Our mission is to provide rescue and sanctuary to abandoned and unwanted domestic bunnies; to spay/neuter, vaccinate, provide veterinary care, and prepare them to be adopted into loving homes through socialization and training. To provide education and resources for current and future bunny owners and reduce cycles of surrendering unwanted animals by carefully reviewing potential adopters and ensuring good matches of humans and companion animals. For bunnies whose medical needs preclude them from adoption, we will provide lifelong sanctuary.
Our vision is for all domestic bunnies to live a long, safe, and happy life, with dignity and respect, free of homelessness and neglect. Ember’s embraces compassion and kindness for all animals while cultivating awareness of the specific need for bunny rescue both locally and throughout the region.
Why be a bunny advocate?
Bunnies are the third most abandoned pet following cats and dogs. They are often dumped at shelters where many are euthanized or abandoned outside where they will not be able to survive. Most bunnies don’t make it through the first year of their life. Bunnies are very misunderstood animals and are often viewed as good starter pets for children when in reality they have similarities to cats and dogs and are considered high maintenance pets to take care of properly. They are not meant to live their lives in cages but desire affection and exercise. Bunnies are social animals and desire a family to call their own, they can actually die from loneliness. Many are bought for Easter presents and then abandoned or neglected. They deserve loving homes that understand their needs so that they can thrive and be the amazing companions that they are!
The Legacy of Ember
In April 2015 my roommate at the time decided to surprise me with a pet bunny the day before Easter. She adopted him from the Ochoco Humane Society after he was found as a stray. I had been considering getting a bunny but wasn’t quite ready. Being the animal lover that I am I was excited for my new family member and quickly did research on how to provide for a bunny. Note: this is not always the outcome, please do not give anyone a pet as a gift! I named him Ember and that little bunny changed my life. I had no idea that bunnies could be so loving and affectionate. He loved to snuggle and be pet. He would rest his little chin on me and fall asleep. He even gave kisses and let me kiss him all over his face. He came when I called his name and even began to learn a couple tricks. He comforted me when I cried and made me laugh constantly. Not only did he help me learn so much about bunnies, he showed me that even though bunnies are small they have huge hearts and even bigger personalities. Throughout the four years of having him he helped me through some of the hardest chapters of my life and reminded me that there is always a reason to smile everyday. I could go on and on about how special this boy was. Soon after falling in love with him I found out that he is not only special because of his big heart but he also had special needs. My vet helped me discover that Ember had dental issues, he was missing his bottom teeth. Bunnies teeth never stop growing and they need their teeth to grind together in order to keep them short enough. This issue caused Ember to develop an abscess on his jaw. Bunnies are considered exotic pets and they are very sensitive which makes finding a knowledgeable vet hard, we are extremely fortunate to have an amazing vet on our side. After spending thousands of dollars on vet care and learning so much along the way I can say that it was all worth it. Once Ember got his teeth trimmed regularly he hadn’t had an abscess in two years and it became easy to manage. A year after having Ember as an only bunny I decided to get him a sister and then another and so on. Sadly, Ember passed away in June 2019 after a continuous battle to keep him healthy. Though I wished we would have had many more years together, I will always be thankful for the time we shared. The memory of him will live forever and many bunnies will be saved because of him. My inspiration. I love and miss you Ember!
“Save one until there are none.”