The Bunny Bunch was established in 1984 by
Caroline Charland to help rabbits in need.
We are a non profit, no kill rescue and
education organization run entirely by
volunteers. Over the years we have rescued
thousands of rabbits, mostly from high kill
Most of the rabbits we rescue come from city and county shelters. These rabbits would have otherwise been euthanized. Unfortunately rabbits are taken to these shelters everyday, mostly because people have bought them from a pet shop, breeder or swap meet without learning about their care or knowing what to expect. They are often bought for young children who cannot care for them. They are left in cages, hutches or outside with no protection from predators.
The Burrow is a safe haven for rabbits to live until they find their forever home. We always have lots of rabbits, chinchillas and guinea pigs waiting for homes. We have a classroom where we hold seminars and workshops for the public, teaching them all about rabbit care. We also offer programs to teach shelters, vet techs and even veterinarians about rabbit care and health.
We hope that one day because of our work and the work of others that rabbits wonít be sold at swap meets, feed stores, pet shops and street corners. And that they wonít be used for testing products or used in experiments or bred for food. We hope that they will be recognized as the wonderfully delightful creature they really are. Our entire organization runs on donations, grants and profits from our store.
Bunny Bunch Board of Directors
President & Founder
|A number of different rabbits live with me in my home. I take home the sick and injured rabbits to care for them while they recover until they are well enough to be adopted. Some tend to stay with me due to ongoing special or medical needs. I love them all.|
My life with bunnies
started 18 years ago. April 19, 1991
is the day Smokey came into my life.
He was a birthday gift from my
husband and what a gift he was. He
was a tiny little black bundle of
joy who I fell instantly in love
with and vice versa. Smokey is the
bunny that started
it all! HE is the reason for my rabbit habit. And, approximately 8 years ago the Bunny Bunch came into my life. What the Bunny Bunch has done and continues to do for bunnies and other small furries is nothing short of wonderful and amazing. The many lives that have been saved by this great organization and all the wonderful volunteers are numerous.
|I have been volunteering for the Bunny Bunch for over 10 years. I got involved when I found a rabbit wandering in the street, decided to keep him and take him to Bunny Bunch for a nail trim. I ended up staying the entire time at the adoption event that day, and adopted a 2nd rabbit! Now I have 7 rabbits of my own plus a menagerie of other fur kids.|
How We Started
At six years old I wanted to help animals in
need so I raised money while living in
England for the R.S.P.C.A. (Royal
Society for Prevention of Cruelty of
Animals). I did this by putting on concerts
in our back garden, selling baked goods,
dog walking and carol-singing with other
children in the area.
Once I moved to America I volunteered with cat rescue groups, helping them with events and fundraising. Realizing quickly how
bad pet overpopulation was, I really became motivated to change that.
As far as rescuing rabbits it all started when I came upon a rabbit in a pet shop. He was sitting in a little wire cage full of poop, with
an empty food and water bowl. The cage was dirty and he had no space to run around.
I asked someone who worked there to please give him some food and water. I waited around for about twenty minutes and they did nothing. I went home and told my husband about this poor rabbit that needed a home. We got straight in the car to go back to get
him. We named him Benjamin Bunny.
Having cats all my life I knew nothing about rabbits. I tried to find some books, but there really wasnít any good information available. The books that I read told me to put a rabbit in a cage or a hutch outside. I was living in Southern California and I just couldnít believe that a rabbit would live well outside in a hutch, especially when it got hot. So we made him a home in our apartment. To my amazement
he started to use our cats litter box. I thought this was super! He could now live loose in our apartment just like our cat. The cat and
rabbit, after being introduced properly, got along fine. In fact the rabbit was the boss.
Then, I came home from work one day to find the phone cords chewed through, the wallpaper shredded off the bottom of the walls
and the carpet pulled up. So we sectioned off the kitchen with a baby gate, seeing that there was no wallpaper in there, and the
floor was wood. We unplugged the electric cords he could reach, and made sure the phone cord was out of site.
It came to my attention that he may be lonely while we were at work, so I set out to find him a friend. I didnít want to buy another
rabbit from a pet shop as I realized that was just helping the pet shop to have a never ending stream of rabbits living in bad
conditions, as well as putting money in their pockets.
Just by chance shortly thereafter, I saw a
sign that said Free Rabbit while I was
driving home from work one day. The
they had bought the rabbit for their child who was no longer interested in it. They put him in a box and handed him to me.
I kept my fingers crossed that he was a boy as we didnít want any baby rabbits. Once I got home I checked, and yes, he was a
boy. We named him Ramsey Rabbit.
I set him up in the bathroom for the night so I could put the buns together on the weekend. Little did I know that rabbits couldnít just
be put together. A fight broke out so I had to separate them.
I knew that tom cats liked to fight and that neutering helped calm them down so they could get along. I called my cat vet and asked
if he could neuter my rabbits. As luck would have it he had neutered rabbits before, so I set up an appointment to have it done. Once neutered I put them together on the couch with me so they could get to know each other for a few nights in a row. From then on they became friends and both lived to be twelve years old.
The word got out that I had a pair of rabbits. Little by little rabbits that were no longer wanted, or rabbits people had found were brought to me. It wasnít long before I had a house full of rabbits! Seeing that there were alot of rescue groups helping cats and dogs I decided to start a group just to help rabbits. Not only did I want to find homes for rabbits, I wanted to help rabbits have a better life once they were in a home.
I couldnít stand the thought of so many people putting rabbits in cages and hutches. You would never put a cat or a dog in a cage.
Why would you put a rabbit in one? Now that my rabbits used a litter box and lived indoors in a rabbit proof area I wanted others to
know how to do that too. After all, with the rabbits living indoors you could spend much more time with them and you realized what wonderful creatures they really are.
Bunny Bunch Boutique was started shortly after the Bunny Bunch due to the fact there were little or no supplies for rabbits in the pet shops that were any good, plus it was a great way to raise money to help rescued rabbits.