Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: I can't take care of my pet rabbit anymore. Can you take them?
A: No. We do not accept owner surrenders. We only take in special needs rabbits from other nonprofit rescues and state shelters. We recommend contacting your rabbit's vet for surrender options in your area.
Q: Can I set my pet rabbit free in the wild?
A: Absolutely not. This cannot be overstated. Domestic rabbits are not physically capable of surviving in the wild. They have no natural fear of predators, and are susceptible to various illnesses and diseases. If you release a domestic rabbit into the wild, it will die.
Q: I found and captured a healthy rabbit. What should I do with it?
A: Contact your local shelter. Even if they cannot take in the rabbit themselves, they may be able to find its previous owner or help to find it a new home.
Q: Can I foster a rabbit from FWRR?
A: Most of our rabbits are special needs. This means that many may reqiure additional care. If you are interested in fostering a special needs rabbit, please contact us. We also offer fostering prior to adoption. Sometimes you just don't know if you can handle a certain pet until you've had one, so we absolutely encourage temporary fosters, and we are more than happy to help you.
Q: I found a wild baby rabbit on it's own! What do I do?
A: Mother rabbits leave their nest for a large portion of the day. If you've found a baby rabbit in the nest, and the nest seems undisturbed, just leave it be for now. If the nest seems disheveled, rearrange it and (if the baby's eyes are closed) return the baby to the nest. The mother will come back. It is a myth that the mother will not return if it smells humans. If the baby rabbit's eyes are open, they will sometimes wander on their own around the nest. If you have any other questions, please feel free to call us before taking any action and we can refer you to a wildlife rehabber in your area.
Q: What if I found an abandoned rabbit?
A: If you can, capture it and bring it to your local shelter. If the rabbit is injured, please contact us immediately. Even if we are unable to take the rabbit, we can provide you with specific care information that may be able to save the rabbit's life.
If you saw someone abandon a rabbit, call the authorities and get all the information you can. Under Florida Statute 828.13, abandoning any animal is a crime punishable by up to a year in prison and/or $5000 in fines.
Q: How can I support FWRR?
A: There are lots of ways! Please visit our donations page to see what we are currently in need of.