What to do if you’ve found a rabbit
If you have recently found or rescued a domestic rabbit, it is likely the bunny is stressed. A stressed bunny will appreciate a quiet space, a cage or pen of its own is best, from which to observe you and your household.
As prey animals, rabbits prefer not to be picked up, since they feel more secure knowing they can flee if threatened. But they do like to sit next to people or in front of them while being petted. Once secure in a new home, the bunny can become fast friends with dogs or even cats. Careful and controlled introductions will suit everyone best.
If you do not know how to care for a rabbit you can check out our Health & Diet section for advice, in particular our article Food & Diet which outlines safe foods for your bunny to eat. You are also welcome to contact us with any questions you may have.
How We Can Help
If you are considering keeping this bunny as a member of your family we are happy to help you with this effort and can provide information on housing, food, litterbox training, etc. Just call or e-mail and let us know you need the packet of information on how to care for a bunny. You can also get information on these topics at www.rabbit.org. A house rabbit can be a delightful addition to your household. There’s nothing more fun than watching a pet rabbit doing “binkies” (happy leaps into the air) or racing circles around your family room couch.
If you’re not sure you can keep the bunny you’ve found or rescued, please consider being a foster parent while we work to get your bunny adopted. The MOHRS does not have a shelter, instead we rely on a network of foster homes, individuals just like you to house the bunnies we rescue. If you will provide us a picture and description we’ll feature your foundling on our website, which will help let people know the bunny is available for adoption. You can see examples of these listings in our adoptable rabbit section.
If you agree to foster your rescue bunny, we can help you get set up with supplies and information. Please call our voice mail at (816) 356-3900 and you will be connected with the volunteer closest to your location. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use our online contact form.
If you’d like your bunny listed here please email us the following:
Photos: the better the photo the more interest it will receive
Any background story you may have about your bunny
Your preferred method of contact so we can reach you if someone is interested in your bunny
You can also bring the bunny to our monthly meetings, our Bunny Briefings, at Wayside Waifs where people interested in adoption come to meet our available rabbits. You may find a home for your bunny with someone you meet there. You can get more detailed info about the meetings here.