RABBIT WRANGLERS

Rating: 4.93 stars   54 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

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.

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Definitely

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

A lot

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Very Well

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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.

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2014

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Rabbit Wranglers is an absolutely wonderful organization! I was fostering a trio of bunnies through the humane society, when one of them started to have an eye problem along with teeth issues. The humane society immediately called rabbit wranglers. Thee trios fostering and care were immediately transferred to rabbit wranglers. I then became a rabbit wranglers foster, and was able to take the rabbit to an experienced rabbit vet where he got the care he needed. Once he was better rabbit wranglers immediately started working to get them adopted and into a good home. It wasn't very long at all before an interested adopter came along. And even he is going to foster to adopt for awhile through rabbit wranglers to ensure the one bunnies teeth are all better. Rabbit wranglers also does boarding of bunnies as a fund raiser. This is a wonderful service as it is often hard to find anywhere to take bunnies when you go on vacation. Thank you rabbit wranglers for all that you do!

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Definitely

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A lot

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Very Well

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2014

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2 people found this review helpful

Rabbit Wranglers is by far one of the most compassionate organizations i have ever encountered. They help out everyone that needs them, from helping with spay and neutering, to adoptions. They take in the sick and wounded and give them a second chance, when other places would have just euthanized them. Great people, i am very proud to be a part of Rabbit Wranglers.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2014

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2 people found this review helpful

We have adopted 3 rabbits from Rabbit Wranglers and I now volunteer for this group because of the support and kindness its members have given us. Everyone is so knowledgeable and helpful during crises, without hesitation. As a volunteer, I feel this group is well organized and clear in its mission. Needless to say, this group has changed my life in a positive way by helping me care for my beloved bunnies. Additionally as a volunteer I am able to help others in the mission of helping bunnies find the homes they need and deserve.

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

Give more money to this group.

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

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2014

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5 people found this review helpful

I wanted to find a friend for my rabbit, Karrat, and Rabbit Wranglers was highly recommended by a person I trust. I had talked to a cofounder, Alyssa, in the past about boarding and felt this was the perfect place from which to adopt. I couldn't have had a better experience. We ended up adopting 2 bonded rabbits based on bunny dates and much discussion with Alyssa and volunteers. Karrat is very happy with his new friends and we couldn't have made this decision as successful without the advice and expertise of people associated with Rabbit Wranglers. I was so happy with this group and its members, I've decided to volunteer with them in the near future. Highly recommend everyone, humans and bunnies, at Rabbit Wranglers!!

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

None.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2013

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4 people found this review helpful

When my rabbit was in critical condition last fall and I was away from home, the person taking care of my bunny did not know what to do. I told him to call Rabbit Wranglers. They were available for advice, help, and eventually, a shoulder to cry on when my bun passed away. It is because of this dedication to caregivers of rabbits, in addition to the rabbits themselves, that I decided to become a volunteer with Rabbit Wranglers. Volunteering with RW has been an educational and enjoyable experience. The people involved are incredible - supportive and full of information. RW does a lot of good for a lot of rabbits...and a lot of people.

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

Campaign so more people know about it! And develop outreach models to take to public events, schools, scout groups, public libraries, etc.

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A lot

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Very Well

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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.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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4 people found this review helpful

I am a volunteer, client and donor. This group is the best resource for a rabbit owner in Pittsburgh, and we are lucky to have them. They go out of their way to help any owner who is willing to learn about rabbit care. They work hand-in-hand with the big 3 shelters in Pgh to take care of the most medically-challenging shelter rabbits.
When my Thumper had digestive issues years ago, I sought help with Animal Friends, and the Pgh HRS. Through them, Suaz and Alyssa taught me so much about proper food, treatment and finding the right vet. They were always ready to help me, but I didn’t understand the magnitude of the work they had been doing for years, until they started Rabbit Wranglers. When I learned about RW, I was amazed at the number and severity of the rabbits they always have on hand. They take care of sick rabbits, manage fosters, vet appointments, community outreach, boarding requests, and still are available to give advice when it’s needed. They truly do amazing, life-saving work with grace and caring.
I don’t put in near enough volunteer time, but I have fostered and boarded rabbits for RW. The fosters are all wonderfully taken care of when I receive them. RW makes sure I have any specialized food, medicine, and instructions. They check in with me periodically, and they always responds quickly with any request I make. They find the fosters a new home when I need to send them back. I’ve heard horror stories from people who foster for other agencies, and that makes me all the more appreciative of RW.
I’ve also helped them raise money by boarding rabbits when owners go on vacation. RW collects all the information and sets up the process, and then puts me in contact with the owners and we work it out. It’s been a great experience for me to be able to help both RW and the other owners, and it’s fun to have another bunny in the house for a short time. The rabbits and owners seem to be really happy with the process, and I’ve even had a repeat customer. RW’s work is setting up a real community of rabbit people, which is really important for owners to be able to share ideas and support.
I’ve had RW board my Eloise and Gibbs while I was away on vacation. It was such a relief to know that someone who ‘speaks rabbit’ was taking care of them while I was gone. And just last week, as my Gibbs was recovering from being in statis, RW was there with great advice and offered to board him while I’m gone on my next trip. A huge relief to know he will have someone watching out for him.
I can’t say enough about how great Rabbit Wranglers has been. They make a huge difference in the care and well being of rabbits in Pittsburgh, and have expanded the bond between me and the bunnies who own my heart.

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Definitely

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A lot

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4 people found this review helpful

I believe I first met Alyssa in the fall of 2008 when I volunteered to help with the rescue of rabbits living under a construction trailer in Duquesne. I was glad to of met a group of local people that share the same love for these wonderful creatures. Since then I have made friendships with other rabbit enthusiasts, attended rabbit related events, and adopted another new furry friend. Thank you Suaz and Alyssa for what you do!

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

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Very Well

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2011

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9 people found this review helpful

Rabbit Wranglers saved my geriatric bunny's life; I am so glad there are knowledgeable rabbit people who board bunnies. While I was on vacation my very old bunny became sick. Rabbit Wranglers immediately noticed and intervened and he survived. I am a volunteer a donor and a client and from all angles I am impressed with the Rabbit Wranglers operation.

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?

2012

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