Rabbit Wranglers was started in 2003, to assist shelters in learning and caring for the third most adopted companion animal. Funded from a personal bank account, hundreds of rabbits were helped and local shelters were spared the financial investment. In 2010, the decision was made, urged by volunteers and future donors to apply as a federal charity. With this designation, we were able to recruit more volunteers to be able to implement the programs we had started: training shelter/veterinary hospital employees and their educational facilities; training adoption counselors with best practices; providing educational and adoption off-sites at shelters and pet stores; trapping released domestic rabbits; and offering palliative care of homeless rabbits. We've expanded to include palliative care for owned rabbits and even added new services after listening to the needs of the community by providing boarding and grooming services with rabbit-savvy and compassionate volunteers as well as coordinating social and friend-raising interactions with rabbit-minded individuals. Since it's designation, Rabbit Wranglers has not only helped the long- and short-eared furry ones and their companions, but it's operated as a successful, thriving business. I am honored to be a part of this organization because of its volunteers, donors, clients and the communities it serves. In 2003, I knew an organization like this would be helpful, but now, it's a necessity, and a recognized community partner.
I am Suaz Forsythe, a founding board member and proud partner at Rabbit Wranglers.
At Rabbit Wranglers, we have a lifetime commitment to the rabbits in our care that extends beyond adoption. We build positive relationships with each adopter and provide a variety of services to the rabbit community including boarding, medical respite, and one-on-one consultations. At Rabbit Wranglers, we do not euthanize rabbits with chronic health or behavior issues, or because they have been with us too long. In fact, working with these types of rabbits is our specialty. At Rabbit Wranglers, our doors are always open and rabbits are welcome to stay for as long as they need us.
This is our mission and this is what makes Rabbit Wranglers a very special place.
While working with the neediest rabbits is often a challenging endeavor, it is not an impossible one. Our dedicated volunteers, generous donors, and steadfast shelter partners have helped us to successfully rehabilitate and find loving homes for hundreds of rabbits since we opened our doors six years ago.
Because of our supporters, we are able to devote resources to the unique needs of each rabbit while providing exceptional care for the population as a whole. We are able to offer support and education to the rabbit community. And, we are making a difference.
We thank these kind people for believing in our mission and for supporting our efforts. They make what we do possible.
On April 28, 2013, Rabbit Wranglers will celebrate its third anniversary as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 2012 was a year of tremendous growth and success for the organization. Included among its many achievements was having been named one of Pittsburgh’s 15 “Top Rated Nonprofits” by Great Nonprofits. This distinct honor symbolizes the positive impact the organization has on rabbits and the people who share their lives.
Rabbit Wranglers expanded its reach over this past year and, as a result, nearly doubled the number of rabbits helped. The last ten days of the year alone brought in ten very sick rabbits in need of immediate veterinary care. The volunteer base has also doubled. Without these selfless men and women, Rabbit Wranglers would not be able to do what it does. Their tireless efforts enabled the organization to help 133 medical, hospice and behavior rabbits and provide boarding services for an additional 50 rabbits during 2012. As the year drew to a close, 51 rabbits remained in care. Countless rabbit guardians and the community at large also received assistance through education and outreach services.
On behalf of Rabbit Wranglers, I can’t begin to express how truly grateful we are for our generous donors. They make what we do possible and give from their hearts to help the rabbits in our care. We would like to thank each of them for their support and trust. We are also thankful for the support of the rabbit community as a whole and delighted by what we have achieved. We look forward to accomplishing even more in 2013.