How to adopt a rabbit from a shelter

Many rabbits unfortunately become abandoned or homeless through no fault of their own every year due to the owner’s inability to care for the rabbit properly, or a change in the owner’s circumstances and these rabbits end up in rescue shelters.

Rabbits will usually have a health check on arrival at the rescue shelter and be treated for any ailments that they may have been suffering from to ensure the rabbit is healthy before being offered for rehoming. Often the rabbit’s temperament will also have been assessed to ensure its suitability as a pet. This means that any new owner is assured of being offered a rabbit of good temperament and health, although there may be little or nothing known about the rabbit’s exact age, history or parents.

Rescue Shelters also usually provide ongoing support for owners of rabbits rehomed by them so can be a great source of advice should any concerns arise after offering a home to one of their rabbits.

Depending on the rescue shelter, any potential owner may be required to complete a series of forms, be interviewed or even receive a home visit to assess their suitability as a potential rabbit owner. The rescue shelter’s primary concern is to ensure the correct placement of the rabbits in their care with a suitable new owner able and committed to caring for the rabbit properly.

Rescue shelters often have baby and adult rabbits for rehoming and is considered by many to be best place to look for a pet rabbit and it can be very satisfying to be giving a homeless rabbit a bright future.

Private, Hobbyist and Show Rabbit Breeders

Private or hobbyist rabbit owners may breed their pet rabbits and many owners of show rabbits also breed their rabbits with the aim of producing future show winners, enhancing breeds and developing new breeds of rabbits but don’t breed their rabbits on a commercial scale.

Most private, hobbyist or show rabbit breeders carefully plan their litters with the aim of producing robust, healthy rabbits of good temperament. Private, hobbyist or show rabbit breeders also regularly handle their young rabbits and so any rabbits they sell are usually confident about being handled. There is also have the opportunity to see the parents and know the exact date of birth of the rabbit it is intended to purchase.

Breeders of show rabbits will have pure bred rabbits and will have aimed to produce rabbits that are of good size and a good example of the rabbit breed in accordance with the breed show standard, often with the intention of keeping some of the young rabbits themselves for showing and selling the surplus rabbits that they don’t keep. If looking for a good example of a particular breed or sure of a purebred rabbit of a particular breed, perhaps with the hope of showing it at rabbit shows in the future, then a breeder of show rabbits is the best place to buy a rabbit.

Private and hobbyist breeders often advertise rabbits for sale on the internet, in local papers, pet shops or vets and are the best place to buy a rabbit for those particularly looking for a baby rabbit raised in a home enviroment and wanting knowledge of their age and history. Show rabbit breeders can usually be located by contacting a relevant rabbit club and are the best place to buy a rabbit for those looking for a purebred rabbit of a particular breed or those who might want to consider showing their rabbit in the future.

Pet Shops

Many pets shops sell rabbits and this is often where many people buy their first pet rabbit. Although some pet shops may acquire their rabbits from private breeders, the majority obtain their rabbits from commercial breeders to ensure a constant supply. Rabbits supplied by commercial breeders are usually the result of mass breeding programmes aimed at quantity rather than quality and bred purely for profit. The rabbits may not have been handled any great deal before arriving at the pet shop and often no information regarding their date of birth, parents, etc is given to the pet shop.

Some pet shops will quarantine new rabbits received for a period of time to ensure they are healthy, and some may have staff handle them to ensure the have good temperatments, before offering them for sale in their shop but some shops will simply offer the rabbits for sale as soon as they arrive not having done any assessment of the health or temperament of the rabbits.

Pet shops are often the first place people think of when looking to buy a rabbit and the most convenient. They may offer a wider range of different colours and breeds than are available in a rescue shelter or offered by a private, hobbyist or show breeder.

A college friend is selling a 6 months old bunny. It got me thinking, hypothetically, I could own a bunny. Just how much more work is it than, say, a cat? I have a cat with her own food, water bowl, dry&wet kibble, and a litterbox. Plus vaccines and flea solutions.

How would taking care of a rabbit in a cage differ from this?

