Adoption & Foster Information

FOSTER/ADOPTION INQUIRIES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: VRRA remains open for adopting and fostering rabbits. However please keep in mind that the shelter is operating with limited volunteers and it is taking us longer to respond.

Please help us help the rabbits, by being considerate of our stretched time during this tumultuous period. We appreciate you reading through our website thoroughly. The bunnies thank you, and so do we.

If you are serious about wanting a house rabbit to join your family and have done your bunny homework on their health, housing and social needs, then we welcome you to submit an application. Thanks in advance for your patience in hearing back – it may take several days.

We try to keep as many bunnies as possible in foster homes rather than at the shelter. This is best for the rabbits, but adds an extra layer of time to organize meet-and-greets for prospective adopters. Thanks for bearing with us as you wait for a response!

Visitors are not permitted at the shelter, only prospective foster/adopters who have been provided with an appointment time by the Shelter Director. Social distancing and hand hygiene measures are in place, and please wear a mask.

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN ADOPTING OR FOSTERING A VRRA BUNNY!

Steps to Adoption or Fostering:

1. Education

There are a lot of myths about pet rabbits: that they are a caged pet (definitely not), that they are low maintenance (nope), or that they are the perfect pet for young children (sometimes but not always). Even if you have had a bunny before and are familiar with their needs, we want to be certain that our adoptive and foster families are “on the same page” as us about standards of care.  Before you fall in love with one of our adorable rabbits, please read the following myth-busting information:

In addition, this FAQ page covers almost every major house rabbit topic, for those that want to really delve deep!

2. Checking out rabbits at our shelter:

  • You can see photos and descriptions of all our bunnies by selecting Rabbits for Adoption in the top grey category bar at the top of our website. You also search by category, for example, the female sub-category gets you a list of all our single female rabbits.  Bonded pairs are grouped in that category only, not by gender. You can also select some bunnies by name under Recent Posts.
  • You can also subscribe to our posts using the posts feed or email buttons at the top of the page. All new VRRA posts which, of course, are mainly posts about bunnies will be delivered to your feed reader or to your email.
  • Once we have received your adoption or foster inquiry form, we can set up a time for you to visit the shelter for a bunny meet-and-greet.
  • If you already have a bunny and are looking to adopt a rabbit friend for them, we will want you to bring your rabbit for the meet-and-greet as well. Be sure to read some of the information on this page as preparation: Multiple Rabbit FAQ’s.

3. Foster or Adopt? You have options.

DEDICATED BUT TEMPORARY FOSTER HOMES.

Fostering can be a very rewarding experience and is a wonderful way to contribute to animal rescue. We need homes that will keep rabbits in a happy and safe environment until they are permanently adopted. This can sometimes be for a few weeks but more often it is for several months and sometimes longer.

We also have unique foster situations that require more experienced caregivers, e.g. a bunny mother with kits, or a mistreated or neglected bunny that needs a chance to learn how to trust a human again.

Fostering makes rabbits more adoptable as it keeps them out of a caged environment and allows their true personalities to flourish with one-on-one attention. This increases the chances of finding their Forever Home.

PERMANENT FOSTER HOMES.

Permanent foster homes are for specific, less than adoptable bunnies who keep being passed by. Sometimes this is for one of our senior citizen bunnies, or one with a minor medical problem. In these cases we will cover veterinary expenses and in some cases even food expenses. All you need to do is give the rabbit a loving, committed home.

Next step: Interested in providing a foster home to a bunny in need? Please complete our foster application form.

ADOPTION.

Looking for a rabbit to join your family as a permanent member? At VRRA we want to ensure you adopt a rabbit that is the best fit for your home.

  • Our adoption fee is $60 per rabbit (i.e. bonded pairs = $120).
  • All our rabbits are neutered/spayed and vaccinated for the RHD2 virus.

Definitely let us know if there is a particular rabbit or bonded pair that has caught your eye. Once we have received your Adoption Inquiry form, we may suggest other rabbits for your consideration as well, based on what you’ve told us you’re looking for, the type of home environment you have, and the individual rabbit’s personality, age, health, background, etc. Our goal is to make a successful match that results in a happy human and a happy bunny!

Next step: please submit our Adoption application form.