Finding a New Home for a Bunny
Orlando Rabbit Care and Adoptions is a membership organization providing education to bunny parents. We are NOT a rescue organization and we do not take in rabbits. Our members do not rescue bunnies from any situations.
Will You Reconsider Giving Up Your Bunny?
Before you consider giving up your rabbit, remember that rabbits are social creatures and can become attached to the families they have come to know. Often times, simply making a few changes around your home and having bunny spayed or neutered will alleviate hormonal behavior, improve litter box habits, and protect the future health of your bunny. Best of all, your bunny's true, loving, and fun personality will shine through.
If you must give up a bunny
- Keep the rabbit in your home and advertise until you find the right home. Advertising is as simple as placing ads in local newspapers and on veterinarian, pet supply, and supermarket bulletin boards. It is possible to find good homes for rabbits, but it takes time, commitment and strategy.
- Prepare the rabbit for adoption by spaying or neutering, litter box training, socializing, and learning bunny's health status and personality. Then seek an ideal home by advertising and screening callers for suitability.
- Spaying or neutering makes a rabbit calmer and easier to litter box train, and thus improves the chance of being adopted as an indoor companion. It also insures that no more unwanted rabbits will be produced after the rabbit leaves your home.
- The more attention you give your bunny, the more she will show off for prospective adopters. Petting the rabbit (most prefer the top of the head) will teach her to look for affection from humans. Follow up on any health problems with a trip to the vet, so you can tell the new owner what to expect.
- When placing ads, state your rabbit's strong points: "neutered," "house-trained," "affectionate," friendly." Asking a fee of $35 or more often excludes callers wanting a free meal for their pet reptiles. People willing to commit to owning a rabbit will gladly pay an adoption fee. It's very important to screen the new home - even do a “home visit” - to assure your bun is going in to a safe environment.
- To screen people who answer your ad, imagine what kind of home you want for your rabbit, and then stick to your ideal. Engage the caller in a conversation about their past pets to find out what they're looking for in a pet. Explain that you are asking questions because you want the new owner and the rabbit to be happy. Present a realistic picture of what rabbits are like. If you feel the home is not suitable, make an excuse. Politely tell the caller that your rabbit doesn't do well with children, isn't used to hutch-living, is scared of dogs, or whatever.
Make sure the bunny is going to an indoor home only so that they will enjoy lives that are both safe and social. Domestic rabbits do not do well outdoors in Florida and can have a reduced life span as a result. In addition, if a rabbit is to be caged, we advocate supervised freedom daily. Bunnies should have a minimum of 4-5 hours of run time per day. In addition, an adult, not a child, should be the rabbit's primary care-giver.
Please visit our Health and Care section for information that you can use to make sure your bunny's new home is the best it can be.