Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Adopting a baby rabbit or adult rabbit

How about a cuddly baby rabbit? People often ask, “Should I adopt a baby rabbit or an adult rabbit”?  Well, the answer is that there is little difference but these are points to consider:

A baby rabbit will only remain tame and friendly if handled gently on a very regular basis. Many people are scared to pick up a rabbit because when they try, the rabbit jumps out of their grasp and runs away.  This often means that they just pat the rabbit, which is fine, but the problem there is that the baby bunny is never groomed, checked or has his or her nails clipped. This creates a health problem for the bunny as they do need daily checking and grooming with regular nail trims. 

Selecting an adult rabbit that is people friendly (having been gently and well handled as a baby) can easily be groomed and handled using the correct methods of picking up the rabbit and handling on the grooming table. 

For the house proud, a baby rabbit may still be learning to use the litter tray while an adult rabbit will already be accustomed to going straight to the tray which means a cleaner rabbit playpen and less tidying up each day. 

Some think that adopting a baby rabbit will mean a stronger bond between rabbit and bunny parent. Depending on how the baby is handled this may be true but an adult rescue rabbit will quickly grow to love his or her new owners if they are kind and interact often and well with the bunny.

The Rabbit Sanctuary has both adult and baby rescue rabbits in care.  Adoptable rabbits are listed on our site and our rabbit Foster Carers also add photos and information about the bunnies in their care to our Facebook group Adopt a Rabbit which you might like to visit and join. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Hand Rearing a Baby Hare Leveret

People sometimes come across baby hares, known as leverets who have been somehow moved from their mother's nest or carried away by cats, birds or dogs or other predators. The Rabbit Sanctuary has set up an educational help group for people wanting to raise baby hairs, leverets. Here is a link to join our Hare Raisers facebook support group...

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A group for those that love hares and raising them as house and yard pets or to release to a safe hare habitat. A Rabbit Sanctuary educational group.

Making hand-made hay bales with a box baler

Rabbit owners may like to make their own hay for their pet bunny. If you have a paddock of grass or if you can plant some ground with oats or other grass seed then harvest it with a scythe you can then either stack it into a haystack or make it into a bale of hay with a homemade box hay baler. Watch the video... _____________________________________________________________________

Saturday, November 24, 2018

New Rabbit Sanctuary Website and Logo

The Rabbit Sanctuary has a brand new website and logo. Please have a look here

We would like very much to publicly thank Rebecca Darmanin for her hours of work and great talent in setting up the new website which will help us do what we do best and that is to rescue rabbits and rehome them to good homes. 

Please have a look around our new site as there is a lot of information about adopting a rabbit and caring for rabbits. 

2019 will herald in more exciting changes to our website to make it a very valuable resource for the rabbit owning community. 

We love our new logo which features a rabbit and a dandelion to indicate that time never runs out for rabbits at The Rabbit Sanctuary.  Once again we thank Rebecca as well as Melya who added our brand colours. 

Saturday, November 10, 2018

The Rabbit as a Companion Pet

In Australia, pet rabbits have traditionally been kept in outdoor cages and hutches. This has resulted in rabbits being undervalued in our culture as a 'caged animal' rather than as a companion pet.

The Rabbit Sanctuary is encouraging people to think of the benefit to their family of a 'house rabbit'. On our website you will find quite a bit of information about keeping a rabbit in your home.

RHDV2 Rabbit Calicivirus Alert

Bunny owners may not be aware that there is a very deadly rabbit virus on the loose in Australia. It is known as RHDV2 Calicivirus and was released in Canberra in 2015 from a government laboratory in a security breach.

It has spread now to all states of Australia and rabbits are being reported as dying suddenly.

We encourage rabbit owners to:
Keep rabbits inside the house
Keep rabbits flea and fly free
Keep rabbits away from other rabbits either wild or domestic

There is no vaccine specifically for RHDV2 Calicivirus in Australia. Other countries such as USA, European countries and New Zealand have quickly moved to developing or importing a vaccine to protect pet rabbits and other domestic rabbits.

We suggest to pet rabbit owners that they contact their local MP and Federal MP to ask them to cut the red tape to allow the importation or manufacture of a vaccine to protect our pets.

The current vaccine, Cylap, protects against other strains of RHDV Calicivirus. We recommend vaccinating 6 monthly.

Saturday, September 29, 2018



How to enter....

🐰Tell us why you would like to attend! Share this post to Facebook or other social pages. 

Rabbit Education & Fun Day...

Win Spring Conference tickets for 2!

A day of bunny fun & learning:

🐰Take home a rabbit show bag of goodies

🐰Learn how to avoid rabbit gut problems 

🐰Learn how to handle a difficult rabbit

🐰Learn how to groom & remove fur matting

🐰Learn how to have a fur-free house

🐰Find out about the magic of the Snuggle Coat

🐰Learn how to have a contented bunny

🐰Learn how to avoid destructive chewing

🐰Learn Rabbit Sanctuary handling & bonding methods

🐰Hands-on learning from experts

🐰Ask experts questions 

🐰Learn how to teach your rabbit tricks & jumping

🐰See a demo on rabbit show jumping & have a go

🐰Take home our parasite prevention knowledge 

🐰Learn how to feed and care for your rabbits 

🐰Learn how to protect bunnies from viruses

🐰Learn about rabbit teeth & dental health 

& so much more...

Draw Date: This Thursday 4/10/18

Monday, August 6, 2018

Donate to help the rescue rabbits

We are very pleased to announce that we now have a new donation system that is easy to use. You can simply select your donation amount, click and pay via a range of methods including PayPal, credit card etc.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Gold Sponsor SAN & Oxbow Australia!

