Our recommendation where possible is to wait on our waiting list for a suitable vacancy to become available within the foster-based rescue network. This allows us to conduct a full health assessment of your rabbit(s) prior to rehoming, ensure any vaccinations or neutering are attended to and gain the assurance that your rabbit(s) are suitable for rehoming. In addition, it allows us the opportunity to conduct our full homecheck assessment on potential adopters to ensure that new owners are fully prepared for everything that is entailed within rabbit ownership.
However, we do have lengthy waiting lists and depending on circumstances you may have to wait anything between a matter of days through to a number of months for a suitable space to become available.
We appreciate that for some people this period of wait is not acceptable, and alternatives must be considered.
We do ask, that if you have added your name to our waiting list but find an alternative home for your rabbit(s) in the meantime, that you do let us know so that we can remove you from this list. This allows us to allocate spaces in the fastest possible time.
There are very few rabbit dedicated rescue services available, and to our knowledge we are the only rabbit-dedicated rescue charity in Scotland.
However, there are a few alternative rescue services which deal with a wider range of small animals. It is worth checking with each of these to determine if they have the ability to help.
Such services include Scottish SPCA, Pets At Home’s Adoption Centres, and some small local-based rescue organisations.
We strongly recommend that you do some research into any organisation to determine their approach to rabbit health care management and adoptions policy. Not all rescues are as familiar with rabbit welfare standards and may not apply the same standards in terms of basic rabbit health care or the requirements of any potential adopters. For example, it is worth establishing if the rescue insist on neutering and vaccinations, on the keeping of rabbits in pairs or small groups or on insisting on the current welfare standards for living and exercise space as supported by the Rabbit Welfare Association and RSPCA.
Ask Family & Friends
We estimate that the majority of rabbits rehomed every year are passed on through existing relationships with friends and families, and as such the true number of rabbits rehomed annually is considerably larger than the official statistics as these numbers are not included.
If you are considering rehoming to family & friends, we do encourage you to ensure that they are dedicated to their care and not just taking them on to help you out.
Provide them full details of your rabbits needs for space, health, exercise, diet and stimulation.
Self-Advertise For A New Home
We strongly discourage advertising pets as “Free To Good Home” for various reasons – click here for further details.
If you do decide to list your rabbits on classifieds or social media, it is worth insisting on a nominal fee. This will discourage those who are not genuinely interested in the rabbit(s) as a family pet.
Do not be afraid to request a home visit too. If they are genuine, they will be happy for you to bring the rabbit to them so you can check on the rabbits new home and make sure you are happy with where they will be going.