Rabbit Wranglers

Rating: 4.94 stars   69 reviews

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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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I'm not quite sure where to begin, but I will certainly try not to write a novel.

When I adopted my bunny, Heidi, from Animal Friends in 2014, I was given Rabbit Wranglers' information. Little did I know how much it would come in handy.

Heidi was originally a stray, and her first year with me included some unfamiliar behavior, worms, stasis, and many trips to the ER Vet. And, as promised, Suaz and Alyssa were there every single time. Whether it be 5 pm, or 5 am, they upheld their promise to be there for Heidi and me.

Fast forward a couple months when I rescued a little boy bun named Teddy. I'd never rescued before, so Suaz talked me through it all. Teddy was doing great until he had a medical emergency on new years eve.

I called Suaz, scared to death, and she immediately came to my rescue. On her way over, her car broke down, and I felt horrible. She stayed on the phone with me the entire night and kept me calm while Teddy was being cared for. After he was released, he became part of Rabbit Wranglers' medical boarding and was nursed back to health and adopted by a lovely family!

Suaz also medically boarded Heidi last year during a medical issue, and when she came home, she was a changed bunny! They truly are bunny whisperers, and have a magic touch.

I don't know how I'll ever repay them for their support and guidance, so I became a Rabbit Wrangler volunteer as of last December. Since then, I've learned so much, and have boarded bunnies, as well as fostered a few. It's the least I can do to give back to Suaz and Alyssa for all that they've done for me.

If it weren't for these two phenomenal women, I don't know where I'd be. But I do know one thing for sure, that I'm honored to be a volunteer with the most amazing group of people I've ever had the privilege of knowing.

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

Absolutely nothing.

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?

2016

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I had my first conversation with Alyssa, co-founder of Rabbit Wranglers in the fall of 2014. I had just purchased 10 lbs of timothy hay from an on-line vendor for the first time, and I contacted her to see if I could share some with the rabbits. I thought it would go bad before my guinea pigs could finish it. She told me how to store it to keep it fresh. I was so impressed with her knowledge and caring that I became a volunteer.

In January 2015 Alyssa asked if I could take in a foster rabbit. I never had a rabbit so she matched me with 9.5 year old Orlando. You can probably guess what happened next. After 6 months of fostering this sweet, gentle girl, who is nice to guinea pigs, I realized I couldn't live without her, and officially adopted her.

Since then, I have had the pleasure of meeting Suaz, the other co-founder of Rabbit Wranglers, and many of their dedicated, wonderful volunteers. Rabbit Wranglers never turns away a rabbit in need and they are always available to give advice or help with a sick bunny. Alyssa and Suaz and volunteers also spend countless hours planning and holding events to raise money for the rabbits in their care. Their dedication to the cause is amazing, and they are available 24/7.

I attached a photo of sweet Orlando. She is 11 years old, thanks to Rabbit Wranglers.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I've owned rabbits for a few years and first dealt with Rabbit Wranglers when I was in need of boarding for my bunnies while I was out of town. I was so pleased with the care they received! Shortly after that experience, I was able to begin fostering rabbits in my home for Rabbit Wranglers. Alyssa and Suaz are simply amazing with their dedication to the health, well-being and happiness of the rabbits! They both go above and beyond the call of duty to help not only the rabbits, but the clients as well. I'm so happy to now be a part of this organization!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I've volunteered for almost a year now. While I expected very nice folks. I was met with not only polite but extremely knowledgeable people. All of which care deeply for the Rabbits in their care as if they were their very own.

 
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2 people 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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2 people 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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5 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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1 person found this review helpful

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

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

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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3 people found this review helpful

The rabbit that I wanted to adopt from shelter was too medically complicated for them to handle, so they transferred Peach to Rabbit Wrangers. RW let me be her foster mom until she was healthy enough to be mine officially, and in mean time they paid for her medical expenses.

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

Give it it's own shelter building.

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

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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