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 may 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.*
SEND US YOUR FORM TO BBBBRESCUEANDADOPTION@GMAIL.COM