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Re-Homing for your Rabbit

If you are looking for a new home for your rabbit, we encourage you to read the following and also visit other web sites for more information to help you find the best possible home for your rabbit.

We understand that sometimes owners have no option, such as illness, injury, or maybe even bunny being neglected due to not enough quality time spent with bunny. But most of the time it is because the kids are back to school and are not taking care of the bunny or you feel your bunny is not getting enough attention. That is a very sad scenario for a bunny that was once loved and wanted.

Or maybe it is a behavioral reason that you want to re-home your bunny, like not using his litterbox, spraying urine, chewing, or maybe even aggressive behavior, which can be helped by spaying or neutering, understanding your bunnies needs, a little patience, or some training. Or maybe the novelty of that “Easter bunny" has worn off. That is very unfortunate because a bunny is such a good little companion when understood.

Whatever the reason, we do hope you do the “right" thing, whether it is working with your bunny, taking your bunny to a shelter, or placing ads for a new home. DO NOT just let your bunny go outside! That is the worst thing you could do! Domestic rabbits do not have the survival skills, immunity, or instincts to survive for very long, and they do not run off to join the “wild bunnies". The few that do survive until being caught are usually in dire shape, starved, and full of parasites, infection, or worse. “Letting your pet rabbit go doesn't make her “free", it makes her “food".

We encourage you to contact the pet store, person or breeder from which your bunny was purchased from. Some stores and breeders have a take-back policy. See how they can help you to re-home your rabbit. The most effective way to re-home a rabbit (& not burden a shelter) is to take out an ad in your local paper. Ask a minimum adoption fee of $20 to deter the wrong kinds of people (never place a bunny as “free to good home" as many go to snake food, dinner, or backyard breeding or worse). Newsprint ads really do work and do not be afraid to say no to someone or to ask questions about the home. If your rabbit is spayed/neutered, ask for a $45 adoption fee or so. Once you meet the people and if you really like them, you can always waive the adoption fee..

Please read the following web sites if you are interested in at least trying to work with your bunny. If you are still wanting to re-home your bunny, just please do “the right thing".

If you need advice on behavior, spay/neutering, or proper care for your bunny, please visit our Resources page.

Sweet Binks works solely with area shelters and does not take in rabbits from individuals. We help those rabbits that have no other option and face euthanasia because there are more homeless rabbits than there are good homes. If you have adopted your rabbits from Sweet Binks and can no longer keep them, they MUST be returned to Sweet Binks as stated in your adoption contract.

Please take the time to read: http://www.rabbit.org/adoption/finding-a-new-home.html

http://www.rabbitadoption.org/rehome.html