Rabbit Run-Away Orphanage - Rabbit rescue and welfare - Melbourne
Education, Training, Courses
RABBIT RUN-AWAY ORPHANAGE is a non-profit organisation and operates as an incorporated association. It is a public charity, run by a committee under Australian Law, with membership and a small dedicated group of volunteers. RRO receives no government funding and is reliant on donations and fundraising. It is an entity that belongs to all people that care about the welfare of pet rabbits.
The Rabbit Run-Away Orphanage aims to:
provide care for sick, unwanted, stray, or mistreated rabbits
appropriate short-term care
long-term re-homing solutions
educate the public on rabbit ownership and care
prevent unnecessary euthanasia of rabbits
discourage cruelty to rabbits
Bunny orphans come to Rabbit Run-Away Orphanage as 'overflows' from other animal shelters such as AAPS, Lort Smith, Animal Aid, council shelters, private rescues and other shelters throughout Victoria. Bunnies also often come to the orphanage as a result of being dumped, neglected, handed into vets or rescued through the orphanage's rescue service.
Judi & Bryce Inglis have been advocates for the companion pet rabbit and involved in animal welfare work and education for a number of years. Rabbit Run-Away Orphanage was officially formed and received charity status in July 2009 and represents the consolidation of their work. Judi and Bryce continue to work tirelessly to have the pet rabbit included under animal law and to educate the public to the needs and nature of this unique pet. They are also educators for the House Rabbit Society, the oldest and most respected rabbit welfare charity in the world. They were invited to form the first chapter of the House Rabbit Society in Australia, which was established in November 2013.
Judi & Bryce's passion for the pet rabbit was born in 2003 when two bunnies arrived through a hole in their back fence. The two young giants were Hiro and Chi (RIP). The couple were intrigued by their intelligence and unique nature, and when they became aware of the high number of rabbits dumped in night boxes at shelters and subsequently euthanaised, their journey into pet rabbit welfare began.