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Los Angeles Rabbit Foundation

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To help abandoned domestic rabbits by promoting spay and neuter, providing education on their care, volunteering in shelters and humane societies, and by fostering and rehabilitating rescued rabbits until such time as suitable permanent homes can be found.

Results: We have a network of foster homes and multiple volunteers in public shelters in the Los Angeles area.

Target demographics: domestic rabbits and the people who love them

Direct beneficiaries per year: hundreds of rabbits and their caretakers

Geographic areas served: shelters and foster homes in Los Angeles, CA

Programs: educational programs online, in schools, animal shelters, and mobile adoption venues

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

marisatellez

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've adopted two rabbits from LARF over the past 7 years.
Michelle is knowledgeable and extremely helpful in providing her adopters with up to date knowledge on everything rabbit related. She's always made herself available through the years with any concerns I've had with my adopted rabbits. LARF is truly an advocate for the rabbits.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have known this rescue organization for a dozen years. What makes them outstanding is its president, Dr. Michelle Kelly. She leads this all-volunteer group by example, considering the welfare of the animals first (while treating her volunteers with kid gloves.) I am impressed with her emphasis on education, and whether you adopt or don't you will be enriched with the stories of rescued house rabbits and how these delightful animals fit well with people. She pays special attention to the lovable and deserving "less adoptable" house rabbits. I should know: she matched me with a "less adoptable" bunny who has become the light of my life and apple of my eye. She gives all rabbits that chance for an excellent life, regardless of their circumstance.

This deserving group is financially responsible, working with a network of volunteer foster homes while fostering positive relationships with local veterinarians to help keep costs down.

Anyone interested in adopting a wonderful house rabbit, or just curious, would be well-served to contact LARF.

Kudos to Dr Kelly and the Los Angeles Rabbit Foundation!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Los Angeles Rabbit Foundation is 100% volunteer-run, which mean every penny goes directly to the rabbits. At any given time, the organization supports hundreds of rabbits in need of a new home. They cover food, hay, and vet expenses. Every single volunteer is kind, knowledgeable and willing to help new and experienced rabbit lovers alike. They advocate for cage-free indoor homes, which is what every bunny deserves.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Los Angeles Rabbit Foundation is truly the BEST non-profit animal welfare organization I have ever had the pleasure to know. I have adopted from this organization and they have continued to be there for my family well after the adoption was completed. They have answered any questions I have had and have been a resource for me to get further help for my rabbits when I needed it. This organization really cares about animals and the people who adopt from them.

Yoko T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LARF is a great organization and is run by wonderful volunteers who are so knowledgeable about the care and welfare of rabbits. I have had the pleasure of adopting two rabbits from this organization and they were so helpful during this process. I can’t thank Michelle enough for all of her help.

2 Irina L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Two years ago I adopted my handsome boy Mozart from Los Angeles Rabbit Foundation and the experience couldn't have been better. We had time to meet each other and to see if we match :) People from the Foundation gave me a lot of helpful advice. I can't thank Los Angeles Rabbit Foundation enough! They truly care about every bunny and help them find great homes. Los Angeles Rabbit Foundation has a terrific foster program. They provide all the supplies for the rabbits except for the daily vegetables and you can bring the bunny back if you have to go out of town or if you decided that bunnies are not good for you.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known Michelle Kelly and her Los Angeles Rabbit Foundation for over 15 yrs. First of all, Michelle is an amazing person. She is brilliant, and dedicated, passionate, tireless, consistent, and a blessing to rabbits in need. She attracts wonderful volunteers because she is reliable, above board & very supportive. I can honestly say she works around the clock gathering information about what to do next for the rabbits. She is a treasure trove of information & dispels it freely & often. She cares for the shelter rabbits & makes sure they get what they need be it medical attention, proper food, playtime, and great adopters. She remodeled rabbit rooms at shelters to make them safer & more rabbit friendly. She finds awesome fosters & gives them all the supplies to keep bunnies happy & well-cared for while they wait for their forever homes. She plans fun events & fundraisers, & volunteer appreciation parties. I sincerely cannot say enough good things about Michelle & Los Angeles Rabbit Foundation.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have adopted several rabbits from LARF over the years and they are an amazing rescue group. They are there for you always to help with any questions you ever have about your rabbits. Michelle Kelly is one of the most knowledgeable rabbit people I’ve ever known.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have fostered for this nonprofit twice and also volunteered to help care and advocate for the bunnies on their behalf at the shelter and adoption events. Their dedication to rabbit safety and care is admirable. They are always willing to take the time to educate. They are an incredible asset to the community.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

