Become a Foster Parent
Become a Foster Parent
Why Foster? One of the best ways you can help Bunny Buddies is by becoming a foster parent and opening your home to a bunny in need. Our foster network is the foundation of our rescue e orts, and we are always in need of more foster homes. Fostering can save a shelter bunny from euthanasia or rescue a stray bunny from injury or starvation. Fostering can be extremely rewarding and satisfying. Most of our foster parents are amazed at the in nite variety of rabbit personalities and feel privileged to get to know each bunny who comes into their home.
What are the requirements for fostering, and how do I get started? The following guidelines are to help you decide whether fostering is right for you and help us ensure that all of our furry friends are well cared for and prepared to move comfortably to their “forever” homes when the time is right.
▪ You must have experience caring for house rabbits.
▪ You must be a member of Bunny Buddies. (This helps ensure that you are “plugged in” to our communication and support network. If the terms of membership pose a hardship for you, please speak con dentally with a member of our Foster/Adoption Team.)
▪ You must have read and understood the Rabbit Care Guide and the House Rabbit Fostering Handbook.
▪ Any personal rabbits in your home must be spayed or neutered.
▪ You must make a commitment to fostering for the long-term, as we need to be able to count on our foster homes. Most fosters are with their foster families for a couple of months at the very least. Exceptions are often made when we are in need of a “holding” space for a few days or weeks. Please let us know if you might be able to be kept on our list of short-term/emergency only fosterers. You must be able to house and exercise your foster rabbit indoors and separated from your personal rabbits.
▪ You must be able to bring your foster rabbit to monthly adoption days, or make arrangements to get someone to bring him/her if you can’t make it.
▪ You must be able to provide your foster rabbit at least 2 hours a day out of his/her cage. The exercise time required may vary depending upon the amount of play space constantly available, but remember that socialization time with you is also important.
▪ You must understand that all fostering decisions are made by the Chair of the Foster/Adoption Committee and the Board of Directors.
▪ You must be willing to allow occasional site visits by a member of the Foster/Adoption Committee.
▪ You must have email/Internet access and be a member of the BB Yahoo discussion group; this the main way we keep in touch with each other.
▪ You must be willing to keep your foster bunny’s records current in our Internet-based database “I-Shelters.”
What if I Decide I Want to Adopt My Foster Bunny? It happens! We jokingly and lovingly call this “foster failure.” While foster homes are an invaluable part—in fact, the foundation—of our rescue efforts, and we hope you can learn to let go and experience the joy of seeing your “baby” find a forever home, you would have “first dibs” on adopting your foster bunny.
It’s extremely rewarding to place a rabbit in his new home when all the odds were once against him—and to know that you made the difference. To become a foster parent, please review and submit this on-line application.
Link to Fostering Handbook**
Contact a Member of our Foster/Adoption Team
Still have questions about fostering? Contact a member of our Foster/Adoption Team by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.