We are a 501c3 nonprofit rabbit rescue located in the Eastern Panhandle of WV. Our shelter is located in Hedgesville, WV with a 75 mile service radius.
If you have some bunnies that you need to surrender and you are not near a rabbit rescue, please contact The Bunderground Railroad on Facebook.
Since I have started this rescue, I have been brokenhearted at the number of calls we receive every day from families wanting to surrender their rabbits. I understand that is what we are here for but honestly the number of families who obtain rabbits without properly finding out what will be necessary beforehand really disheartens me and helps to lower my opinion of the human race because the rabbits usually die horrible and pain-filled deaths.
With all of that being said, I need to announce that The Rabbit Tree can not fit anymore bunnies in our facility at this time. Please call any other rescue to find out if there is anything that can be done to help you deal with the bad decision you have made.
If you are calling to tell me that you are too busy to care for your ONE or two rabbits, please keep in mind that I hold a full-time job in a factory and then I come home to care for almost 50 rabbits. Every single day I do this alone because no one wants to help. So, if you are going to whine to me about how busy you are, please know that I really wish you would shut up.
If you are calling to rid yourself of a rabbit who is spraying urine, you should have had that rabbit neutered. Neutering stops that almost immediately. If you didn't know this before getting a bunny, then it is obvious you did not research your decision before you made it.
If your rabbit is aggressive, it is probably a female. Or a rabbit who has been terrorized by your children or dogs. Again, it is clear that no research was done before getting this pet.
I am ashamed of the people who have been calling me wanting to get rid of their bunnies.
Rabbits are terribly expensive to care for, rabbits hate children and dogs, rabbits have got to be spayed and neutered by a vet who is experienced in rabbits, rabbits need to be able to free roam your house, rabbits chew everything (your walls, furniture, and any cords).
I am tired. We are all tired. We are tired of having to hold everything together and clean up the messes that humans leave behind. We have rescuers who are committing suicide because of the demand, they commit suicide because of what they see humans do to these innocent creatures, they commit suicide because it's hopeless and the despair is just too much for them. We see some of the most horrible neglect cases due to humans not being bothered by the suffering of a beautiful life, we see and have to deal with injuries caused by humans who kick hit and throw these little creatures. I ask daily "what the fuck is wrong with people??" I do mean daily as in every single day. Yesterday I got calls from people wanting to give away their rabbits, today I have already received two calls from people giving up their rabbits (it's only 08:33am right now), tomorrow I am predicting more phone calls. What the fuck is wrong with people??
In order to have a happy relationship with your bunny, there are a few things that you must remember.
1. Your rabbit MUST be spayed or neutered. Some people say "Oh I heard that it is dangerous to spay or neuter my rabbit, so I am not going to do it". That is bullshit if you have taken your rabbit to an experienced veterinarian who specializes in rabbits. You have to take your rabbit to an experienced veterinarian who specializes in rabbits because they are an exotic pet due to their special needs.
2. The veterinarian will be extremely expensive. Because your bunny's doctor has had to go through years of training and expensive schools of veterinarian medicine, you will be paying their student loans off through the cost of treatment. Bunnies also need special treatments because of how delicate their systems are, from digestive to immune systems there is too much that is different from any other animal and not just any vet will be able to help you. The vet will even tell you whether or not they can help you and an honest vet will advise you to seek help elsewhere if they are not trained in bunny. I can not stress enough how expensive medical care will be for this bunny.
3. You can avoid most problems with your rabbit if you FEED IT CORRECTLY. A rabbit has a diet that needs to consist of %80 hay, %15 leafy greens, and %5 timothy based pellets. You don't feed them carrots or iceberg lettuce. They should never get iceberg lettuce. The rabbit will need Timothy hay provided all day, every day. Do not feed your rabbit corn or corn products. There are many good places to find information about food for rabbits, you should go to the House Rabbit Society's webpage at www.rabbit.org and navigate through their links to find the information you need. There are so many helpful articles on their website that you almost don't need to look anywhere else.
This is the end of Part One as I have to go take care of 50 bunnies real quick (ha! it is never real quick. it takes hours. every day.) There is definitely going to be a Part Two though because you people need to learn.
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Our shelter is staffed by volunteers who donate their time and efforts to ensure that each bunny (and occasionally other types of small and furry critters) is given the treatment and love they deserve!
Since 2019, we have been taking in bunnies to improve their circumstances in health and housing. We strive to make every bunny’s life important and worth living.
Our mission is to provide food, shelter, and access to medical care for abused, neglected, and abandoned rabbits with the goal of adopting them to a safe, loving home. Permanent sanctuary will be provided for domestic rabbits if they cannot be adopted due to chronic illness, age, or behavioral issues. The Rabbit Tree, Inc. will provide resources to educate the public on the proper care of domestic rabbits.
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