We are proud to announce our Gold Sponsor SAN & Oxbow Australia!

Oxbow Australia are sponsoring our upcoming rabbit education event the Spring Conference 2018.
Oxbow Australia and SAN Specialised Animal Nutrition
Oxbow Australia and SAN Specialised Animal Nutrition
Our keynote speaker is the highly qualified exotic vet Dr Deborah Monks. She will disclose the secrets of the rabbit's digestion and how not to lose your beloved pet rabbit to the dreaded and hard to treat gut stasis.

Oxbow Australia are the distributors for a premium quality range of rabbit hays, pellets and healthy treats that will help keep your rabbit fit, healthy and happy.

Click to Buy a ticket for The Rabbit Sanctuary Spring Conference!

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The Rabbit Rescue Sanctuary Spring Conference: Anna Nikolic 

Join our facebook group: Australian Rabbit Owners

Join our facebook educational group: Australian Rabbit Owners

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Top 10 Tips for new rabbit owners

Top 10 Mistakes new rabbit owners make. Great tips here and well presented. Go to to adopt a rabbit. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Attend our rabbit rescue spring conference

Find out what topics and buy a ticket at The Rabbit Sanctuary educational Spring Conference in Tweed Heads. Check it out in our Rabbit Rescue Shop

Monday, June 18, 2018

Rabbit Surgery | Rabbit Anaesthetic

Rabbit Surgery and rabbit anaesthetic being performed by our Sydney vet Dr Marjorie at PETstock Vet Dural...

It is great to see vets taking a special interest in rabbit medicine and surgery in Sydney.

Thursday, June 7, 2018


Sam and Rosie Rose need a loving indoor home. They are clean house rabbits. Their age is 9 months and they are friends. They are looking for a home together.  They are a small pair of bunnies. 

Rosie and Sam are cuddly. They just need a spot in your home where their indoor playpen can be placed with a litter tray, bowls and haybag inside.  They need a pet tunnel and box to hide in. 

Rosie is a lovely light chocolate colour and Sam is dark chocolate and white. 

Friday, May 25, 2018


Visitors have loads of fun hand feeding and interacting with the rescue rabbits at The Rabbit Rescue Sanctuary Adoption Centre in Grafton. You can book a visit by texting Kim on 0416 062 947.

We encourage visitors to bring fresh kale to hand feed all the rescue bunnies.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Little black mini Lop Lyle Rescued

Lyle was today rescued from a tiny outside cage. He is adorable and is following his Foster Carer around and sitting at her feet! He is a 3-4 year old mini lop boy. He will be available for adoption desexed, vaccinated, microchipped. Apply on

Update! Lyle goes in for his vet package this week at our Gosford Petstock Vet.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Currumbin Rabbit Pellets and Hay

we would like to thank Megan at Currumbin Pet and Stock Feeds for her spoport for our rabbit rescue. We recommend her barley hay and other fresh hays for rabbits on the Tweed. Our Tweed Heads rescue rabbit Foster Carers go to Currumbin as the hay is so fresh and top quality. We get the barley hay, Lucerne hay, protect litter from Currumbin Pet Stock Feeds.

Saturday, March 17, 2018


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If you are looking for the perfect pair of house rabbits then this little bonded couple will delight you.

Jasmin is a Himalayan dwarf rabbit and Chreamo is a Mini Lop boy both in Newcastle.

They are both desexed, vaccinated and microchipped. They are approximately 1-2 years old.

They are very tame and friendly.

We do not sell our rabbits. We simply ask you to make a donation of your own choice to our charity to help us with our rabbit rescue work. Each of our rescue rabbits comes with approximately $350-$400 vet work. That’s a lot of added value that you wouldn’t get if you buy a rabbit from a breeder or pet shop.

Adopting a rescue rabbit saves a bunny’s life.

Monday, March 12, 2018

How to pick up a pet rabbit baby and adult

THE RABBIT HAY BAG - Your most important rabbit accessory

The Hay Bag is the most important rabbit accessory because hay is the most important rabbit food! 

The rabbit lives mainly on hay.  Top quality, fresh hay is most important. Hay should be fed in unlimited quantities from a Hay Bag. 

A Hay Bag can be easily made from a fabric shopping bag.  Just cut a hole in the lower front of the bag for bunnies to access the hay.  

Hang the rabbit Hay Bag from an "S" shaped hook which you can buy from Bunnings in the garden department.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018


Delilah is a lovely natured himalayan girl rescue rabbit for adoption. She came in from RSPCA Qld and needs a loving home as an indoor house rabbit. She is lovely and clean and uses her litter tray perfectly.  If you are looking for a cuddly bunny to adopt then Delilah would suit your needs.

We do not ask for payment for our rescue rabbits. We ask that if you adopt you become a supporter of our rabbit rescue by making a donation. Thank you. Find out more about Delilah and our other available rabbits for adoption on our home page. There is a very long list of rabbits for adoption there to scroll down through.  She is desexed, vaccinated and microchipped.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018



Apply to adopt on our site using the Adoption Application Form.
She was handed in to a vet to be put down with her sister DUTCHESS.
We can thank the PetStock Vet Dural and Dr Marjorie for saving their lives.
These two mini lop girls are gorgeous and totally friendly and cuddly.
We are seeking an indoor home for them as family pets, companion rabbits and part of a family.
The bunnies are desexed, vaccinated, microchipped and vet health checked.