Saratoga Co. rabbit rescue shifting to new facility


GANSEVOORT, N.Y. (NEWS10)- After two years and 1000’s of {dollars} raised by fundraising efforts and donations, Hop on Residence Rabbit Sanctuary hopes to have the ability to transfer into their new facility on Stump Avenue in Gansevoort come June. The rescue is at present working out of the Wilton Mall. Shifting into a brand new facility will give them extra space to take care of rabbits and provides bunnies who don’t get adopted a cushty dwelling.

As soon as on the new facility, bunnies may have their very own areas in addition to an outside predator-proof socialization yard. The second flooring may have workplaces and a quarantine space for bunnies simply arriving on the rescue.

Hop on Residence was created out of necessity. President/CEO Shelby Wimet-Himelrick mentioned she was taking in bunnies at her dwelling till she and her dwelling might now not sustain with the variety of rabbits that wanted assist.

“Rabbits are the third most deserted pet behind cats and dogs however individuals normally simply don’t know this,” mentioned Wimet-Himelrick. “Folks had been reaching out to me to have their bunny rehomed after figuring out I used to be concerned because the chief of the Home Rabbit 4 -H membership in Saratoga County.”

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Wimet-Himelrick mentioned it was at some extent the place she was getting a name each 10 days from somebody on the lookout for help. “At that time, I knew I needed to do one thing a lot bigger that might affect the group positively, assist those who couldn’t care for his or her bunny any longer, and broaden the group that might assist and educate the general public earlier than they resolve to deliver dwelling a rabbit,” she mentioned.

Apart from fundraising and donations, predator-proofing for Hop on Residence’s new socialization yard got here from an Oxbow Grant. Oxbow Rescue Grants provides out roughly $25,000 a 12 months to between 6-10 rescue organizations.

Hop on Residence which has an all-female board of administrators, goals to carry one main fundraiser 1 / 4. Its subsequent fundraiser, a Brooks BBQ, will happen on the finish of Could. Additionally they have a 5k Enjoyable Bun Run/Stroll in September and an annual pasta sale that includes pasta that is available in completely different shapes together with rabbits.

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Pets purchased round holidays typically discover themselves in shelters or rescues weeks or months down the highway. The rescue has taken a stance in opposition to adoptions round holidays like Easter, so Hop on Residence doesn’t permit adoptions round main holidays. “We consider pets aren’t presents and are a household resolution so we by no means have adoptions two weeks earlier than or after a serious vacation,” Wimet-Himelrick mentioned.

Nonetheless, the rescue is encouraging individuals who could also be fascinated with adopting a bunny for Easter, to donate the primary weekend in April and get a chocolate one as an alternative. The Saratoga Sweet Firm shall be donating 24 chocolate bunnies for many who donate. Donations may be made anytime at their Wilton Mall location or by mail: Hop on Residence Rabbit Sanctuary, 23 St. Johns Drive, Gansevoort, N.Y. 12831.


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