Current Rabbit Confiscations and Emergencies

Aug 17, 2016

Current Rabbit Confiscations and Emergencies
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House Rabbit Society has started tracking the emergency rescues involving rabbits, so that the public and other rescuers may know about these, and can reach out to help. Here are the rescues that we know of as of today:

February, 2017

  • Owensboro, KY: Daviess County Animal Control has confiscated 20 New Zealand White rabbits, who were  turned loose in a park, and then caught and brought to the shelter. To help, please contact Mary Kalb with Harvey’s House Rabbit Rescue & Sanctuary, at

January, 2017

  • Asheville, NC: Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is trying to help with spaying and neutering, and placing, over 50 rabbits from a woman who got in over her head. To find out more, visit

December, 2016

  • Maine: Chris Fontes from PETA is dealing with an emergency confiscation in Maine involving an unknown number of rabbits. If you can help, please call 757-943-0503.
  • Tremont, IL: Tazewell County Animal Control has impounded 18 rabbits.  For help, please contact Ryan Sanders at or 309-925-3370
  • Cleveland, OH: A rescue group in Cleveland has just been contacted about: 56 roosters, 42 rabbits, and 22 pigeons who have been confiscated in what was supposed to be a one dog rescue in the Cleveland, OH area and turned into 212 animals being confiscated by an animal protection organization! If you can assist, please contact Dawn Sailer at
  • Ohio:  In June, the Buckeye HRS was contacted to see if we could help with a cruelty case in Sandusky County, Ohio involving twelve seized rabbits, including a mom with four babies.  There are two Flemish Giants, one Dutch boy, and the rest are all small Rex buns with a variety of colors.  After moving some of our existing fosters to other foster homes (thank you!!), we squeezed them in.  Tied up in the legal system, we were unable to alter or adopt out any of these rabbits until they were surrendered five months later. During the holding time, the babies aged enough that they all had to be moved to individual housing, using up even more precious area for other fosters.  Since these rabbits are using nearly all of our housing space, we’ve had no room for stray intakes.  Of course, un-altered rabbits tend to be less than neat and have poor litterbox habits … and these guys are exceptional urine sprayers, hence much time is spent on cleaning.  However, everybun is healthy and friendly now and the task of getting them altered has begun.  Clearly, this will be a long and expensive process!  Can you help them – and us?  Click to donate directly for them.
  • Alabama: Alabama HRS has just rescued 13 white New Zealand bunnies running loose in a neighborhood.  They are now all spayed and neutered and they have another case with fifteen lionhead bunnies living outdoors in makeshift chicken wire pens, whose wife wants to turn them all loose. If you can help with either of these cases, please contact Connie Cowan at

October, 2016

  • Orange County, CA: 278 rabbits were seized from a Cypress home on 10/5 and will be available for adoption Thursday, 10/6. Please visit Orange County Animal Care to find out how to adopt, and how you can help.
  • Indianapolis, IN: Indianapolis Animal Care Services (IACS) confiscated 36 rabbits from the same breeder, Richard Cartheuser, a Board member for the Indiana State Rabbit Breeders Association,  who had almost 400 rabbits removed by the shelter in 2013 due to poor care and filthy conditions. At that time, Indiana House Rabbit Society  assisted IACS by providing weeks of care to the rabbits, and arranging the transport and placement of most of them.  As part of an agreement Cartheuser reached with the city, he is not allowed to breed or keep unaltered rabbits in the county anymore. Contact Indianapolis Animal Care Services to help.

September, 2016

  • Hamilton, MT: There are a large number of feral rabbits, and a new start up called Big Sky Rabbit Rescue is trying to catch and place them, and to stop them from being poisoned. If you can donate or help, please visit their GoFundMe page.

August, 2016