Ohio House Rabbit Rescue

Columbus, Ohio

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About Ohio House Rabbit Rescue

Ohio House Rabbit Rescue in Columbus, Ohio was founded in 2009 and provides temporary housing and care for 25-30 rabbits at a time. Each year in Central Ohio alone, over 900 rabbits are surrendered at animal shelters or rescues that are already at full capacity. Rabbits not placed in a shelter are frequently released outdoors, which is a death sentence for the fragile prey animal.

Ohio House Rabbit Rescue's mission has four parts:

  • Operate the Ohio House Rabbit Adoption Center
  • Rescue abandoned pet rabbits
  • Offer a robust adoption program
  • Provide educational resources and programming on the proper care of rabbits as indoor companions

Thinking about adopting a lucky rabbit from Ohio House Rabbit Rescue? Keep reading below for more information on their adoption process and fees.

Contact Info

5485 N High St
(614) 263-8557
Website: ohiohouserabbitrescue.org

Hours of Operation

Mon: Closed
Tue: Closed
Wed: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Thu: Closed
Fri: Closed
Sat: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Adoption Process

Looking to add a fluffy bunny (or two!) to your home? Here’s Ohio House Rabbit Rescue’s simple adoption process:

  1. View the available rabbits on the rescue’s website.
  2. Complete an adoption application.
  3. Wait for Ohio House Rabbit Rescue to contact you by email, which usually takes 72 hours or less. If you don’t get a response, please follow up.
  4. Meet the rabbits at the adoption center on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30 pm and Saturdays/Sundays from 12:00-4:00 pm. Generally, adoptions operate on a first-come, first-served basis.
  5. When visiting, bring all of your family members to participate in the adoption decision. The rabbit's primary caregiver must be present, and you may need multiple visits so all family members get a chance to interact with the rabbits to determine if any member of the household is allergic.
  6. If you’re adopting a companion for an existing rabbit, introduce your current rabbit to each rabbit you’re interested in. The rabbits’ reactions to each other will determine which one is an appropriate match.
  7. If all goes well and you’ve made the decision to adopt, a representative of Ohio House Rabbit Rescue will deliver the adopted rabbit to your home. This allows you time to get housing set up and to rabbit-proof your home as necessary.
  8. When your rabbit is delivered, sign the adoption contract and pay the adoption fee.
  9. Enjoy your new companion!

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Ohio House Rabbit Rescue are as follows:

  • Single rabbit: $50
  • Pair of rabbits: $60

Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery and helps Ohio House Rabbit Rescue partially cover the costs they incur saving the lives of countless rabbits each year.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Ohio House Rabbit Rescue
directly using the contact info above.

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