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.*
SEND US YOUR FORM TO BBBBRESCUEANDADOPTION@GMAIL.COM
Hi, my name is Bananarama. I'm just a young 2 year old boy with a big life ahead of me. Unfortunately I arrived at the rescue quite underweight and not in great condition. I became severely ill very quickly with severe diarohea for 5 days which caused liver failure and every odd was against me. My temperature was critically low and I couldn't hold it up on my own, I was also still losing weight and body condition. I was constantly dehydrated and my liver wouldn't work - yet I was still gobbling food and suckling off my syringe of critical care like a good boy (and begging for head rubs too). The specialist exotic vets and carers at BBBB worked really hard to save my life - twice! After every test and 2 ICU stays over the course of 2 weeks trying to get to the route cause of what was causing me to be so unwell, no direct cause could be found. I was found to have extremely rare high levels of Coccidiosis in my poo (intestinal) which they initially thought was secondary to my illness however they now believe it was the main cause and the stress I had in his previous home and then being moved to the rescue was too much on my little body.
I'm now all better and much stronger and loving life indoors. I am the sweetest boy and love to give kisses and snuggles. I am extremely well behaved and can be trusted to free roam the whole house - the only thing I am partial to try and munch is cardboard, so watch those Amazon boxes! The vets say I am a miracle and no one can believe that I have survived, I am a massive fighter and super strong willed, I never wanted to give up. I have such a thirst for life and am always happy to see my humans. I am a confident boy once I settle in and love stretching my big long legs to beg for food at the fridge.
Sadly because of my Coccidia, I cannot be bonded into the BBBB sanctuary so I am looking for a home where I can have another bunny buddy or more. I am very submissive and won't fight with another bunny, I prefer to be bossed around and will happily oblige to grooming. I am gentle and kind spirited and love to loaf beside you by your feet while you sit on the couch. Sadly I cannot live outdoors as I have to be kept warm and I also need soft rugs for my feet which are prone to sore hocks. I get on well with gentle dogs and cats, who let me climb on them but not ones who chase me! I will thump if I'm unsure or if you're not quick enough providing the treats I require on a daily basis, but I will also lick you and purr away while being massaged and long to be massaged for hours.
I am not a fan of screaming little people and prefer a quiet environment, I love watching TV! I am not a high maintanance bunny however do need to have my weight checked and there is always a chance of another Cocci flare up which I may need treatment for. I love my hay so have no problems with my teeth and my ears are pointy and very clean. I have a long nose for kisses and slick, low maintanance fur that doesn't need brushed or grooming. I need a "no veg" diet with lots of fibre and a daily treat or two.