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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Age: 3 years 3 months
Weight: 9.3 lbs.

I was rescued from a backyard hoarding situation in the winter, right after we had almost a foot of snow and negative windchill for almost a week. I had parasites along with several of the other rabbits I was living with, and on top of being sick, I was pregnant! Fortunately I came to rescue and was safe, warm, and well fed when I gave birth to my nine babies, and they have grown up healthy and loved. And my rescue family gave me the name Bellini!

With everything I've been through, I'm still a sweet, mild tempered, patient, laid back bun. Unfortunately I started having problems breathing and began to get weak, I just couldn't get comfortable and was losing energy to even groom myself or my babies. I went to a special vet and they discovered I have an enlarged heart and I'm in congestive heart failure!

Fortunately my babies were just old enough to go on their own a bit early, which allows me to take the medicine I need to feel better. Now that I have heart medicine, I've done a total turn around! I'm learning how to bunny for the first time. I can now do normal bunny things like groom myself, play with toys, binky, and even do zoomies! Due to my illness I'm not able to be spayed and I'm an IHRS sanctuary rabbit. The nice rescue people will let me live out the rest of my life being well taken care of in a healthy clean stable environment with the best care possible. My medical needs will last the rest of my life, and I could use donations to cover the costs of medicine and follow up diagnostics.

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Age: 8 years
Weight: 3.9 lbs.

Hi, my name is Carlotta! I have severe acquired dental disease which requires periodic tooth trims and extractions. I have no molars on the right side of my mouth. I also have a lung abscess and limited lung space for air. You can see in the pic the black space is the only place I have to breathe.

Despite my medical conditions I am a super sweet and friendly girl :) I LOVE my pellets, I am super food motivated. I also love to binky! It's my second favorite thing! So I need regular run around time with new things to sniff, chin, and explore. I’m a huge cuddle and love to snuggle!

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Age: 5 years 3 months
Weight: 4.7 lbs.

Curly was found as a stray in Greenwood, very skinny and with eye infection. She was turned into an Indiana shelter, who helped get her weight back up and treated her eyes. But Curly was kind of stuck at the shelter... they didn't have a spay/neuter connection, and Curly was getting cranky about being there. IHRS came in to take Curly to rescue after care after she'd been at the shelter a couple of months. One thing we discovered while at the shelter: Curly had terribly maloccluded incisors! One of her top teeth curled right out of her mouth, and the others were really wonky. Since rabbits' teeth grow continuously, this condition will only get worse and will lead to starvation.

Ms. Curly received a prompt dental exam from an experienced rabbit veterinarian. She has had several dental surgeries with multiple extractions until finally she has had all of her teeth removed! Unfortunately, Curly's cheek teeth (molars) were even worse than her incisors, basically crumbling out of her head. She had CT scans to help the vet perform the dental surgeries with the best information possible, but over time her teeth became too bad to save.

Curly had to learn to eat different kinds of food post her dental surgeries. She has trouble with grooming because she does not have teeth to help with that task. Her foster home helps her with this and Curly is good with cleaning as best she can with her tongue! The extent of her issues is so severe, her veterinarian feels she should remain in sanctuary status. She has an unknown prognosis overall and needs a very special caregiver with access to a great rabbit vet. We are supporting Curly with special foods and when she has recurrent dental/facial/eye infections she receives antibiotics and surgical correction.

Curly is an incredibly happy bunny, especially because she is bonded to her best friend Violet, another special needs bunny! Violet and Curly snuggle a lot. We do have to separate them at mealtimes since Curly is very slow to "chew" her soft pellets and Violet tries to steal them all, but otherwise they spend all their time together. We are so happy they have found each other for comfort and friendship even though they both have serious health needs.

Curly is curious and thankful for food and attention. She could use your well wishes and your financial support for all her ongoing medical needs and the special food we purchase for her! She has a great spirit and says to keep the extruded pellets and pumpkin puree coming.

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Age: 1 years 4 months
Weight: 4 lbs.

Hi, I'm Fitz! I was born in rescue and my parents and siblings have all been adopted. But I get to stay with the rescue people because I'm a little differently abled! I'm a very special bunny who has a couple legs that don't work right and I get pretty dizzy and fall over a lot. I even had to have one of my eyes removed because I lay on my side so much it kept getting infected and very painful. But I'm all healed from that, and super happy with my bumpers to lean on, lots of great food, and my salads almost always have my favorite: fennel!

