RABBIT RESCUE INC.
SHELTER OF THE MONTH
“In compassionate allegiance with all animals and with our many friends in
animal rescue, Rabbit Rescue Inc supports The Food For Thought campaign,
and serves no animal-derived products at our functions or events.”
Rabbits are one of the most misunderstood house pets and are the third most abandoned animal next to cats and dogs. Because many people are poorly informed on what it takes to be a responsible rabbit caregiver, the Rescue also provides programs and services that educate the public regarding animal welfare, and provides protection and adoption services to animals at risk of cruelty. Largely through the help of volunteer foster homes, Rabbit Rescue Inc. manages to save hundreds of rabbits and small pets every year!
CONGRATS, RABBIT RESCUE INC!
Rabbit Rescue Inc. has always had an informal vegetarian, and primarily vegan policy for events and fundraisers. We could not, in good faith, raise money for one animal species to the detriment of another - even more so for us than other animal rescues, as rabbits are an animal that are often eaten themselves! While we strongly advocate for rabbits, and are against the rabbit meat industry, we also believe that all animals deserve protection and we support other groups that work hard to help farm animals too. It was not until Animal Place contacted us that we thought about putting a formal policy together, and are happy to now have a 100% vegan policy for all our events and fundraisers.
How have your staff/volunteers/supporters taken to the veg menu policy?
The majority of our supporters and volunteers have always been supportive and respectful of our veg menu, so much so that at volunteer events (i.e. holiday parties put on by volunteers) we have vegan potlucks. Rabbits are also the perfect pets for those choosing to eat a cruelty-free diet, as rabbits are vegan themselves. We find many of our members are vegetarian or vegan, and for those that are not, they still enjoy the vast variety of food items we have at events.
Why do you feel it’s important for shelters and rescue groups to adopt such a policy? All animals deserve our respect and protection - not just one species.
Event planning can be a very fun and rewarding part of the rescue world. What are some of the events that your organization puts on? What might be on the menu? Our main event is BunFest, which we do every September in Toronto. This year’s date is September 20th. It is an educational expo for everything bunny! A place where you can bring your bunny to be groomed, meet some vets, get glamour shots taken, purchase toys, treats, apparel, homeware, see rabbits up for adoption, meet other rescue groups and shelters, win great prizes, enjoy a silent auction, attend lectures by vets, meet other bunny lovers and become a volunteer. We should have a vegan food truck there as well as a giant vegan bake table. There will be something for everyone, and all will be cruelty-free.
Can you tell us about one companion animal you’re trying to place?
Prancer and Dancer are a bonded pair. These two sisters were born at a shelter, along with their other siblings. They were adopted out as babies but were returned when they grew to be bigger than their adoptive family expected. While they are large in breed, they are also large in heart. They keep their foster family smiling and laughing. They are healthy, funny, curious, warm, and friendly. They enjoy routine and especially like being talked to. At dinner time they do wonderful binkies, getting so excited that they often crawl all over each other. Dancer is timid and thoughtful, while Prancer is brave and bouncy. Together they make a beautiful pair. They have been in our care for quite some time now without any inquiries. They would love a forever home to call their own! If you can help Prancer and Dancer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org