ADOPTING A RABBIT FROM US
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 rabbits 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 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!
Please read this page carefully and make sure you are happy with the contents before emailing us, especially with regard to the accommodation requirements - thank you!
Also please note - rabbits are sociable animals and need company of their own kind. Unless specifically stated and for reasons pertaining to a particular rabbit, 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 - 14 years? Can you commit to this responsibility?
6. Is the accommodation you plan to provide suitable for the size of rabbit you are hoping to re-home? (See below)
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 regard to the size of housing required please see the Rabbit Welfare Associations site for their guidelines as we do try and adhere to these. They recommend a permanently accessible minimum area of 10ft x 6ft x 3ft high (3m x 2m x 1m) for a pair of average sized rabbits, regardless of whether they live indoors or outside. We are flexible but not excessively, so if you are unsure please ask. We are happy to offer advice but are not willing to haggle over the minimum requirements. Our aim is to ensure the rabbits are happy in their new environment. https://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/rabbit-care-advice/rabbit-housing/
We carry out home checks to ensure that accommodation meets our criteria and to check that you have a full understanding of rabbit ownership and have all of the necessary information and plans in place. 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.
There is an adoption form to sign with each bunny offered a new home.
A suggested minimum donation of £65 for a single rabbit, or £130 for a pair, is asked to help cover the costs of vet checks, neutering and vaccination of the rabbits.
Is the cost of a Fat Fluff rabbit fair?
As a rough guide, a rabbit in a pet shop costs about £60. Neutering is anything between £80 - £150+ depending on your vet. Vaccinations are around £60 for the new single triple combined. This brings the total cost of buying a rabbit, neutering and vaccinating her or him to be between £200 - £270+. With this in mind we feel that the adoption fee is fair and is in fact a bargain!
We ask for a discretionary minimum donation of £25 towards the bonding process if you are adopting a single rabbit to go with your already resident rabbit.
You are welcome to visit us and meet the rabbits and chat things through personally but bear in mind you cannot reserve a rabbit until your homecheck has been completed. If you prefer we can pop round to see you first and carry out a homecheck. Once everything is in place we will then ask you to bring your rabbit to us and we will help with the initial introductions. Part of the homecheck will be to ensure your rabbit is fully vaccinated and we will need to see vaccination certificates for your existing rabbit before they will be allowed on site. We will start the bonding off on site and once we are happy the rabbits are happy together we will ask you to collect. From then on we will be involved with the bonding as much or as minimally as you would like us to be and you can always call or email for advice as we are happy to be available should we be needed.
Please note that we won't reserve a rabbit for you until you have passed your homecheck, the rabbit is then only reserved for two weeks.
If you are happy with all of the above please get in touch - we look forward to hearing from you.