Our Story

The Rabbit Sanctuary is a not-for-profit organisation where time never runs out for rabbits. Our wish is for humans & animals to live together in harmony.

Nestled in 25 acres of bushland in Northern NSW (15 mins from Grafton), the sanctuary is the only one of its kind & is a calming & healing place for all that visit.

Where it all began?

The Rabbit Sanctuary was founded in 2008 by Kim Cooney & her late husband, Jim. They became aware of the problems facing abandoned rabbits due to QLD's strict prohibition laws.


Teaming up with the RSCPA & AWL in QLD, they entered into an agreement that would see them rescue all rabbits from both organisations.

Why do rabbits need rescuing?

Rabbits are misunderstood creatures & because of this are subjected to many things that most other animals are not:

-   Government released viruses
-   Scientific animal testing
-   Fur farming for clothing & toys
-   Human food
-   Hunting & bait for other animals

Why do we do what we do?

Rabbits are one of the top 3 abandoned pets.  

In many industries, they can be subjected to terrible conditions that prevent them from receiving life's most simplest needs.  

Most will never experience fresh air or sunshine & can be deprived of socialisation, food & water.

The Rabbit Sanctuary aims to raise the cultural value of the rabbit in the hope that it will stop the poor treatment of them due to being seen as a cheap disposable animal with no value.

Through education & awareness, hopefully in time this will ensure they will be treated with the love, respect & kindness they deserve.