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Penny And Wild

Donate To The Animals!

100% of all donations received go towards medical care and supplies.

Adopt a Rabbit or Guinea Pig!

Give a rescue a second chance at a happy end. All of our rabbits & guinea pigs are vetted, spay/neutered, socialized and can't wait to meet you.

Save A Life By Fostering!

Penny and Wild is completely foster-based. Since we do not have a shelter facility, the number of foster homes is directly related to the number of rabbits and guinea pigs we are able to save.

Animal Surrender Request

If you are looking to surrender your personal animal or if you found a rabbit / guinea pig outside, please fill out this form to give us more information.

Penny and Wild was named after two rabbits that led to this rescue being created. The name is our way of carrying on Penny and Wild’s legacies and a reminder to ourselves about why we do what we do. You can read more about them below!

There is a huge need for rabbit rescue in South Florida. Every year there are many rabbits bought from pet stores that are no longer wanted, hundreds of rabbits abandoned in parks, neighborhoods, or in the middle of the street, massive hoarding cases full of rabbits with nowhere to go, Easter rabbits that are dumped outside, and so many more cases, some of which blow people away. Guinea pigs are also in a tough situation, requests come in for hundreds that need to be rehomed each and every year for a multitude of reasons.

Penny and Wild Smalls of South Florida is a 501c(3) non-profit, no-kill small animal rescue specializing in rabbits & guinea pigs. We accept owner surrenders, rescue pets who were abandoned outside, accept medical cases, rescue from hoarding cases, and assist local shelters and humane societies. The primary goal of this rescue is to save animals that won’t get a second chance. Strays, animals on euthanasia lists, hoarding cases, and medical cases are our priority. Our mission is to save as many rabbits and guinea pigs as we can and adopt them out to carefully screened indoor forever homes. We also provide sanctuary to a limited number of animals who cannot be adopted out due to medical conditions and/or behavioral problems. Our rabbits and guinea pigs are vetted, spay/neutered, and socialized in foster homes prior to adoption.

We work hard to save every animal that we can. Because we are 100% foster-based, the number of animals that we save each year is contingent on the number of foster homes that open their hearts and homes to one or a few animals and show them love and safety until they find their forever homes. For every foster that opens their home even once, another animal is able to be saved and have a happy ever after.  At any given time Penny and Wild has roughly 150 animals in our care and we appreciate each and every foster, donor, volunteer, and transporter that help us keep these animals safe!

Meet Penny:

Penny was originally fostered by one of the founders through a different rescue organization. Nobody wanted to go near her because she was branded “aggressive”. All of Penny’s reactions were fear-based and after a few months of work, she started opening up and becoming friendlier. She was one of many rabbits who are labeled aggressive for behaviors that don’t necessarily mean aggression and who are at risk to be euthanized because of it. She became much friendlier after time just as many of these rabbits do. We have a certain number of spots for rabbits labeled “aggressive” each year and work with them in order to improve their behavior and find them homes. Penny was an amazing rabbit and her legacy continues to live on with every single “aggressive” rabbit that we are able to save and help.

Meet Wild:

Wildflower (AKA Wild) was rescued by one of the founders six years before she started this rescue. Wild was rescued from a breeding situation (hence the ear tattoo). She and some of the other rabbits who were rescued from there were not good enough for breeding so they were ready to go. They were living outdoors on bare wire while eating pine cones and being surrounded by loose chickens. Wild earned her nickname because she was so entirely unpredictable with her “aggressive” tendencies that everybody called her wild and crazy. Like Penny, Wild’s aggression wasn’t genuine and she was sweet and cuddly within six months of being rescued. She had a series of medical issues from the day that she was rescued until she passed away many years later. She had more than four surgeries, multiple procedures, and many other treatments done over the course of her time. Wild is one of the reasons that this rescue focuses so heavily on medical cases (and why we have a soft spot for discarded breeder rabbits). She was very special and touched the lives of everybody who knew her.

Every week Penny and Wild receives multiple urgent rescue pleas for rabbits and guinea pigs in life-or-death situations. Some weeks we get as few as two or three, other weeks we get upwards of thirty requests at once. Many of these animals die if a rescue isn’t able to help them fast enough. Rabbits and guinea pigs starve outside, get attacked by predators, hit by cars, die of injuries, poisoning, get sunburnt, and have many other challenges they face outside where they don’t belong. The average domestic rabbit won’t survive more than 1-2 weeks outside on its own, if it even makes it that long. Most guinea pigs won’t survive more than a few days.

