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Q: How old do I have to be to foster or adopt a rabbit?
A: Since we have legally binding foster and adoption contracts which must be signed by adults, you must be at least 18 years old. Minors under the age of 18, may not foster or adopt a rabbit or rabbits from TBHRR, in this case, the parent(s) must be ultimately responsible for the care of the rabbit(s).
Q: Why don’t you have a phone?
A: They are expensive! Money would be much tighter, and we feel it is better spent caring for the bunnies. All of us work full-time jobs and we would not be able to answer the phone during peak hours. Once you have completed a foster application and have an appointment set, you will be given your adoption counselor’s cell phone number for easy contact.
Q: What is your address?
A: Since TBHRR is run exclusively out of foster homes, we do not make our addresses public. Rabbits would begin being dumped-off in front of our homes. If you would like to mail a check or donation to the rescue, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: What are your adoption fees?
A: Our adoption fee for a single rabbit is $65 and it is $100 for an already bonded pair.
Q: Why is the adoption fee so much?
A: Our adoption fees are actually quite low. We pay approximately $70 just to have a rabbit seen by a rabbit-savvy exotics veterinarian. If the rabbit(s) is/are not spayed/neutered, then that is another $80-$140 at the low-cost spay/neuter clinic. If a rabbit comes to us with an illness or parasites which requires treatment(s), this costs us even more, and these are just veterinary costs. There is also the costs of housing the rabbits appropriately, making sure they are fed high-quality food (i.e. pellets, hay, and green veggies). Include litter, toys, and all of the other extras and we are putting hundreds of dollars into each and every rabbit that comes into our rescue.
Q: Why do you make your adopters foster first?
A: In working with rescue bunnies over the years, we have found that they are quite often returned due to allergies, people not realizing how different a rabbit is than a dog or cat, their children losing interest, and a variety of other reasons. To help our rabbits find forever homes and stability, we have made it a policy that anyone who is a first-time rabbit guardian must foster first to make sure that not only is a rabbit right for them, but that they are adopting the right rabbit for their home.
Q: Why are your adoption guidelines so strict?
A: We have done a ton of research and dedicated a good portion of our lives to helping domestic house rabbits. In doing so, we have seen what works and what does not. Please know that we do not put these practices in place to make things more difficult for you to adopt. Our goal is to keep these rabbits safe and loved, which our guidelines will hopefully do.
Q: Can your rabbits live with other companion animals?
A: The short answer is: yes! Our foster homes spend a good deal of time and energy exposing the bunnies to living with cats, dogs, birds, guinea pigs, etc. Each rabbit is temperament tested with other companion animals upon arriving in the rescue. We can then match you with a bunny that will fit-in with the animals you already have.
Q: Are your rabbits litter box trained?
A: All of our bunnies are spayed/neutered before adoption, which helps in getting them trained. We will be able to tell you how well the rabbit you are interested in is using the litter box and give you advice specific to that animal.
Q: How do I know my donation goes towards the animals?
A: One of the easiest ways to be assured your money is going to the animals is to donate directly to our one of our regular vets, or donate an item that the rabbits need from our Amazon Wishlist. More information about donations can be found under the Donate tab above.
Q: Why do you stress the rabbits out by taking them to events?
A: Our volunteers take the utmost care in making sure we have the animals’ best interests in mind and at heart. To this end, we make sure we set-up inside if it is too hot, do not bring bunnies that would be terrified at the event, don’t make them travel long distances, and make sure they always have someone looking out for them in regards to water, veggies, hay, and safety. TBHRR believes events are one of the best ways to get the rabbits exposure to be fostered/adopted and to teach the public about the importance of proper care of domestic house rabbits.
Q: Do you do adoptions out-of-state?
A: In extreme cases, we will allow adoptions outside of Florida. A rabbit that is special needs, or has been waiting for a long time in foster care, or one that would have an excellent home with a known bunny advocate, would be eligible for out-of-state adoption.
Q: Do you ship your rabbits?
A: No. When conducting out-of-state adoptions, we rely on the kindness of volunteers to help transport our rabbits to their forever home.
Q: Can I come meet all the rabbits?
A: TBHRR is run exclusively out of foster homes. As such, we do not commonly have all of our rabbits in one location for you to meet. Our adoption application is detailed so that we may match you with 1-3 rabbits that may work for you. This reduces the stress of transporting all of the rabbits to one location and lets you see the bunnies that will work with you, as opposed to meeting several rabbits that would not do well in your home. If you would like to meet rabbits in a shelter environment, please see our list of recommended list of Rescues and Shelters. If you would like to meet a good portion of our rabbits, please feel free to stop by any of our events (Please note: We NEVER conduct onsite adoptions).
Q: I need to get community service hours, can I volunteer?
A: We would love to have you volunteer! See our Volunteer web pages from the tabs above for more details.