During the spring and summer, finding a baby rabbit is very common. Although we are a domestic rabbit rescue, there is some general guidance we can give so that you can determine if the rabbit is in need of help. (Please be aware: keeping a wild rabbit as a pet is not legal in the state of Alabama and is not advised.)
I found a nest of babies and there is no mother. This is okay. The mother will not be present. The mother feeds for only a few minutes twice a day (usually dawn and dusk) and does not stay with the nest so as to not lure predators with her scent. If you can see the babies bellies are round, they are being fed. For more information, please see FFS Rescue out of Chattanooga's listing: https://forfoxsakewildlife.com/2021/04/17/5-signs-a-baby-bunny-needs-help/
My dog / cat found a baby bunny (no injury). If the baby is not injured, try your best to find the nest and return the baby to it. If you are able to do this, try to keep your pet out of the area. Babies will need only about 3 weeks to grow and leave the nest. If you can protect the area with a wire basket with a gap for the mother to return, or something similar such as an overturned wheelbarrow (again, with a gap for the mother to access), this is a great option.
If you do not fall into one of these categories: You are welcome to message, call, or e-mail us and we will do our best to point you in the right direction. Please be aware that wild baby bunnies are not easily rehabilitated, even for experienced people. Although we are not able to rehabilitate wild rabbits, we understand love for all animals and we will do our very best to connect you with the right person who can help if possible!