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Rabbit Wranglers

Rating: 4.94 stars   63 reviews 2,014

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals

Address:

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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Reviews for Rabbit Wranglers

Rating: 5 stars  

Suaz and Alyssa have been our savior. When I adopted my bunny, I had a lot to learn and Suaz called me after my bunny had some behavior issues that I didn't understand. Not only that, but they have been there every single time I needed them, day or night, no matter what. I owe them my life for all that they do. I've had great experiences with them in other areas as well , such as boarding and medical boarding. These women and volunteers truly care about the lives of rabbits and their owners. They are the most supportive people I've ever met and I cannot put into words how much they mean to me. I am lucky to be from the same city, because if I was anywhere else, I wouldn't have been able to raise my bunny without their support and knowledge.

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

Not a thing. They are the best of the best!!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Awesome shelter with wonderful people. This was our best adoption experience. Our 2 year loves gathering vegetables from our gardens to feed the bunnies. We will adopt again in the future.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

We adopted a bunny in January we were nothing but happy and satisfied with their shelter the people here make all the difference I would never adopt from another shelter this one is our favorite thanks for everything you do for the bunnies

 
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Having moved to Pittsburgh just shy of two years ago, and leaving all my bunny-sitting friends and family behind, I wasn't sure what I was going to do with my rabbits when the eventual vacation or work trip came around. Thankfully, Rabbit Wranglers has an amazing network of boarders that put your mind at ease when you are away from home. I've also seen the founders personally at doctors visits caring for sick, mistreated, and abandoned bunnies - holding them against their chests to keep them warm, comforting them when frightened and left to die with rubber bands around their necks. There's nothing this group won't do for these precious souls. Just thinking about all the lives they've saved, helped, and gave love to brings tears to my eyes.

 
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Such a great organization... can't say enough about them and what they do for the rabbit community. Suaz has been there for me through issues with both of my rabbits.... one of which they previously fostered. And that same rabbit is currently struggling with Thymoma. This has been extremely stressful, as these are my first rabbits and first pets of my own and I didn't really have any problems with them in the first few years of having them... and then both got problems one right after the other. While I am extremely grateful for having an amazing Vet, sometimes that experience is fast paced, and overwhelming and doesn't always give you the advice/guidance you need when dealing with illnesses or behavioral problems and having this other resource to go to is invaluable. They really are giving pet rabbits, and their humans better lives.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

This organization is amazingly caring. They rescued my bun and got him the medical attention he needed. I'm very grateful for these people who are so passionate about bunnies

 
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1 person found this review helpful

This is the most wonderful caring organization! They have helped me learn everything i need to know about keeping my bunny happy & healthy. and they have helped. They have always been there to help my bunny & his medical needs. They are truly the best!

 
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4 people found this review helpful

My bunny Calibos was a cronically sick bunny with a rare disease. I was pointed in their direction for help. I have to say that they are the most amazing caring group I have ever met. They will bend backwards to help any bunny with any ailment. They are the best and I would recommend them to any. bunny owner or anyone who would consider bringing a bunny into their home. They have taught me more about owning a bunny than I have read in books. I'm so happy to know a group like them.

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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1 person found this review helpful

RW is an amazing organization run by incredible women. I have learned so much from them & they have always been there for me. I couldn't be more grateful.

 
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Wonderful organization run by fantastic, caring people. Always available to help night or day when a rabbit is in need.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Best place in town for housing/boarding your rabbits while you are away! We recently housed our rabbits with rabbits wranglers and found their services to be most satisfying. This is a volunteer-run non-profit that works through housing your pets in volunteer homes! Our buns were placed with a nice volunteer family who were themselves rabbit owners, provided the entire housing set-up and knew everything about rabbit care, local rabbit-savvy vets, etc. Will definitely use their services in the future!

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?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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