Sanctuary Rabbits

About Our Sanctuary Rabbits

Sanctuary rabbits are special rabbits who are no longer likely to be adopted but remain in the Indiana House Rabbit Society's care. They are provided endless love, long-term care and support.

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fuzzy lop
Male
Age: 8 years 7 months
Weight: 4.5 lbs.

Fuzzer is a somewhat cranky little dude who came to rescue when his elderly owner was hospitalized. Fuzzer has some mobility issues and leaves a lot of messes around his pen. He has significant grooming needs and favors a low entry litterbox.

Fuzzer is super cuddly with his two girlfriends. He spends almost all of his time parking his head across the back of one of his friends, even if it means they can't get up! Fuzzer may not love people much but he's so happy with his bunny friends we don't mind his attitude. Because of Fuzzer's age, grooming, and health issues, he is in sanctuary care. He is not available for general adoption but will continue to have a safe home with his buddies and excellent veterinary care. Donations to help offset Fuzzer's needs are appreciated.

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Holland Lop
Female
Age: 5 years 11 months
Weight: 3.5 lbs.

Helen is one of the rabbits from the 215+ Holland Lop/Lionhead confiscation of December 2013. She was confiscated because she was living in an unheated garage in fetid conditions.

Helen came into rescue very ill (February 2014). She had bilateral indolent corneal ulcers, which we worked extensively with a veterinary ophthalmologist to help them heal. She is now in a foster home where she is supervised to ensure that her healing remains on track.

Helen is a super sweet bunny who is active and curious. Her adopted family will need prior bunny experience. If you are interested in adopted Helen, you will be rewarded by earning her trust and watching her unfold like a blossom in your family. Helen will not likely be a lap bunny who loves lots of snuggles (many bunnies aren't), but she will express her love and appreciation for you in many, many other ways.

Are you ready to learn the language of Helen's love?

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lionhead
Male
Age: 2 years 9 months
Weight: 4 lbs.

Little Nemo was lucky - he and several other rabbits were abandoned after 4H and left to die. Nemo made it and the police brought him to a southern Indiana shelter. When IHRS came to check on the bunnies, our volunteer found he had a crazy curly incisor sticking out of his mouth! Nemo is lucky this was discovered before it grew enough to block his eating; dental issues like this can lead to starvation.

Nemo had his offending tooth removed by an exotic veterinarian. We waited to see if the remaining incisors would line up, but they needed correction. But when Nemo went back for removal of the remaining incisors, the vet discovered he had an abnormal heart.

Nemo had an ultrasound to determine what is going on. Unfortunately, the results show he has an enlarged heart, known as cardiomyopathy, which ultimately is expected to lead to heart failure.

For now, Nemo is being monitored by his veterinary staff and gets lots of personal attention in foster care. He gets heart medication daily and also has ongoing medical needs with checkups and diagnostics. Any support you may want to provide to his medical care is very much appreciated! Nemo is loved and enjoying his life, and we wouldn't have it any other way.

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Netherland Dwarf
Male
Age: 11 years 3 months
Weight: 5 lbs.

Oscar along with his bondmate, Emmy, were rescued from a municipal shelter when their time ran out after being residents for over 6 months. They were devoted to each other, though Emmy passed away earlier in 2016.

Oscar loves to be petted. He loves to explore and hide in cardboard boxes and chew them up.

Due to Oscar's age, he is listed as a sanctuary bunny with the rescue and will remain with us. But he would appreciate sponsorship/donations for his daily and veterinary care! If the right elderbunny girl came along we would consider placing Oscar with her.

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mini rex
Male
Age: 7 years
Weight: 5 lbs.

Hi. I'm Owen. I have a tattoo in my ear that says "Zin," but I don't like that name anymore. It reminds me of my past and since coming to IHRS, I am a new bunny!

I used to be in a tiny cage housed in bad conditions. When I was rescued, I was very sick and wasn't sure if I was going to make it. A team of donors, volunteers and vets rallied to support me and I pulled through! I'm neutered and on the mend, though as I write this, I still have some sniffles that I'm being treated for. I'm also on a special diet to help me continue to get and stay healthy and happy.

I'm very friendly and social. I love to be pet and am VERY interested in you and what you are doing. I'd be good with children (as long as they are careful of my fragile small body). I might even want a female mate some day. I have good litterbox habits and am quite tidy and non-destructive. I'm training to be a free-range bunny some day! Yay!

I will need someone with prior experience to keep a good eye on me and support me. I have a chronic respiratory condition that needs to be monitored and treated from time to time. This is a likely a life-long condition. IHRS is working with the best vets in the state to try to help me get rid of it and be fully healthy, but it hasn't been 100% successful despite valiant efforts.

Can I come home with you?

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Holland Lop
Female
Age: 8 years 7 months
Weight: 3.5 lbs.

Rae Charles came into rescue with her two friends when her elderly owner was hospitalized and could not care for her. Rae has advanced cataracts and can possibly see shadows, but not much else. Her general independent attitude combined with some cluelessness leads us to believe she may be hard of hearing as well. Rae needs a fair amount of help staying tidy but adores her friends and cuddles and grooms them when she's not busy doing her own thing. She bops around her padded pen and hangs out in her disabled bunny litterbox as if her eyes and ears are no concern to her.

Rae has developed an ear infection with some dental involvement in September. She had a CT scan, and then surgery in October 2018 and receives specialized care to keep the area clean and healing. IHRS provides wound care, pain medications, fluids, and hand feeding for rabbits in recovery from surgery like this.

Rae has a great spirit and will remain with her friends with special care as needed. Because of her age and special needs, Rae is part of our sanctuary program. This means she is not available for general adoption but will continue to receive excellent care in experienced foster homes. Rae would love your support for her vet bills!!

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