NWRR works in King and Snohomish counties to remove feral domestic (pet) rabbits from neighborhoods and find them suitable permanent homes. We also take in pet rabbits from families that can longer care for them.
Why rescue dumped rabbits?
Every year pet rabbits are dumped into parks and neighborhoods by owners who no longer want them. These rabbits quickly become cat, eagle, and coyote fodder as they are not equipped to survive being feral. Some survive for months or even years, but much like feral cats or dogs can survive, it's not in their best interest or the best interest of their environment. All pet rabbits that are dumped suffer from significant stress, and most end up with parasites, eaten, or hit by cars. They breed quickly and can have litters as often as every 31 days and quickly disrupt their environments.
"Every few years the population of domesticated rabbits explodes in many city parks and "wild" areas around urban centers due to released or abandoned pet rabbits breeding. Pet bunnies are purchased at Easter and other times and later released when people lose interest in them, move, feel the animal is too messy, or when it is no longer cute and cuddly. Unfortunately, domestic rabbits are not prepared to "live off the land." Because the release often happens in or close to residential areas, these rabbits quickly begin feeding in gardens and flowerbeds, causing conflicts with property owners. Disoriented rabbits crossing roads in search of their own territories cause traffic distractions and accidents. Biologists are concerned that domestic rabbits can introduce diseases into wild rabbit populations or mate with wild rabbits, undermining the vigor of wild populations.
Domestic animals should never be abandoned to fend for themselves. If you have a pet rabbit and no longer want it, take it to an animal adoption center or find a home for it by advertising or putting up signs in local pet shops and animal clinics." - Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
We do take in pet rabbits from homes where the owners are suddenly unable to care for their animals, please contact us if you are in need of a safe place to surrender your rabbit.