Did you adopt from ORCA?
Did you adopt your rabbit(s) from us? Please contact us. ORCA will pull your Adoption Agreement (contract) information and contact you to set up a surrender. Pursuant to your Agreement with us, the rabbit must be returned to ORCA. Although all returns are given high priority, we ask for your patience as we find a foster home for your rabbit(s).
Did you adopt from someone else?
If you purchased your rabbit from a pet store, breeder, farm, flea market, or similar business, your best bet is to reach back out to them to try to RETURN the rabbit. If they will not accept returns, your next step should be to contact your local animal control facility for intake of your rabbit. We are establishing relationships with Orange and Seminole counties to work directly with their Animal Services departments, assisting them with providing critical rabbit care information packets for future owners.
Think about where you plan to bring your rabbit:
- Make sure the rescue or shelter you are considering is legitimate
- Are they registered with the state as a corporation? In Florida, check here:
- Are they a non-profit?
- Does the organization appear on the GuideStar website? GuideStar contains profiles for non-profits.
- Shelters and Animal Services have very little space for a rabbit and when one is brought in, it may mean that another will have to be euthanized. They may give the rabbit to another facility.
- When you surrender your rabbit to a shelter, you have no control over the quality of home he or she goes to. County laws sometimes govern adoption fees for rabbits. These may be set very low – will your pet end up in a loving home that can provide the care your rabbit may need?
- Many shelter workers are not familiar with the specific needs of rabbits and cannot adequately screen potential adopters.
- Please check references for shelters. Go beyond on-line reviews and observe the conditions your rabbit will be housed in. Is it a place you would be comfortable leaving a beloved pet or a death sentence? Your rabbit may be placed in a room with meowing cats, barking dogs and lots of people coming by. They will not behave normally and will be frightened and shy, and their playful friendly personality will be hidden, potentially hindering any chance they have for adoption.
- If your rabbit is not spayed/neutered, will it be? Will your rabbit be mingling with other unaltered rabbits – providing the opportunity to increase over population?
- If your rabbit boxes or nips because he/she is unaltered, they may be labeled as “aggressive” and “un-adoptable”. We have accepted rabbits labeled as such. When away from a shelter environment, these rabbits did not exhibit any aggressive behaviors. Shelters (especially animal control) don't have the resources to spay or neuter rabbits before adoption. They will probably euthanize rabbits with behavior problems, even though the behaviors are normal for most rabbits in that situation.
- If you are surrendering a bonded pair, it's much harder to place two rabbits together than separately. Many shelters house bonded pairs together, but adopt them out separately to different homes. This is extremely stressful to rabbit pairs. Are you willing for your rabbits to not only lose their home, but be separated from their constant companion?
Our intake policy
We are frequently contacted by people who feel they cannot or do not want to keep their rabbit any longer. We would love to help every rabbit in need, but the sad reality is that we just don't have the space and resources to help them all. We have no shelter facility. ORCA's rabbits are housed in foster homes. Unfortunately, there are many more rabbits needing homes than our space can accommodate.
ORCA is committed to taking in stray or abandoned rabbits and rabbits who have run out of time at the local animal shelters so that we can save them from euthanasia. We will only consider rehoming cases of extreme circumstances and depending on whether we have the space.
Because ORCA does not euthanize, any rabbit accepted into care will remain with us until adopted, regardless of the cost. Though we gladly take on this commitment, the reality of it means that fewer spaces are available for new intakes.
We are currently at capacity! If you are willing to hold on to your personal rabbit indefinitely, we can explore options to assist you in finding your bunny a new home. Please Contact Us with information about your rabbit including:
- A couple of pictures of the rabbit. Include something so we can judge bunny's size
- Tell us where you got the rabbit
- How long you have had the rabbit
- Specify gender, if known
- The age of the rabbit
- Has your rabbit been spayed/neutered? If so, obtain a copy of the paperwork
- Indicate how long you can house this rabbit until we find a foster home
- Tell us about the rabbit's personality: Is bunny a loner? Is he/she used to activity/being around children? Etc.