When you don’t want your rabbit anymore…
If you are considering giving up your rabbit, please consider that rabbits are social creatures and can become attached to the families they have come to know. If you are moving, please don’t think you have to give up your rabbit. It will traumatize your bun more to be left behind than jostled a bit in a pet carrier.
If you are rehoming because of behavioral problems, one of the solutions is to spay or neuter your rabbit. An unaltered rabbit will exhibit normal signs of hormonal behavior; behaviors such as spraying urine, biting, humping, chewing your carpet and furniture, growling, grunting, lunging, and refusing to litter train. Having your rabbit spayed or neutered at a young age will prevent or alleviate these behavioral problems as well as protect the future health of your bunny. Best of all, your bunny’s true, loving and fun personality will shine through. If you need assistance getting your rabbit fixed, please contact us and we can give you information about getting your rabbit fixed at low-cost clinic.
Please Don’t Release Him!
No matter how anxious you are to get “rid of your bunny” please do not be tempted to let him go into the wild or your neighborhood. You may think that rabbits eat grass and leaves and can drink the rain water or that some neighbor with a compassionate heart will take him in. Turning him lose may be the easiest and fastest way to “rid” yourself of an unwanted rabbit, however, it is the most inhumane thing you can do for the rabbit. Released rabbits will only survive a few days in the wild, any longer than that and they are living off luck. You brought the rabbit into your home; you owe it to him to find him a responsible and loving new home.
Surrendering to East Coast Rabbit Rescue
***Update***We are currently over capacity and are not able to take in any bunnies at this time. Unfortunately, we do not enough foster homes and volunteers to accommodate the amount of rabbits needing our assistance. We wish we could be of more assistance to those in need; we wish we could rescue them all. If you found a rabbit you can contact Animal Care and Control at 561 233 -1200. The Humane Society of the County you found him in. Please call these shelters for availability, as they may be at capacity as well. ***end of update**** East Coast Rabbit Rescue is not a shelter but consists of a few dedicated foster homes who are committed to helping rabbits in need. Therefore, if we do not have an available foster home, unfortunately, we will not be able to take your rabbit. Also, we first and foremost rescue abandoned, neglected and animal shelter rabbits. Since your rabbit is an owner surrender and is not in immediate danger, we require a $75 dollar donation for a single rabbit and $150 for a bonded pair. This donation helps cover the cost of their care, spaying and neutering, and gives us the ability to assist future neglected rabbits. If you are unable to make a donation, we still want to help you by offering these following suggestions:
- Do not give your rabbit away; charge at least $20 so your rabbit does not end up as snake food. People willing to commit to owning a rabbit will not object to paying an adoption fee.
- Consider your advertising options. You can place an ad online, in the local papers, veterinarian offices, pet supply stores, and bulletin boards. With patience and commitment, you will find a safe and loving home.
- When placing ads, make sure you state characteristics about him…neutered, house-trained, affectionate, friendly… Please consider only rehoming your rabbit to an indoor home. Most rabbits kept in hutches are forgotten in the backyard.
- It is very important to screen/interview the new home and conduct a home visit. You want to assure your bun is going to a safe environment who is knowledgeable about rabbit care.
- Do not adopt to a home that has unneutered rabbits or wants to breed. Also, placing your rabbit in a home that wants a new friend for their bunny isn’t a good idea as rabbits are very territorial and will usually fight viciously. Introductions have to be done properly and patiently if they are to work.
- A spayed or neutered rabbit is easier to place as they are typically calmer, cleaner, and are easier to litter box train. It also insures that no more unwanted rabbits will be produced after the rabbit leaves your home. If you need assistance with spaying or neutering your rabbit, please contact us.
- Please spend some time with your rabbit every day. This may be difficult as you may be rehoming him due to the fact that you don’t have any time. However, the fact is, the more attention you give your bunny, the more socialized he will be towards prospective adopters.