Multiple regions of the United States, particularly the Southwest, are currently experiencing an outbreak of a deadly rabbit disease called Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV). Although the virus is not infectious to people or other animals, it is highly infectious among rabbits and has a high mortality rate.
The RHDV outbreak is such a serious threat, that the California Department of Food and Agriculture has implemented a statewide quarantine restricting rabbits from entering our state. RHDV has the potential to cause the extinction of the rabbit population in California and beyond if it continues to spread. Under these circumstances, our ability to accept healthy outdoor rabbits is very limited.
In our partnership with the California Department of Food and Agriculture, we have implemented biosecurity measures at our shelter to reduce the spread of RHDV. If you have come into contact with a:
- Healthy outdoor rabbit of a domestic or wild species, leave the rabbit where it was found, and immediately decontaminate yourself by showering, disinfecting footwear, and disposing of any contaminated clothing.
- Sick or injured outdoor rabbit of a domestic or wild species, leave the rabbit where it was found, immediately call Pasadena Humane at 626.792.7151 ext. 970, and then decontaminate yourself by showering, disinfecting footwear, and disposing of any contaminated clothing.
We continue to intake and care for sick and injured rabbits from our community. We continue to accept owner-surrendered rabbits from our community when owners are unable to find their rabbits new homes. We are committed to keeping the rabbits currently in our care safe from RHDV. We would not be able to navigate this outbreak without the support of our foster volunteers and engaged community members.
For more information on RHDV, please click here.