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Bunny Buddies Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals

Mission: Bunny Buddies' Mission Is To: ● to educate the public about house rabbits and their care ● to emphasize the need for all rabbits to be spayed or neutered ● to provide homeless rabbits with foster homes, exercise, and attention until each can be placed in a loving, indoor home as a valued family member ● to take in—when space and funds permit—hard-to-adopt or special-needs rabbits who are at risk of death or injury

Target demographics: Domestic rabbits who have been surrendered or abandoned and are in need of medical care, spay/neuter, and loving foster care until permanent homes can be found

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 100 domestic rabbits and prevented the births of millions of unwanted offspring

Geographic areas served: The Greater Houston and Southeast Texas

Programs: Foster-in-Place Shelter Partner Foster Program Rabbit Spay/Neuter Intern Program House Rabbit Outreach & Education

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Bunny Buddies goes way back in time when I adopted two bunnies from them. They have been always very supportive and ready to help to answer questions. It is really a great group of people who feel like a family to me! When I feel like I need an advise I do not feel alone as the volunteers are always ready to step in. I always liked to participate to their events where I could see how hard working the volunteers are! To me it was important to receive emotional support also when one of my bunny, Baloo, passed, yes they deliver in that too! They are an amazing group of people! Way to go Bunny Buddies!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bunny Buddies is a dedicated, informed group of people who help place bunnies in need with good foster homes. They don't walk away once they are placed, they are always available and in my situation, were able to locate a new foster when I could no longer adequately care for the two sweeties I was fostering.
They are a valuable resource in the Houston community and are not given the recognition they deserve.

Maria Antonia Godefoy V.

Donor

Rating: 5

We discovered Bunny Buddies while searching for a reliable source of information on how to give the best care to our bunny girl; after she died we adopted Haze from them and we’ll be forever grateful. He came to us already neutered and microchipped, healthy and litter trained; all thanks to their effort, as a nonprofit, to maintain a network of volunteers, veterinarians and foster families that care about the welfare of rabbits.
We’ll support this organization in anyway we can, our home is full of binkies again.

1 Writer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Bunny Buddies for over 25 years. First of all I was educated about domestic bunnies, their uniqueness, husbandry, diets, medical needs and day to day care because of this non-profit. Then I became a foster for bottle-Fed baby bunnies and medical case buns... a few stand out... HollyBelle... a very small Older Netherlands Dwarf girl with mammary tumors & not spayed. Let me say loudly that Bunny Buddies took on this girl and she was given the best ever medical care including surgery, spay, pain management and I was blessed to help her recover... and adopt her. ❤️ There were many others that Bunny Buddies stepped up to take on and help. Wink was another bunny requiring an enucleation with a severe stubborn infection.... many months of care and treatment that I was so “hoppy” to take care of ...AND he was adopted thru Bunny Buddies to have the best life ever!!! The flexibility of this organization is simply amazing...they help a local shelter CAP when rabbits are admitted, rescue pet rabbits released to fend for themselves, helped during a confiscation in Port Lavaca... so many stories to share... Spay and Neuter clinics, education about RHVD2. I will support this non-profit organization and so grateful of their presence in the Houston area and willingness to stretch with other domestic rabbit rescues.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bunny Buddies is one of my favorite non-profit! The care, compassion and community involvement is monumental. Collaboration with other organizations that are non-profit and business base/veterinarian donors are certainly a unique combination when it comes to setting up spay & neuter days for rabbits. There are far more rescued rabbits that need homes and Bunny Buddies steps up to help and offer solutions such as in home fostering so as many bunnies as possible can be helped. As a foster care giver volunteer, the board members are very supportive, helpful and brainstorm for solutions. So worthy and proud to be a part of this organization. Stellar in all ways and in rescue work, funds are always needed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bunny Buddies is always ready to step up and help not only individuals but other rescues and shelters as well. After Lousiana was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Bunny Buddies helped transport 5 rabbits from Baton Rouge, LA to Roseville, CA in February, 2006. One member drove 288 (roundtrip) miles from Houston to Lake Charles. Another member overnighted the rabbits, then transported them to Dallas, 480 miles (roundtrip). This transport was chronicled in the book, "Fifteen Legs" by Bonnie Silva. After, Hurricane Rita hit southeast Texas, the call came for help in transporting displaced rabbits to other parts of the country. Bunny Buddies members loaded up carriers and transported bunnies west to Austin, TX , 330 miles (roundtrip). Another group were transported to Georgia and a Bunny Buddies member drove them the first leg of that trip, to Baton Rouge, LA, 545 miles (roundtrip).

