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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

136 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Rabbit Wranglers is a wonderful, thoughtful, and educational organization that helped us with adoption of our new bun. Adopting rabbits through them is absolutely the best way to go. And the people who volunteer with them are the kindest, most helpful people (I’m looking at you, Alyssa!).

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Rabbit Wranglers is a wonderful caring organization, worth of all my admiration. They are caring and compassionate. Devoted to all bunnies in need. They truly deserve every award and praise.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great group who not only rescues bunnies, they provide a valuable service, helped me find a rabbit savvy bunsitter for my two babies.

1 Amanda M.14

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first heard of Rabbit Wranglers from my vet after my first rabbit passed away. Since then, the founders have generously given their time to educate me in the care of my next rabbit. Despite their busy schedules, they always respond quickly to answer questions and have trained me in emergency first-aid that has saved my rabbit's life while he was waiting to get to the vet. I'm eternally grateful for their patience, training, and kind care. They are unselfishly pouring their lives into educating animal owners and caring for rabbits that would otherwise be left to die. This is as non-profit as it gets. Their network of rabbit volunteers are 100% donating their time, and often times their own personal resources to giving these bunnies the best lives they can have. These are some unsung super heroes. Rabbit Wranglers is easily the most powerful resource making a difference in the lives of the greater Pittsburgh rabbit community.

Donor

Rating: 5

I adopted my bun named Ollie about a year ago. I was impressed with Rabbit Wranglers from two perspectives - as a new bunny parent in need of some guidance and support and as a nonprofit finance professional. I continue to donate to Rabbit Wranglers not only because I’ve been impacted by how deeply they care for their rabbits, but also because I know the organization is run in a financially responsible manner and my contribution will directly impact the rabbits. Ollie and I encourage others to support this great nonprofit!

bapeljagr

Donor

Rating: 5

We adopt a handicapped rabbit whom we named Brooks. Brooks had a disease called ecuniculie (not sure I spelled that correctly). As the disease progressed, Brooks was unable to stand or hop. Rabbit Wranglers was there every step of the way with us. While Brooks was a great deal of work with daily baths and exercise being required, he was a lover. He loved being held and pet. He brought such a great deal of joy into our lives. We couldn’t have done it without Rabbit Wranglers

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Suaz & Alyssa are great and caring people. We have a handicapped bunny that in many instances would have been put down long ago. But thanks to Suaz & Alyssa willingness to teach us and to help us with Brooks, he is still enjoying his life. They have been extremely helpful in not only providing training and access to reasonably price veterinary care, but have also been willing to provide overnight shelter when it is necessary for my wife and I to be out of town (a regular kennel is not equipped to deal with a rabbit such as Brooks). Brooks has provided us with many hours of happiness and we have learned a great deal about what wonderful creatures rabbits are thanks to the fine folks at Rabbit Wranglers. They truly are an outstanding non profit organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As an avid animal lover and proponent of non-profits that work on behalf of animals in need I can honestly say that Rabbit Wranglers does a wonderful service for these little bunnies in need of love, medical treatment, and protection. We have adopted from Rabbit Wranglers and they are not only extremely knowledgeable but also always available to answer questions or offer guidance. Their care of the rabbits' well-being doesn't stop once they're adopted and I am very thankful for their efforts.

Rabbit Wranglers is one of the most sincere and passionate organizations regarding the animals they care for that I have had experience with. Every animal is so well taken care of and I will continue to donate to them and help by adopting again in the future.

Anna B.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My friend takes in bunnies from here and she does such a wonderful job caring for them.

1 Jill M.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my bunny Carnelian from them. They were so helpful during the adoption process and helped me pick the best friend for my other bun, Buttercup. Additionally, they helped throughout bonding with helpful tips and encouragement. They are an excellent organization.

1 Michelle D.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Rabbit wranglers have some of the best volunteers. They truly care for all the rabbits!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

For years they have been helping bunnies find and stay in their forever homes. They give continued support long after adoption and are truly invested in the happiness of the bunnies and their owners ❤️ They really understand each bunny's personality and needs, so that they can make lifelong matches

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Suaz, at Rabbit Wranglers, is a friend of mine, so I asked for her help finding a certain type of personality that would be a good groommer for my older rabbit, as well as a nice temperment, so they would get along well. I was very pleased with her choice, as she and her staff know their bunnies well. They also guaranteed that if the bunny they gave me didn't work out, they would switch for a different one, as sometimes bunnies are difficult to match up and be friendly towards eachother. The match was a success and they are both very happy. I will always recommend Rabbit Wranglers to anyone interested in getting a pet rabbit, their expertise in invaluable!

1 Michaela Brallier L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Truly compassionate people who devote so much time and effort into rescuing bunnies and giving them a second chance at life. Thanks for all you do and for bringing Carrots into my life, she wouldn't have the loving home she has now without the dedication of Rabbit Wranglers. We need more people like this in our world.

1 Racheal D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rabbit Wranglers is one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable rabbit rescues that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Their dedication to Rabbits with special needs is unmatched.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rabbit Wranglers is an amazing organization with so many caring and knowledgeable volunteers.

