These rabbits are rabbits who have been surrendered to the rescue for various reasons and will live their retirement with us in sanctuary care if they are not adopted. We understand that it is often much harder to find homes for special needs rabbits and those with additional care needs however we do also have owners that are specifically looking for a SN bunny as a companion for their other bunny.
What type of home can offer a SN rabbit a home? One with lots of time, patience and love to give. These rabbits can often need a lot more extensive a care routine and cannot be left for long periods of time so not ideal for those who work long hours. You must have experience with caring for sick or ill rabbits, be confident in medicating and regularly weighing them. A good rabbit vet nearby on call is a must as these rabbits may need to see the vet on a monthly basis.
What classes a rabbit as Special Needs? These rabbits have additional care requirements. We do not class blind or deaf rabbits as having SN unless they have additional care needs (this is because most domestic rabbit breeds have partial sight/hearing and adapt as any normal rabbit). Special needs can be:
Extreme dietary/severe gut conditions such as Megacolon disease or having no teeth requiring liquid feeding
Mobility issues - tripod buns, severe arthritis, lack of hind leg mobility, head tilt, splay legs
Active EC with regular flare ups
Ongoing ear / dental disease
Chronic respiratory conditions such as Pasturella/Bordatella
Can SN rabbits be insured? The simple answer, yes.
Can SN rabbits be bonded with 'normal' rabbits? Absolutely. The SN itself must be taken into account as well as the severity and impact stress plays on the condition itself. The other rabbit/s they are being bonded to must be matched well and bonding must be done slower and more delicately. Some SN rabbits deal better living in with a healthy group and others deal better with just one other SN rabbit, we assess each rabbit individually case by case. If the condition is contagious or a risk to other healthy rabbits, we will not adopt this rabbit out to live in a household with healthy rabbits that do not also have the condition (for example Pasturella).
The adoption process for these bunnies is the same for any other bunny - send us in your adoption form and we can discuss who would be the best match. Like all the bunnies here, these buns are also fully vaccinated, neutered (we will always neuter regardless of age or conditions thanks to our top specialist vets) and have had full health and behavioural assessments. We can also help with bonding or talk you through the process. *Please note that we will not adopt any bunny out to live on their own so they must be bonded with your rabbit/s or with another of our rabbits.*
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Looking for her forever sanctuary home
Female 1 Year Old Lionhead x Wildie mix
Bute is a stunning little girl with such an adventurous spirit. She is the most confident of her sisters but still can be shy and nervous at first. She loves her digging box and will forage all day if you'd let her. She loves to play outside and explore, racing through her tunnels with lots of energy. She likes a gentle head rub and loves binkies! She would be happiest living in an outdoor environment, she is also comfortable with dogs and kids. She needs lots of hay and enrichment as she is a little busy bee and loves her grub.
Bute needs a sanctuary style home where she can be free to express herself and display all of her natural behaviours. She needs to be housed in a large outdoor enclosure with as much of a natural environment as possible, suited to her "wildie ways". She needs to live with at least one other rabbit but we would like her to live with at least two other rabbits. She is absolutely fine around other animals and children but does not like to be fussed with.
Bute came to us as a baby at 4 months old with her 2 sisters, we had her spayed, vaccinated and fully assessed. She was one of the healthiest "thoroughbred" bunnies we have ever met, very active and she was in perfect health. She went out to a long term foster home and was living there happily for months. One day she went into GI stasis, not something that was normal for her as she is an excellent eater and always loves her food. We had her assessed at the Royal Dick Vet School as we were concerned that she had a blockage. After an ultra sound scan was done, things became extremely concerning. Bute had an extremely rare case of calcified growths throughout her abdomen that were growing at an alarming rate. She was hospitalised and went through extensive abdominal surgery to remove the 7 large 5cm masses and hospitalisation for almost 2 weeks. We nearly lost her so many times but she is a serious fighter! Her odds of survival were very low, this condition has only been documented once so we had no idea what we were dealing with. She made it home on lots of medication and has went through an incredible recovery. There is no idea if this will affect her long term and we are continuing to have her assessed and have her bloods taken on a regular basis to monitor her liver and kidney function. She is now back up to good health but we cannot find her a "normal" home now knowing that there is a chance she could be affected long term.
We now need an experienced owner to offer her a sanctuary home where she can live outside with other bunnies, she could live another 10 years so deserves to have what she needs. The person who adopts her needs to be aware of her behaviour and be registered with an exotic vet that can monitor her. She needs to be weighed weekly as her weight isn't always stable despite eating lots and be given a very varied natural diet. There is a possibility that this does not affect her in the long term and she goes onto live a happy full life, but there is also a chance her vital organs could be compromised and she may need bloods taken on a regular basis. Our exotic vet team do not think that she will ever need another surgery. She has been through a lot in her short life so far and has bet the odds so many times as well as been seen by many specialists, the last thing we want for her is to go somewhere she is unhappy living on her own or even worse be euthanised by a standard vet for something minor!