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?


Want to Donate?


Want to Volunteer at adoption events ?


Want to help with transport?


Please email me at.......

 

NHCrabbitrescue@gmail.com

 

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!

 
Photo Credit -Matt Born/StarNews

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                                                                           Adoption Fair Hours 


                                                                              Saturday's Only

        

                                                                                  11am - 4pm


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                                                              SUNDAY - BY APPOINTMENTS ONLY


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                                    REQUIREMENTS FOR SUNDAYAPPOINTMENTS


As to not waste our very limited resources (stress on the rabbit traveling/time/gas/wear on our vehicle) appointments will be made ONLY for serious inquiries who intend to adopt the day of the appointment and have met the following requirements............


1. In order to book an appointment for a Sunday adoption we require that you already have been prescreened either by phone interview, prior email correspondence, or have been in recent contact with us in person at an Saturday adoption event.


2. We require that you have done the proper research on rabbits on rabbit.org and are familiar with the educational links we have provided on our website.. WE WILL ASK YOU QUESTIONS ABOUT PROPER RABBIT CARE AND IF YOU HAVE NOT PROPERLY RESEARCHED RABBITS WE WILL BE ABLE TO TELL BY YOUR ANSWERS SO PLEASE DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP OR YOU WILL NOT BE ADOPTING A RABBIT FROM US AND IF WE MEET WITH YOU WITH OUT YOU HAVING DONE THIS YOU MAY DISQUALIFIED FROM ADOPTING FROM US IN THE FUTURE.


3. You must be familiar with our housing requirements ahead of time (and prove that you have the proper set up by receipt - however we prefer that you do NOT purchase a cage, food, or anything prior to adopting because we want you to get the correct products) or we will NOT make an appointment to meet with you on Sunday.



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                                                                            Adoption Locations:


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                                                                                     PetCo

                                                                        

                                                                               Store # 2726


                                                                             324 S College Rd


                                                                         Wilmington NC 28405


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                                                                                   Petsen$e


                                                                                 Store # 362


                                                                                4310 Shipyard


                                                                         Wilmington NC 28403


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                                                                                   PetSmart


                                                                                  Store #417


                                                                        4715 New Centre Drive


                                                                         Wilmington NC 28405


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                                                                                 PetSmart


                                                                                Store# 2461


                                                                          6808 Parker Farm


                                                                       Wilmington NC 28405


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                               We do not have enough volunteers right now to be at all locations at the same time!


                              As long as we have bunnies & Volunteers we will be at least one Adoption Fair Location.



***WE DO NOT HOLD ADOPTION FAIRS ON THE LAST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH FOR ADMINSTRATIVE PURPOSES***


                                        Please check our Facebook page to see if when/where we are at or email us at


                                                                        nhcrabbitrescue@gmail.com


                               We also post updates Friday evening and Saturday Morning to keep the public informed.


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                                                                           MAILING ADDRESS:



                                                     New Hanover County Rabbit Rescue Of  Wilmington

 


                                                                                PO Box 10755 



                                                                        Wilmington, NC 28404


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                                   Please see our list of adoptable rabbits on our adoptapet website at

    

                          http://www.adoptapet.com/new-hanover-county-rabbit-rescue-of-wilmington