The Bunny Hutch and CLIMATES-Rescue is an exotic animal rescue, animal artwork boutique, and educational facility located in Virginia Beach.
Our local city-funded shelters are equipped to rescue dogs and cats, but are over-burdened by everything else. Our goal is to alleviate this pressure as much as possible by rescuing not only bunnies, but also ferrets, rats, snakes, chinchillas, lizards, tarantulas, turtles, birds, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, and just about any other abandoned companion animal that hops, slithers, walks, flies, or crawls through our doors.
We operate like a zoo, according to AZA guidelines, and your family can stop by for a facility tour, which is similar to a “backstage pass” tour given at zoos and aquariums, where you get to see keepers working to care for our animals. The only difference is that every animal in our facility is adoptable!
Here’s our history…
The Bunny Hutch Boutique was originally founded by six zookeepers as a way to raise money for other rescues in Hampton Roads and the surrounding areas by offering unique animal-made, sustainable swag in exchange for donations.
Then, one day, some dropped off a few snakes who needed new homes… and so it began.
Check out this video, created by one of our interns, or read on below to learn more about The Bunny Hutch:
Our facility also serves as a training ground for the next generation of animal caregivers. Our volunteer and internship program allows young adults, kids, and families to learn about exotic animal care in a unique hands-on environment.
And then there’s Jr.
The real boss here at CLIMATES-Rescue is Lord Roland Watson Beldon Maxwell VIII – aka Jr. – a continental giant rabbit whose father holds the record for being the biggest bunny in the world. Jr. was the runt of the litter, but now weighs in at over 25 lbs… and is still growing!
Jr. serves as mascot for CLIMATES-Rescue and The Bunny Hutch boutique, where you can find items such as custom terrariums, animal artwork, and eco-friendly “sustainable swag”.
CLIMATES-Rescue and The Bunny Hutch uphold the same high standards found at large zoos and aquariums. You can stop by for a tour, which includes a backstage pass to watch the keepers work. Our special event space is perfect for birthday parties and other events – our critters will attend too, making the event especially memorable for your guests! Or book The Bunny Hutch RV to bring our animal education program to you!
Our ultimate goal is to open pet store-type shops offering rescued animals in retail areas, as well as indoor zoo facilities (“climates”) for those animals not readily available at your local regional zoo. Donate today to help turn this dream into a reality.