Cage cleaning can be time consuming. You can litter train them, but it tends to be more convince based. If the litter box is far away they will just poop on the floor.

They really do need a lot of space in their cage, and daily exersice. Fresh veggies daily, hay and a high quality pellet food.

Honestly I think they smell really bad, but they aren't much more time consuming than your cat is.

Thank you! I've heard of their smell but everytime I see a fluffy pic of a rabbit I conveniently forget about it!

They need to be fixed.

You can litter box train them.

They need to be brushed and have their nails clipped.

They need to be fed a good diet. Not cheap pellets,carrots and fruit. Mine get greens and hay and dried herbs as treats. Mine are not caged either and use a litterbox. To learn more:

They're more work than I realised, for sure. I was suddenly bundled with a rescue bun, having never cared for one before.

The hutch has to be a particular size – rabbits get very sick if they don't have space to stretch and run and stand and exercise. If you're going to keep them in a small enclosure, they need 3 hours minimum a day to run around the garden/house, to get the blood pumping and muscles working.

They poop constantly. Within 5 minutes of cleaning them out (which is a pretty smelly, intense job) there will be piles of poop and puddles of pee everywhere. They can be litter-trained, but even then it's based on if the bun can be bothered to travel to the loo, or would rather just go where they stand, which they mostly do. They're going to need cleaning every other day, although ideally every day.

Rabbits are very social creatures. They're going to need a bunny-buddy. They become depressed and lonely otherwise. Problem is, when you try to introduce a new bunny, it takes a lot of work to get them to like each other. I'm a month in with my Evas new friend Mo, and she still fights him constantly.

Domestic rabbits must be desexed ASAP. This is usually form around 6 months of age. This reduces aggression, sexual frustration, settles the hormones, and gives masses of health benefits, such as a massively reduced risk of uterine cancer in females. Females will need a cone after their procedure and lots of close attention, as they will pretty much always go for their stitches and cause incredible amounts of damage to themselves otherwise. You need to keep a constant eye on a female during her recovery. My boy isn't old enough yet, so I haven't experienced the aftermath of his procedure yet, although I've heard they're much easier.

Rabbits get sick very suddenly, and when a rabbit gets sick, it is usually a matter of 24 hours before they're dead if the problem is left untreated. Unfortunately, rabbits are very good at hiding pain or discomfort. The main issues to watch out for are GI Statis (hunching down in pain, bubbling stomach, disinterest in eating or drinking. This is basically the rabbit version of 'an upset tummy'. It's fatal), flystrike (wet bum from not being cleaned out/not cleaning theirselves properly – eg when in a cone – and therefore allowing flies to lay eggs in the wet area of the bum, maggots hatch and eat the bunny from bum upwards), and simple shock. A loud bang, a sudden appearance, or mistimed jump that lands wrong, and bunnies can literally frighten themselves to death. They are very instinctive and know full-well they're normally bottom of the food chain. As such, they will hit the panic button over the tiniest thing.

Following on from sickness, you must get your rabbit vaccinated every year. Myxomatosis and RHD are the main two things to protect against. Myxomatosis in particular is airborne, and drives a rabbit insane in the most slow and agonising way ever. Don't ever miss a vaccination appointment.

Hope this helps.

Edit: I forgot to mention that rabbits have a very strict diet that cannot be deterred from. They can't have cheap mix food. They'll pick out the sugary stuff and ignore the good stuff, and quickly get an upset stomach because it's cheap. They need pellets to make sure they intake an equal balance of all nutrients. They also need fresh veg (and some fruit) every single day, as well as an endless supply of hay. By veg, I don't mean the odd carrot. Carrots ate actually quite bad for them, and should only be a treat. I mean spinach, parsnips, bell peppers, good lettuce, but heaven forbid should you give them too much kale, or any broccoli, or iceberg lettuce. Sick bun gets GI Stasis. Dead bun.

We currently have 58 bunnies ready for adoption at our Adoption Center. All our available bunnies are listed here on our web site for you to browse.