It's a lot of commitment to adopt a pet and I have loved rabbits my whole life. I just wasn't sure I wanted the responsibility, so I followed LA Rabbits online for a long time before considering adopting a pet from them.
When they posted a picture of three nameless rabbits that had suffered abuse it broke my heart. They said a bonded trio would be harder to place, and preferably going to someone that would give them enough space to heal from whatever trauma they endured.
I went to see them & was pleased that I was being vetted as a good fit for them as much as if the bunnies would be for me. The woman that runs the rescue offered ongoing advice on supportive care, vets, and countless knowledge on how to address their specific needs. It's obviously a cause very dear to the heart of everyone involved in this organization.
Those rabbits (Larry, Moe, & Curly) & the one I recently fostered to adopt (Mr. Bubbles) have meant so much to me. This is a beautiful foundation. The work they are doing to educate everyone about the dangers of the rabbit hemorrhagic disease is absolutely essential & saving lives. I was able to get my bunnies vaccinated and warn others in time to protect their babies. I have so much gratitude for the LA Rabbit Foundation.

1 Aliza F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LA Rabbit Foundation truly wants what is best for bunnies. They do everything from capture house rabbits whose careless owners have let them loose to providing medical care and vaccinating everybun in the foundation, to finding the best possible adopters. The founder works tirelessly and doesn’t get paid a dime. Her life is dedicated to everything bunny. I call her the Bunny Angel.

1 ScwooeyWrabbit

Client Served

Rating: 5

Los Angeles Rabbit Foundation is one of the best nonprofits I’ve ever worked with. Some organizations get lost in the details of managing a nonprofit, and lose sight of the main mission of the organization. Michelle Kelly keeps LARF focused on the number one priority - which is the health and well-being of all the rabbits she comes in contact with. Whether advising on adoptions, rescuing rabbits that have been abandoned, or giving advice to rabbit owners, she is a wealth of information and gives freely of her time and expertise - which is extremely limited because of the number of rabbits that she helps. I have known about and donated to this organization over the past nine years and I highly recommend anyone who cares about animals and wants to have their money go to a good cause. This is one of them!

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1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is one of the most dedicated non-profits I’ve ever been involved with. I’ve known the founder for 7 years when we rescued abandoned rabbits and found homes for all of them - including my own! I would highly recommend this non-profit to anyone who wanted to learn about the proper care of domestic rabbits. This is Squirt, Matthew and Timothy - and they are alive today because of LA Rabbit Foundation!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Michelle and the LA Rabbit Foundation are truly life savers. We found an abandoned bunny on the street and they were extremely quick to reply with tips on how to catch her, and once we had they were immediately happy to support us while we fostered her, covered every cost, provided us with everything that we could possibly need, and were always available for questions as we were first time bunny caretakers and needed a lot of advice! They take such good care of bunnies and make sure every single one goes to a loving, caring home, and I could not be more pleased to have worked with them.

1 Meredith Mitchell B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I foster for LARF. There is not a better organization more dedicated nor more knowledgeable about rabbit rescue, rehabilitation, and care.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Los Angeles Rabbit Foundation helped my daughter and I complete our "family" by allowing us to foster, and then adopt our bunnies, Licorice and Vanilla Bean, from their rescue organization. We have now been interacting with, volunteering for, and supporting the Los Angeles Rabbit Foundation for over 3 years now, and all of the workers and volunteers couldn't be more amazing, devoted, kind, generous and wonderful people. My daughter and I call them, "Bunny Saints".... and they truly are. This organization has rescued, saved the lives of and found homes for thousands of abandoned rabbits all over Los Angeles. When one of our rabbits became ill with a life threatening ear infection, the Los Angeles Rabbit Foundation went out of their way to guide us, support us, educate us, and offer their help to save our rabbit's life... who we are happy to report has been a healthy, hoppy bunny for years since. We truly couldn't be more grateful to this organization, and happier with our sweet bunnies that have brought so much love to our home. Thank you, Los Angeles Rabbit Foundation for everything!! (Licorice and Vanilla Bean thank you as well!)

2 Juliet A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A year ago my boyfriend found a rabbit that had been abandon in the heat of Summer without food or water. Knowing little about caring for rabbits I reached out to Los Angeles Rabbit Foundation. They were quick to respond with help and support.

I became a foster to this abandon bunny through the Los Angeles Rabbit Foundations foster program. It was a pleasure to see my foster get his health back. A few months later he was adopted into the most amazing home.