In December, 2006, a local Houston animal shelter seized over 150 rabbits from a backyard breeder. The shelter was more comfortable taking care of cats and dogs, so they called Bunny Buddies for help. Members of Bunny Buddies spent long hours mucking out pens, filling water and food bowls, and assessing medical needs every weekend for weeks. During the week, members would sign up for morning or afternoon duties which included checking water and food bowls and grooming out mats and clipping nails. Many of these rabbits became permanent members of Bunny Buddies homes and families, including mine. I adopted Skyler, an American Fuzzy Lop, so named because, when the sky was falling, he was the piece I caught.

In spring of 2012, Bunny Buddies was called upon to help transport almost 90 rabbits from an animal control department in a small Gulf Coast town to an animal shelter in Houston, 260 miles (roundtrip). Bunny Buddies provided the shelter with pens made from wire panels, food and water bowls, and litter boxes for the rabbits. Everyday for weeks Bunny Buddy volunteers would assist the shelter's employees in taking care of the rabbits' needs including helping to get all of them spayed, neutered, and adopted.

Just today, a Bunny Buddies volunteer picked up a large Californian male, appropriately named Moose, from a local animal control shelter. Like so many area shelters, they don't feel comfortable taking care of rabbits, so they call Bunny Buddies to help. And, this weekend, Bunny Buddies volunteers are helping to transport 9 rabbits from a rescue in Baton Rouge that was hit by Hurricane Laura. Another 288 miles (roundtrip) to Lake Charles, then overnighting with another volunteer. The next day, they'll reach their final destination, Austin, 330 miles (roundtrip).

Hurricane season is almost half over for this year, but "bunny season" is all year, every year. And Bunny Buddies is there with them.

1 Elisa T.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bunny Buddies does an incredible job finding foster homes for bunnies so they don't have to be housed in shelters, helping to get them spayed/neutered and checked out by vets so the rabbits can be happy and safe once they find their furever homes. They nurture a community of support for their fosters and are available to answer any questions and address any concerns. We couldn't be more happy that an organization like this exist for Houston bunnies. They aided us in taking care of a stray that was wondering our neighborhood. Our little family wouldn't be complete without their help.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was the week of Christmas & there was a stray bunny in need. It was going to rain and temp dropping. This bunny had been dumped with a few other rabbits. Unfortunately this was the only surviving one on the streets. I had a rabbit myself that I rescued off the streets. So this was still new to me. They helped guide me to trap the stray rabbit. They helped educate me with my own rabbit even getting me help to get my rabbit fixed. I fostered the stray rabbit under their rescue. But unfortunately the rabbit is not adoptable for long term health issues. But that is okay she is happy here and we are happy to have her. They still help me with my billion questions on caring for a rabbit and they still check up on her on how she is doing. Furever grateful for their help. In return I advocate when I can & help others with their bunnies.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I stumbled across Bunny Buddies when I had purchased a bunny from a pet store and less than a week later unexpectedly had 5 babies. I had no clue what to do so I started researching and found them. When I reached out they were more than helpful. They walked me thru each step Along the way to assure the babies were healthy. They also helped me get them all spayed/neutered and find them forever homes! I learned so much from them I do t know what I would have done if it wasn’t for them. I didn’t even know rabbit rescues were a thing until I found them.

