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 efforts, 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 infinite variety of rabbit personalities and feel privileged to get to know each bunny who comes into their home.
Fostering requirements with Bunny Buddies
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 read and understood the Rabbit Care Guide and the House Rabbit Fostering Handbook.
- Any personal rabbits in your home must be spayed or neutered, and kept separate from fosters.
- 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 Board of Directors.
- You must be willing to allow occasional site visits by a member of the organization’s leadership.
- Previous experience caring for house rabbits is a plus. Prospective fosters require additional review.
What if 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, you would have “first dibs” on adopting your foster bunny.
Apply to foster with us
It’s extremely rewarding to place a rabbit in their new home when all the odds were once against them—and to know that you made the difference. To become a foster parent, please review and submit an online application.
Read other foster families’ experiences
“It’s so rewarding to see the transformation of a broken bunny. This is Hershey. After spending the first 6 years of her life in a cage, she was surrendered to CAP in February 2019.
She was overweight (7.9 lb), had overgrown nails, feces matted on her belly and around her bum, and severe ear mites. CAP reached out to Bunny Buddies because Hershey was very scared and couldn’t stay there in her condition.
Hershey needed several months to get to a healthy weight before she could be spayed, so she came home with us. The first week she bit me, but as the months went by she trusted us more. Now she runs up to us because she loves her pet-pets so much! We adopted her in 2020 because she is so happy in our house. She’s about 7.5-8 years old now and free range in our bunny room.”
“My first failed foster was Parker, a little black/white single-maned Lionhead. He was dumped in a park—hence his name. A kind lady finally caught him and contacted Bunny Buddies.
Dr. Moore at Village Vet agreed to examine Parker as soon as possible. Parker had the worst case of ear mites we’d ever seen. His ears were completely clogged with mites. Dr. Moore treated the mites and Parker went home with another fosterer.
Some weeks later, I took Parker for a few weeks, and—I didn’t know why—but it just seemed like he was suppose to be with me. Usually Lionheads are adopted very quickly, and I really did take him to several adoption events, but Parker was always overlooked.
Then one day, I got an emergency call to pick up a rabbit with a life-threatening dental malocclusion who was living in a bird cage. Enter Stella, a gray/white double-maned Lionhead. It was love at first sight for Parker and Stella! She was the Scarlett O’Hara to his Rhett Butler, as well as my second failed foster.
Parker’s journey recovering from the ear mites is chronicled in a documentary video.”