Many of us found our way into the wonderful world of rabbits when we purchased a bunny from a pet store or a breeder. After spending even a short amount of time working in animal rescue, very few of us would choose to buy another one. There are far too many bunnies abandoned and euthanized every year to justify the exacerbation of an already-overfull market.
Is a House Rabbit a Good Fit for My Family?
Are you still unsure about adopting a rabbit? It’s a long-term commitment and not a good match for every family, so we’re always pleased to see potential adopters carefully deliberate the decision. To help you decide, please read this Bunny Buddies Knowledge Base article.
Adopting Through Bunny Buddies
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’re not likely to get this kind of information. You are, however, possibly saving a bunny from euthanasia and making space for the next homeless bunny. Either way, you’re spared the expense of spay/neuter surgery, which can cost hundreds of dollars.
Our adoption policies aren’t designed to be rigid or restrictive, but to help ensure that our fosters will be in homes in which their presence was carefully thought through and planned for. These rabbits have already been homeless once; it is our goal to provide each rabbit with a permanent, loving home where he or she can flourish for the rest of his or her life. We refer to this home as a “forever home.” We also want to equip our potential adopters with the information they need to be sure the commitment they are considering making is the right one for them and one that they’ll be happy about in the months and years ahead.
- Bunny Buddies does not do “cold” adoptions; all prospective adopters must submit an application prior to an adoption event.
- All adoption applicants must read our “Rabbit Care Guide” to help determine whether a rabbit will be a good companion for him/her.
- An adult must sign the adoption paperwork and agree to accept responsibility for the rabbit. Rabbits should never be a child’s full responsibility, and children under eight years of age should always be supervised by an adult or older sibling when interacting with the rabbit.
- Bunny Buddies adopts only to homes in which the rabbit will be kept indoors as part of the family.
- All bunnies are spayed or neutered before becoming available for adoption.
- We do not separate bonded pairs.
- While bunnies can very successfully cohabit with most other species with proper preparations, some species and breeds pose a large enough threat to preclude adoption.
- Bunny Buddies discourages giving a rabbit (or any other companion animal) as a gift. In cases in which the recipient/caregiver has already agreed to the responsibility, it is recommended that he/she be involved in the selection process (we will gladly provide a “gift certificate” to help enhance the presentation of the gift).
- Any other rabbits in the prospective home should be spayed or neutered (and have waited several weeks after the surgery) and should meet the new rabbit first.
- Bunny Buddies reserves the right to make a home visit to ensure the suitability of the home environment for the rabbit.
- In some instances, an approved adopter may be denied adoption of a specific rabbit, if a member of our Foster/Adoption team—in consultation with the foster parent of the bunny in question—determines that the particular rabbit is not a good match.
- Bunny Buddies’ adoption fee is $50 per rabbit or $75 for a bonded pair. As you might imagine, the expenses we incur in caring for your bunny prior to adoption are far greater than the fee we ask you to pay, so any additional donation you are able to give will be most appreciated—by both the organization and the future bunnies your donation will help. Adoption fees are non-refundable.
- If—for any reason—the adoption doesn’t work out, we require that the bunny come back into our custody.
See Our Adoptable Bunnies
Other Places to Adopt a Rabbit in the Houston Area
Yes, we love to see our foster bunnies go to good homes, but we’re also happy to see bunnies adopted from the shelters in our area. Click here to read our Knowledge Base article “Where Can I Adopt a Bunny in the Houston Area?”
New Adopter Membership
Be Sure to Take Advantage of our Complimentary One-Year Membership for all First-Time Adopters (even if you didn’t adopt from Bunny Buddies!)
Information for New Adopters
We all started from a point of ignorance when we began our journeys into “bunnydom.” Don’t get discouraged. Do ask questions. Be sure to take us up on our offer of a free one-year membership. The Yahoo! discussion group alone is reason enough to join. You might not realize it until the moment you need it, but having a “hot-line” to this group is invaluable. Chances are, someone on the list has experienced what you’re experiencing, and someone probably has an answer.
Preparing for Your New Bunny’s Arrival
When you take the time to learn about rabbit behavior and care, with a little imagination (and maybe some “borrowing” from others’ ideas and experience) you can create a home which serves you both well. Then your’re 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 (i.e. cover exposed wires, move important papers, books and breakable objects out of Bunny’s reach). Build your bunny’s condo/enclosure ahead of time, and be sure to have litterboxes and toys available. When he comes home, be sure to give your bunny some quiet time to get used to his new surroundings.
More sources of information:
- Every bunny guardian should own (and 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 (founded by Ms. Harriman) is the pre-eminent house rabbit organization in the world. Their website is full of information about rabbits and about the history of the movement which has resulted in house rabbits becoming the third-most popular companion animal in the U. S. Their web address is pretty easy to remember: rabbit.org.
- This Knowledge Base reference provides links to a very good series of Howcast videos on rabbits. They’re timed well for those of us with short attention spans.
- And last, but not least, Bunny Buddies’ Rabbit Care Guide has a lot of useful, easy-to-ready information packed into a short and concise booklet. 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.