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: 2 years 5 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: 7 years 2 months
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: 4 years 5 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 foster care after she'd been at the shelter a couple of months. One thing we discovered while at the shelter: Curly has 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 almost 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 a CT scan to help the vet perform the dental surgeries with the best information possible, but over time her teeth became too bad to save.

Curly is now learning to eat different kinds of food post her dental surgeries. She still has ongoing eye discharge and grooming issues, the latter because she does not have teeth to help with grooming. 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 antibiotics for her dental/facial/eye infections... she's having a hard time eating.

Curly is curious and thankful for food and attention. She could use your well wishes and your financial support as she recovers! She has a great spirit and says to keep the apple-banana flavored Critical Care and pumpkin puree coming!

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Age: 6 months
Weight: 1.5 lbs.

I’m just a baby and still growing!

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Holland Lop
Age: 8 years 7 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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NZ White
Age: 6 years 10 months
Weight: 7.8 lbs.

Lyla is one lucky bunny! Her mom was caught at large in a park, she was born 3 weeks later.

Lyla had been living with her sisters, Lillian and Lucy. They are a very devoted, snuggly trio. They are a little reserved with people right now, but the are very curious and nosey, putting their paws on you. Lyla is a little less snuggly with her sisters but they all get along well. She has an impressive dewlap that sets her apart!

Lyla experienced some serious health issues that has resulted in her living on her own for awhile while she heals. We are hoping for a happy reunion soon!

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Age: 5 years 5 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: 2 years 5 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: 6 years 9 months
Weight: 7.4 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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Harlequin mix
Age: 8 years 2 months
Weight: 7.7 lbs.

Sookie was born in another rescue and later transferred to IHRS. She can be energetic and curious, and pretty sassy! She may need an understanding family to help her in a new forever home, as she's been in rescue a long time.

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mini rex
Age: 3 years 2 months
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. She is receiving an experimental medication at this time.

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!

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