Our organization started in 2010 when a 6-year old girl saw a need to help domestic rabbits in our community. This little girl formed Holley's Hopping Habitat. We quickly realized that in order for others to learn more about being a responsible pet owner, we needed to start sharing what knowledge we could with the public.
The mission of Holley's Hopping Habitat is to provide shelter and care for domestic rabbits, and to provide education to the public about being a responsible pet owner. We take in unwanted rabbits from owners, provide a safe haven for rabbits that have been removed from neglectful situations by law enforcement, have rabbits spayed and neutered with guidance from a licensed veterinarian, and find quality and loving homes for these amazing animals. We strive to educate the public about the various necessities of pet rabbit ownership, teaching proper care and handling, and to provide information on what to do when considering adding a pet to the home before making the commitment.
Our organization consists of volunteers, and is operated on donations. Without volunteers and donors to help fulfill work at the shelter, we would not be able to do all that we are able to do.
We are very proud to be the only non-profit, 501(c)(3) rabbit-only rescue in the North Louisiana area. Our shelter is committed to all things rabbit!
Who are the Board of Directors for Holley’s Hopping Habitat?
Lou Ann Holley – Director
Nancy Sevier – Vice President
Randy Wellhausen – Treasurer
Caitlyn McLain – Youth Activities Coordinator
Daisy Holley - Co-Director
Here is a breakdown of what we provide:
*Intake processing for rabbits that are being surrendered by owners
*Intake processing for rabbits that are removed from neglectful environments by police
*Setting up spays and neuters for rabbits entering the shelter that are unaltered
*Ensuring health checks are provided for all rabbits entering and leaving the shelter
*Adoption services for families or individuals looking to add a furry friend to their home
*Boarding services for rabbits that need a place to stay while their humans go on vacations
*Grooming services for rabbits that need a nail trim or "hare" cut
*Presentations for schools and groups to see first-hand how the shelter works
*Since we use only biodegradable materials, we provide presentations about composting
*Educational booklets (designed by us) that illustrate fun facts about domestic rabbits, how to provide a safe and healthy environment for pet rabbits, how to volunteer at the rabbit shelter, activity pages to help people of all ages learn about rabbits, and much more.
Holley’s Hopping Habitat does not have a publicly listed address. What is the purpose for concealing the address?
Our address is not listed publicly because (1) we live on-site, and (2) because we are the only animal shelter of any kind in Haughton. For those reasons, we have decided that it is best to keep our address concealed from the general public and to operate by appointments only.
What does Holley’s Hopping Habitat look for when receiving an adoption application?
We look for everything. We analyze each application carefully. Our application process will often include a pre-employment type background check on the applicant. It is our job and our goal to make sure that each rabbit is adopted to a home that will treat them with love and respect.
What is the ideal volunteer candidate for Holley’s Hopping Habitat?
The ideal volunteer is someone that just wants to come out to the shelter or to the events and have fun.
How do donations impact Holley’s Hopping Habitat?
Donations impact the Habitat greatly. Without them, we would not be able to do all that we are able to do. Even a bottle of soap is appreciated and greatly needed at our shelter. Donations assist us with spaying and neutering the shelter animals, purchasing supplies for cleaning and general maintenance, and paying for items needed at events and activities (such as booklets or stuffed bunnies).
Holley's Hopping Habitat DOES NOT handle wild rabbits. If you have questions about WILD RABBITS, please refer to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for assistance. Despite what many humans may think, IT IS ILLEGAL TO POSSESS WILDLIFE WITHOUT A PERMIT!
Here are the phone numbers and addresses for the Louisiana Regional Enforcement Offices. We urge you to contact them should you need assistant with wildlife.
Region 1 Minden Office
Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, Desoto, Red River, and Webster parishes
Region 2 Monroe Office
Caldwell, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, Union, and West Carroll parishes
Region 3 Pineville Office
Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine, Vernon, and Winn parishes
Region 4 Lafayette Office
Iberia, Iberville, Lafayette, Pointe Coupee, St. Landry, St. Martin, and West Baton Rouge parishes
Region 5 Lake Charles Office
Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Jefferson Davis, and Vermilion parishes
Region 6 Thibodaux Office
Assumption, Lafourche, Lower St. Martin, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Mary, and Terrebonne parishes
Region 7 Baton Rouge Office
Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Livingston, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Washington, and West Feliciana parishes
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Region 8 New Orleans Office
Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, and St. Tammany parishes
Here is the link for licensed wildlife rehabilitators for Lousiana.
Holley's Hopping Habitat will report any individuals that are believed to be in possession of wildlife without a proper permit from LDWF.