Sacramento County’s Bradshaw Animal Shelter intakes and cares for thousands of animals from the community all year round. This summer, they received an overwhelming number of rabbits after several came in pregnant. Many went to loving foster homes where they could nurse and raise their kits to a healthy weight and age, while others sat patiently waiting for adopters.
As the young rabbits and mothers came back from foster care, the population grew to more than 30 shelter rabbits. With little space to spare in an already overcrowded shelter, a local rescue group named Friends of Unwanted Rabbits
(FUR) lent a hand to host the first-ever Bunny Bonanza adoption event.
The event was held at the shelter on Sunday, Aug. 8 and was sponsored by the shelter’s non-profit affiliate – Teaching Everyone Animals Matter
(TEAM). FUR and the shelter’s staff and volunteers lead the event and provided adopters with helpful resources, adoption counseling and bunny speed dating so that each shelter rabbit would find the perfect home. This was the first time that the public and potential adopters were able to visit without an adoption appointment since the pandemic forced the closure of their public counter in early 2020.
Six rabbits were able to find loving forever homes during the event and many were adopted prior to Bunny Bonanza due to social media posts
, which is a large number of rabbit adoptions in one month for the shelter. There are still several rabbits up for adoption and the public is welcome to make adoption appointments
by calling the adoption line at 916-875-2287 Tuesday – Sunday between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. FUR and the Bradshaw Animal Shelter plan to make this a recurring monthly event to help more shelter rabbits find their way home.
If you’re interested in adopting a furry friend or two, the shelter is offering a 2-for-1 rabbit adoption special, as well as a 2-for-1 cat and kitten adoption special. You can view all of their adoptable pets at animalcare.saccounty.net
Before adopting a rabbit, please consider visiting FUR’s rabbit care webpage
for a list of resources and information on rabbit ownership basics.