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Rabbit surrenders peak during Easter time, sanctuary co-founder says

Rabbit surrenders peak during Easter time, sanctuary co-founder says - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Rabbit Sanctuary co-founder Kyle Hendricks says the sanctuary provides a safe place for abandoned rabbits. Photo by Emily Alvarez

 

 

For almost 25 years, The Retired Rabbit Sanctuary has made it its mission to provide a safe place for abandoned and needy rabbits. 

Sanctuary co-founder Kyle Hendricks sees a 10-15% increase in rabbit surrenders after rodeo season and a 30% increase through Easter time.

The Retired Rabbit Sanctuary is a 501-C3 non-profit educational and charitable organization that runs entirely on donations and their own personal funding. All of their work is volunteer-based. 

Despite city regulations, Hendricks receives rabbit surrenders and dumpings almost daily, for reasons ranging from affordability, unwanted pregnancies and chewed belongings.

Hendricks said he believes education is the best way to combat holiday impulse buying. 

Hendricks said people who are interested in hanging out with rabbits this Easter or any other time in the year can always visit the sanctuary.

He also encourages all volunteers, especially college students, to lend a helping hand at any point in the year. To volunteer, contact the sanctuary by emailing retiredrabbits@gmail.com or visit their website.

About the Author

Emily Alvarez
Multimedia Editor
Emily Alvarez is a senior communication major and Multimedia Editor for The Mesquite at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. She received an Associate of Arts from Palo Alto College in May 2018. She is a full-time college student who loves to watch movies, listen to music, and play video games in her spare time. Upon graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in media writing, video editing or photography.

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