WELCOME TO THE BUNDERGROUND RAILROAD
The BUNDERGROUND RAILROAD is the system of contacts, rabbit rescuers, rescue organizations, and shelters locally and nationally that gets alerted when there are emergency placements and transportation needed for a large number of rabbits all at once and/or for rabbits that are in danger of being imminently killed because resources for them are unavailable because of overload. At that point, local rabbit organizations get involved to make nationwide (if necessary) emergency arrangements for them.
Volunteer rescuers, known as Conductors, transport a rabbit(s) to the next railroad stop and then the next Conductor transports to the next stop until the rabbit(s) is placed in a safe living situation. Stops are usually within a 50 mile range and it is in this manner that the rabbits get moved to safety across the country if necessary. Rabbits may need to stay overnight or a few days with their Conductor until the next Conductor can arrange their schedule to get the rabbits or because rabbits need some type of medical and/or supportive care..
TO GET HELP FROM THE BGRR
This website is intended to be used as a tool by rabbit rescuers nationwide who are making the above kinds of arrangements for rabbits whose lives are threatened. To get help from the BGRR, first go to the page "How the BGRR Works," by clicking it on the navigation bar to your left. If you have questions, go to the "Rescues & Sanctuaries" page by clicking on it on the navigation bar to your left. On the "Rescues & Sanctuaries" page, click on the state where the endangered rabbits are located. On that state's page, click on the link to e-mail the State Coordinator (SC). If there is no SC for your state, click on this e-mail link:
If you are a rabbit knowledgeable person and can give some of your time and caring to help rescue the rabbits, please volunteer to be a RabbitWise® BUNDERGROUND RAILROAD CONDUCTOR and/or a STATE COORDINATOR. To read more about these roles, click on the "How the BGRR Works." On that page scroll down toward the bottom to read about what SCs and Conductors do. To start your volunteer application, click on "Volunteer" on the navigation bar to your left and then submit the form on that page. Your personal contact information will not be released to the general public but only to other SCs and Conductors. To protect their privacy, Conductors and State Coordinators communicate with each other in a non-published, membership by invitation only e-mail group known as RabbitWise®'s Bunderground Railroad State Coordinator's & Conductor Group. Please join us and help the rabbits!
Operating this service not only requires individual dedication to rabbits and their welfare but also financial resources. If you find this web site useful, we ask that you contribute financially by making a donation to keep it running. You can use our convenient Pay Pal buttons located on pages throughout the site and below or you can mail a check, payable to RabbitWise® INC, to P.O. Box 2543, Kensington, MD 20891-2543.
The rabbits thank you and we thank you.