If you are interested in adopting one of our rabbits, here’s what to do:

  • Fill out our adoption application form and email it to [email protected]
  • We will contact you as soon as possible after we receive your application.
  • If your application is approved, we’ll make an appointment for you to come to the adoption center. Note: our adoption center is appointments only at this time.
    The Adoption Center is located at:
    7640 Rosecrans Avenue
    Paramount, CA
    (we share a building with Sam’s Roofing)
    Hours: by appointment only
    10am – 3pm Tuesday,Thursday, Friday and Sunday
    12pm – 3pm Saturday
  • If you cannot visit our adoption center, we recommend that you call us on our hopline . Hopline: 562.862.8844
  • Other options
    • Visit a local pet store to see the resident bunnies (listed below)
    • Attend an adoption event, held regularly at local pet stores (see event listings below) and occasionally at other sites. You can request a particular bun be brought to a specific event if you like
    • OR, contact us

    Adoption applications

    Los Angeles and San Francisco Area pet stores

    PetCo Lake Elsinore

    18290 Collier Ave., 92530
    Phone: 951-245-7538
    Monday – Friday 9AM – 9PM
    Saturday 9AM – 9PM
    Sunday 10AM – 8PM

    Call our Hopline: 562.862.8844 to find out what rabbit is at this local store!

    PetCo Long Beach

    6500 Pacific Coast Hwy.
    Phone: (562) 493-6083
    Monday – Friday 9AM – 9PM
    Saturday 9AM – 9PM
    Sunday 9AM – 8PM

    Call our Hopline: 562.862.8844 to find out what rabbit is at this local store!

    PetCo Signal Hill

    3065 California Avenue, Signal Hill, CA 90755
    Phone: (562) 427-7042

    Call our Hopline: 562.862.8844 to find out what rabbit is at this local store!

    PetCo Temecula

    40474 Winchester Road
    Phone: (951) 296-0388

    Call our Hopline: 562.862.8844 to find out what rabbit is at this local store!

    Adoption days at this location:

    every Saturday from 10 to 1

    PetCo Whittier

    13420 Whittier Boulevard Whittier, CA 90605
    Phone: (562) 907-2300

    Call our Hopline: 562.862.8844 to find out what rabbit is at this local store!

    Petsmart Garden Grove

    9835 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92841
    Phone: 714- 591-1115
    Monday thru Saturday 9 am to 9 pm
    Sunday 10 am to 6 pm

    Petsmart Signal Hill

    2550 Cherry Ave Signal Hill, CA 90755
    Phone: 562-988-0832
    Sunday 9AM�7PM
    Monday 9AM�9PM
    Tuesday 9AM�9PM
    Wednesday 9AM�9PM
    Thursday 9AM�9PM
    Friday 9AM�9PM
    Saturday 9AM�9PM

    Petsmart Torrance

    3855 59 Sepulveda Blvd, Torrance CA 90505
    Phone: 310-316-9047
    Monday to Saturday 9 am to 9pm
    Sunday 9 am to 8 pm

    Call our Hopline: 562.862.8844 to find out what rabbit is at this local store!

    How to adopt a rabbit from a shelter

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    How to adopt a rabbit from a shelter

    How to adopt a rabbit from a shelter

    How to adopt a rabbit from a shelter

    There’s no question. When you first see a baby rabbit you want to take him home. Especially when he’s as cute as Fred ‘Slappy’ Thumper. as the neighbor kids called him.

    Here are the basics for keeping your new found rabbit alive when he is less than 10 days old.

    Step 1: Feeding

    This instruction is for rabbits under 10 days old. the time before their eyes open. Once they open their eyes they start grazing. Fred is just about 8-10 days old and still needs his mother for feeding even though he’s able enough to leave the nest.

    Mother Rabbits – It’s important to know that the mother rabbits leave their nest for over 90% of the day. They actually only feed the baby rabbits for 5 minutes once or twice a day. Most of their time is spent out foraging.

    Rabbit Milk – To offset the infrequency of feedings rabbit milk is especially nutritious compared to cows or humans. Goats are the next closest animal which is why goats milk is often recommended. The goats milk is available at most pet stores. Another highly recommended product is KMR Kitten Replacement.

