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House Rabbit Haven Campaign
Bunny Buddies' Board of Directors is very excited to announce that Bunny Buddies is kicking off a Capital Campaign as the first step toward opening a house rabbit shelter in Houston!
Since you've made your way to this website, I'm sure you already know the need here is enormous. We currently have to turn away about three bunnies for every one we are able to accept. We work with over thirty shelters and rescue groups in the Greater Houston Area, and only a couple of those will take rabbits; the rest of them call us for help. Even the shelters which do take in rabbits— although they work diligently to give them proper care—provide an environment which can be frightening and stressful for rabbits; that's simply the nature of a multi-species facility.
For the past seventeen years, we have operated entirely through volunteer foster homes. While a loving foster family is definitely the ideal situation, and fostering will continue to be a vital part of our program, the need is far greater than our network of volunteer foster homes can meet. With the opening of our own shelter, we will be able to augment our foster system to provide a last-chance safety net to those bunnies who—until now—we've had to turn away.
The need is far greater than our network of volunteer foster homes can meet.
Our shelter will also serve as an adoption center, which will make it much easier to pair homeless bunnies with their forever families, a place where bunny lovers can come for resources and supplies, and a space in which we can provide educational opportunities for the general public. Of equal importance is the message the existence of a shelter exclusively for house-rabbits will send our Greater Houston Community: Rabbits matter!
Without a doubt, the prospect of running a shelter is daunting. But in conversations with people across the country who are already operating shelters, one theme keeps coming through: “it can be done!” At this point in time, there are far more questions than answers: How do we make it happen? Where will the shelter be? Who will do all that work? Where will we get that kind of money? One thing is certain, though; the first step in getting there is committing to the journey. The first step in getting there is committing to the journey.
The existence of a shelter exclusively for house-rabbits will send our Greater Houston Community a message: Rabbits matter!
We hope you'll want to join Bunny Buddies on this journey as—together—we save the world… one bunny at a time!