Understanding Cost & Suggested Donations

Our Suggested Donations

Unless otherwise stated, our suggested donation for adoption if £70.

Occasionally, a rabbit may still require neutering (if the rabbit is too young to be neutered whilst within the rescue service). In such circumstances the charity will always issue a voucher redeemable at one of over 50 vet partners throughout Central Scotland, so that the cost of the neutering is still covered within the charity's responsibilities.

Typically, a rabbit which we have fully vaccinated and neutered will have cost us a considerable amount of money (typically in excess of £160), and we ask that you recognise our efforts and costs when considering your donation amount.

Adopting a rabbit from us continues to be a cheaper option!

The table below (Initial Costs) shows how much more expensive a rabbit would cost you if you were to buy a rabbit from a pet store or via another method, such as classified ads.

Without these donations at the time of adoption, we would be unable to continue to provide our services.

Maximising Your Donation

As is displayed in the "Initial Costs" table below, our suggested donation values continue to be considerably cheaper than if you were to organise the treatments yourself.

This is not an indication that we operate with excellent discounts from our vets (although we may have some), but rather is reflective of the fact that, sadly, too many people are just not willing to pay full price for these kinds of treatments.

It is our belief that all rabbits should be fully vaccinated and neutered, and we will continue to strive to do this for all rabbits in our care whilst funds are available.

Please consider offering a larger donation when adopting your rabbit.

Additional funds will help to ensure the service can continue to run smoothly, and will allow an increased number of rabbits to be rescued through our foster care network

Initial Costs

Most rabbit rescue services, including ours, do ask for a donation towards our services when adopting a rabbit. So why would you pay to adopt a rabbit from us, when you can pick up a "cute" baby rabbit from a pet shop or local breeder?

We would ask that you consider the overall costs and not just an initial fee. If you assume a fullly healthy rabbit, the comparison table shows you some of the financial benefits of adopting a rabbit from us.

These costs quoted are per rabbit so for bonded pairs you would simply double the costs in most cases.

Pet-Shop Rabbit Beloved Rabbits
Initial Cost £25 - £60 Suggested Donation £DONATION
Myxo-RHD Plus Vacc (Annual) £35 - £70 Myxo-RHD Plus Vacc Included
Neutering £80 - £120 Neutering Included

(via voucher for young rabbits)

TOTAL £140 - £250 TOTAL £DONATION

Ongoing Costs

These are approximate costs, obviously they will vary slightly depending on where a rabbit is kept and unforeseen vets bills.

  • Yearly vaccinations £35 - £70
  • Food (pellets, vegetables, treats) £3/week
  • Hay £4/week
  • Bedding (Straw) £2.50/week
  • Hutch/Run £120+
  • Vet care From £10 for nail clipping to £200 for setting a broken leg or more for complex operations.

In short, excluding vet care, a rabbit will cost an average of £10/week which means £520 a year. Recent research from the PDSA PAW Report suggests the typical annual cost of rabbit ownership including ongoing veterinary care is around £1000 per year.

Emergency Vet Care

Emergency vet bills can be horrendously expensive, with our local out-of-hours vet service charging typically £75 - 120 just for a consultation outwith hours.

Emergency operations can often be hundreds of pounds, even if you do manage to catch your vet during opening hours.

You may wish to consider insurance to help budget for such occasions, and ensure that you can afford to give your rabbit the necessary treatment regardless of the state of your bank balance.

Pet Insurance - 4 Weeks Free With Petplan

People tend to think it's only older pets that get ill and therefore younger pets don't need pet insurance but we know from the patients we see each day that that is not the case.

In fact, the younger your pet is when you insure them the better as it means you are less likely to have any existing conditions, which may not be covered by the policy and you can then receive more help covering the cost of any future treatment your pet needs.

It is important to note that not all pet insurance is the same. There are many different types of policy available and the level of cover provided can vary considerably. The four main types of policy are as follows:

  • Accident: provides cover for accidents only and no cover for illness
  • Time-Limited: provides cover for a set amount of time (usually 12 months) and after this period the condition is excluded
  • Maximum Benefit: provides cover up to a maximum amount of money per condition and once this limit is reached the condition is excluded
  • Lifetime: provides a set amount of money each year which is refreshed each time you renew your policy allowing you to continue to claim for ongoing condition

As you can see from the information above, the type of policy you choose can have implications for the veterinary care of your pet and the costs you will face so it's important to choose the right cover.

Sometimes, the cheapest insurance can cost you more in the long run. When shopping around for a policy, we suggest that you ask the following questions to allow you to compare the overall value you are getting, not just the price:

  1. Does this policy cover congenital, hereditary, hip-related, dental and behavioural conditions?
  2. Is there a time or monetary limit on how long this policy will cover ongoing conditions for?
  3. If I claim, will my premium increase?

Unlike other forms of insurance, it is not easy to switch pet insurance in the future as any pre-existing conditions your pet has are likely to be excluded so it's important to do your research and choose the right cover from the start.