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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

85 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Rabbit wranglers is an exceptional nonprofit that I found during my years at a different nonprofit, Wildlife Works Inc. At Wildlife Works we take injured and orphaned wild animals in for rehabilitation; unfortunately many of the animals who come to us are actually domestic animals that have been dumped in the wild. This includes lots of ducks, geese, wild animals temporarily kept as "pets", and domestic rabbits. It breaks the hearts of our staff to see these creatures starving and hurt in the wild because they don't have wild instincts, but we do our best to save them and find domestic forever homes.
That's where rabbit wranglers comes in! They have accepted many rabbits from us, either to find them homes or offer them more extensive care in a private setting. We love the work they do, and I knew that when it was my turn to get a companion rabbit, I would choose one of WR's rescue buns. I adopted my first rabbit, Horace, in 2016. ☺️ I'm continuing to learn more about rabbit care from WR resources. I hope to use my experience to offer better care the next time I rehabilitate a hurt rabbit.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had 2 rabbits running around our neighborhood for months. No one claimed them or took care of them. I became concerned when winter was approaching so I contacted Rabbit Wranglers for help. Thank you R.W. for capturing these two and getting them the veterinary care they needed and new homes with caring owners!

2 Bunnies and Hockey

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Even experienced rabbit folks need a little help from a friend from time to time and that is exactly what Rabbit Wranglers provides. As a foster volunteer and as an adopter, I have nothing but praise for the efforts of RW! The organization cares for the area's neediest rabbits and provides assistance, in the form of outreach and education for rabbit families in the Greater Pittsburgh-area. With a clear mission and strong leadership, this non-profit is one that you can be proud to support.

2 Stacy60

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We adopted a bunny three years ago from rabbit Wranglers to be a friend to the bunny that we had currently owned. I never knew adopting from such a wonderful shelter would change our lives, now 3 years later we currently have 3 bunnies from rabbit Wranglers, they started out as our foster bunnies but we have become there forever homes. I can't say enough about this wonderful shelter and the people that run it. The love and dedication that they show to the bunnies is just wonderful after working with this shelter we have decided to become volunteers my children have also joined in and love helping in any way that they can and they love taking care of our bunnies.
Not only does the shelter take care of the bunnies but it teaches people and answers any questions you might have along your journey.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We could not be any more happy with our experience and bunny from Rabbit Wranglers. Alyssa was wonderful. she has been so helpful with all our questions, and helpful with picking out our new bunny. We were looking for a friend for our bunny Brownie and we have found a wonderful bunny named Aspen (Jai). We are very excited to have him as a part of our family and Brownie is happy to have a new friend. I would recommend Rabbit Wranglers to anyone that is looking to add a bunny to thier home. My favorite part about this shelter is how comfortable and nice our adoption experience was, i felt very secure and happy about bringing Aspen into our home.

2 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.

2 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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Anytime a domestic rabbit is found loose in the Pittsburgh (and surrounding) area(s), Rabbit Wranglers is willing to step in and rescue the bunny.
We ❤❤❤ Rabbit Wranglers!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Rabbit Wranglers has truly revolutionized the Pittsburgh rabbit community by not only rescuing and rehabilitating the most at-risk bunnies; but by connecting rabbit parents, shelter and pet store employees, volunteers, the veterinary community, and rabbit enthusiasts to share experiences and expertise that results in more lives saved and a more safe and healthy environment for rabbits across Pittsburgh and beyond.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am eternally grateful and constantly amazed by the services that Rabbit Wranglers provides to the Pittsburgh area. I originally discovered them when searching for an expert to help me with a rabbit that sort of fell into my lap. I had never intended to have a rabbit as a pet, so I was very uneducated about rabbit care-I wasn't even going to spay my rabbit! One of the founders of RW personally tutored me in her home for hours on weeknight evenings, through emails, and even text messages at all hours to teach me proper rabbit care and handling, and to answer any questions I had. I am now an adopter of a rabbit saved by RW. My poor boy was brought to an area shelter with e. cuniculi- a death sentence for rabbits in mainstream shelters. RW was contacted by the shelter when my bun, now named Wyatt, exhibited head tilt and spinning at the shelter. RW treated his E.C., rehabilitated him, and fostered him until he could be adopted as mainstream shelters could not manage the neurological damage from the E.C.- the stress and stimulation would spend him into spins of panic. RW walked me through the risks of adopting a post-E.C. rabbit, and helped me step-by-step to bond Wyatt and my spayed female. I attest to this day that I have not done a greater service for an animal than when I bonded these two. Their love and friendship is incredibly strong, and Wyatt has not exhibited any panic spins since he has been bonded. Since adopting Wyatt, RW has provided continuous support to my inquiries and worries, all the while rescuing countless other rabbits unfit for shelters and released to fend for themselves. Obviously, I cannot say enough great things about this organization!

6 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!

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Switch H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When one of my bunnies was sick, Suaz took her to try to help her. She ended up having e cuniculi and passing away from renal failure. I wasnt sure that I wanted another rabbit yet, but she kept sending pictures of bunny and I ended up loving Mila! Now shes a few years old and I still love her so much! Plus I got her through some social problems!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had my first conversation with Alyssa, co-founder of Rabbit Wranglers in the fall of 2014. I had just purchased 10 lbs of timothy hay from an on-line vendor for the first time, and I contacted her to see if I could share some with the rabbits. I thought it would go bad before my guinea pigs could finish it. She told me how to store it to keep it fresh. I was so impressed with her knowledge and caring that I became a volunteer.

In January 2015 Alyssa asked if I could take in a foster rabbit. I never had a rabbit so she matched me with 9.5 year old Orlando. You can probably guess what happened next. After 6 months of fostering this sweet, gentle girl, who is nice to guinea pigs, I realized I couldn't live without her, and officially adopted her.

Since then, I have had the pleasure of meeting Suaz, the other co-founder of Rabbit Wranglers, and many of their dedicated, wonderful volunteers. Rabbit Wranglers never turns away a rabbit in need and they are always available to give advice or help with a sick bunny. Alyssa and Suaz and volunteers also spend countless hours planning and holding events to raise money for the rabbits in their care. Their dedication to the cause is amazing, and they are available 24/7.

I attached a photo of sweet Orlando. She is 11 years old, thanks to Rabbit Wranglers.