Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Adoptable Bunnies from Animal Rescue League

The Animal Rescue League of Western PA (ARL) was formed in 1909 by a group of citizens with a shared concern for both animal welfare and the public health. Since opening their doors in 1910, they have remained true to their mission of helping all animals in need, regardless of species or breed.

At Animal Rescue League’s shelter, they care for and find permanent, loving homes for dogs, cats and other companion animals. There is no time limit on the length of an animal’s stay, and they keep all healthy and friendly companion animals until they are adopted.

ARL’s Open Door policy means that no animal is ever refused shelter. Between their shelter and wildlife center, they take in over 13,000 animals annually. Last year alone, ARL rehomed over 6,100 companion animals, treated over 2,000 injured wild animals and spay/neutered over 6,400 animals.

ARL’s Rabbit Room is staffed by experienced rabbit volunteers, and they have monthly “Hug a Bun Sundays” where all shelter rabbits can run free and socialize with other bunnies, volunteers and potential adopters. Here are just a few rabbits currently available for adoption:

Bentley is a young female Dutch rabbit. When she was brought to the ARL shelter, Bentley was severely overweight, but after spending some time in a foster home where she received a proper diet and lots of space to run around, she's regained her girlish figure. She's a fairly timid girl and is easily frightened by new sounds and spaces, but she absolutely loves people and will lie down and let you pet her for as long as you wish. She's also quite active, and she'll definitely make you smile as she dashes and hops through your home. Bentley is an incredibly sweet girl, who would be an excellent companion for a first-time rabbit owner. 

Jefferson is a young male American rabbit who is just about the sweetest, most gentle rabbit around. He will sit on your lap for hours, and he is not as "high strung" as many of the other rabbits. Jefferson has very good litter box habits, enjoys flopping on his side and taking long afternoon naps. Jefferson would make an excellent companion to for an adult person or couple, and he would certainly be a great choice for a first-time rabbit owner. Jefferson (and all ARL rabbits) will not be adopted out as a pet "for" children. He deserves to be a family member, not treated like a toy. He may live for another 10 years or more, so be ready to commit to him for the rest of his life.

Darla is a four pound Lionhead/American mix rabbit. She was found with her friend Corvin abandoned at an emergency vet clinic in Erie. While she is a bit shyer than Corvin, you can tell that Darla craves attention. Both are enjoying their time at the shelter with the rabbit volunteers, but they need a home to call their own. So far Darla and Corvin have been let out to play together, and they seem to get along very well. Although they are not housed together, ARL volunteers believe they would make a really nice bonded pair.

For more information on these and other adoptable rabbits, call the Animal Rescue League at 412-345-7300 or visit their website at


  1. How many rabbits on average are put into rescues for adoption, as to me it seems that the number is increasing?

    1. John - I'm not sure if anyone tracks the total number of abandoned rabbits in the U.S. I know that the Humane Society of the United States only keeps track of the number of dogs and cats in their annual report. Most rabbit rescues are small independent groups, but the House Rabbit Society may be able to give you an estimate.