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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

116 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Pittsburgh is SO fortunate to have this group. At one time I was the shelter director at a local shelter and we had a lot of rabbits available for adoption. A shelter can be a stressful place for any animal, buns included. When we would see a rabbit come in who appeared to have behavioral issues or medical issues or if a rabbit currently at the shelter showed signs of a medical issue I ALWAYS knew the folks at Rabbit Wranglers were a phone call away. They ALWAYS stepped up to help and quickly. So many rabbits lives were saved over the years due directly to RW involvement. I'm forever grateful, these guys are the BEST!

2 Lilliana De C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The best group of people to work with - brought me to my lovely rabbit companion and are so knowledgeable on the subject of the care and keeping of rabbits.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kind-hearted, wonderful staff with a desire to help innocent animals. I've been so lucky to interact with this bunch!

2 Melissa193

Client Served

Rating: 5

Rabbit Wranglers is truly a wonderful organization. They have helped me with the boarding of my bunny every time I traveled the last 8 years. When my bunny fell ill they also took him and nursed him back to health saving his life and made him healthy again! I try to donate when I can and I hope to donate more in the future. Thank you for everything Rabbit Wranglers!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Rabbit Wranglers has changed my life. I became a rabbit owner 4 yrs. ago for the first time and I did not know how to care for Fluffy. Rabbit Wranglers provided free classes to me to teach me how to care for Fluffy, what to eat, what not to eat, what litter to use, how to litter train, brushing, exercising, all about the rabbit anatomy. This wonderful rabbit rescue is such a good resource to our Pittsburgh and surrounding communities. It saves the lives of so many rabbits and I can't begin to thank them enough. We need to find more donors. I have had Fluffy boarded through this organization several times and it is wonderful. I never have to worry about the volunteer who watches Fluffy, my best friend while I am away. When I return from my trip I gladly make a donation to Rabbit Wranglers for boarding Fluffy while I am away. I am always at ease. This rescue and organization offers so much to myself and the communities of Pittsburgh and to the rabbits who are left behind, abandoned and abused. Please let's help to find even more donations for them!

Kaitlin H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Rabbit Wranglers took in a bunny that I needed to place. She has since become a therapy bunny and helps teach children to read! I learned so much from these folks and now I can use that knowledge to be a better bunny caretaker if I ever get rabbit in the future. I also regularly share their website and resources with people who have questions about bunny care.

1 bmartinez1380

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rabbit Wranglers has truly made an immense impact on my life and on my rabbits'. There have been a few occurrences where my rabbits were sick and I needed a fast acting resource and Rabbit Wranglers went above and beyond do to what they could to help. I also foster the medical rabbits and that experience alone has taught me so much and brought so much joy to my life. I know I made a difference to these rabbits' lives and they have with mine as well. I couldn't choose a better nonprofit to be a part of.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rabbit wranglers helped me in a trying time when my female rabbit was going through stasis. It was very stressful and I had not owned a rabbit that had stasis before but luckily Rabbit Wranglers provided my rabbit and I, the supplies that she needed. She recovered soon after and Rabbit Wranglers made sure to check up on her progress. I'm so very thankful for them and to have the opportunity to work with them as well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great medical advice when I had a sick bunny!!!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Rabbit Wranglers is a generous, knowledgeable, reputable organization. They regularly pull complex medical or behavioral rabbits from area shelters, rescue domestic rabbits abandoned outdoors, and assist with humane officer and / or hoarding situations. They exhaust every medical option for their rabbits and are a wealth of knowledge and ready resource for former adopters as well as the general public.

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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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1 Sue M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I needed a place for my bunnies to hang out while we moved out of state. Rabbit Wranglers was there to help place my bunnies in the perfect place. When an unexpected circumstance occurred, I was able to have my bunnies taken care of for an additional week with no issues. Rabbit Wranglers always goes out of their way to help. Suaz, Alyssa & all their volunteers are beyond helpful!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Suaz & Rabbit Wranglers have been there for my rabbits many times this year. I have had senior bunnies and a rabbit with a disability that I had questions about. They are always so giving and happy to help. I don't know what I would do without them.