1 Michael O.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When we found a bunny in our neighborhood, we weren't exactly sure where to take it. We had two bunnies already and were familiar with care, but not what to do with an abandoned bun.
We searched about found Bunny Buddies here in Houston, and without hesitation they were all in to help Marble Cake (previously the abandoned bun) get all fixed up and ready for adoption.
As first time fosters we weren't sure of the process or anything, but we just followed Bunny Buddies lead as they let us pick the vet closest to us to take Marble Cake for his neuter, check-up and microchip. The vet was the same as our bunnies so we knew that Marble Cake was in great hands.
They quickly found someone to adopt Marble Cake, but we had already fallen in love with him and wanted to keep him and bring him into our home forever.
They're done an amazing job making sure that Marble Cake found a new home. Without them, bunnies like Marble would've never found his forever home.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Three years ago, a friend of a neighbor "found" a bunny in a park. As I am the designated animal rescuer in my neighborhood, I agreed to take him in, although I knew nothing about caring for a rabbit. He is an adorable sable-colored Holland Lop, whom I named Hazel-Rah after a brave, smart rabbit in the book "Watership Down." We got along just fine and he quickly became part of our family. However, when he started having some behavioral issues (turning over his litter box every day, for instance), I searched for advice from other rabbit owners, and I found Bunny Buddies. I found a caring, generous community of house rabbit adherents who gladly provided invaluable advice and referrals based on their years of experience living with and caring for rabbits in their homes (where they should be!) I learned so much about rabbit behavior and how to care for them properly. They taught me just how unique and wonderful these animals are, as I was finding this out for myself by living with my bunny. The fostering and rescue services they provide are truly selfless and save so many rabbits. They never hesitate to help anyone with a rabbit-related issue, and also do excellent outreach and adoption events (pre-COVID-19 and future). This is an all-volunteer organization. Right now, they are helping a rescue group in Louisiana (in an area recently devastated by Hurricane Laura) transport their rabbits to Austin, TX to be cared for while their area rebuilds. I can't commend Bunny Buddies enough for all they do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first moved to Houston, I lost a beloved bunny due to a mistake from the vet office. My tragedy lead me to bunny buddies. I found them and began to learn everything I could about bunnies. In this group I found an unending source of knowledge. I found people I could call in the middle of the night to help with sudden emergencies. I found a group of like minded friends. I found a selfless organization that does everything possible to help bunnies in need. I cant say enough wonderful things about them. They are truly the best.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization helped me find my two bunnies, Alfie and Oliver. They worked with me to help me understand the complications of owning a disable bunny. I am in love with the two bunnies and I am so happy bunny buddies helped.

1 drchen_gcvs

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bunny Buddies is a wonderful resource for the rabbit-loving population in the Houston area! Not only do they provide comprehensive educational advice on the husbandry and care of rabbits, this incredible network of volunteers works tirelessly to foster and adopt rabbits to the right homes. They collaborate with rabbit-savvy veterinarians to have their fosters spayed or neutered before they are adopted out, to help curb undesirable behaviors (e.g. urine marking, aggression) and unwanted pregnancies. I truly enjoy working with the members of this knowledgeable and compassionate organization in providing veterinary services for bunnies under their care!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got my sweet prince (Ziggy) and gray knight (Milo) from Bunny Buddies back in 2008. Since then I have been fostering bunnies and adopted a beautiful Agouti name Timmy that survived a hording situation. Bunny Buddies is comprised of all volunteers that seek to educate the public on rabbits. Here is a picture of Ziggy (B/W Dutch), Cleo (Netherland Dwarf), and Timmy.

Dan_101

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with this organization as a veterinarian to aid with diseased rabbits that have been taken in for adoption and to perform routine neuters and spays. They are an amazing group of dedicated passionate individuals with high ethical standards. I am privileged to be able to contribute to their cause.

Theresa Q.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bunny Buddies weaves a tight web to keep Houston bunny owners informed and supporting one another. I couldn't imagine taking care of a rabbit without them.

Susan517

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love Bunny Buddies. They supported my foster rabbit for two years through one tooth abscess after another. Sure , I took care of him but they paid the vet bills and for the meds. One Bunny Buddies member even sponsored him for a very expensive but promising for bunnies treatment. Mr Bingley isn't cured yet but he's had a good life through lots of awful stuff. That's a real rescue.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bunny Buddies helped me learn to care for my rabbit when I rescued it after some bad neighbors threw out their baby bunny right after Easter. It was so terrified, and so starved it felt like a bird. Precious grew into a big strapping white rabbit thanks to the advice of Bunny Buddies. Since then, 1995, my husband and I have adopted 12 more bunnies as rescue rabbits, and Bunny Buddies has helped with their care and taught us so much. This is important work since rabbits are the third most abandoned pets given to shelters. Right after abandoned dogs and cats.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Bunny Buddies is the only rabbit rescue organization in the greater Houston area. We work with and help just about every local shelter with the placement of and medical care for the rabbits they take in. We educate the public about rabbit care and welfare, facilitate spay/neuter days for shelter and foster rabbits multiple times each year, and participate in community outreach and adoption events.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Bunny Buddies is fantastic and both my bunnies owe their lives to their caring volunteers. They're the best!

