By now, the charm of the rabbits added to the family for Easter is wearing off. Those who’ve discovered that a bunny is perhaps more care than they expected or that their bunny has developed a bad habit are getting frustrated. All too often, this can mean rabbits being abandoned by a roadside, let loose in a neighborhood or turned in to a shelter.
Bunny TNT (Training, Nurturing, and Therapy). was founded to rescue rabbits and to help rabbit owning families understand their furry friends better. Joyce Gedraitis is one of three founders of the organization which began in 2006 to help people learn more about taking care of their rabbits, or, if circumstances warrant, helping them find a home for their bunny.
“I’ve even talked people who thought they needed to give up their rabbit into keeping it,” said Gedraitis. “They just needed more information on how to care for and train their rabbit to learn to really enjoy their pet.”
The purpose of the organization is to:
* Educate individuals who own, or are interested in owning, rabbits and caring for them properly.
* Help people determine if a bunny is an appropriate choice as a pet in their home.
* Provide a network of local resources, information and professional services for rabbit care, i.e. supplies, boarding, nutrition and medical services.
* Assist the Kansas Humane Society and similar organizations by aiding in rescue and adoption of rabbits.
Founders Gedraitis, Terri Brown and Michael Webb saw a need in Wichita for an organization that provides assistance to rabbit owners, education about the care of rabbits throughout the community, and an adoption service for abandoned and neglected rabbits whether seized or “dumped”. While the Kansas Humane Society often has rabbits who have been relinquished, Bunny TNT is well suited to finding homes for rabbits. They also have a foster care network for rabbits with special health needs, such as the lovely Rex rabbit and her babies currently up for adoption.
As an all-volunteer organization, Bunny TNT will provide foster care and rehabilitation for rabbits, including litter box training and all of the rabbits they adopt to new homes are spayed or neutered. You can contact Bunny TNT at 316-683-1122 or via email to learn more about caring for your pet, or how to care for a bunny you may be considering adding to your family.
If you’re a Bunny TNT volunteer, foster home or have adopted a bunny through Bunny TNT, please leave a comment to let readers know more! Contact me if you know of another great organization, event, volunteer or other story that the Wichita Pet Rescue pages should feature.