Re-Homing a Rabbit
Because we are a network of volunteer foster homes and have no shelter, our resources are limited. We give space priority to Bunny Buddies adoptions who must come back into our foster care and area shelter bunnies whose time is expiring. This usually does not leave space for owner surrenders.
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 behavior, and destructive behaviors can all result. These can very often be lessened or alleviated with spaying/neutering. If such behaviors are a factor in your decision, discuss that with one of our volunteers; we might be able to help. (See our section on Spaying/Neutering to learn why this is also good for your bunny).
- Destructive Behaviors: Chewing and digging are natural behaviors for rabbits, but we may be able to show you ways to “bunnyproof” your home and/or provide alternative, more acceptable outlets for these behaviors. It could also be that your bunny may be 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 Litterbox Habbits: 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
One of the best ways you can help us find a new home for your rabbit is by “fostering in place.” In this program, you continue to care for your bunny while we try to help facilitate placement in a new home. We would need a completed Foster-in-Place Application, providing us with the information necessary to enter your rabbit into our system, and a digital photo, sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. You would also need to bring your bunny to any or all of the adoption events shown on our Events Page. We will post the bunny on our Petfinder adoptables page, arrange for a spay/neuter, 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 whose owners are willing to foster in place.)
If You Must Surrender Your Bunny Immediately
If you need immediate assistance, please contact:
- Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP), 11925 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77081, 281-497-0591, or
- The Houston SPCA, 700 Portway Drive, Houston, Texas 77024, 713-869-7722.
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.
- Litterbox-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 literature mentioned on this 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 are a completely different species from the wild rabbits native to North America. Centuries of selective breeding have taken away their instincts (and natural camouflage) to fend for themselves, and they are sure to face a horrible death. (See Bunny Buddies’ Knowledge Base article on this topic.)