily from rabbit owners seeking our assistance; many of these individuals find their way to us via other satisfied rabbit owners. The majority of our funding is received from private individuals – many who are rabbit owners. This too is a testament to our good reputation as a soundly run and skilled nonprofit. We began 2012 with 29 rabbits in our care and have admitted an additional 70. We have also provided boarding services for 30 rabbits this year. Our current census is 35.
Programs: Rabbit Wranglers is an all volunteer-staffed network of foster homes. The following services are provided to the rabbit community and general public: Rabbit Wranglers works with animal shelters and aids these facilities with humane rescues. The organization also assists animal shelters by taking in those rabbits with challenging behaviors that prevent their adoption, or those who require medical or palliative care beyond what the shelter is able to provide, or those who would otherwise be humanely euthanized due to shelter over-crowding. Additional rabbit intakes occur through contact with humane agents, owner surrenders and rescued strays. Rabbit Wranglers spays/neuters all of its rabbits and provides any medical care needed. The organization works with area shelters for low-cost alter surgeries and micro-chipping, and with a veterinarian who holds a weekly clinic at reduced rates. Rabbits with health or behavior issues preventing adoption remain with Rabbit Wranglers until the issues are resolved. In those instances where hospice care is required, life-long, loving, and humane care is provided by the organization. Rabbits suitable for adoption are transferred to an area shelter if space is available. Otherwise, they remain in Rabbit Wranglers’ foster homes where they are socialized and litter-trained. Throughout their foster care placement, the organization works to find them permanent homes as house rabbits. Adoptions occur through online resources, word of mouth and at adoption events. Rabbit Wranglers works to improve rabbits’ lives and reduce the numbers of discarded rabbits by educating the general public about proper rabbit care and health. The goal of education is to assist people in becoming better equipped to care for their own rabbits, as well as making informed decisions as to whether or not a rabbit is the right companion animal for their families. Education is accomplished via phone, email and in-person consultations, as well as outreach during Pittsburgh House Rabbit Club meetings and adoption events held at local pet stores and other venues. Rabbit Wranglers also offers a variety of services to assist people with the care of their rabbits, including: boarding, medical respite, grooming, behavior resolution, and bonding two or more rabbits.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The Rabbit Wranglers organization and their volunteers have helped me greatly! The accurate and useful information they provide has helped me educate myself in rabbit care, and my two rescued rabbits are happier and healthier for it! Most recently, they helped me with selecting a rabbit-savvy vet when one of my buns wasn't feeling well. This is a great organization!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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2 people found this review helpful

I initially came to Rabbit Wranglers seeking help with two rabbits my family was no longer able to care for. They had an array of behavioral problems which made owning them overwhelming and I felt lost trying to problem solve and help them feel safe with me. Alyssa and Suaz walked me through the entire process of litter training and house training. She also gave me a ton of information on how to interact with rabbits in a way that allows their wonderful personalities to come through. My rabbits have transformed from two frightened bunnies to two sassy, snuggly pets whom I cannot imagine life without. I made a lot of mistakes in the process and Alyssa was always there to walk me through new ways of doing things, without any condemnation or judgment. As far as I can see, she has treated each and every volunteer with respect and grace. I spent some time fostering for them when I lived in a bigger space, and I wish I could do so now. In that time I learned more about rabbit care than I thought possible. They have a gift for pairing the adopters with the rabbits that will work with their personalities. If I had more space, I would foster for them in a heartbeat, and adopt another rabbit.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

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2014

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3 people found this review helpful

Rabbit Wranglers is an organization with a unique foundation and operating mode: love. As one who has and loves bunnies, Suaz and Alyssa (the gentle hearts at the core of RW) provide advice, guidance, consolation and awareness regarding these most gentle of nature's creatures. They have talked us and walked us through problems and crises, giving time and effort to help and provide assurance. I am quite fortunate to know these giving and dedicated people.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

So so great as is

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4 people found this review helpful

Suaz and Alyssa have been so helpful, that I can't put into words how much it means to me (especially without tearing up!) Suaz helped me from week one with my bun, since she was behaving in a way I wasn't sure about. She called me on a Sunday and we had a very in depth conversation about so much. Sadly, my bun has had back-to-back medical issues, and every single time Suaz has been there, day or night. I had to rush my bun to the ER Vet on the 3rd of July and she saw my facebook post about being upset, and called me immediately. She even stayed up until I got home after 3 a.m. to find out the prognosis. To this day, I can't even share that story without breaking down. Last week my bunny fell ill again, and she was there for me like every month, helping me get Heidi care at home until she saw Dr. Wagner.