I'm extremely grateful to Los Angeles Rabbit Foundation for all the support they provided to me and my foster rabbit.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are overjoyed that LARF helped us find our beloved Basil Bean! We attended the mobile adoption and were thrilled with all of the education we received from Michelle and the volunteers. We felt that we could adopt a rabbit from LARF with confidence. We were also informed of how to set up our home so that we could keep our house rabbit safe. We met our precious albino Basil and fell in love instantly. Once we were approved to adopt, Michelle helped us get supplies together so that we would be prepared for our new bunny. On the day of adoption Michelle gave us a bag of hay and some chew toys to help us get started. All of their rabbits are neutered/spayed and microchipped so that was also a huge bonus.

We’ve had Basil for almost a year now and we highly recommend adopting or fostering through LARF! This has been such a wonderful experience

1 Lisa H.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first met Michelle at the LARF mobile adoption that is held every Saturday. My bunny had lost her companion and I brought her to go on a speed date with a sad, lonely bunny that had also lost his mate. It was love at first sight! Years later, I adopted a pair that had been rescued from downtown L.A.. Michelle's knowledge about everything rabbit was astounding and so helpful. From fostering, adoption, spay and neuter, housing, health, diet and behavior, Michelle shares all her wisdom. It is her passion, commitment , dedication and love that inspired me to help in any way I could to contribute to the great work her foundation does. The whole team of volunteers are amazing and put so much of themselves into this beautiful cause. LARF is absolutely stellar in their work to help rabbits!

1 Amanda B.11

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just recently adopted the sweetest little bunny, who was rescued by the LA Rabbit Foundation, after being dumped in a park. I appreciate that the LARF made sure I would be a good owner with a safe space for the bunny. Once I was approved they provided a litter box, food, supplies and had already spade and microchipped the bunny. This was a huge help in getting me started! I’m now so in love with my new bunny, and am so happy I was able to adopt a rescue. I highly recommend the Los Angeles Rabbit Foundation!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Los Angeles Rabbit Foundation and its leader, Michelle, are shining lights in the rescue world. Michelle cares deeply for the rabbits and knows every in and out regarding their care. LARF knows each rabbit's personality so you're sure to get the right rabbit for your lifestyle while at the same time having access to top-notch advice. Best of all is the foster program: as long as you safely house and love a rabbit in need, Michelle herself will ensure you have all the supplies and medical care you need, paid for by LARF, until the rabbit is adopted into its forever home. Michelle's foster program is second-to-none and she has the capacity for so many more fosters! Pictures attached are of my own LARF foster rabbit, who is king of the castle here.

2 allisonjai

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Michelle was so supportive when I reached out about fostering a bunny! She talked me through all of Girlilla's habits, interests, and quirks, went out of her way to make sure I had a secure gate for the bunny bedroom, and hooked me up with a litter pan, toys, pellets, a lifetime supply of hay ...

LARF makes it super easy to foster! Plus, I know this community will be there for me if anything ever happens to this darling little bungirl. :-)

2

Client Served

Rating: 5


We adopted our first bunny, Misty from LA Rabbit Foundation. The team was super helpful in educating rabbit owners and making sure they give you all the resources you need. I can not say enough good things about this group and their dedicated volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm so happy I found this place! I have been looking to adopt a bunny for a while now and LARF paired me with the perfect​ bun! I am so lucky to find my bun boy Milo. Michelle and her volunteers were so helpful with all of the supplies I should purchase​ so that I could make him as happy as possible. I would highly recommend​ anyone to LARF!

1 SavinPets

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Los Angeles Rabbit Foundation! I knew NOTHING about rabbits and found not one, but four rabbits over two years that needed rescue. I had no idea how to trap and care for them and they helped educate me. I learned how to foster the bunnies, get them neutered at reputable veterinarians where they helped with sterilization discounts and eventually get the rabbits adopted to great homes that came through their adoption portals. They are all volunteer. They are so in need always of fosters to help save more lives. They need support for spay/ either which is more costly for bunnies than dogs and cats. They hold excellent adoptions and grooming events on the weekends. They stand out from the crowd of any rescues as they work in the shelter daily cleaning and caring for the rabbits and educating the public about rabbit care. People don’t know that bunnies can live 15 years and also they have unique constitutions like horses. LARF teaches potential adopters about their healthcare, need for sterilization and safe home environments with no hutches or outdoors life and free roaming to be with family away from predatory animals, wires, etc. Thank you LARF for teaching me all this informayion to help future rabbits that may be in need and to help their guardians to better care for them in their homes. Here’s a few of those cuties LARF helped me with!

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larabbits 01/14/2019

Thank you for your kind words. We are a team of 100% volunteers who are dedicated to helping the rabbits and you. We do this out of love and appreciate everyone who works with us, as you have, to help save the rabbits. Thank YOU!