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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Californian mix
Male
Age: 8 years
Weight: 6.6 lbs.

My name is Armand. I came to Indiana after escaping floods in Louisiana!

I'm a very easygoing bunny and I enjoy house rabbit life! I love, love, love to be petted. You can pet me all day. I'm also a big fan of my daily salad and chowing on lots of hay!
During play time I like to do binkies, and during rest time I stretch out and enjoy some sun coming in the window.

The doctors have been unable to find the source of my GI troubles, I have had a LOT of tests! My foster mom does not mind the extra work and mess ;)

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Mix
Female
Age: 5 years 1 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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mix
Female
Age: 7 years 1 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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dwarf mix
Male
Age: 6 years
Weight: 3.9 lbs.

Poor, poor Donut! He was found stray in northern Indiana, badly twisted with head tilt and missing an ear. Someone must have dumped him to die... this was not a condition that he could have survived on his own since he wasn't stable enough to eat, drink, or walk. Thankfully the shelter called IHRS right away and we got Donut in for vet care. He was treated for his severe dizziness in ways that he could eat and drink and get stable. He had a major surgery to remove a large abscessed area in his head where his ear had previously been... maybe an injury that tore it off led to the infection?

Donut is definitely special needs and spins in circles a lot. But the good news is, he's happy! He begs for food and attention, and has made peace with his problems as far as we can tell. Donut will always need special housing, meds, food, and medical care, so he is part of our sanctuary program. We aren't sure how much time Donut may have with us, but we'll keep him happy as long as we can!

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Lionhead
Male
Age: 3 years 2 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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French Lop
Female
Age: 3 years 9 months
Weight: 10.9 lbs.

Hi, I'm Kaiya! I'm a big girl with some big needs! After living in a breeding situation outdoors, I came to rescue and discovered how awesome living indoors as a house rabbit is!

I came to rescue because I was born with a disability where my parts aren't all set up how they should be. I've had lots of tests like endoscopy, contrast radiography, bladder tone tests... unfortunately my bladder doesn't work right and it's not something the vets can fix for me. The good news is I've been spayed and I know how to use my litterbox! But the bad news is I also leak some urine.

I have to live on absorbent washable floor pads (my foster mom says she does my laundry twice a week!) and my rear end needs help with grooming so I don't end up with urine scald. Since I'm completely mobile and understand my litterbox, this special work is definitely more than most bunnies need, but I'm not too disabled to clean myself and get around just fine. I do take pain medication daily to keep me comfortable.

I'm the biggest happiest most curious girl. If you are in my room, I'm bopping over there to get lots of pets, and if you don't give them to me, I'll nibble your feet for attention! I like to unroll the toilet paper and get in the trash and remove wallpaper, so my foster family says I need bunnyproofing. I'm all ears when it comes to the chance for treats, and I'll come running and throw myself against the gate to beg for a snack no matter what time of day or night!

I'm glad I live with a very special family who can provide the housing and grooming I need, and I even have a neighbor bunny friend. I'm a big fun personality and lucky to have good care!

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Californian
Male
Age: 8 years 7 months
Weight: 5.5 lbs.

** ADOPTION PENDING **

A rescue in Ohio took in 17 rabbits on Thanksgiving from a hoarding situation where the rabbits were living in filthy outdoor wire cages. Handsome Keaton is a young guy who came to us from that group!

Keaton has been in his new foster home for about a month now, and he's acclimated well to a "helpful" toddler, bossy roommate, and a barking dog. He's still a little bit skittish, but has warmed up so much since being here! He's pretty energetic - he runs the Bunny 500 around the rabbit room, and is constantly throwing toys all over the room. He's made himself a pest with the resident bunny, rearranging her pen as *he* sees fit from the outside, but she doesn't mind too much. Keaton would be a great companion for just about anyone!

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Lop Mix
Female
Age: 9 years 6 months
Weight: 6.5 lbs.

BONDED PAIR

Hi, my name is Kerplunk! I'm bonded to Kirby and we are a delightful pair with a lot of attitude. I'm the more shy between us, but that doesn't mean I'm afraid... I just like to do my own thing sometimes. If you have patience with me, you will be greatly rewarded by my big personality. My foster family loves watching Kirby and me; we make them laugh when we steal lettuce from each other! But we like to snuggle with each other as well. Kirby likes being pet a bit more than I do... but I do like to come up and see what my humans are up to!

Kirby and I are fairly tidy outside of our litter box area, but we can make a mess there now and then. We like a big box! And I do tend to shed my fur quite a bit, so some grooming will definitely be required.

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Lop Mix
Male
Age: 7 years
Weight: 6.4 lbs.

BONDED PAIR

Hi, my name is Kirby and I'm a delightful bunny with a big attitude! I am bonded to Kerplunk and I'm the more outgoing of the pair. Sometimes I like to steal greens from Kerplunk, but don't worry, she can hold her own and steal them back! Our foster family loves watching us interact with each other, and laughing at our antics! Kerplunk isn't as interested in being petted, but I like pets for a limited amount of time. I can also do some champion flops if you watch me long enough. Work hard, play hard!

I can make myself fairly tall when I periscope so some bunny proofing will be needed. If there is a way to escape my area, I will find it! Kerplunk and I are fairly tidy though, outside of our litter box area. We like to kick the hay out sometimes and just eat it next to the box... we definitely like an extra large box!

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NZ White
Female
Age: 9 years 6 months
Weight: 7 lbs.

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

Lillian lives with her sister Lucy. They are a very devoted, snuggly pair. They are a little reserved with people right now, but the are very curious and nosey, putting their paws on you. The come to trust those who are patient with them and bring snacks!

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NZ White
Female
Age: 9 years 6 months
Weight: 7.1 lbs.

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

Lucy lives with her sister, Lillian They are a very devoted, snuggly pair. They are a little reserved with people right now, but the are very curious and nosey, putting their paws on you. They warm up to patient people who have snacks to share. :)

Can you provide these girls a home where they will be adored?

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Mini Rex
Female
Age: 10 years 7 months


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mix
Female
Age: 6 years
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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mix
Female
Age: 2 years 2 months
Weight: 4.6 lbs.

Hi, my name is Molly! A Good Samaritan caught me after I had been running around outside for 6 months.

I am sweet and friendly. I love people and living as a house rabbit! I really like being petted and treatos.

Unfortunately I was recently diagnosed with cancer and I am not eligible for adoption. That is okay with me because I landed with a really fantastic foster family!

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Standard Rex
Female
Age: 9 years 5 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
Female
Age: 5 years 10 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. 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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