1 Christina140

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love bunny buddies!! Got my first rabbit from them and wanting another rabbit I got a recommendation for another from a shelter. They are great for advice on medical issues! Very important when have a sick rabbit on a weekend.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are the best! I learned so much from them!!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to become a Bunny Buddies member 5 years ago when I adopted my furry baby Pappas. Bunny Buddies has taught me to be an excellent pet parent and is always there to answer any questions and help me when I have concerns. Bunny Buddies is a group of people who go above and beyond to rescue and save rabbits. I hope one day they raise enough money to build a shelter for these amazing and loving furry babies.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A neighbor of mine has three bunnies. I have seen the relief that she has when able to rely on advice from Bunny buddies. One of her bunnies was sick and bunny buddies advised her on care to ensure her bunny's health.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I joined BB 10 years ago and have remained a member even though I moved out of state. The group works tirelessly to help as many bunnies as they can. I've never seen an organization work so seamlessly with other groups. Not to mention, without BB - our loving buns JB, Butters and Tipsy would have never been a part of our family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are grateful to Bunny Buddies, as we adopted our little guy from them after the terrible loss of a baby bunny that was sold to us when it was too young from a store. Our little boy has given us so much joy and we appreciate all that Bunny Buddies, it's members, and volunteers do.

Jen

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Donor

Rating: 5

One day I came home to this face. Would this face lie to you. No. No it would not. This face told me that all non profits are not the same. This particular one is 5 star. Don't believe me. Just ask that face.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I found a very young rabbit in my back yard in the early 2000's. Turned to Bunny Buddies for help on caring for a bunny. They could not have been more supportive. I began to rely on them (and their site) for advice....from food to care. The more I interacted with Bunny Buddies the more I was interested in joining the organization, which I subsequently did.

Bunny Buddies is awesome with finding homes for bunnies, with providing health guidance and advise on how to live with the rabbits. This included the benefits of having more than one in my home. I have had up to 6 in my house, and now no less than 3. I 100% support this organization and am impressed with the membership.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I discovered BunnyBuddies in 2005, after someone dumped a rabbit on my street corner and I needed help learning to care for it. I later became a volunteer and a rescuer myself; during my tenure, we saved more than 400 rabbits, and they continue to work with individuals and shelters to save as many rabbits' lives as possible.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Bunny Buddies is the BEST! We rescued a bunny and they rescued us! BB provided veterinary specialist referrals, participation in the hay co-op, behavior and dietary council and support. The BB community is welcoming and caring! The list goes on and on. We couldn't foster and rescue without them!

1 Nancy272

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first found Bunny Buddies when I bought two rabbits from a pet store (I didn't know there were rabbits in shelters!). When I took them to be neutered, my veterinarian told me I MUST contact Bunny Buddies to participate in their hay coop program for the food my bunnies needed - Houston was a food desert for bunnies 15 years ago! So I met some marvelous friends, bought good food for my buns, adopted a third bunny, was introduced to the shelter where I ultimately became a volunteer and employee, and now do the ordering for the hay coop.

Bunny Buddies is all heart - we have participated in several seizures over the years, usually caring for the bunnies ourselves, sometimes giving a great deal of hands-on help to the shelter where they are housed. We foster and have a swap program with the shelters - if a rabbit becomes cage-crazy or seems aggressive a foster will take that rabbit home and leave a calmer one at the shelter. We have Bunny's Day Out twice a year, a fund-raiser and means of educating people on rabbit care, and a fun day out for bunnies and their humans. We have frequent adoption events, and do our very best to educate the public about responsible rabbit ownership and also assist people who want a second bunny to find Mr. or Ms. Right for their rabbit (bunnies are rather picky about choosing their own friends). We also participate in regular spay/neuter days for rabbits, where BB members assist in the surgeries/recovery. And now, because our foster homes are full to bursting, we are making plans to create a rabbit shelter in Houston.

1 YETorres

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bunnies Buddies is our Houston, TX area house rabbit rescue. They are dedicated to the health and welfare of all rabbits, help in education and adoption assistance of house rabbits, and have helped me on three occasions to save abandoned house rabbits. I am very thankful for their presence in the Houston area. They have helped me become a successful pet parent and house rabbit rescuer.