Because of this, fosters are incredibly important to the rescue and to the animals who are rescued. One foster home can save 1-3 animals from death and give them a safe place to relax and play until their forever home is found. Fostering is not a long-term commitment, while there is no guarantee on how long it will take each animal to find a home, the average timeframe that people foster is 2-4 months. Once your foster animal is adopted, you can decide whether to take another foster animal or to stop fostering. Each foster is expected to transport their foster animal to/from their spay/neuter appointment and to feed/care for their foster animals. It’s important that they’re socialized every day and that rabbits get time to run and play outside of their pen each day.

We do offer community service hours to all students that foster animals. These can be used in middle school, high school, college, or for any other need. Fostering is a great opportunity for students to learn how to care for animals/learn responsibilities and for adults to be able to help out in the small animal world and make a difference in these animals’ lives. **As of 9/14/2022, Penny and Wild is offering 15 service hours a week for single animals and 20 service hours a week for pairs.**

We look forward to having you join our foster team! To apply, click on the application at the top of the page.

Give an animal a second chance at a happy ending. All of our rabbits and guinea pigs are vetted, spay/neutered, socialized and can't wait to meet you.

Give an animal a second chance at a happy ending. All of our rabbits and guinea pigs are vetted, spay/neutered, socialized and can't wait to meet you.

Adoption fees: Our adoption fees are $100/rabbit and $75/guinea pig. These adoption fees help us to cover the costs of a vet visit and spay/neutering each animal. The rescue does not make a profit and does not even break even on half of the animals that we take in. We do the best that we can to help each and every animal! All animals come with medical records showing clean bills of health (unless otherwise disclosed) and are already spay/neutered (unless you are adopting through the FTA program). Since all of our rabbits are in foster homes, many of them are well-socialized, exposed to dogs, cats, children, and even have the foundations for litterbox training if they aren’t fully trained already.

Bonding: Yes, we do match rabbits and guinea pigs for bonding quite frequently through the rescue. If you are interested in finding a friend for your animal and don’t know who to choose, fill out an application and type that you’re undecided and we can provide recommendations on a good friend for your rabbit/guinea pig(s). Regardless of whether you do or don’t know who you’d like to adopt as a friend, we will set up a date and time for you to bring your animal(s) to meet the friend you are interested in adopting to make sure that they all get along before you take them home. After the initial meeting, you are responsible for the bonding process yourself, although we will be here to answer any questions if you need.

The FTA (Foster to Adopt) Program is put in place primarily to allow animals that are not quite ready for adoption to be placed with their forever families prior to completing whatever is still needed for adoption. This program is mostly used for our young animals. All female rabbits under five months old and male rabbits under four months old will fall under this program, with no exceptions. You will still pay their adoption fee and nobody else will be able to adopt them. You will also have to pay an extra security deposit that will be refunded to you once the animal is brought back to be spay/neutered at our vet (at the rescue’s expense). The FTA program can also be used for medical cases, although this is much less common. If you fall in love with one of our animals that is still receiving medical treatment, you can apply to adopt this animal through the FTA program as well. The medical treatment for the animal’s current issue will be covered by the rescue but you will be responsible for transporting to/from appointments and any future problems that may arise with the animal after it is officially adopted.

Since we are 100% foster-based, all of our animals are in foster homes. This means that you must put in an application and be approved to adopt in order to meet an animal. We do not allow people that have not applied to go and visit the animals in their foster homes. While you do need to apply first, we will not ask you to pay an adoption fee or sign any contracts until after you meet the animal(s) and are certain you want to adopt.

We look forward to receiving your adoption application and matching you with your new family member! 🙂

Since we are 100% foster-based, we do not have a facility for volunteers to spend time helping out in. However, we do still have some volunteering opportunities for those who are interested! All of the opportunities below provide service hours as well.

Photography is another very important role within the rescue! If you enjoy photographing animals or have a camera lying around and some spare time, this is a very important aspect of rescue that directly impacts adoptions! Photography can be done in individual animal sessions or group days. You do not need to have professional skills as long as you can be creative and take clear closeups for the website! To start photographing rabbits, please email us at info@pennyandwild.org and let us know that you’d like to help with photography!

