April 24, 2018

Information For Those Who Have Found A Rabbit


The information below explains the policies and procedures of our rescue for those of you who have found and rescued an abandoned domestic rabbit. We hope that the information below proves helpful and guides you in your effort to find or provide the best care for this abandoned bun.

Thank you for contacting the HRS Chicago in an attempt to place the rabbit you have found. We certainly appreciate that you have rescued this rabbit. Domestic rabbits do not survive on their own, so you have saved a life. However, because of our small size, our foster homes are filled to capacity with abandoned rabbits needing adoption.  Therefore we regret that we are not able to take this rabbit. We must accept only the most urgent cases, abandoned animals captured by wardens and those rabbits scheduled for euthanasia in open shelters.   Your first resource for a found rabbit is your local animal control unit. Please do not assume they will euthanize the rabbit. Most of the units have excellent services and work with veterinarians, private rescue groups or shelters and other organizations to place stray animals in adoptive homes. Some have an active adoption program for the rabbits they take in. They rabbits are spayed or neutered and placed for adoption. They advertise in several Internet shelter/adoption sites.

If you are not able to keep the bunny, and cannot find a suitable facility or support for strays in your area, then we must ask you to help us by attempting to place him on your own. We have enclosed some suggestions designed to help you find a responsible new owner. Basic care information that will help you properly care for the rabbit, whether it is as a new member of your household or a temporary guest until you are able to find him an adoptive home, is available on our web site under our Rabbit Care section. Please review the information here on our site and pass on our website address to the new owner if you choose to find an adoptive home for the rabbit.

There are avenues for finding a new home for a pet rabbit. Perhaps this information will help you rehome your rabbit.

1. Here is a link to some suggestions for finding an adoptive home for your rabbit. http://www.rabbit.org/adoption/finding-a-new-home.html
We hope that they will help you find an appropriate and responsible new owner. Please encourage the new owner to use the HRS National web site at www.rabbit.org as sources of rabbit care information or to call us with any rabbit care questions.

2. Network with everyone you know! That includes people to whom you may have never mentioned your pet bunny before. Everyone (relatives, friends, co-workers, parents of the children with whom your children go to school) should be considered a potential source of information about a new home for the bunny.

3. Consider placing an ad with rehome.adoptapet.com.  Always screen careful and request an adoption fee.

4. Work with a local animal shelter or humane society. There are shelters in the area that are “open” shelters which means they will accept any animal that is brought in. There may be a fee if the animal was found out of county.  You can check with the shelter.  They do their best to place the rabbits in homes or with various rescue groups but they cannot guaranty that they will not euthanize if they become overfull. You can check with them for terms and conditions.

Anti-Cruetly Society
157 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654-7174
(312) 644-8338

Chicago Animal Care & Control
2741 S. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL  60608


Animal Welfare League
10305 Southwest Highway
Chicago Ridge, IL
(708) 636-8586

South Suburban Humane Society
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
(708) 755-7387

DuPage County Animal Care and Control
120 N. County Farm Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone: 630-407-2800


Some other local shelters will take rabbits on a space available basis. Please check Petfinder.com via zip code or do a Google search for shelters in your area