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How to Adopt (Summer 2020)

Thank you for considering adopting a rabbit! When you adopt, you save a life. Each rabbit who comes to House Rabbit Society was transferred from an animal shelter where they were at risk of euthanasia, whether it was because of a medical concern, because the rabbit was scared, or because the shelter simply had too many rabbits or too many animals all at once. House Rabbit Society is able to save their lives because of wonderful people like you who choose to adopt!

        1. View our adoptable rabbits, below

          We have approximately 20-40 adoptable rabbits at House Rabbit Society and in our foster homes.

        2. Our Adoption Policies
          1. Adult Primary Caregiver
            The rabbit’s primary caregiver is an adult, and is wanted by everyone in the household. (No group ownership, like a classroom pet.)
          2. Indoor Housing
            Rabbits adopted from House Rabbit Society live indoors as part of the family. Due to the emergence of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) in California, we strongly recommend keeping rabbits indoors with no outdoor playtime, even when vaccinated.
          3. Returns
            If you are considering returning a rabbit from HRS, please call us to see if we might be able to help you work through your current problem. If you need to return a rabbit adopted from HRS, we ask for 2-4 weeks’ notice, so we can have a space ready for your rabbit to return. Rabbits adopted from HRS must be returned to HRS if you are no longer going to keep them.
        3. Watch this short adoption video series on how to take care of rabbits
          Our video series will answer many questions about rabbits and help you get your home ready for a bunny.

        4. Read about Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) and how to keep your rabbit safe. Rabbits adopted from House Rabbit Society have had their first annual RHDV vaccine, but it will be important to take your rabbit to the vet every year to be vaccinated. You will also need to continue to take biosecurity precautions at home, as no vaccine provides 100% protection.
        5. Complete our online Adoption Questionnaire
          Please, only complete this Adoption Questionnaire if you are over the age of 18. This is for our San Francisco Bay Area (Richmond, CA) location. For other House Rabbit Society chapters, go here.

          A staff member or volunteer will review your questionnaire and contact you to set up an appointment for a video call with a volunteer Adoption Counselor, so you can ask any rabbit questions you have, and you can talk about rabbit care together.

          Adopting a friend for your rabbit: Sadly, we are not able to offer rabbit speed-dating services at House Rabbit Society due to the emergence of RHDV. Learn more about rabbit bonding – if you’re up for the rewarding challenge of bonding at home, we can send a bunny home with you for a 2-week foster-to-adopt to see if it will be a good match.

        6. Get your home ready for a rabbit
          Once you have completed the above steps, you are ready to adopt, but you may need to get your home ready before bringing a bunny home. Read more about living with rabbits at rabbit.org, or buy the House Rabbit Handbook. Bunny-proof your home. Decide what to buy in terms of enclosure, exercise pen, or other housing, plus food, litter boxes, toys and other care items.
        7. Take your rabbit home
          We will schedule an appointment time with you to take your rabbit home!

          We understand that it’s difficult to ensure the right match with a bunny when you’ve only met them online. We provide a 2-day foster-to-adopt period to make sure your rabbit is the right match for your family. We will ask you to sign our foster agreement before taking your rabbit home. In this difficult time, please only take home a rabbit to foster-to-adopt, if you are planning to adopt a rabbit. If you’re looking for our foster program, learn more here.

          You will do a no-contact pickup curbside of your rabbit from our front porch. You are welcome to bring a carrier, or you can purchase one at House Rabbit Society. We have hay, pellets, exercise pens, litter boxes, water bowls and more for sale at our Hop Shop with curbside pickup, and proceeds benefit our rescue and education work.

        8. Finalize the adoption
          At the end of the 2-day foster-to-adopt period, we’ll ask you to finalize the adoption by completing our Adoption Agreement via text or email, and paying the adoption donation.

          If you decide the rabbit is not the right fit, you’ll give us two weeks’ notice. We give you a scheduled return appointment when you complete the foster agreement. If you decide not to adopt, this will be a 2-weeks + 2 days total foster period.

Questions? 510-970-7575 & rabbit-center@rabbit.org

Adoption Donation

A single rabbit: $100
A bonded pair:  $150

Included with your adoption:

  • spay/neuter – important for a rabbit’s health, litter box habits, and no accidental babies
  • microchip – free lifetime registration
  • health exam – by trained volunteers or a veterinarian while at House Rabbit Society
  • vaccinated against Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) – the first annual vaccine already completed while at House Rabbit Society
  • preventative treatment for external & internal parasites
  • coupon – free vet wellness exam at VCA Bay Area in Oakland
  • coupon – 20% off at Pet Food Express
  • one-year membership to House Rabbit Society ($20 value!) – includes a membership card, discounts on online shopping, and a subscription to the House Rabbit Journal
  • gift basket for your bunny – A volunteer makes a small gift basket with toys and treats for every bunny who is adopted!

Adoptable Rabbits

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