Lessons Learned: On Two Decades of Rabbit Rescue

By Criss Starr 


Rabbit rescue is not just playing with bunnies.

Rabbit rescue can be hard physical labor. Catching rabbits who have been living underground involves digging into the ground and wading into piles of rabbit feces. When you do catch a rabbit, you will be scratched and possibly bitten. Ongoing care involves cleaning dirty cages, often in the rain.

Rabbit rescue is an emotional roller coaster. While it may be exhilarating to know that you have saved many rabbits, you will be unable to save them all.


Rabbit rescue is expensive. It costs many thousands of dollars to spay 200 pregnant female rabbits. Living in close quarters subjects rabbits to bites, abscesses, fleas, torn nails and other injuries that require expensive medical treatment.

Rabbit rescue is exhausting. The work isn’t over when you leave the rescue site. It will haunt your days and wake you up at night. It will make you angry and sad and tired.

Rabbit rescue is worthwhile. In the long run, you can look back with pride, knowing that your efforts saved bunny lives that would otherwise have been lost.