I really wanted to get away for a few days coming up, and I reached out to Alyssa, who very quickly responded, and within hours had board set up for me! I was so scared to leave Heidi in the care of someone who isn't a Veteran rabbit owner, and she put my mind at ease. Without these women, I would be lost, and a constant" first time bunny mom worrier ". I can't describe how fantastic they are.. all I can say is that they are my heroes, and I've never even had the pleasure of meeting them and hugging them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not a thing.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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3 people found this review helpful

I haven't yet adopted a bunny from them, but have seen them at events. They host amazing events with spot on education for rabbits. They really have a passion for bunnies and it shows in what they do and how they do it.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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2013

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3 people found this review helpful

I adopted a special needs rabbit from there and I couldn't believe how fantastic all the volunteers were. They went out of their way to get him from the foster home in Beaver Falls to bring him to Pittsburgh on such a short notice. They were extremely flexible with their schedules to get him to me. Everyone was so amazing and helpful and wanted nothing but the best for this rabbit. I still give Alyssa updates about him and everyone involved. They are great people and I would definitely adopt from them again. I give them and A++. The rabbit I adopted is so sweet and well behaved. Fantastic organization and I will definitely continue to work with them in the years to come.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

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2014

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2 people found this review helpful

I had heard of Rabbit Wranglers when I was volunteering with a guinea pig rescue out of Pittsburgh but was not prepared for the total care and commitment expressed by this organization. I was interested in adopting an elderly French Lop that was staying with Rabbit Wranglers. I was very impressed by the warm and friendly personality of Suaz. She facilitated the adoption, and put me in touch with the volunteer who had found and rescued Indy. She was always available when I had questions or issues. Suaz and Alyssa take on rabbits that most people would consider to be "too old, too ill, too injured" to be saved, and they give these animals a second chance...just like my Indy, who was a very elderly rabbit in very bad shape when he was rescued. Thanks to the efforts of these "bunny angels", Indy was a wonderful part of my family and brought much joy to my life.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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3 people found this review helpful

We have two of the most adorable, loving and giving fuzzy members of our family because of the tireless and selfless efforts of Rabbit Wranglers. Without them, our boys would either not be with us, or would be living their lives in deplorable conditions with life threatening medical conditions. Instead, RW rescued them, nursed them so expertly back to health, and saw to it that they were adopted by a family who truly would provide a perfect and loving long life for them. I have personally asked Alyssa for advise on caring for our boys many times and, while I know she is so busy caring for a many-bed hospital recovery wing of needy buns, she ALWAYS takes the time to help me sort out our concerns for our little guys. WE LOVE YOU RABBIT WRANGLERS!! Keep up the amazing work!

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3 people found this review helpful

3 weeks ago we feared we would have to put our 9 yr old Holland Lop, Rourke to sleep. This was unacceptable to me so I contacted a friend that works with Rabbit Wranglers. She took him into the care of Rabbit Wranglers and gave him the absolute BEST CARE he could get. Rourke came home yesterday and he is doing great and because of them will be sticking around with us for a while! We can't thank them enough. The compassion and care they give to Bunnies far exceeds what you would ever expect. Thank You So Much!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They are great the way they are!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

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2014

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3 people found this review helpful

Rabbit wranglers have been the most amazing non profit I have ever dealt with. My interactions with them have been so life changing that I am currently making arrangements so I can move to Pittsburgh and become a volunteer.
The non judgmental support I received from Alyssa (the founder) was unseen and I will be eternally grateful for her patience and understanding.
My husband pointed out how caring an awesome this organization is by saying "boy! this people work better and more cohesively than any church", and he never says much.

I would recommend ANY human with rabbits to get in touch with this wonderful group of people who are so generous and compassionate towards such a tiny lovable pets.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to make changes to this organization I would clone Alyssa and Suaz, that way they can get a day off.

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2014

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