We are coming to you today because we urgently need your help with funding. We were able to pay rent up until May of 2021, but unless we get immediate support, we will only have enough to make it until next October.
Due to the pandemic, like many non-profits, we’ve experienced a dramatic decline in our ability to fundraise. Our largest fundraiser of the year, reliably making over $4,000.00 for the bunnies in our care, has been replaced with a smaller scale event. Our charity gaming has been canceled.
In spite of all of this, we continue to take in rabbits in need of rescue or that are surrendered. We have rescued over 1800 rabbits since 2005 and there aren't very many rabbit focused rescues in the Midwest. Without us, hundreds of rabbits will be forgotten about and likely perish. Along with the other buns in the shelter are four bunnies with dental issues costing us roughly $3,000.00 per year.
Prior to adoption, all of our rabbits must be spayed or neutered, with each surgery costing $255 or $185, respectively. If we have a large rescue needing these surgeries, our costs can easily go above $1000 per month just in surgery costs.
Spaying or neutering the rabbits in our care is essential to their quality of life. Not only does it cut down on behavioral issues (reduced aggression / spraying), spaying / neutering also reduces the chances of developing cancers and other infections. In addition, this ensures they will no longer reproduce, thus reducing the population of rabbits that may need to be rescued / surrendered.
In addition to our up-front medical costs, we also need help paying rent, hay and utility bills. Winters in Michigan can get quite cold and we need to be able to feed and keep the heat going for these buns.
Our goal is to raise $10,000 between now and November 26, 2020. Please donate if you can spare a few dollars. Any amount helps and we are extremely grateful for any donation that helps us to keep the lights on and the bunnies cared for.
Thank you for your support. To learn more about how we help the bunnies in our care and the bunnies currently available for adoption, please visit www.rabbitrr.org