Q. What Inspired You To Start A Rabbit Rescue?
Well, I have had rabbits off and on for 30 years. Originally, I started fostering and volunteering for House Rabbit Society in California. Then we started to spend half our time in Las Vegas. I found a really good vet in Vegas. She wanted to work with me, so she set up a rescue discount for spay and neuters and all that. There was this huge dumpsite where there was like 800 to 1,000 rabbits. I started working out there. I started taking in high special needs like bunnies with two broken back legs, bunnies that were dying, bunnies that have abscesses. They basically were just domestic rabbits that were either dumped, or their parents were dumped and they were born outside, but they still had traits like indoor bunnies. I got really hooked, and there were so many of them.
While I don't have a 501(c)(3), I've been able to connect with people in a transparent way that has really helped in people wanting to donate and help me take care of the bunnies I'm rescuing. I ended up making each bunny a little Facebook page and they each developed their own following. These bunnies were super popular on Facebook and they even got Christmas gifts every year. People like to see them go from being almost dead to being rehabbed.
I do the rescue. I provide education. I have a small team of local foster families and volunteers. Beyond that, I do outreach across the United States and even globally. My little grassroots rescue really has grown into sort of a rabbit community.
My rescue Facebook page is called Rusty and Furriends: Vegas Dumpsite Bunnies, which is where most of my work is done. Then my daughter designed my website and we called it Rabbit Rescue Las Vegas as it's more searchable and allows people to find us easier.