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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

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

3 Racheal D.

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered for almost a year now. While I expected very nice folks. I was met with not only polite but extremely knowledgeable people. All of which care deeply for the Rabbits in their care as if they were their very own.

3 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.

3 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 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.

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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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.

3 Terri78

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've owned rabbits for a few years and first dealt with Rabbit Wranglers when I was in need of boarding for my bunnies while I was out of town. I was so pleased with the care they received! Shortly after that experience, I was able to begin fostering rabbits in my home for Rabbit Wranglers. Alyssa and Suaz are simply amazing with their dedication to the health, well-being and happiness of the rabbits! They both go above and beyond the call of duty to help not only the rabbits, but the clients as well. I'm so happy to now be a part of this organization!

3 Mikey M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We adopted a bunny in January we were nothing but happy and satisfied with their shelter the people here make all the difference I would never adopt from another shelter this one is our favorite thanks for everything you do for the bunnies

3 Elizabeth110

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the most wonderful caring organization! They have helped me learn everything i need to know about keeping my bunny happy & healthy. and they have helped. They have always been there to help my bunny & his medical needs. They are truly the best!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My bunny Calibos was a cronically sick bunny with a rare disease. I was pointed in their direction for help. I have to say that they are the most amazing caring group I have ever met. They will bend backwards to help any bunny with any ailment. They are the best and I would recommend them to any. bunny owner or anyone who would consider bringing a bunny into their home. They have taught me more about owning a bunny than I have read in books. I'm so happy to know a group like them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

RW is an amazing organization run by incredible women. I have learned so much from them & they have always been there for me. I couldn't be more grateful.

3 Lena9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I initially came to Rabbit Wranglers seeking help with two rabbits my family was no longer able to care for. They had an array of behavioral problems which made owning them overwhelming and I felt lost trying to problem solve and help them feel safe with me. Alyssa and Suaz walked me through the entire process of litter training and house training. She also gave me a ton of information on how to interact with rabbits in a way that allows their wonderful personalities to come through. My rabbits have transformed from two frightened bunnies to two sassy, snuggly pets whom I cannot imagine life without. I made a lot of mistakes in the process and Alyssa was always there to walk me through new ways of doing things, without any condemnation or judgment. As far as I can see, she has treated each and every volunteer with respect and grace. I spent some time fostering for them when I lived in a bigger space, and I wish I could do so now. In that time I learned more about rabbit care than I thought possible. They have a gift for pairing the adopters with the rabbits that will work with their personalities. If I had more space, I would foster for them in a heartbeat, and adopt another rabbit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The rabbit that I wanted to adopt from shelter was too medically complicated for them to handle, so they transferred Peach to Rabbit Wrangers. RW let me be her foster mom until she was healthy enough to be mine officially, and in mean time they paid for her medical expenses.

3 Heather154

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rabbit Wranglers is an absolutely wonderful organization! I was fostering a trio of bunnies through the humane society, when one of them started to have an eye problem along with teeth issues. The humane society immediately called rabbit wranglers. Thee trios fostering and care were immediately transferred to rabbit wranglers. I then became a rabbit wranglers foster, and was able to take the rabbit to an experienced rabbit vet where he got the care he needed. Once he was better rabbit wranglers immediately started working to get them adopted and into a good home. It wasn't very long at all before an interested adopter came along. And even he is going to foster to adopt for awhile through rabbit wranglers to ensure the one bunnies teeth are all better. Rabbit wranglers also does boarding of bunnies as a fund raiser. This is a wonderful service as it is often hard to find anywhere to take bunnies when you go on vacation. Thank you rabbit wranglers for all that you do!

3 Erin70

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rabbit Wranglers is by far one of the most compassionate organizations i have ever encountered. They help out everyone that needs them, from helping with spay and neutering, to adoptions. They take in the sick and wounded and give them a second chance, when other places would have just euthanized them. Great people, i am very proud to be a part of Rabbit Wranglers.