    My first attempt was to see if Fred would drink from a saucer. He made no move for the milk. After learning a bit more about Fred’s needs I found a suitable option. formula with added cream. My neighbor recently added a third child. We mixed up a baby formula with heavy cream milk. The heavy cream provided the caloric boost young rabbits need!

    How Much Formula?

    • 0-1 week – 2cc twice a day
    • 1-2 week – 5-7cc twice a day
    • 2-3 week – 7-13cc twice a day
    • 3-6 week – 13-16cc twice a day

    Note that these are guidelines. It will depend on the size of the rabbit. After the 10 day mark they should start eating oats, alfalfa, greens and water. The whole food will start to offset the need for formula.

    You can see in the pictures that we used a medical syringe that was at hand. For regular care it is best to have a feeding kit with cleanable nipples to prevent contamination. Keep the bunny upright while feeding.

    Our Experience

    Fred didn’t care for the milk I tried to first feed him from the dish. I used my finger to try and bring it to his lips. He still wasn’t interested when I tried to feed him with the syringe. As soon as the formula was introduced he started lapping it up! He was very excited for about 2cc. He then stopped and we were convinced he was full.

    Feeding Challenges

    Don’t overfeed. This can be very dangerous for animals – especially rabbits! Baby rabbits have a very delicate digestive system. They also don’t naturally pass waste. Because of their close quarters in the nest they actually are built to only defecate when stimulated by their mother. To get a baby rabbit to pass a movement they must be stimulated by the mother or by using a wet cotton ball on the anus. This may be reason enough to skip straight to step 4! (More information on feeding/evacuating is available at

    Extended Care

    A baby rabbit typically will pickup normal bacteria and probiotics from eating it’s mother’s cetetropes. yes the small soft droppings (rabbits eat them). it isn’t something they should eat all the time but when they start eating solids it help them develop a normal stomach. To help your baby rabbit you’ll want to sprinkle the human probiotic acidophilus powder into their milk from around day 10-15.

    –a syringe set is pretty handy to have around

    Step 2: Keeping Warm

    Keeping Fred warm wasn’t a challenge. Most young bunnies are found before their fur really starts to come in. It is because Fred has such thick fur that he looks like he’s almost a full 10 days.

    Bedding – from raising chickens I had plenty of pine chips to spare. Along with an ice cream bucket and some dried grass Fred had a comfortable place to spend the evening. I was comfortable with this temporary home. If you are considering keeping a rabbit long term a there are a range of specially built rabbit hutches available. Or you can always build one!

    Fred could have stayed the night but the important thing was trying to return him to his mother. If I knew a dog had killed the mother or had reason to believe he was truly abandoned a regular routine could have been developed for Fred. As a young bunny the challenge is really just to keep him alive.

    Fred’s best chance was to return to his mother.

    • Further, a few early comments showed the need to reinforce that a wild animal’s best chance for survival is with it’s mother. 90% (or greater) of animals taken from their mother in the first few weeks don’t survive despite our best efforts.
    • This post shows how I learned that as I researched Fred’s case and found that I needed to help him return to his mother to have a chance.

    Step 3: Returning Home

    Fred’s mother was likely out all day. I happened to find him around 5:30pm in front of an office building only a few blocks from my house.

    By returning Fred to a protected area near where I found him his mother had the best chance of finding him. Mothers will often spend time calling to any rabbits when they return. There was a line of hedges and I assumed the nest would be somewhere within 10-30 feet of the path I found Fred. I had Fred home by 8:30.

    Certainly make sure to leave a rabbit with a good layer of insulation and camouflage. I used the hedge branches to cover the lighter color pine chips.

    –if you need to call to a rabbit it may sound something like this rabbit call

    Step 4: Reunion.

    At 6:30 the next morning I walked over to check on Fred. To my delight Fred was nowhere in sight!

