When you adopt from one of our foster homes, the foster family can tell you about the bunny’s personality, litter box skills, recent health, and how he or she came into the foster program. When you adopt from a shelter, you do not get this kind of information. You are, however, possibly saving a bunny from euthanasia while making space for the next homeless bunny. Either way, choosing to adopt a rabbit spares you the expense of spay/neuter surgery, which can cost hundreds of dollars.
Our adoption policies serve two purposes. The first is to ensure that our foster rabbits find permanent, loving homes where they can flourish. The second is to equip our potential adopters with the information they need to understand the commitment they are considering making is the right one for them.
To adopt a rabbit, all prospective adopters must submit an adoption application here. Adopters must be at least 18 years old. Rabbits should never be a child’s full responsibility, and children under 8 years of age should always be supervised by an adult when interacting with a rabbit.
Our adoption fees are $75 for a single rabbit or $125 for a bonded pair. Both prices include taxes, and adoption fees are non-refundable. These fees help cover our medical expenses, as all our foster rabbits are spayed or neutered and microchipped before adoption. However, the expenses we incur in caring for your bunny prior to adoption are often far greater than the adoption fee we ask you to pay. Any additional donation you can give will be greatly appreciated—by both the organization and by the future bunnies that your donation will help.
We only adopt a rabbit into a home where s/he will be kept indoors as part of the family. Also, any other rabbit(s) in the prospective home must be spayed or neutered already. Bunny Buddies reserves the right to make a home visit to ensure the suitability of the home environment for the rabbit.
All applicants must read our Rabbit Care Guide to help determine whether a rabbit will be a good companion for you.
If for any reason the adoption does not work out, we require that you return the rabbit to us.
Our adoptable bunnies
Other places to adopt
We love to see our foster bunnies go to good homes, but we’re also happy to see bunnies adopted from the following Houston shelters:
Preparing for your bunny’s arrival
When you take the time to learn about rabbit behavior and care, you can create a home that serves you both well. Then you are ready to begin a very rewarding journey into the world of house rabbits!
Choose the indoor room(s) where your bunny will spend most of his/her time, and make sure you’ve “rabbit-proofed” it. That means covering or hiding exposed wires, protecting your floors, and moving hazardous items out of reach. Prepare your bunny’s living space ahead of time, and be sure to have litterboxes and toys available. When s/he comes home, give your bunny some quiet time for the first few days to get used to the new surroundings.
More sources of information
- Every bunny guardian should read a copy of The House Rabbit Handbook by Marinell Harriman, now in its fifth edition. You can purchase one here.
- The House Rabbit Society is the pre-eminent house rabbit organization in the world. Their website is full of information about rabbit care.
- Last but not least, Bunny Buddies’ submit an adoption application here contains useful, easy-to-ready information. (The original version of this guide was compiled by Jennifer Royce of the Southern Tier Rabbit Care Network in 1996. It has since been revised and updated by Bunny Buddies. We would like to thank and acknowledge Jennifer Royce for the earlier version of this work.)