Rehoming

Finding Your Bunny A New Home

Because we are a network of volunteer foster homes and have no shelter, our resources are limited. To ensure that foster space is available for our former fosters whose adoptions don't work out and for area shelter bunnies whose time is expiring, we cannot take owner surrenders.  We do however offer a “Foster In Pace” program which might help you adopt out your bunny.  

Before you surrender your pet

We appreciate that you are trying to help a house rabbit find a new home. There are many reasons people may be faced with needing to surrender their companion animals, and it can be a very difficult decision. Please take a moment to learn about your options.

Maybe we can help resolve an underlying problem

Ideally, we would like to help make it possible for you to keep your pet. Some of the most common reasons people surrender a pet are "fixable" problems.

  • Spay/Neuter: When a bunny reaches four or five months of age, a number of problems begin to manifest. Spraying, aggressive and destructive behaviors can all result. These behaviors can very often be lessened or alleviated with spaying/neutering. If such behaviors are a factor in your decision, discuss these behaviors with one of our volunteers; we might be able to help. (See our web page on Spaying/Neutering to learn why this is also good for your bunny.)
  • Destructive Behaviors: Chewing and digging are natural behaviors of rabbits; we may be able to show you ways to "bunny proof" your home and/or provide alternative, more acceptable outlets for these behaviors. This type of behavior could also be your bunny’s way of trying to tell you something. Perhaps there is a medical issue or something in the bunny's home environment which is triggering this behavior.
  • Poor litter box habits: Few pets are "perfect" in this department, but there are usually ways to help your bunny improve. Let us put our "experts" on the case and see if we can help.

 

Help Us Help You

If you must surrender your pet, but do not like the option of a shelter, you have another choice. One of the most effective ways to find a new home for your rabbit is by "fostering in place." Through this program, Bunny Buddies helps facilitate placement in a new home while you continue to care for your bunny. To get set up in this program you will need to complete and submit a Foster-In-Place Application The application provides us with the information necessary to enter your rabbit into our system). You will also need to bring your bunny to at least one of our monthly adoption events shown on our Events page (the more exposure your bunny gets, the better his/her chances of finding a new home). Bunny Buddies will also post the bunny on our Petfinder adoptables page, arrange for spay/neuter surgery, and screen potential adopters. To help us cover the costs of this program, we would collect the adoption fee resulting from a successful adoption. (Note: We will never refuse a bunny who’s owners are willing to foster in place.)

If You Must Surrender Your Bunny Immediately

If you need to immediate assistance, please contact the Houston SPCA,

900 Portway Drive,
Houston, Texas 77024 (713-869-7722)

or Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP),

11925 Katy Freeway,
Houston, Texas 77081 (281-497-0591).

Both of these shelters have quite a bit of success facilitating rabbit adoptions.

 

Other Ways You May Try To Find A New Home On Your Own

 

  • Place an ad in the paper and in vets' offices.
  • Litter box train the rabbit.
  • Interact with the rabbit so she is used to people.
  • Provide her with toys to show prospective adopters that she is a fun, interesting companion animal.
  • NEVER offer your rabbit for free. Insist on a modest $10 charge. This will prevent your rabbit from becoming snake food.
  • Insist that your rabbit go to an indoor home only.
  • Recommend that prospective adopters read our "Rabbit Care Guide" or any of the other fine literatures mentioned on this web site.

 

Never "Set A Rabbit Free"

While Bunny Buddies does not endorse euthanasia of healthy animals, nothing is more cruel than abandoning a domesticated animal to fend for himself in the wild. Domestic rabbits have long ago lost their instincts (and natural camouflage) to fend for themselves and are sure to face horrible death.