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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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.

Community Stories

81 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Lexie D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted two rabbits from Rabbit Wranglers in the last year (Ralphie and Toby). Prior to adopting these adorable buns, I was often in close contact with Alyssa (one of the owners) regarding Rabbit Wranglers' other services. I would often bring my buns over to her home and she would cut their nails with ease, clean their scent glands for me, help me with a difficult bunny bond and so much more. When I decided I wanted to adopt from Rabbit Wranglers, Alyssa was so wonderful and took so much time to help me find the perfect bond-mate for my first bunny, Annie. She set up so many speed dates for her with a ton of foster buns until we found the perfect match. Afterward, she was always in close contact to make sure that the partnership was going well. When I reached out to her again telling her I wanted to adopt another bun, she immediately took the time out of her day to personally call me to help me find yet another perfect bun. I could go on and on in this review but I just feel so passionate about Rabbit Wranglers and everything they do. Would recommend them to anyone.

1 Athena4

Client Served

Rating: 5

We couldn't have gotten through our girls EC and head tilt issues without Rabbit Wranglers. Both Alyssa and Suaz have been wonderfully patient and educational. One reason we do not consider leaving Pittsburgh is because we'd have to give up this amazing resource. Bunnies of Pittsburgh are so lucky for these two and all of the wonderful volunteers and foster families with Rabbit Wranglers.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Rabbit Wranglers is a great source of information for bunny parents.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I took over the nursing of a feral domestic rabbit that had been hit by a car and dumped at my vet's. When I ran into a tricky nursing situation (due to the rabbit's broken front leg, general trauma, and run-off from feeding critical care, the fur beneath her neck sloughed off and the area was red, weepy, and irritated) I looked everywhere I could to find a solution to heal the area. I contacted Rabbit Wranglers through Facebook and they actually called me and gave me some suggestions. I don't even live in the same state!! They kept in touch until the crisis was over. I'll never forget their kindness to me and to Trooper, who recovered from her injuries (and gave birth shortly after her accident!!). Here are her before and after pictures. She continues to live with me and will always have a safe home here.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Rabbit Wranglers serves a special, neglected portion of homeless animals. They took in 3 very neglected, injured rabbits for us, and got them the care they desperately needed. Please support Rabbit Wranglers!

2 Allan9

Client Served

Rating: 4

Rabbit Wranglers save the life of my Flemish Giant,Spooky,who was dying from the effects of E.C. and (I believe) arthritis.
They got him to a vet (twice,and got me meds to continue treating him at home!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Having bunnies in our home is fun and challenging. The help and advice and counsel from the wonderful folks at Rabbit Wranglers always reassures and provides direction. I cannot think of a more dedicated and focused organization whose mission to help and nurture these loving creatures never falters. I just admire them so much.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Rabbit Wranglers is an organization with a unique foundation and operating mode: love. As one who has and loves bunnies, Suaz and Alyssa (the gentle hearts at the core of RW) provide advice, guidance, consolation and awareness regarding these most gentle of nature's creatures. They have talked us and walked us through problems and crises, giving time and effort to help and provide assurance. I am quite fortunate to know these giving and dedicated people.

2 Rose34

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rabbit Wranglers plays such an important part in the rabbit community in our area. Helping shelters and owners with medical or behavioral rabbits and educating the public about proper rabbit care are just some of the things that make this organization so great.

Need to board your rabbit while you are away? Rabbit Wranglers provides this service, so you don't have to worry if a bunny emergency comes up. Access to vets experienced with bunnies is available.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization run by fantastic, caring people. Always available to help night or day when a rabbit is in need.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

September 2016 we adopted from Rabbit Wranglers! We were excited but nervous potential first-time rabbit owners. Alyssa was fantastic. She took the time to match a few rabbits with our 3 kids, 1 dog family. We did a meet and greet and found the perfect match! Lila has been such a joy. Being first-timers, I've had a lot of questions since adopting Lila. Alyssa is always so kind (and quick) to answer and guide us in providing the best care for our bunny.