RabbitWise®'s Bunderground Railroad is intended to function as a tool to help rabbit rescuers, rescue organizations, shelters, and sanctuaries communicate with each other and coordinate services when the need arises to make emergency plans for large numbers of rabbits who are in a life threatening situation. This happens when too many rabbits enter a shelter or organization all at once and quickly overwhelm the agency's available resources. The rabbits in this situation are at risk of being killed. To spare their lives, the BGRR transports them to other temporary or permanent situations where resources are available to them.
THE BGRR IS NOT INTENDED FOR MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO TRANSPORT SINGLE OR SEVERAL RABBITS AROUND THE COUNTRY FOR WHATEVER REASON.
|THE BUNDERGROUND EXPRESS|
HOW TO ACTIVATE THE BUNDERGROUND
A member or agency of the rabbit rescue community activates the Bunderground by e-mailing the coordinator of his/her home state. The e-mail address link to the State Coordinator is found at the top of the corresponding state's page in the Rescues & Sanctuaries section. If there is no SC for that state, e-mail the Head State Coordinator by clicking on the e-mail link that follows. The e-mail must contain the following information:
The State Coordinator will respond to the rescuer/agency and make an assessment of the situation. If finding resources and transportation to those resources around the state or around the country is indicated, the coordinator will notify the BGRR Conductor and State Coordinator Group. The group then mobilizes to find the type of emergency resources requested. These plans are done in accordance with the BGRR's policies and procedures (please see the "Principles and Resources," the "User Agreement," and the "Traveling With Rabbits" pages in this web site) and are coordinated with the requesting rescuer. It is expected that the rescuer/agency is an active participate in helping find resources and transportation and keeps the SC advised of their availability so that they may be incorporated into the rescue plan that the BGRR is devising.
PLEASE NOTE: RabbitWise®, RW's BGRR, the State Coordinators, and the Conductors do not automatically supply food, supplies, carriers, etc. for transporting rabbits. Most have their personal carriers, litter boxes, etc. for use with the BGRR but these details are worked out with the agency requesting services in the development of the rescue plan. RabbitWise and RW's BGRR do not reimburse anyone for expenditures incurred.