Rescue and Rehabilitation
If a rabbit has been found lost or abandoned or is otherwise unsafe, we aim to bring them into our immediate care. If our foster network is full, we will work with the other animal rescues in our area to ensure that no animal is left in danger.
Every rabbit who comes into WRR is given immediate vet care if necessary; they are scanned for a microchip and assessed for illness or injury. While we do everything we can to reunite lost pets with their families, we have a stray-hold policy of 7 days. This means that if no owner comes forward, the rabbit is placed under our charity’s legal care and enters our adoption programme.
Sick or injured animals that come into the rescue stay with our team until they are back to full health, and our veterinarians are assured that the animal is going to have a good quality of life.
There is no time limit for rabbits to stay in foster care – we wait until the right family comes along…
All rabbits who enter our adoption programme are desexed, microchipped and vaccinated with Filavac to protect against Rabbit Calicivirus Disease. WRR adopts rabbits out in desexed pairs of one male and one female; single rabbits are adopted only to homes with a lonely rabbit of the opposite sex. All potential homes must meet our adoption criteria.
Once a WRR bunny, always a WRR bunny!
All rabbits who are adopted from WRR must be returned to the charity if the adoptive family are no longer able to care for them. This ensures that any rabbit who comes into WRR has a guaranteed home for life.
If you have adopted from WRR, our team is available 24/7 for urgent advice and support.
Educate and Advocate
An important part of Wellington Rabbit Rescue’s mission is to advocate for the health, and welfare of domestic rabbits in Aotearoa, New Zealand. We work alongside other organisations to achieve this, and are lucky to have good working relationships with some of the most experienced and educated rabbit and animal welfare experts in the country.
WRR offers educational outreach programmes on how to care for, and improve the lives of domestic rabbits. If you are a teacher, or run public events, please contact our team for further information.