    Raising chicks just a few blocks away I know there are very few predators in our town. There is certainly a chance an animal found Fred but I think his mother came back for him. Certainly that’s what I want to believe. It was also nice to see that the little burrow was undisturbed. Had I planned a bit more ahead a motion activated surveillance camera would have certainly helped me know for certain! -hunting/security products are like james bond gear

    Totally inspired by my little adventure with Fred. Think it’s time to test a raising a few rabbits in the yard. They don’t lay eggs but I recently learned that before 1950 rabbit meat was more popular in the UK than chicken – who knew!

    Thanks for reading, Jeff

    –how do we know his name is Fred “Slappy” Thumper. My neighbor’s 4 and 6 year old were able to ask him. That was very helpful. They also ‘just knew’ he was male and shared that he wasn’t scared.

    SaveABunny is a nonprofit organization. We rely on adoption fees, donations, sponsorship, store items, and revenue from our special services for support and continued service to the community.

    Below is a comparison of the adoption fees we charge and what you can expect to pay if you are given a rabbit or buy one from a breeder or pet store. The most cost effective and compassionate choice you can make is to adopt from a shelter or rescue group and not to breed or buy.

    Our adoption fee is a sliding scale: of $120. Rabbits with medical expenses may have a higher adoption fee. The adoption fee is not tax-deductible. Additional donations are always greatly appreciated.

    Rabbit Owner Expenses Gift/Purchased Rabbit Rabbit Adopted
    from SaveABunny
    Initial Adoption Fee Free/$15 $120
    Rabbit-safe Spay/Neuter Surgery $100 – $300 Included
    Educational Resources $20 – $50 Included
    Personalized and Knowledgeable Assistance N/A Included
    Rescues a Bunny/Saves a Life N/A Included
    TOTAL COSTS $160 – $445 $120

    We have a wide variety of loving bunnies, including purebred rabbits. We rescue and cherish each bunny, regardless of breed purity.

    Friends of Rabbits is a 501c3, nonprofit rabbit rescue group based in the Washington DC / Baltimore greater metropolitan area. We primarily take domestic house rabbits in from crowded and high-kill shelters in the region, in addition to stray domestic rabbits. Please note: we are not licensed to handle wildlife.

    How to adopt a rabbit from a shelter

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    How to adopt a rabbit from a shelter

    Friends of Rabbits is made up of volunteers who simply care about saving bunnies. People are its lifeblood. Without people, Friends of Rabbits would not exist. Friends of Rabbits also works with shelters, holding fund raising events such as spa days so that the shelter rabbits can receive veterinary care or be spayed and neutered.

    Are you not sure what you can do? Please look at the volunteer page and see how your time can help.

    Donations, both monetary and in-kind, enable Friends of Rabbits to foster, spay or neuter, and find a home for shelter rabbits.

    Shop with one of our fundraising partners, and a portion will be given back to Friends of Rabbits.

    Or consider adopting, and giving a rabbit their forever home.

    How to adopt a rabbit from a shelter

    Friends Of Rabbits is actively looking for more willing foster homes. If you would like to open your heart and your home to a rabbit while they wait for their forever home, please contact [email protected]!

    If you would like more information about fostering rabbits, please read our article The Joy and Importance of Fostering.

    How to adopt a rabbit from a shelter

    Friends of Rabbits does offer petsitting services when space is available, and not filled by our rescue bunnies. Many times, though, Friend of Rabbits is not be able to make any room for petsitting. Fear not, as our volunteers have a lot of good recommendations for pet sitters while you may be gone.

    Friends of Rabbits Bunny Yoga Canceled!

    Due to COVID-19 guidelines, Bunny Yoga has been canceled at the Rise Well-Being Center in Reston, Virginia on Saturday March 28, 2020.

    If you purchased a ticket, you should have received an email with additional information. We hope to reschedule this event at a later date.

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    Your donations make it possible for Friends of Rabbits to care for abandoned and neglected rabbits and find them wonderful forever homes. In 2020, we spent over $75,000 on veterinary care, our single largest expense.

    Your support will help us rescue more homeless rabbits in 2021.

    Friends of Rabbits recently added 5 nursing litters, 24 new babies!, to the 17 we already had. There will be considerable costs to spay and neuter these bunnies before they can be adopted. Your donation will help prepare them for their fur-ever home.

