Shelter Profile:

Evergreen Rabbit Rescue by Catherine Carow Seiller

Evergreen Rabbit Rescue was founded in 2001 and is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization. We have been recognized by the federal government as a charitable/educational group dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals. We provide the public with information on the health, care and behavior of rabbits and we find permanent homes for pet rabbits abandoned outdoors and in shelters.

Early on we decided to "partner" with shelters. When shelters run out of space for surrendered rabbits or cannot handle necessary medical treatments, Evergreen Rabbit Rescue is there to help save lives. The next step is to rehabilitate the rabbits we take in, many of whom have never experienced loving care. We accomplish this by fostering our rabbits in private homes with caring families who provide food, shelter and much-needed TLC.

Every rabbit that comes to us also receives a medical check-up and is spayed or neutered before adoption. "Unadoptable" or sanctuary bunnies who have chronic medical conditions live out their lives in foster homes as family pets. Adoptions are promoted on the web at evergreenrabbit.org and petfinder.com, via flyers and at outreach events held at local pet stores. These outlets allow us to publicize not only our own rabbits, but also those in residence at area shelters. Since we've partnered with the Humane Society for Seattle/King County, no rabbit has been euthanized for lack of space or temperament at that shelter, a dramatic improvement in the rabbit adoption rate. We also support shelters with work parties, providing the volunteer labor needed for needed spring cleaning of facilities and grooming of shelter rabbits.

Equally important as saving lives, we also work to promote responsible pet ownership through our outreach events and rabbit care workshops in hopes of reducing the number of rabbits surrendered to shelters. We call this our "leaky faucet" philosophy. Rescuing individual rabbits is like catching the drips. However, this is only a temporary solution, it doesn't fix the underlying problems that lead to rabbit overpopulation. It takes cooperation and education to fix the leak!

Essential to us are volunteers who can give their time and donors who can provide financial support. If you live in the Seattle area and would like to volunteer with us, we'd love to have you! We currently need help with fostering, fundraising and manning our outreach booths. If you live farther afield, you can help by donating. Our largest expense by far is medical care (including spay/neuter, clinic visits, medicine, diagnostics and surgery). The IRS has declared that all donations to Evergreen Rabbit Rescue are tax-exempt. You can deduct your contributions to us on your income tax.

Visit us on the web at evergreenrabbit.org.



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Come to the Pet Expo and meet the great volunteers of Evergreen Rabbit Rescue. If you are interested in adopting, volunteering, or need rabbit care or behavior advice they'll be there to answer your questions, quick like a bunny on Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22nd in the Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center. Hope to see you there!


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