The Ins and Outs of Adopting a House Rabbit
Why should you adopt from a rescue organization rather than just buy a rabbit from a pet store or breeder? When you adopt, you are helping rabbits twice: youʼre giving a discarded bunny a second chance, and youʼre freeing up foster care space to enable another homeless rabbit to be rescued.
Unfortunately, many times pet store rabbits are purchased on impulse. The new owner often isnʼt given the information needed to make an informed decision, and is unprepared for the reality of having a rabbit as a pet. When those cute baby rabbits turn into unruly adolescents, there is a high risk that they will be abandoned at shelters, turned loose to fend for themselves (meaning an almost certain death), or left to live a sad life of isolation. In addition, without spaying or neutering, there are behavioral and health concerns, as well as the risk of increasing the pet rabbit overpopulation problem and continuing the cycle of unwanted and discarded rabbits.
When you adopt from Harveyʼs House, you receive educational materials and honest advice to help you decide whether or not a rabbit is the right pet for you. All of our foster rabbits have been spayed or neutered and are litterbox trained (or at least making progress in that direction). Theyʼve been socialized with our volunteers, and we provide potential adopters with helpful information about personalities and temperaments to help make a good match between you and your new pet. And after the adoption is complete, we are always here to offer ongoing support and advice.
Harvey’s House adoption process:
- Adoption application: The first step in the adoption process is to fill out our online questionnaire. The form asks for basic information about what you are looking for in a companion rabbit, and helps us learn about you and your family, other pets in the household, and your experience with rabbits.
- The interview: Weʼll set up a mutually convenient day and time for a phone screening which gives us both a chance to ask questions. At this time we will also request a vet reference, if possible.
- Meeting the rabbits: Once youʼve been approved as an adopter, we will arrange for you to come and visit the rabbit(s) you are interested in adopting. If you are looking for a companion for your current rabbit, itʼs important for you to bring your bunny with you so he can meet potential bondmates. At this meeting we help you find good candidates for a successful pairing.
- Homecoming: If you find your perfect bunny, the final step in the process is a home visit; we will bring the rabbit to you, and you sign the adoption contract.
Fees and requirements:
- Our current adoption fees are $65 for a single rabbit, and $110 for a bonded pair.
- The primary caregiver must be an adult (you need to be 18 or over to sign the adoption contract).
- The rabbit must be housed indoors, as part of the family.
- The minimum housing requirement is 8 sq. ft, with a solid bottom (no wire floor cages). Additionally, the rabbit must be allowed time out of the cage for play and exercise.
- Our adoption contract requires that if for any reason you decide that you are unable to keep your rabbit, you will return him or her to us.
We look forward to helping you find your new family member here at Harvey’s House.