2 Amelia Van H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am about to adopt my third rabbit from Rabbit Wranglers. I have had nothing but wonderful experiences with Alyssa, Suaz, rabbit foster parents, and the bunnies I have adopted. Their mission to help sick rabbits is nothing short of heroic. Alyssa has been extremely honest with me about rabbits that require extra medical attention and offered her own home as a space for my rabbit to meet other rabbits - a critical step to ensure a smooth bonding process.

2 Jayme K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wish I had known about Rabbit Wranglers sooner! The volunteers have been so helpful when I message or call with a bunny question.

These aren't basic calls either. The volunteers go above and beyond when it comes to helping the buns. When my little guy, Lyric, was having some tummy issues and not eating right, they suggested a very rabbit savvy vet and helpful tips on different greens for him. Even though I felt a bit weird calling someone I didn't know, they didn't treat me like a stranger. They were genuinely interested in my bunny's health. They were very comforting and were open to follow up calls.

I think the most important factor about Rabbit Wranglers is that they genuinely care. When you talk to them, you can feel the love they have for bunnies. I know I will forever be grateful for all of their advice.

1 Terry D.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through Rabbit Wranglers, I've been able to help out with an organization I believe in and spend time with the most lovely bunnies in need of help.

1 Racheal D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with Rabbit Wranglers as a foster parents for a few years. Everyone involved in this organization is wonderful, they're dedicated and care for the well being of all of their bunnies. I highly recommend adopting through them and working with them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Rabbit Wranglers saved my baby girl and helped her find a home with me. They brought her back to good health and even had her spayed before I adopted her. They screen all of their adoptees (thoroughly) and help new bunny owners learn everything they need to know to take the best care of their new adoptees. They did a great job matching me with the perfect bunny for my personality and experience. There are so many bunnies out there in need of loving homes, and I'm so grateful Rabbit Wranglers is here to help them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Rabbit Wranglers is awesome! They provided advice promptly on a weekend night and followed up to ensure that our beloved bunny was progressing well. This was after a substitute for our local vet didn't diagnose our bunny's condition correctly. Thank you Rabbit Wranglers!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

So happy that we discovered Rabbit Wranglers. Alyssa paired us with the most perfect little guy and has been there ever since when we've needed advice or a recommendation. I would give more than 5 stars if I could!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Alyssa, Suaz and their group of volunteers take in abandoned, neglected and injured bunnies, and give them top-notch care and the best opportunity to be placed in loving homes. They are there to offer expert care and comfort at the most difficult times and encouragement and advice always. I can’t say enough good things about the work Rabbit Wranglers does. We are so fortunate to have this great organization here in Pittsburgh! Lula and Cubby could not agree more!

3 Kristall M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have 2 buns from Rabbit Wranglers. Not only were they fantastic to deal with through adoption, but they are always available for questions. Becoming a bunmom has made a difference in how i live my life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Rabbit Wranglers does an amazing job educating people about rabbits, helping people care for their rabbits and rehabilitating the sickest rabbits in the area. A Rabbit Wranglers volunteer has boarded my rabbits while I'm on vacation for the past three years and I can't imagine leaving them with anyone else!

Renea H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It was late in the evening when we found a domesticated rabbit hit on the road. We immediately got him and began to look for someone to take him to that night. When we got the number of Rabbit Wranglers. Suaz was very nice agreeing to meet us half way (mind you its 11:30pm ) at a Location in Monroeville. She kept us informed about Thumper, "Solomon P. Thumper They are the best!!

2 Melissa H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Rabbit Wranglers helped when I found a rabbit wandering the streets. They took care of her vet visit & provided advice for her care. Suaz & Alyssa are accessible & down to earth.