An estimated 90% of all rabbits purchased as pets for children die of improper care or are abandoned at animal shelters across the country, most to be euthanized. Sadly, many rabbits are not given the chance to prove themselves as intelligent, curious, affectionate companion animals. Without understanding their bunnies needs, and knowing how best to handle difficult situations, owners may become frustrated and disillusioned, resorting to abandonment.
Most shelters and many rescue organizations choose not to spend money on injured or sick animals; they choose to euthanize. Their protocol is to "spend only on the healthy."
NTRS decided 20 years ago that this would not be an option for us. We will never euthanize unless there is absolutely no other choice and the rabbit is suffering. All the rabbits that come into NTRS's care, are given a chance to live and look forward to being adopted into warm, loving homes with caring people.