City of Las Vegas New Pet Ordinance

Wanted to give a “shout out” to the city of Las Vegas, NV. for the new pet ordinance that was passed to require that all pets for sale, including rabbits, are now required to be spayed or neutered.  If the store or shelter does not provide the service a voucher must be provided and follow up is required to document that the surgery was done.

This is a big step forward for the city of Las Vegas to show that they are willing to help with the homeless and abandoned pet population for all pets no matter the species.  You can help the animals by letting city officials know of abandoned animals and that you are very interested in having this new pet ordinance rigorously enforced.  Please thank them and stay involved.

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Staying Strong in Rescue

“Staying Strong in Rescue”, presentation by Debby Widolf at the House Rabbit Society’s National Conference in San Diego, 2017.

Hello, it is my hope that this talk will be helpful to those in animal rescue work, no matter what the species.  You are welcome to share my talk as a learning tool.  Thank you all in rescue and animal care and advocacy for your courage and dedication.


Don’t Dump Rabbits, Las Vegas Update

This is a memorial poster for “Frances”, a lovely rabbit that was recently dumped at one of Las Vegas, NV.’s dumping sites for abandoned domestic rabbits.  The volunteers that come to feed, water and to help the seriously ill rabbits noticed her quickly as a newly dumped rabbit.  Being a new bunny on the block of a dumpsite where hundreds of rabbits are competing for sparse resources is even more life threatening when the rabbit is not a part of the established colony.  Frances was likely the last to get to eat the food left by volunteers.  She would not have been allowed to join others in burrows or places of relative safety in a place where few sites exists.  So many others in a strange unfriendly world competing for life.

Through the compassion of those doing their best to help the rabbits, Frances was brought to safety.  She was weak, dehydrated, frightened and close to death.  She tried to eat, live, but her body gave out and she left this world.  Frances deserved so much better.  We as the human species can do so much better.  Please, help the rabbits and those that risk their hearts to help them.

Visit: Rusty and Friends: Vegas Dumpsite Rabbits on Facebook. To donate to the veterinarian care of the LV rabbits: ❤ Debby

Billboard campaign announcement.


The billboard campaign has been a success!  Since the campaigns beginning two years ago there has been one large billboard on I-15 and multiple digital billboards throughout the city of Las Vegas, most recent a ten week run prior to Easter.  Thank you to all who believed and donated to the campaign.  The billboard campaign is now completed.  I am looking at plans to go forward with the goal to continue to help abandoned rabbits.

The website will stay active with news and resources, please continue to visit and contribute to the site by contacting:

With gratefulness,

Debby Widolf

Rabbit Nutrition and Nutritional Healing – UPDATE

FREE DOWNLOAD: Rabbit Nutrition and Nutritional Healing, 3rd Edition, by Lucile Moore, PhD. This new edition contains updated information, new pieces by Kathy Smith, Debby Widolf and Lisa Hodgson, and additional illustrations by Evonne Vey. New topics include nutrition for young rabbits and for community rabbits.

Thank you Lucile Moore for your generosity of making your book available to us through This is a well researched and written book. A valuable resource for the rabbits we love.  Debby

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The Fatal Epidemic Of Animal Care Workers That No One Is Talking About

An important article about compassion fatigue.  This is an issue that can not be ignored for the animal care worker.  Linda Harper’s book: “The Power of Joy in Giving to Animals”, is a supportive guide to keeping your joy.  Please be kind to the animal care workers, from the vets to the rescuer’s that are working full time at another job.

Read Here!

You are appreciated and loved.  Debby