Often mistaken as “low maintenance” pets, rabbits require the same level of care, exercise, and attention as dogs or cats do.
Unfortunately, they are surrendered for the same reasons: they produce litters of babies that their owners can’t handle, they become “too expensive” to care for, their child has “lost interest,” or their owners are moving somwhere where a landlord won’t allow pets. As a result, they are often abandoned the into the wild, even though they can’t fend for themselves there.
Fortunately, All About Rabbits Rescue, Inc. (AARR) places abandoned and neglected rabbits into loving homes, resulting in nearly 150 stray and sheltered bunnies adopted to date. Just like any other animal rescue, they work tirelessly around the clock to help give a second chance to little critters who depend on us for help.
It all started in 2007, right after real-estate agent Vivian Barna returned from a six-day transport rescuing dogs from high-kill shelters in the South and placing them in various no-kill shelters in the Tri-State area.
“I wasn’t looking for a pet at the time, because my main focus was on helping other rescues,” said Barna. “But when I saw a little rabbit approach me in a park, it was obvious he was a domestic rabbit that had been abandoned there, and was at risk of predators. I adopted him, named him Bunster, and started getting involved with rabbit rescue.”
Fortunately, the transition was especially easy, since Barna and Bunster share the same vegetarian diet.
Now founder and director of her own rescue, AARR, she trains and empowers others to get involved with all aspects of the bunny rescue process.
There are several rabbit advocacy organizations and rescues across the country in addition to the strong rabbit community in New York City, and AARR makes themselves accessible to all questions regarding rabbit adoption, care and concerns around the clock on all media platforms.
“Sometimes, people reach out with questions about what to do if a rabbit hasn’t been eating, what is the appropriate method to bond rabbits, or suggestions for a vet with a specialization in rabbits,” Barna said. “The main number for the shelter is answered at all times of the day and night. We strive to answer all inquiries we receive through email or social media within hours, if not minutes.”
As for why they should get your vote this Giving Tuesday, think of rabbits as the underdogs of animals: they don’t hurt anyone, but they’re often exploited by pet shops and by people to be used for their fur and as food and really need advocates on the ground.
The folks at AARR think about rabbits all the time and believe they deserve the same consideration as a dog or a cat. People that love rabbits really love them.
Do it for rabbits like Auggie and Mandy, who were surrendered in conditions we will spare you the description of, but who now live happily as a bonded pair of lovebirds—er, bunnies—living with a lovely family in Jackson Heights, Queens….
……or for Lucy, a white rabbit being treated appallingly by the children who listed her on Craigslist and now happily lives the life of a “cuddle buddy” with a new pair of parents in Brooklyn.
There’s plenty of opportunity to get involved with the rescue year-round, too.
And, if you’re already a bunny owner looking to make a match for your fur baby, try one of their “speed dating” events that take place during their regular “Meet the Buns” events which take place every couple of months or so, offering prospective adopters the chance to find the perfect rabbit and offer it a new start.
AARR also advocates for rabbits by educating potential and current owners on responsible care, preventing rabbit surrenders, and supporting legislation and other campaigns that promote rabbit welfare.Share this article: