First, we need you to know a little bit about us, our rescue and our ethos. We can then support you through your adoption process. We ask for patience and understanding, our process is thorough because we care.
Once you start the adoption process, we need your commitment and to stick with us through the journey, until we have matched you. While this can take time we will always get it right so please bare with us. We ask that you do not submit applications with different organisations at once as this wastes vital rescue resources and volunteer time. Quicker is not necessarily better and its critical that you are matched by an experienced behaviourist.
The Adoption Process
1. Start by reading and learning. Learn about our ethos, rabbit care and whether you are ready for this commitment. First read about our ethos, what we expect from our rescue/adopter relationship and how we work here. Then download our happy adopters guide here. You must read through all of this before you apply to adopt.
2. Fill out the adoption application form here and email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org You must also attach photos of the area the rabbit/s will live, a short video of the rabbit/s you already have and your proof of vaccinations. All of these must be included in your application for it to be reviewed.
3. Once our adoption manager has gone through your application, one of the adoption team is allocated to support you throughout. Their job is to ensure all of the rabbits welfare needs are met and that you have the right support needed as well as get to know you and your bun so that they can pass back the right information and home criteria to help us find you the right match. They will get in touch with you and set up a video call or visit in person.
4. Once the adoption team has approved you for adoption our Behaviourist and Director will contact you once she has matched you with the right rabbit/s. She will tell you all about them, discuss the bonding process and arrange an adoption date with you.
5. You can then come to the rescue to sign your adoption contract and take home your new furry friend. You will receive an adoption pack full of info, booklets and vouchers as well as all your rabbits information and vaccine card.
We will always provide you with constant support throughout the process before, during and after adoption as well as follow up checks to visit and see how they are doing. This includes bonding, should you want us to do the bonding for you we can do or we can support you remotely to do it at home yourself with our guidance.
What are the financial benefits to adopting?
Ethical rescues ensure that all medical care has been carried out before rabbits are up for adoption, so not only are you saving on routine procedures like neutering, you also won't have any surprise vet bills for conditions you didn't know about. You also receive an abundance of support and advice for free as well as bonding support.
It's a no brainer! Adoption saves lives, it also saves you money on initial medical expenses with an unknown rabbit.
Our adoption criteria means you must be able to show you can consistently provide all 5 welfare needs to your rabbits throughout their lifetime, even if your circumstances change.
Vaccinations must be given annually against myxomatosis and RHD/VHD & VHD2 annually using the Correct vaccines (Nobivac and Filavac or new NobiPLUS)
Housing must be appropriate and meet the 5 S's (read about appropriate housing here)
Feeding a biologically appropriate diet (read about an appropriate diet here)
Never keeping a rabbit alone, that means the rabbit you adopt must never be kept alone.
Not keeping multiple sets/pairs/groups of rabbits within one household.
Have a rabbit savvy vet.
Have insurance for your rabbits or be in a financial position to afford large vet bills (We highly recommend the company Agria for your rabbits insurance. Use our link to take out rabbit insurance: https://clk.omgt1.com/?PID=32586&AID=2188089 )
Do NOT apply to adopt a single rabbit if you do not have any existing rabbits for them to be bonded to.
F A Q 's
How many rabbits do we have for adoption? We have around 50-80 rabbits looking for homes.
How many rabbits go onto our website? Around 1/3. Many are already being matched to those on our adoption list.
Should I look for a rabbit on the website? Have a nosy at some of the bunnies but don't get too focused on a particular bun, our adoption team are there to help guide and match you with the right bunny for you based on our unique 5 criteria matching process to ensure happy, strong bonds and forever families.
How much does it cost to adopt? We ask for a minimum donation to go towards the care of the rabbits in our care of: Single rabbit: £60 Pair of rabbits: £120 (Please be aware that it costs us an average of £300 to have a rabbit ready for adoption so always appreciate donations on top of advised adoption fee.)
Are all of your rabbits neutered prior to adoption? All rabbits leave neutered and with all up to date vaccinations, rabbit insurance discount, health checked, nails clipped, blood work done, fly strike rearguard treatment up to date and a lifetime of advice. We will never ever adopt a rabbit out un-neutered.
Can I adopt if my rabbit has a medical condition like Pasteurella or EC? Yes, it is important to make us aware of any conditions your rabbit has. We can match them with a rabbit who also has the same condition or one who is resistant (has lived with a bun who has the condition but never developed symptoms).
I have a young rabbit and want to get them a friend. When is the best time to do this? Your rabbit must first be neutered and then at least 8 weeks post surgery before they can be matched and bonded to a friend. This prevents hormonal aggression. You can begin the adoption process as soon as they have been neutered as it will take us time to match them up.