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1 KellyAnd Keith M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a great experience with Alyssa & Rabbit Wranglers. They helped us adopt our very sweet and loving baby bunny Puf. She is grown to be super sweet and sassy, a great addition to our family.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful experience with Rabbit Wranglers! My elderly neighbor had a lot of mental issues which resulted in the neglect of his outdoor rabbit. I spoke with Suaz many times for advice on what I could do. My neighbor finally agreed to surrender his bunny and I immediately contacted Alyssa and got the rabbit out before he could change his mind. Alyssa found him a foster home (the bunny was too old to be adopted out) and even gave me updates from his new foster mom! They reported back that Simon was now litter trained and followed his foster mom to the fridge asking for treats. I was so relieved to know the bunny was safe and finally happy to live out the rest of his life! I will always donate to Rabbit Wranglers whenever I can, I saw firsthand the amazing work that everyone is doing for these animals. ❤️

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a deeply caring, selfless group of volunteers serving a non profit that puts its resources directly towards the rabbits taken in. They rescue, seek any needed medical care, provide follow up care and adopt out screened adopters. They step in in emergency situations whenever they can help. Rabbit Wranglers provides education and resources to adopting families and anyone interested in learning more about these amazing little animals. This organization is best of the best and deserving of support.

Cindi F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Over a year ago a white rabbit was dumped in my mobile home park. I saw this bunny going from yard to yard and I searched the internet for a rabbit rescue. Suez called me back and made arrangements to come and trap the bunny. Together we were able to do it and save this bunny's life. So many people dump rabbits, I'm so happy I found this rescue, they are a second chance for these abandoned animals. Thank you Rabbit Wranglers!

1 Linds E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Rabbit Wranglers is such an amazing organization. From rescuing many wonderful buns to educating rabbit parents and the community they do it all and truly make a difference. This past week they have been such a blessing after our little guy Roger became ill. Suaz has provided a lot of support and education and we can't thank her enough. Roger is part of a bonded pair and his girlfriend Iris says thank you, too!

1 Gretchen19

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm not quite sure where to begin, but I will certainly try not to write a novel.

When I adopted my bunny, Heidi, from Animal Friends in 2014, I was given Rabbit Wranglers' information. Little did I know how much it would come in handy.

Heidi was originally a stray, and her first year with me included some unfamiliar behavior, worms, stasis, and many trips to the ER Vet. And, as promised, Suaz and Alyssa were there every single time. Whether it be 5 pm, or 5 am, they upheld their promise to be there for Heidi and me.

Fast forward a couple months when I rescued a little boy bun named Teddy. I'd never rescued before, so Suaz talked me through it all. Teddy was doing great until he had a medical emergency on new years eve.

I called Suaz, scared to death, and she immediately came to my rescue. On her way over, her car broke down, and I felt horrible. She stayed on the phone with me the entire night and kept me calm while Teddy was being cared for. After he was released, he became part of Rabbit Wranglers' medical boarding and was nursed back to health and adopted by a lovely family! In 2016, I foster failured Gomez, who started off as a timid foster bunny, and ended up falling in love with Heidi. He had a rough start, but thanks to Rabbit Wranglers, we was given a new lease on life and is enjoying being a "husbun".

Suaz also medically boarded Heidi twice during 2 separate critical illnesses, and when she came home, she was a changed bunny! They truly are bunny whisperers, and have a magic touch.

I don't know how I'll ever repay them for their support and guidance, so I became a Rabbit Wrangler volunteer as of December 2015. Since then, I've learned so much, and have boarded bunnies, as well as fostered a few. It's the least I can do to give back to Suaz and Alyssa for all that they've done for me. Volunteering has been so rewarding, and the connection I've made with other volunteers has been incredible.

If it weren't for these two phenomenal women, I don't know where I'd be. But I do know one thing for sure, that I'm honored to be a volunteer with the most amazing group of people I've ever had the privilege of knowing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm not quite sure where to begin, but I will certainly try not to write a novel.

When I adopted my bunny, Heidi, from Animal Friends in 2014, I was given Rabbit Wranglers' information. Little did I know how much it would come in handy.

Heidi was originally a stray, and her first year with me included some unfamiliar behavior, worms, stasis, and many trips to the ER Vet. And, as promised, Suaz and Alyssa were there every single time. Whether it be 5 pm, or 5 am, they upheld their promise to be there for Heidi and me.

Fast forward a couple months when I rescued a little boy bun named Teddy. I'd never rescued before, so Suaz talked me through it all. Teddy was doing great until he had a medical emergency on new years eve.

I called Suaz, scared to death, and she immediately came to my rescue. On her way over, her car broke down, and I felt horrible. She stayed on the phone with me the entire night and kept me calm while Teddy was being cared for. After he was released, he became part of Rabbit Wranglers' medical boarding and was nursed back to health and adopted by a lovely family!

Suaz also medically boarded Heidi last year during a medical issue, and when she came home, she was a changed bunny! They truly are bunny whisperers, and have a magic touch.

I don't know how I'll ever repay them for their support and guidance, so I became a Rabbit Wrangler volunteer as of last December. Since then, I've learned so much, and have boarded bunnies, as well as fostered a few. It's the least I can do to give back to Suaz and Alyssa for all that they've done for me.

If it weren't for these two phenomenal women, I don't know where I'd be. But I do know one thing for sure, that I'm honored to be a volunteer with the most amazing group of people I've ever had the privilege of knowing.

1 Kelsey C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our rabbit, Hemingway, from Rabbit Wranglers! They are a wonderful organization and helped us find a perfect match for our bunny.