2 Stephanie103

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have adopted 3 rabbits from Rabbit Wranglers and I now volunteer for this group because of the support and kindness its members have given us. Everyone is so knowledgeable and helpful during crises, without hesitation. As a volunteer, I feel this group is well organized and clear in its mission. Needless to say, this group has changed my life in a positive way by helping me care for my beloved bunnies. Additionally as a volunteer I am able to help others in the mission of helping bunnies find the homes they need and deserve.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I wanted to find a friend for my rabbit, Karrat, and Rabbit Wranglers was highly recommended by a person I trust. I had talked to a cofounder, Alyssa, in the past about boarding and felt this was the perfect place from which to adopt. I couldn't have had a better experience. We ended up adopting 2 bonded rabbits based on bunny dates and much discussion with Alyssa and volunteers. Karrat is very happy with his new friends and we couldn't have made this decision as successful without the advice and expertise of people associated with Rabbit Wranglers. I was so happy with this group and its members, I've decided to volunteer with them in the near future. Highly recommend everyone, humans and bunnies, at Rabbit Wranglers!!

5 Molly26

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my rabbit was in critical condition last fall and I was away from home, the person taking care of my bunny did not know what to do. I told him to call Rabbit Wranglers. They were available for advice, help, and eventually, a shoulder to cry on when my bun passed away. It is because of this dedication to caregivers of rabbits, in addition to the rabbits themselves, that I decided to become a volunteer with Rabbit Wranglers. Volunteering with RW has been an educational and enjoyable experience. The people involved are incredible - supportive and full of information. RW does a lot of good for a lot of rabbits...and a lot of people.

5 Janet61

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer, client and donor. This group is the best resource for a rabbit owner in Pittsburgh, and we are lucky to have them. They go out of their way to help any owner who is willing to learn about rabbit care. They work hand-in-hand with the big 3 shelters in Pgh to take care of the most medically-challenging shelter rabbits.
When my Thumper had digestive issues years ago, I sought help with Animal Friends, and the Pgh HRS. Through them, Suaz and Alyssa taught me so much about proper food, treatment and finding the right vet. They were always ready to help me, but I didn’t understand the magnitude of the work they had been doing for years, until they started Rabbit Wranglers. When I learned about RW, I was amazed at the number and severity of the rabbits they always have on hand. They take care of sick rabbits, manage fosters, vet appointments, community outreach, boarding requests, and still are available to give advice when it’s needed. They truly do amazing, life-saving work with grace and caring.
I don’t put in near enough volunteer time, but I have fostered and boarded rabbits for RW. The fosters are all wonderfully taken care of when I receive them. RW makes sure I have any specialized food, medicine, and instructions. They check in with me periodically, and they always responds quickly with any request I make. They find the fosters a new home when I need to send them back. I’ve heard horror stories from people who foster for other agencies, and that makes me all the more appreciative of RW.
I’ve also helped them raise money by boarding rabbits when owners go on vacation. RW collects all the information and sets up the process, and then puts me in contact with the owners and we work it out. It’s been a great experience for me to be able to help both RW and the other owners, and it’s fun to have another bunny in the house for a short time. The rabbits and owners seem to be really happy with the process, and I’ve even had a repeat customer. RW’s work is setting up a real community of rabbit people, which is really important for owners to be able to share ideas and support.
I’ve had RW board my Eloise and Gibbs while I was away on vacation. It was such a relief to know that someone who ‘speaks rabbit’ was taking care of them while I was gone. And just last week, as my Gibbs was recovering from being in statis, RW was there with great advice and offered to board him while I’m gone on my next trip. A huge relief to know he will have someone watching out for him.
I can’t say enough about how great Rabbit Wranglers has been. They make a huge difference in the care and well being of rabbits in Pittsburgh, and have expanded the bond between me and the bunnies who own my heart.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe I first met Alyssa in the fall of 2008 when I volunteered to help with the rescue of rabbits living under a construction trailer in Duquesne. I was glad to of met a group of local people that share the same love for these wonderful creatures. Since then I have made friendships with other rabbit enthusiasts, attended rabbit related events, and adopted another new furry friend. Thank you Suaz and Alyssa for what you do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rabbit Wranglers saved my geriatric bunny's life; I am so glad there are knowledgeable rabbit people who board bunnies. While I was on vacation my very old bunny became sick. Rabbit Wranglers immediately noticed and intervened and he survived. I am a volunteer a donor and a client and from all angles I am impressed with the Rabbit Wranglers operation.