New Hanover County Rabbit Rescue of Wilmington

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Why Rescue Rabbits?    

My name is Jennie. I work at an animal shelter and I see firsthand what goes on behind the scenes. I know about shelter life and how the shelter affects the animals that are surrendered. I interact daily with people turning in animals and those wanting to adopt them.

Truth is that rabbits have been over-bred. Breeders sell baby bunnies at pet stores unaltered which does contribute to the problem. Around Easter time more people than should will buy their child a real bunny instead of a chocolate one. After the newness wares off and the bunny is grown, it is likely it will be surrendered to the animal shelter.

My personal mission to start a Rabbit Rescue began when I saw firsthand the citizens coming into the shelter and specifically ask if we have any rabbits. When they were questioned as to the reason for seeking them; people were not shy about their answers.

I noticed the need for Rabbit Rescue when I found out that not only do rabbits face being used for food, breeding, and fur; hunters often want them for training their hunting dogs to run wild rabbits. And if that isn't bad enough already; Then there are those people who want live rabbits to feed their large constrictors snakes.

The root of the problem at shelters begins with the adoption fees. In many shelters prices are set at such nominal low fees ($3.00) that it actually attracts the wrong type of clientele. Surprisingly, you cannot buy a fully processed whole chicken in the meat market for as cheap as buying a live rabbit at the shelter. This type of pricing allows people who are going to use them for these types of inhumane purposes.

There is a difference between someone’s pet domestic rabbit and a farm meat rabbit. Not all rabbits belong on farms and should be used for meat. And no domestic animal should ever be used to train a pack of hunting dogs!

My long term goal is to change the general thought of shelters to start focusing on protecting pet domestic rabbits from this exploitation and recognize the importance of spaying and neutering them to keep them from being used for breeding.

Did you know that rabbits are the top 3rd pet in the USA?
I am a non-affiliated member of the House Rabbit Society,
President of New Hanover County Rabbit Rescue of Wilmington

My first pet was a New Zealand Rabbit!

We are a 501c3 and we rely on public donations!

Got Bunny Questions?

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Thank you for helping me, help them!

Our adoptable rabbits are in foster homes until they are spayed and neutered by our Veterinarian. Once they are fixed they are transported to the pet store adoption fairs.

We also rescue and rehome chinchilla's!