We are House Rabbit Society advocates and believe that rabbits should be kept as other companion animals. They do not need to be caged or kept alone in hutches. Rabbits are clean and quick to learn good litter box habbits. We encourage rabbit owners to use dog exercise pens (with secure covers if you have other animals) or create your own fenced off area with a wood pellet filled litter box and heavy crocks for drinking (rabbits do not get enough water from bottles.) Not only is it better for your rabbit, but easier for you! A quick, daily sweep and weekly changes is all that is needed to keep your rabbit comfortable and sanitary. Rabbits must an average 4 hours of daily run-around exercise time! A bathroom or laundry room works great for this. Make sure you supervise and rabbit proof (see Educational Materials.) Rabbits like to chew! They can't help it. It's a natural instinct. But we've got tips. Ask us for more information! We want to encourage you to keep your bunny out of a cage or hutch!
Not only do we want our bunnies happy - but we want you humans to be too. That means making sure potential adopters are going to be the right fit for our rescue rabbits. Rescue rabbits are very special animals. Many come to us in terrible conditions both physically, emotionally and socially. We work very hard to get them where they qualify for adoption and a new, forever life. That being said, some of our bunnies may still need work in those areas. Please realize that rabbits do not forget and it takes time for them to trust again. Not every home is right for a rabbit - and not every human too. Through our adoption process we are looking out not only for our rabbits - but you too. We want both parties to be happy - and sometimes it doesn't alway work. If, after reading all you can find out about rabbits and you are still interested in adopting from us, you will fill out an online form (at the bottom of this page.) We will ask for vet references and many other questions pertaining to your home and household members, including other pets. Thank you for thinking of a rescue rabbit. One rabbit adopted means another life we can save.
When a rabbit is adopted from CCRS, the primary caregiver must be a responsible adult over 18 years old. The rabbit should be treated as an integral part of the family; i.e., no group ownership (such as a classroom pet). We do NOT adopt rabbits as pets for children. Contrary to popular belief encouraged by the media, rabbits do NOT MAKE GOOD PETS FOR CHILDREN! Because rabbits have no voice they communicate in other ways. One way is to nibble and even bite. Rabbits will nibble (more like a pinch) when they want something. Perhaps, you've stopped patting them and they want more. Or, maybe they want to get down. Trust me, they will let you know. And while a nibble is not a true bite (which seldom happens and generally only if they are defending themselves or feeling territorial around another rabbit) it still hurts. And would especially be painful to a young child. Rabbits also scratch - alot like cats. We get a lot of folks asking us for "snuggly bunnies." While they do exist, most rabbits are just not that way. Also like cats, they are independent and will come and go as they like. Rabbits are generally quite terrified of being picked up. Because they are prey animals, they scare very easily. They also have hollow bones (which allows them to move very fast in the wild while escaping predators) should they be accidentally dropped (another reason they are not good pets for children) they can easily break bones - and even die from spinal injuries. With the proper supervision of adults, rabbits can make wonderful companion animals for the entire family to enjoy. But be prepared! These are not easy keepers. They require a great deal of care and attention and research by YOU for monitoring their health. Rabbits hide when they are sick. This is mostly due to their being prey animals. A sick animal in the wild would attract predators. By the time a rabbit shows symptoms of being sick, it can be too late. Start researching now signs to look for and find yourself a rabbit savvy vet. Rabbit are considered exotics and cannot go to any vet. They are not rodents, they are Lagomorphs (their next nearest relative is the deer family) and cannot spend their lives in cages. Rabbits are very smart. And they can get into quite a bit of mischief if you are not on guard (think Peter Rabbit.)
With all that being said, rabbits can make wonderful, interactive, entertaining and loving pets. Some folks have trained their bunnies to come when called by name. Others
will completely rabbit proof their house and treat their bunny the same way you would a dog - even having them sleep with them at night. The rabbiting world is a wonderful one! It is magical and it is an incredible bond for life.
Adopters of CCRS rabbits must understand that our rabbits are to live as household companions. This means that they must have their primary living space indoors, and must spend every night indoors. During the daytime, adopters can allow their rabbits outdoor daytime exercise (avg. 4 hours.) If this is the case, the rabbit must be provided with an area with secure fencing, and adequate supervision.
If the rabbit is going to be alone (i.e. without the company of people) for the majority of the time, then we recommend that the adopter adopt a second rabbit as a companion to the first. Rabbits bond for life. They speak the same language. A bonded pair can make things easier. And you will have double the fun of watching them groom and play together.
All CCRR available for adoption rabbits have been spayed or neutered. We do not adopt unaltered rabbits. Funding from this comes from donors. If you would like more information on this, visit our "Help Fix Me" page. Please donate. It is life-saving and the most meaningful thing you can do for your day. Please take a moment, and give to these small animals with big hearts. They truly need it.
We understand that life sometimes throws curve balls. Health and family issues are the main causes of surrenders. We know you love your rabbit and want the best for it. Surrendering to CCRR or other rabbit rescue organizations is their best hope. Do not sell on facebook or any other social platform without a rehoming fee and asking for veterinary references. Make sure you set-up a time to meet and visit potential new homes. There are very bad people out there who cruelly treat rabbits and other animals including: flipping them for resale; using them for snake food; using them for trap bait and keeping them in deplorable, wire cages where they will be bred to death; not to mention eating them. While we do take in surrenders, it is not alway possible due to full capacity. Should we have an opening we require "Family Surrenders" to donate (what they can) towards their spay/neuter (if they are not already) and future care, as well as their supplies (to be used in our foster program.) There is no fee for "Emergency Surrenders." If we do not have room here, we will put your rabbit(s) on our waiting list. We will also do our best to offer resources to help you find your pet a new, loving home.
CCRS is a nonprofit organization. Adoption fees get recycled back into supporting our critically important work. Spay and neuter can be very expensive averaging in the the hundreds. By adopting from us, we've saved you the expense and the worry. Adoption fees are $50 per bunny or $85 for bonded pair.
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