Most DCHS and Wildlife Center services are by appointment only. If you found a lost animal, need to surrender a pet, found wildlife in need of help, or require another service, please call before coming to the shelter. Adoption visits are handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you don't find the answers you are seeking after reviewing these links and the information below, please call us at (608) 838-0413 ext. 100. Additional resources can be found at the Wisconsin House Rabbit Society's or at the national House Rabbit Society.

Rabbits make friendly and quiet house pets and can even be house-trained! The average lifespan for a bunny is 8-12 years, but there are records of rabbits living up to 15 years of age. The following information is designed to help you take good care of your pet and enjoy a happy, healthy life with them.

Diet

Rabbit Pellets

Loose Non-Alfalfa Hay

Fresh Foods

Treat Foods

Water

Chewing Material

Vitamins, Salt or Mineral Block

Digestive Enzymes

Laxative for Hairballs

Night Feces

HOUSING

Cage

Litter Box

Free Roam of the House

Temperature

Taming & Handling

Always support your rabbit's hind quarters when picking them up. This is extremely important. If the back legs are allowed to dangle unsupported, one strong kick can lead to fracture of the spine, causing permanent paralysis. Never pick up a bunny by his sensitive ears. Most rabbits do not like to be cuddled, picked up and carried around. They do, however, like to be petted while you are on the floor with them.

Ailments

Cancer

Aggression

Hairballs of the Stomach

Overgrown Teeth

Pasteurellosis