We all know how rabbits love to snuggle up with their friends and rabbits in the wild live in big groups. Rabbits should be kept together in pairs/groups for their health and wellbeing. Having more than one rabbit which aren't bonded under the same room can be extremely stressful for them and for you. Instead of having multiple bonded pairs, it is best to have them bonded all together as one group. Happier for them, less stressful for you. ALL rabbits can be bonded regardless of age, breed, sex etc. It just takes time, patience and the right method for that individual rabbit. Tricky cases need to be handled by a behaviourist like ourselves who has a deep knowledge and understanding of rabbit behaviour and psychology.
The best solution is to bring your rabbits to a facility like ours which can bond them for you therefore relieving the owner of the time and stress involved. Another reason is that it is a neutral place and person hence eliminating the need for dominance and aggression. It can be difficult for an owner to watch their own rabbits fighting and this can put people off, often giving up after the first or second try. There is NO such thing as "my rabbit won't bond/doesn't like other rabbits/likes to be on his own".
Our Bonding Service
We offer a bonding service for those wanting to bond two rabbits or a whole group. We also offer a case by case phone consultation service with our behaviourist for people who are unable to send their rabbits for bonding or who would like advice on their rabbits behaviour or advice to help them do their own bonding. Skype calls/video conferences are also available for those who would like behaviours interpreted. We have been helping bond all varieties of rabbits for many years and have a 100% success rate. We specialise in Rabbit Psychology, Behaviour and Training and are extremely passionate about this. We study and analyse your rabbits behaviour to find the best method for them. We specialise in extreme cases, rabbits with behavioural issues and large group bondings. We have bonded some of the hardest cases in the UK and people travel to us from all over the uk and even Europe for bonding. We use a variety of bonding methods depending on what will work for each specific case. We do NOT recommend stress bonding techniques such as being put inside a carrier or spraying them with water, these are harmful to your rabbits mental health and can cause tension triggers. The whole process we use has your rabbits best interests and wellbeing in mind and they are closely monitored throughout including regular weigh ins as the process can be stressful for them at times.
We will not do any bondings in less than two weeks. Anyone who tells you your rabbits will be bonded in less than two weeks is incorrect. It takes a minimum of 2-4 weeks for your rabbits to go through the stages of bonding and have their bond strengthened in order to be able to return home. Some rabbits will take far longer. We then support the owner once they have taken their rabbits back home as there will still be some steps to take in order to strengthen their bond once home. We will explain the rules and regulations that need to be kept for at least 4 weeks after in order to strengthen their bond and prevent any issues arising. These must be kept in order to stop any damaging pressure to the new bond.
Sending away for bonding: Pairs - £11 per night 3-4 group bondings - £13 per night 5-6 groups - 15 per night 7-9 groups - 17.25 per night For bondings of 10+ please contact us for costings.
This includes hay, bedding and accomodation. Please provide their usual pellets. A 50% DEPOSIT WILL BE REQUIRED TO SECURE YOUR BOOKING, THIS IS NON REFUNDABLE.
For more information or if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I go about booking? A: For behavioural CONSULTATIONS, these can be booked directly on the website on the appointment page. For SENDING AWAY bondings, email us at email@example.com and we will get you on our waiting list for bonding space. Give us as much info about your rabbits as possible. DO NOT BOOK A BONDING CHECK IN APPOINTMENT - THIS IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO THOSE WHO HAVE BOOKINGS WITH US.
Q: What is required before my rabbits can be bonded? A: Your rabbits must be fully vaccinated and ALL rabbits must have been neutered (proof will be asked for).
Q: Where will my rabbits be when they go for bonding? A: Bondings are all done indoors in a specific room set up for bonding which is temperature controlled and constantly supervised.
Q: What happens when my rabbits first arrive? A: Rabbits are first fully health checked and nails are clipped before bonding begins. They then go into pens side by side for 24 hours to observe behaviours and ensure all rabbits are relaxed and eating/pooping well.
Q: How long is the waiting list for a space? A: Our average wait time for external bondings is 1 year. Occassionally we have spaces come up sooner and the waiting list is emailed if a cancellation comes up. Priority is given to our internal bondings (those adopting from us).
Q: If adopting do I recieve a discount for bonding? A: Yes. Internal bondings are done at a reduced rate for those adopting. As these bondings as well matched they are often quicker and more straightforward bonds.
Q: What is included when my rabbits come for bonding? A: Rabbits recieve health checks, behavioural analysis and grooming before and throughout bonding. We also provide a large range of excellent top quality Scottish Hays (8 types) and fresh and dried herbs and forage from the rescue gardens and allotments and branches to chew. We use a variety of rabbit friendly litters for litter trays and water dispensers for drinking.
Q: Will I be updated throughout the process? A: Owners are sent Daily reports and photos and videos explaining their rabbits behaviour.
1. All rabbits must be fully vaccinated against myxi, VHD & VHD2 and have up to date certificate of proof. 2. Any rabbit showing signs of illness or injury may be denied boarding for health and safety reasons. No rabbits will be allowed to have contact with other residents therefore no responsibility can be taken for any illness. 3. Arrangement will be made for arrival and collection time and date. If you fail to collect your pet on the agreed date and we have no contact from you after one week we have the right to rehome them. We will have tried our best to contact you beforehand. If collected late, fees will incur as per the daily price rate. 4. All pets will be treated with the best care and attention, we are not held responsible for escape, illness or death. 5. No pets will be allowed to be removed from the sanctuary until all payment has been received and a suitable carrier is available to take them home in. 6. If your pet requires any medical attention we have permission to take them to our local vet and all bills will be covered by the owner with proof of receipt. This includes euthanasia. 7. Full amount will be paid on arrival and any outstanding balance paid on collection. 8. You will tell us of any special requirements you have for your pet and we agree to meet all of them.