Bio Writing is another opportunity that we offer volunteers. We often have over 100 animals on the website at any given time. Many of these animals have very distinct personality traits that can be showcased through unique bios on the websites. Bio writers use the information on the animals to create short 4-10 sentence bios for adopters to read. The more creative it is, the higher chance of adoption the animal has! To help out with bio writing, you can contact us at info@pennyandwild.org.

Join our Social Media Team! We are looking for volunteers to help out with posts and stories on social media. If you’re interested in helping out with social media, please message info@pennyandwild.org and let us know which platform(s) you’d like to help with.

Event Assistants We generally host events 1-4 times a month. They generally take place over weekends and are a great way for our adoptable animals to be showcased. Event assistants will set up and prep crates, handle the animals, talk to interested people at the events, and then break down crates and tables and clean up at the end of each event. If you’re interested in helping with events, please contact info@pennyandwild.org.

**We are not accepting any new intakes until the New Year. Please check back with us in January to see if we are able to help. Happy Holidays!**

 

Penny and Wild is 100% foster-based. That means that if we do not have an available foster home, we cannot take your animal. Our primary mission is to help animals whose lives are in danger so while we will do our best to help anybody surrendering, we hope that you understand there are simply not enough foster homes for every single rabbit and guinea pig in need. There are some weeks where we get over thirty requests a week and it’s just not possible to place all of them immediately. Other weeks we may have fewer requests and more open slots within the rescue. We do the best that we can to make sure that all animals are helped!

If you are able to foster your pet we are more likely to accept it into the rescue if we are already at capacity. We do our best to accept all animals but the reason we often have to turn animals away is that we do not have a foster home available. If you are able to foster, that minimizes the problem. We will almost always accept animals that already have fosters into the rescue although we do reserve the right to turn somebody away if circumstances make it necessary. Being willing to foster your own animal(s) does not guarantee a spot in the rescue. Please note that if you are fostering your own animal(s), they must be separated by gender, housed indoors only, transported to/from vet appointments, and socialized. You are also required to foster the animal until it finds a forever home as you are bringing your own animal into the rescue under the pretense that you will be the foster. If this option works for you, please select that on the surrender request when submitting it and we will be in touch!

If you are not able to foster your pet, that does not mean that we will turn it away. Please submit a surrender request and we will be in touch to let you know if we are able to help at this time or not. All of our fosters are people who are willing to open their hearts and homes to animals in need of help and availability is contingent upon the number of adoptions that week and/or the number of interested fosters each week. If you are able to find your animal a foster on your own (through friends, family, or asking online) and somebody submits a foster application for your animal, we will accept the animal as long as we are able to at that time. If that’s not feasible for you that’s okay too, just submit the surrender request and we will do our best to help you. If we do not have any availability at this time we will let you know that we are placing you on our waitlist.

If you have been placed on a waitlist we will be actively working to place your animal in a foster home behind the scenes. You may be first on the waitlist or tenth depending on when you apply. We will do our best to place your animal in foster care as soon as we are able. If we do not hear from you after a week, we will assume that you were able to find another solution for the animal. If you have been waitlisted and still need placement for your animal, please feel free to check back with us weekly to keep your place on the waitlist. Thank you!

*Most of our boarding/petsitting homes are in Broward County*

Boarding/Petsitting: We do offer petsitting in foster homes as long as there is availability. All rabbits will be housed in a 4×4 pen (larger if it’s a pair or more) and fed Oxbow products unless their food is brought with them. Guinea pigs will be housed in either a Midwest or a C&C cage and will also be fed Oxbow products unless an alternate food is provided. We charge $25/day for single animals and $35/day for bonded pairs. Pricing for groups of three or more is available upon request. The rabbits/guinea pigs will be kept in foster homes, not a shelter setting, so they will get plenty of attention and socialization during their stay. You can contact info@pennyandwild.org to request boarding dates!

