- Primary Caregiver: When a rabbit is adopted from Rabbit Haven, the primary caregiver will be a responsible adult. The rabbit will be treated as an integral part of the family, i.e. no group ownership such as a classroom or roommates pet. We do adopt rabbits to adults only as primary caregivers. The entire family must want the rabbit. If a young child is in the home, an adult will agree to supervise play and help children learn safe handling. We are here to help.
- Indoor Housing: Adopters of Rabbit Haven rabbits understand that our rabbits are to live as indoor, household companion animals. This means that they must have their living space indoors, and must spend every day and night indoors. No garage housing - During the daytime, adopters may allow their rabbits outdoors in a safe, secure space if you are there to supervise play. If this is the case, the rabbit must be provided with an area with secure fencing and ongoing supervision. Adopters agree to keep the bunny safe from all predators including other animals in the home. Note: Airborne predators are also a problem outdoors as are dogs, cats and a variety of wildlife that can attack your rabbit.
- Spaying/Neutering: Except for medical or age specific concerns, all Haven rabbit are to be spayed or neutered prior to adoption or at an age and health appropriate time after adoption. This service is to be provided by an experienced rabbit veterinarian. We are happy to give you referrals. Even when the rabbit will live alone, spaying and neutering after sexual maturity is required due to health and reproductive concerns.
- Permanent Adoptions: Your adoption is presumed to be permanent. However, if you are unable to keep your adopted bunny due to emergency conditions, death in the family or critical illness, or severe financial issues, we will be glad to assist you to secure a new home for your adopted rabbit. Rabbit Haven adopters agree not to surrender the rabbit to any other shelter, other rescue group or third party except for a family member will full notification to the haven. In those cases, we require that you send us the new name, address and email of the family member. We are happy to provide the new family with helpful information and support.
- Returns: The adopter agrees to contact the Director at the Haven if you cannot maintain a home for your bunny and need assistance. It is our intention to see if we can help provide what is needed before we rehome. Our intention is to keep the family together. We will place your rabbit on our wait list as need be. Priority given due to illness/death of caregiver where rabbit no longer has original adopter.
- Adoption donations: Male or female rabbit adoption donation is $60.00. Pairs are $90.00. Donations happily accepted. All Tax deductible.
- Medical care: The adoptive family agrees that the bunny will be seen by a rabbit veterinarian for medical care, nails or grooming as required at least one time per year. Referrals to a qualified vet will be given to you upon adoption. Your rabbit's first exam is provided to you at no charge.
- Adoption to responsible Adults: Rabbit Haven does not adopt rabbits to schools, organizations, or businesses. We are looking for loving individuals or families who want a rabbit companion(s) to share their life. We want rabbits to be in a safe place every day and night. Not left alone in a business facility. We want happy, safe bunnies. If you are a teacher, talk to the Director about how to set up school visits. It is also possible that a teacher may adopt their own rabbit and carry this bunny to the classroom to share with their loving students, and then take bunny home each night. The teacher is then the adopter.
- Education: Adopters will be provided with a full education packet. Successful adopters read this information carefully and call us with any questions they have. Of course our counselors will also go over this with you during your adoption and after the adoption as need be. We look forward to hearing from you.
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