Rehome your rabbit
The RWAF is an educational and campaigning organisation; we do not routinely rescue or re-home rabbits. We believe that rabbits should not be taken on lightly and owners should honour their commitment and provide the care the animals need for their lifetime. Re-homing should be the very last resort. However, we receive a lot of enquiries from owners who are set on re-homing their rabbits so h ave put together the following guidelines as to how to find good homes for unwanted rabbits:
If you are trying to re-home your rabbits, please do everything you can to ensure they are taken on by somebody who will provide the care they need. Please never advertise them in a local paper or pet shop as 'free to good home' as there are many horror stories about what has happened to rabbits given away in this manner. If you are re-homing them privately, i.e. to a friend or colleague, make sure you 'vet' any potential homes. These are our rehoming guidelines, use this as a check list and ensure that:
Please do not re-home rabbits to live a solitary life, locked in a hutch with little or no space to exercise . This is cruel.
If you are not going to re-home them privately you could contact:
However you advertise the rabbits, please make sure that you ask questions of the potential owners and satisfy yourself that they are going to a good home. Do not let the rabbits go to the first person that enquires about them, make sure you are doing the best for them and that they will have a happy and secure life ahead of them.
To enhance your chance of finding a new home ensure your rabbits vaccinations are up to date and they are neutered, this will increase the chance that someone will be able to integrate a new arrival into their home. Promoting responsible ownership starts at home.
Every pet rabbit deserves to have a life worth living, so if you do find yourself in a situation where you need to re-home your own rabbit/s please make sure you do the best for them and ensure they will go to a permanent home that can give them all they deserve.
67,000 rabbits are given to rescue centres every year in the UK, many thousands more change hands privately and are rehomed via on line classified sites. Please, please think carefully before getting a pet rabbit and if do some research first. Don't be tempted to buy any animal on impulse.
A hutch is not enough...