RABBIT RUN-AWAY ORPHANAGE is a non-profit organisation and operates as an incorporated association. It is a public charity, run by a committee of management and a small dedicated group of volunteers. The Orphanage receives no government funding and is reliant on donations and fundraising. It is an entity that belongs to all people that care about the welfare of pet rabbits.
Rabbit Run-Away Orphanage aims to:
provide care for sick, unwanted, stray, or mistreated rabbits
appropriate short-term care
long-term re-homing solutions
educate the public on rabbit ownership and care
prevent unnecessary euthanasia of rabbits
discourage cruelty to rabbits
Judi & Bryce Inglis have been advocates for the companion pet rabbit and involved in animal welfare work and education for a number of years.
Where do the rabbits come from?
Rabbits come to Rabbit Run-Away Orphanage as ‘overflows’ from other animal shelters, council pounds, private rescues and vet clinics throughout Victoria. Rabbits also come to the orphanage as a result of being dumped, neglected, or rescued through the orphanage’s rescue service.
Rabbit Run-Away Orphanage was officially formed and received charity status in July 2009 and represents the consolidation of their work. Judi and Bryce continue to work tirelessly to have the pet rabbit included under animal law and to educate the public to the needs and nature of this unique pet.
House Rabbit Society Chapter
Judi & Bryce formed the first chapter of the esteemed House Rabbit Society in October 2013. They are also educators for the House Rabbit Society, the oldest and most respected rabbit welfare charity in the world.
Judi & Bryce’s passion for the pet rabbit was born in 2003 when two bunnies arrived through a hole in their back fence. The two young giants were Hiro and Chi (RIP). The couple was intrigued by their intelligence and unique nature, and when they became aware of the high number of rabbits dumped in night boxes at shelters and subsequently euthanised, their journey into pet rabbit welfare began. They had eight rabbits in their own bunny family prior to starting the rescue. Chi, Hiro, Mali, Tai, Tulip, Lori, Gia, and Fleur.
Tai and Mali (RIP)
Hiro & Chi (RIP)
Judi & Bryce with Tai (RIP)