Medical Boarding: Medical boarding may be available upon request depending on the severity of the illness and the treatment plan that the animal is currently on. Pricing will be available upon request if the rescue agrees to board the animal. Information can be requested at info@pennyandwild.com

Speed Dating: We do speed dating upon request, depending on the rabbits that you are interested in. More information about speed dating can be requested at info@pennyandwild.org. We do need an adoption application on file in order to proceed and we charge $35/day for speed dating until they go back home.

Bonding: We do offer bonding services for people who are interested IF one or more of the rabbits/guinea pigs are from this rescue. At this time we do not offer bonding services for animals have no relation to us. If you would like us to bond your animals for you, you can contact info@pennyandwild.org or notify your adoption coordinator. We charge $35/day and the process can last anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks. Updates and pictures will be provided throughout the entire process and we’ll send them home as soon as they’re ready!

Nail Trims: We do offer nail trims as a service through the rescue. We charge $15 for a nail trim if the rabbit/guinea pig is brought to one of our locations. If you would like us to come to you, we charge $15 additional for North Broward County, $30 additional for South Broward County and North Boca to Delray, and $50 additional for Palm Beach County (north of Delray) and Miami-Dade areas. You can text 954-821-8008 to schedule nail trims.

While Penny and Wild is not a sanctuary, we do sometimes rescue animals that end up being unadoptable, meaning they are not able to find homes. Each of these animals is in a foster home for the remainder of their lives. Some of them may be hospice while others have ongoing medical problems that prevent them from being able to be adopted by most people. These rabbits are all sweet and loving and spend most days showering their fosters with love and gratitude for being rescues. These animals always welcome toys and treats and donations toward their medical bills. If you’d like to send a little something to one of our permanent residents, please get in touch using the contact us page for more information 🙂

We are not accepting applications for the animals below unless you are a very special person willing to put the time, finances, and commitment into one of these animals. If that happens to be you, please fill out an application and our adoption team will discuss the animal’s specific needs and care with you.

Max and Maya

Max and Maya are a bonded pair of nine-year-old Lionhead siblings. They came from a hoarding situation where they had no access to daylight. Max came to us with severe glaucoma and very high pressure in both eyes. Due to a complication with his glaucoma, Max had to have one eye removed. He is now completely blind and only has one eye but he still gets around just fine. Maya is his best friend and sidekick, they have been inseparable for their entire lives. They’re both older buns and will spend their last few years in a foster home where they’ll know love and happiness.

Primrose

Primrose came to us after somebody found her wobbling around on the sidewalk. She has a rare medical condition that causes her to have a permanent wobble. She struggles to walk, eat, play, or do any normal bunny things. She’s on medications to help her with dizziness and nausea which are helping improve her quality of life! She needs to be hand fed every single day but she’s learning to love life and be a happy bunny!

Poe

Poe was born in the rescue. He’s a peanut which is a baby born with a rare condition where they inherit two copies of the dwarf gene. This means that he will have a significantly shortened lifespan and will always be extremely tiny. He’s over a month old and still smaller than the stacking cups! Poe is reliant on round-the-clock care from his foster mom but he is happy and loves to explore and binky for the time that he has left!

Dax

Dax made his way to us from the police unit after being found as a stray. He’s estimated to be 6-7 years old. He has glaucoma which has caused his vision to be reduced to blurs.

 

Colby

Colby was rescued after his owner abandoned him at a veterinary hospital with a note that said they were moving and couldn’t take him. He had fleas, lice, a corneal ulcer, and many dental issues that almost left him blind in one eye. He’s currently in between dental surgeries as we keep working to save him.

Petal

 

Petal was rescued from a park after being abandoned there. She has severe E. Cuniculi that affects her balance and causes her to have multiple neurological symptoms that affect her everyday life. She is living her life to the fullest she can! She would love some fleece to snuggle in.

Flash

Flash was rescued after being abandoned in a park. He has multiple anatomical abnormalities that have left him struggling to maintain his own body weight and with some kidney damage. He will never be adoptable but he’s happy for now! He would love some toys.

Bentley

Bentley is a ten year old senior. He was brought to us after his owners ran out of time for him. He is almost completely blind from advanced glaucoma and has significant arthritis but he’s still a happy bunny.

Tater Tot

Tater Tot came to us after his owners decided that they didn’t want him anymore. He has inner ear disease which causes his balance to be affected and impacts his quality of life. He’s almost six years old and is currently on a trial of medications to improve his symptoms.

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