Magic Happens Rabbit Rescue does not have a public shelter but is a network of foster homes that keep several rabbits and guinea pigs throughout our homes year-round. Most of our foster pets are located in and around Baton Rouge, LA, including Baker and Covington. We can only keep as many as our foster homes can hold, and that number fluctuates depending on home availability as well as if rabbits/guinea pigs are housed together. Even though we have so many up for adoption, we have to keep a waiting list of rabbits and guinea pigs asking for our assistance as the intake requests outnumber the adoptions, just like cat and dog rescues. We regret telling any pet no for the time being, but we must take proper care and provide appropriate housing, food, and vetting for the ones already in our care. Summer is the hardest time as adoptions are less frequent (vacations, summer camps) and intake requests increase (college students moving, gets too hot for outdoor rabbits), but we keep the list going year round.
We do prioritize for urgent or time-sensitive cases, and pets in animal control facilities where euthanasia is a possibility are top priority. Rabbits and Guinea Pigs being returned from adoption are also top priority. Otherwise we try to take in pets in the order of date the requests were received. The wait for a spot in a foster home sometimes depends on the size and number of pets being surrendered, as some foster homes cannot house pairs, etc. While we are blessed to have spare cages in storage for emergencies and such, we already have as many as we can fit space-wise inside our foster homes so donating a cage or habitat will not lessen the wait time.
If you are surrendering your rabbit due to moving to a non-pet-friendly place, read this article by the HRS on getting your landlord to say YES to rabbits.
If you are surrendering your rabbit due to allergies, please read our page on Rabbits & Allergies for possible solutions.
If you choose to try to re-home your rabbit yourself, you may choose to try try social media, online ads or local pet stores. PLEASE be sure to ask an adoption fee to help ward off those with ill intentions. If you are in the New Orleans area, you may also check with Jefferson Feed, Louisiana SPCA, or BunnAgain Rabbit Rescue in Paradis. Other rescues that accept rabbits include Acadiana Humane Society in Lafayette, and Holley's Hopping Habitat
Rabbit Rescue & Education Center in Haughton, LA, though most foster-based rescues stay full like us as well. PLEASE do not set a rabbit "free" as it is not only illegal to dump domestic pets but they have a poor chance of survival alone. As a last resort, please surrender them to your local animal control facility, as we work with the majority of them across southern LA for holds until we have room for intakes.
Even though we may not have a spot in a foster home open, we do still try to help find an adopting family for our waiting list rabbits. We ask for information & photos if possible for the list in case we get inquiries for particular breeds or personalities, and we also put them in the public's eye on our Facebook page. If photos are sent, we put them in a dedicated Waiting List photo album on our Facebook page. We occasionally find an adopter before a rabbit's turn is up on the list, especially if it is a commonly requested breed or very friendly. If this happens, we require that the adopter submit an adoption application prior to us taking in the rabbit. If approved, the rabbit will be brought to our veterinary clinic for a health check and spay/neuter if not already altered, then the new family will be able to take their new bunny home.
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