Harvey's House is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

Harvey’s House Sanctuary Rabbits

In addition to fostering rabbits while they wait to go to their “forever homes,” Harvey’s House also keeps rabbits in our sanctuary. While a “forever home” is the ideal situation for any rabbit, sometimes serious health conditions, behavioral issues, or advanced age make that an unlikely outcome. These special bunnies are moved into sanctuary status, where they will live out their lives with love and care from our dedicated volunteers.

Meet our Sanctuary rabbits:

Dandelion and Hawkbit

These rabbits remain in fostercare from the 2007 Louisville Metro Animal Services “Yard Rabbits Confiscation Case.” Over 80 rabbits from this horrific situation were processed through animal control, but only 31 were able to be released to rescue due to severe illness and injuries sustained in the yard. Many of those rescued were able to transition into lives as house rabbits, but this group struggled. They never totally acclimated to being with people, and so have been repeatedly passed over by potential adopters. They are all elderly now, with escalating health issues. The rescue is the only home they have ever known, and we feel that the kindest decision is for them to stay with us as sanctuary rabbits. Please sponsor us.

"Yard Rabbits" in their desolate conditions

Yard Rabbits before rescue

Dandelion in Sanctuary

Dandelion in Sanctuary

Hawkbit in Sanctuary

Hawkbit in Sanctuary


Banjo, Bubba, and Bonnie Sue

Banjo, Bubba and Bonnie Sue are littermates who were rescued near a Munfordville, Kentucky dog shelter on April 19, 2009. One of their workers witnessed a man dumping a trailer full of New Zealand White rabbits onto a nearby road, and the rabbits scattered in panic. Many were run over, some were killed by the dogs, a few escaped into the nearby woods. This trio was found by a neighboring property owner a short time later in an abandoned barn… they were only a few weeks old, and barely alive. They have survived, but their mental as well as their physical condition is forever affected by their experience. Banjo has since passed away, Bonnie Sue and Bubba struggle with periodic episodes of stasis… fragile health is the sad reality for these little ones. Please sponsor us.  





Theodore was on the loose for over a week in Jeffersonville, Indiana, during a brutal heat wave during the summer of 2012. He seemed relieved that someone finally came to get him, and hopped happily into his rescuer’s arms. He was so small that at first glance we thought he was a young rabbit, but we soon discovered that he was, in fact, an elderbun. His intake exam revealed some serious problems: maloccluded incisors, ear mites in both ears, fleas, and an abscess under his chin, caused by a grass seed awn. He had several of these awns embedded in his mouth and underside, too, causing him a lot of pain and infection. He received excellent medical care, had his incisors removed, and was neutered, and seemed to be well on the road to good health. Subsequent exams, however, revealed an abscess in his upper jaw, which had infiltrated the sinus cavity. He’s been successfully treated, but we know that recurrence is a risk. Given his health struggles, and his advanced age, he is now a sanctuary rabbit. Please sponsor me



Ivan came to us from a terrible cruelty case confiscation in Oklahoma. For many animals, rescue came too late. Ivan’s color is a beautiful, lush blue that we don’t see very often. Unfortunately, he came with an upper respiratory infection and has been plagued with a variety of illnesses since then. Ivan is a confident bunny boy who will remain in our care as a sanctuary rabbit. Please sponsor me




Bumba is an absolute love! She is a very friendly and sweet girl and is a favorite among volunteers. Free-roaming, she is a hoot, always on the lookout for tasty shoes or jeans, which are so much more interesting than a boring willow ball. She is always excited about pets and nose rubs. Due to her complicated relationship with her previous owner, Bumba is now a sanctuary rabbit. Please sponsor me




Myrtle Mae

Myrtle Mae had to have emergency surgery after coming to us from Metro Animal shelter. She almost didn’t survive, but she is a fighter. The health of this beautiful and very sweet girl is still fragile, so she has been put into sanctuary status.
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Any support for these sanctuary rabbits would be deeply appreciated. Please contact us if you would like to be a sponsor.
Thank you from everyone at Harvey’s House.