I get to cuddle on the couch with my people every night while they watch TV. I eat my salad and wander the couch and snooze on them, and nibble them when I'm ready to head back to my pen. I even have some bunny neighbors who are also differently abled! Once I heal from my neuter I might be able to move in with them, which would be very exciting.

I'm just hanging out doing my Fitzy thing. My foster people have to do a lot of care for me since I can't hop or use the litterbox, but I keep myself quite clean and I'm in charge of my day! My medical expenses have been more than most bunnies and I need food, hay, greens for the rest of my life, so donations to the rescue are always appreciated to help with my care.

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Holland Lop
Age: 9 years 5 months
Weight: 3.5 lbs.

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

When Helen came to IHRS in February 2014, she was very ill. She had bilateral indolent corneal ulcers, which we worked extensively with a veterinary ophthalmologist to help them heal. Though the ulcers have healed, she continues to see a veterinary ophthalmologist as she battles ongoing keratitis and has developed cataracts, glaucoma and a lens subluxation as she has aged. Helen receives two different eye drops twice daily along with occasional other medications and is such a good patient! With her history of eye issues, the veterinary ophthalmologist did not feel she would be a candidate for cataract surgery and Helen is mostly blind now. Even with her blindness, she cautiously hops around her room and still enjoys digging and bunching/scooting towels around. If she’s feeling sassy, she’ll repeatedly fling her food bowl and bang it on her water crock.

With all the health issues Helen has dealt with over the years, she remains extremely sweet and loves being pet and snuggled by her foster mom. She’ll often express her affection with a few kisses on the face.

Helen’s care requires biannual ophthalmology exams, tests and ongoing eye medications as well as senior wellness exams. Any donations to help with her medical care are greatly appreciated!

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Age: 4 years 2 months
Weight: 4.6 lbs.

I am Maybelline. I love having space to kick up my heels in my foster home. Being confined makes me very anxious. I have a fear that no one will respect my space like my foster mom does.

I prefer to not be in a home with children, they make me nervous. I need a forever home with someone with prior rabbit experience, especially with rabbits who are slow to trust.

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Age: 6 years 3 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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New Zealand black
Age: 3 years 3 months
Weight: 10.8 lbs.

This is Ramonda, named after the queen of Wakanda in the Black Panther movie, because she’s so stately and an old soul bunny. She’s very calm and very wise. How many bunnies could come from living in a less than ideal outdoor situation and have excellent litter box habits and take great care of 11 babies? She truly is a queen bunny. She loves treats and is an expert requester of treats (queens never beg). She likes head pets and attention but is also a pretty chill bunny. Her foster mom forgets to close and latch the pen and she’s quite content to stay put. As her babies are weaned and she gets her independence back, we’ll discover more about her personality.

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Standard Rex
Age: 7 years 7 months
Weight: 8 lbs.

Hello! My name is Ruby. I love feeling safe and having room to stretch my legs. I also love food and will prove it by dancing for you!

I have arthritis and get meloxicam every day which I lap up like it’s candy. Because of my arthritis I need special litterbox accommodations, the area immediately surrounding my litterbox can be a little messy. The rest of my enclosure is very tidy though!

I get along with my foster family and lounge next to my rabbit buddy in an enclosure next to mine. Because I wasn’t treated very well prior to rescue I have some trust issues and strangers make me a bit anxious.

I would rather not be picked up. I need someone patient who will cherish me as I am and remind me that I am very special. It won’t be long before I will lay my velvety head on your foot and wait for you to pet me.

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mini rex
Age: 4 years
Weight: 6.4 lbs.

Poor Violet was set free to live on her own outdoors. By the time a neighbor spotted her, she'd been outside over the winter and spring had come. Violet is very wobbly with a presumed neurological condition. She was covered in ticks and really struggles to move around, with her wobbly, stiff walk. She falls over fairly frequently.

Despite her troubles, Violet is SO SWEET. She loves to be petted and just craves attention. We were unable to diagnose the cause of her condition through blood tests and a visit to a neurologist. Violet was stable enough to be spayed, but does remain in need of special housing and care. Please help her with good wishes and support for her veterinary needs if you can!

The best part of Violet's story is she is bonded to her best buddy Curly, another sanctuary rabbit. Violet and Curly cuddle all day and life is great if you ask them :)

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