    We are a small, privately run, rabbit rescue in Stanmore (North London, UK). We are totally self funded and rely heavily on donations from kind hearted people. We predominately deal with emergencies.

    Please join us by supporting our efforts to make a measurable difference in the lives of others.

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    Our aim is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home abused, abandoned and neglected domestic rabbits. We will spay/neuter, vaccinate and find them great homes where possible or provide sanctuary until end of life. We aim to educate the public on the appropriate care of domestic rabbits.

    What Can You Do?

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    Did You Know?

    ​Despite bunnies being the UK's 3rd most popular pet, they are by far, the most neglected.

    There are approximately 67,000 rabbits in rescue centres throughout the UK each year.

    Not every unwanted rabbit is lucky enough to find a place at a rescue, as spaces are very limited.

    Please give a second chance to rescue rabbits or guinea pigs if you are thinking of adding these pets to your family and life.

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    Our Adoption Policy:

    All bunnies are neutered/spayed and vaccinated for MYX/VHD1/VHD2

    Home checks will be carried out and a minimum space of 60 sq ft is required.

    Single bunnies will only be given to homes with an existing bunny to pair that is fully vaccinated and neutered. We will do the bonding of the bunnies.

    We do not home babies younger than 18 weeks

    Bunnies will not be rehomed to a hutch only set up.

    Bunnies are NOT toys so we will not consider requests to adopt for small children.

    We have a no-kill policy.

    We do not receive money from pet retailers nor government organisations and rely entirely on public donations.

    Our adopters are offered life-time support and we accept the rabbits back if circumstances change.

    When most people consider having a rabbit as a pet, they will head to their local pet store. After all, it is one of the staple animals found in places like this. However, what if we told you that rabbit rescue and adoption may be a better idea?

    In this article, we are going to tell you why. We are also going to give you a few hints and tips on ensuring that the bunny adoption is as simple as possible.

    How to adopt a rabbit from a shelter

    Why Adopt a Rabbit?

    It isn’t just cats and dogs that are put up for adoption. Other animals are too, and some of the most common are rabbits.

    This is, partly, because they breed like crazy. It also hinges on the fact that many people think that a rabbit is a ‘starter animal’ when in reality they require a lot of looking after.

    It takes a sensible person to realize this. When there are so many rabbits up for adoption, why purchase one? It is only going to encourage more rabbit breeding in the future, which makes the problem worse.

    It is often a lot cheaper to adopt a rabbit too.

    In fact, many adoption centers will allow you to adopt a rabbit for a small donation, or even for free (obviously, you are always encouraged to give the small donation!).

    A lot of these rabbits will have undergone checks by vets too, which means you can be sure that you are ending up with a healthy animal.

    If you can, you may want to adopt a couple of rabbits at once (same breed, if possible). Rabbits are highly sociable animals, and they tend to function a whole lot better when they have a ‘friend’ with them.

    Of course, this does mean that you will need to have a bit more space in your apartment or house to home the rabbit.

    The Downsides of Rabbit Adoption

    While rabbits can live a long time (some breeds up to twelve years, the average is eight. It may be lower than that depending on the breed that you adopt.

    Obviously, when you purchase a rabbit, you are often purchasing it at a few weeks old. If you adopt, then there is a chance that it will be a few years old. This means that you will have less time with your furry friend.

    That being said, many of these rabbits up for adoption will have developed a personality already.

    It is fun exploring their personality and getting to know them a little bit better. You will still have an influence on the way that they do develop, but remember they had a whole life before you took them home with you.

    This is going to have an impact on them. As a result, adopting is not for a new pet owner. It can be full of challenges that you may not be dealing with if you picked up a rabbit from your local store.

    Obviously, you also need to remember that you are going to have less of a choice in terms of rabbit breeds when you adopt.

    You can go from shelter to shelter that offers rabbit rescue, but you will often find the same breeds of rabbit.

    How to adopt a rabbit from a shelter

    So, if you do have something specific in mind, then you are probably not going to be able to get it through rabbit adoption.

