If you are interested in adopting one of our rabbits please read this section first and ensure you are able to answer positively to all of the questions asked; we do ask a lot of questions because we want to be sure our rabbits are going to the best homes possible. If you think you could offer one of our bunnies a loving forever home, then please drop us an email with your details and we'll send you the appropriate form to fill in; we look forward to hearing from you soon.
Adopting a rabbit
Adopting a rabbit is not a decision that should be taken lightly. Please have a look at the questions below and see if a rabbit is suitable for you and your family; please pay special attention to the hutch requirements as it is disappointing for everyone to get so far and then pulled up short for want of a foot or two!
Also please note - bunnies are sociable animals and need company of their own kind. Unless specifically stated and for reasons pertaining to a particular bun, we do not rehome rabbits to live solo.
1. Have you ever kept rabbits before or do you have any rabbits now?
2. Are you happy that neither you or any members of your family may be allergic to rabbits?
3. Are you willing to accept that as an adult you are the one responsible for the upkeep of the rabbit not a child?
4. Are you happy with this responsibility?
5. Are you aware that rabbits can live up to 10 - 12 years? Can you commit to this responsibility?
6. Is the accomodation you plan to provide suitable for the size of rabbit you are hoping to re-home? The Rabbit Welfare Association recommends a hutch of 6ft x 2ft and an attached run of at least 8ft x 4ft for two average size bunnies, or the equivalent 32 square foot, allowing the rabbits a minimum exercise time of 8-10 hours a day. If the rabbits get free range time this can be slightly smaller but not excessively so.
7. How much time are you able to spend with the rabbits a day?
8. How much exercise time can you give the rabbits each day?
9. Do you have arrangements in place for when you go away on holiday?
10. Are you prepared to vaccinate your rabbits annually?
11. Are you registered with a vet and do you have the means to get a sick animal there?
With regards to the hutch size requirements please see the Rabbit Welfare Associations site for their guidelines as we do try and adhere to these; - the recommended 6ft x 2ft x2ft is a guide line and we are flexible but not excessively so if you are unsure please ask. We are happy to offer advice but not willing to haggle over the minimum but rather aim for the best possible so the rabbits are happy in their new environment. http://www.dev.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/2007_04_01_archive.html (paragraph 9)
There is an adoption form to sign with each bunny offered a new home, we always (as far as possible) carry out homechecks and a suggested minimum donation of £55 for a single bun, £110 for two single buns and £100 for a pair, is asked to help cover the costs of vets checks, neutering and vax'ing of the buns. We apologise that we have had to put our adoption fee up recently as our vets have raised the cost of neutering considerably. We are happy to rehome further afield to the right home and where homechecks are not possible we do have alternative arrangements in place so please feel free to contact us.
Is the cost of a Fat Fluff rabbit fair?
As a rough guide a rabbit in a pet shop costs about £25, the spaying of a female rabbit anything between £50 - £100+ depending on your vet and the dual vaccine which covers your rabbit for myxi and VHD is around £30 - £45 so the total cost of buying a rabbit, neutering and vaccinating her or him could be between £100 - £150. With this in mind we feel that the adoption fee is fair and is in fact a bargain!
In short: the process is that you can either visit the bunny you are interested in or come and visit us to chat things through personally if you would like to, or we can pop round to see you first and carry out a homecheck whichever way you prefer. Once everything is in place we will then ask you to bring your rabbit to us and we will help with the initial introductions. From then on in we will be involved as much or as little with the bondings as you would like us to be and when you and we are happy you can take the bunnies home but you can always call or email for advice as we are always available should we be needed.
If you are happy with all of the above please get in touch - we look forward to hearing from you.
Please can we reiterate: Hutch requirements are 6ft x 2ft x 2ft single tier or 5ft x 2ft x 4ft double tier. We are willing to talk through ideas and set ups but we're looking for the best for our bunnies and not to haggle over what will do.
A hutch is not enough: http://www.fatfluffs.com/blog/2011/may/24/hutch-not-enough/