A house rabbit is a wonderful addition to your family. However, bringing a
rabbit into your home entails a significant, long-term commitment. Below, we
outline some aspects of the commitment we require of those who adopt our
- Primary Caregiver. When you adopt a rabbit from Rabbit Haven, the
primary caregiver must be a responsible adult. We do not adopt rabbits
as pets for children as the primary caretakers. The rabbit should be treated
as an integral part of a family; thus, we do not adopt to schools,
organizations, or businesses. We are looking for loving, private individuals,
families, or group homes that wish to adopt as rabbit as a companion. Your
entire family must want the rabbit, and, if your family has a young child, an
adult must agree to supervise the child's interactions with the rabbit at all
- Indoor Housing. Adopters of Rabbit Haven rabbits understand that
our rabbits are to live indoors as household companions. This means that your
rabbit must have its primary living space indoors and must spend every night
indoors. During the day, you may allow your rabbits outdoors in a safe,
secure space (e.g., secure fencing, close supervision, and any other safety
precautions appropriate to the situation). Haven staff will come to your home
to assist you in setting up for your new bunny and to answer any questions
regarding care and housing.
- Special Request. If your rabbit will be alone (i.e., without the
company of people, a cat, or other household pets) a large part of the day, we
recommend that you adopt a second rabbit (or a guinea pig!) as a companion.
Haven staff will work with you to provide information about your rabbit's
social and emotional needs.
- Spaying/Neutering. Except for medical reasons, all Haven rabbits
are to be spayed or neutered prior to adoption or within two weeks of adoption
by a qualified rabbit veterinarian. Even when your rabbit will not have a
rabbit companion, spaying and neutering after sexual maturity is required for
health and reproductive reasons.
- Medical Care. You agree that your rabbit will be seen
by a rabbit veterinarian for medical care and regular checkups (e.g.,
nail and teeth trimming) as required. A
list of qualified veterinarians in the Bay Area is available on
this site. Your rabbit's first exam is provided at no charge.
- Returns. Although we hope that your adoption will be a permanent
arrangement, if you are unable to keep your adopted rabbit, we will be glad to
assist you in securing a new home for him or her. You agree not to give
your adopted rabbit to another party, to a shelter, or to the SPCA.
Instead, you agree to contact Rabbit Haven and to maintain a home for your
rabbit until we are able to place him/her in foster care or in a new home.
- Adoption Fees. Male or female rabbit adoption fee is
$50.00. Pairs are $80.00. We suggest an additional $50.00 donation
to help offset the cost of spay/neuter services (if done) and the care
provided while your rabbit was in foster care. Donations are happily
accepted and are tax-deductible.