June 25, 2017

Looking To Surrender Your Rabbit?


Because of our limited foster capacity and very limited funds HRS Chicago cannot accept owner surrendered rabbits into our fostering network. We must accept only the most urgent cases, abandoned animals captured by wardens and those rabbits scheduled for euthanasia in shelters.

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 our web site at www.hrschicago.org or 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 a classified ad under the “adoptable pets” section of on Petfinder.com. http://www.petfinder.com/local.html or placing an ad on Craigs List http://chicago.craigslist.org/pet/  (click “post” at top of page). Always request an adoption fee and screen inquiries carefully. Check “Finding a Home” suggestions in this message for more suggestions.

4) The last avenue is to work with a local animal shelter or humane society. There are 3 shelters in the area that are “open” shelters which means they will accept any animal that is brought in. There may be a surrender fee involved. 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


Greater O’Hare Animal Control
6 N 441 Catalpa Ave.
Wood Dale, IL 60191
Phone: 630-766-4676
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday Closed
North of Irving Park Road and West of Busse Hwy (Route 83)

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 or listings of shelters can be found on the Internet by Google or at these sites:




I hope you find this information helpful and can successfully find a new home for your rabbit.