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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

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

2

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!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Having moved to Pittsburgh just shy of two years ago, and leaving all my bunny-sitting friends and family behind, I wasn't sure what I was going to do with my rabbits when the eventual vacation or work trip came around. Thankfully, Rabbit Wranglers has an amazing network of boarders that put your mind at ease when you are away from home. I've also seen the founders personally at doctors visits caring for sick, mistreated, and abandoned bunnies - holding them against their chests to keep them warm, comforting them when frightened and left to die with rubber bands around their necks. There's nothing this group won't do for these precious souls. Just thinking about all the lives they've saved, helped, and gave love to brings tears to my eyes.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I haven't yet adopted a bunny from them, but have seen them at events. They host amazing events with spot on education for rabbits. They really have a passion for bunnies and it shows in what they do and how they do it.

2 Kimberly83

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned of Rabbit Wranglers through a local rabbit rescue in Erie. I follow them on FB and have relied on their expertise and experience for a few issue with our five house bunnies. I can always rely on them for their candid and quick responses.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Rabbit Wranglers is an amazing organization. They were most helpful to me with advice about my new bun. The responsiveness and caring nature of this group is top notch. I am so glad to have them here in Pittsburgh.