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Shelter Rabbits

Why you should adopt from shelters and where to go.

April 30th marks National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. To celebrate, is celebrating shelters that have rabbit programs. Shelter rabbits deserve a chance at a forever home, too, and unfortunately, not all shelters have rabbit programs! This is a travesty. Rabbits are the third most dumped animal, especially in the months following Easter and Christmas, which is why rabbit programs are so important.

A proper rabbit program would have a vetting procedure that includes spay/neuter prior to adopting out bunnies. Most shelters do not have rabbit programs which is why rescues work so hard to find fosters to save them from possible euthanasia. It is also why every rescue is filled almost year around trying to find homes for these adorable buns. Please consider adopting, fostering, or volunteering with either a rescue or shelter in your area.

Illinois Shelters with Rabbit Programs

Founded in 1899, AntiCruelty is more than just a shelter; they consider itself an animal welfare organization. Its rich history and love of animals has been a beacon to Chicago for over a 120 years.

Based out of Oak Park, Illinois, Animal Care League is a limited-admission shelter helping dogs, cats, and other small animals.

Based out of Wheaton, Illinois, Dupage County Animal Services is the sole public animal shelter and control agency in Dupage Country.

Founded in 1988, Red Door has been helping animals find homes in Chicago for over 35 years. In 2000, they expanded to rabbits and have since created the Rabbit Action Alerts for dumped and stray rabbits in the Chicagoland area.

These shelters are in need of volunteers, donations, and fosters. Please check out their website to find out more information about how to volunteer or donate.

If you know about a shelter that should be on this list, please email

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