    Popular Rabbit Breeds

    While you won’t have that much of a choice when it comes to rabbit breeds when you are adopting a rabbit, it is still wise to think a little bit about the type of environment that your rabbit is going to be living in.

    We are not going to go through all of the rabbit breeds here. There are a lot of them available, but we want to give you an overview of some of the more popular breeds so you can realize just how different they are in terms of requirements:

    Lionhead Rabbit: Definitely our favorite breed. Long-haired small breed that loves to cuddle, suitable for smaller apartments.

    Holland Lop: small rabbit. Suitable for smaller apartments.

    Flemish Giant Rabbit: you will need a big living area for this rabbit breed. It is a calm rabbit, though. Ideal for older people.

    Netherland Dwarf Rabbit: one of the most energetic rabbit breeds you can get. It is small, but requires a lot of space to hop about. It can be aggressive, so not ideal for children or people who do not know how to handle rabbits.

    Dutch Rabbit: one of the most common breeds for pets. Calm, and fairly well-sized.

    Continental Giant: this is a rabbit breed that thrives on interaction. If you are planning to interact with your rabbit a lot, then this is the route to go down.

    This is just a small example of the various breeds there are. When you are adopting a rabbit from a rabbit rescue, we recommend that you find out the breed and then do a bit of research into whether that breed is right for you.

    You should be able to get a lot of information from just looking at it, though. For example; big rabbits are probably not good for small spaces. Long-haired rabbits are probably not good if you do not want to forever be vacuuming up rabbit hair.

    Other Things to Think About When Adopting a Rabbit

    Other than this, there is not much else you need to think about when adopting a rabbit. The principles are pretty much the same as if you were buying one.

    However, do make sure that you take into account that the rabbit will already have a developed personality.

    A lot of the ones that you find up for adoption will not have had the best possible life and they could be fearful of humans and other animals. Make sure that you introduce them properly. Take things slowly, or you could end up making things worse.

    Don’t forget to pick up the essentials before you take your rabbit home, for example, a cage or hutch, a rabbit run, food (hay and pellets), water, and food bowls, etc. You want that rabbit to have the best possible start when it enters your home for the first time!

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    How to adopt a rabbit from a shelter

    Funny Face

    Female, Adult

    How to adopt a rabbit from a shelter


    Male, Adult
    Mini Rex

    How to adopt a rabbit from a shelter


    Male, Adult
    Netherland Dwarf

    How to adopt a rabbit from a shelter


    Male, Adult
    Lop, Holland

    How to adopt a rabbit from a shelter

    Cookie Crumb

    Male, Adult

    How to adopt a rabbit from a shelter


    Male, Adult
    Lop, Holland

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    Areas Save A Bun Rabbit Rescue Serves

    Save A Bun Rabbit Rescue’s Adoption Process

    1. Submit Application

    Fill out an adoption application here:

    2. Approve Application

    3. Meet the Pet

    4. Interview

    5. Sign Adoption Contract

    6. Pay Fee

    7. Take the Pet Home

    We recommend bringing a small pet carrier for your new bun.

    About Save A Bun Rabbit Rescue

    We take in rabbits/bunnies that are in danger, running loose, and need humanely trapped. We also accept rabbits that need surrendered by their owners for any reason. We then fix, socialize, and adopt out to families and committed individuals.

    Come Meet Save A Bun Rabbit Rescue’s Pets

    We hold open adoption days at the Petco in Nampa once a month from 9 am to 7 pm.

    June 12, 2021
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    September 18, 2021
    October 23, 2021
    November 20, 2021

    After your adoption application has been approved, you can also book an adoption appointment on our site at your convenience:

    Save A Bun Rabbit Rescue’s Adopted Pets

    Make a donation to Save A Bun Rabbit Rescue to help homeless pets find homes is the easiest way for you to search for a new pet in Nampa, ID.

    Support Adoption and Rescue. Why go to a dog breeder, cat breeder or pet store to buy a dog or buy a cat when you can adopt?

    Why Should You Adopt?

    Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you’ll have a friend for life.

    What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder?

    When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes.

    So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.