New rabbit owners are sometimes told that only people who own or work at a registered rabbit facility can take in rescued rabbits. Certainly, there are qualified individuals working in registered facilities (formal businesses). Along with formal rescue or shelter facilities, there are also many rabbit owners who are qualified to care for and even rehabilitate rescued rabbits.
In fact, people who understand proper rabbit care and handling often wind up with rabbits that have either been rescued or abandoned. Those people are often not tied to any type of registered business or rabbit-type facility, but they do good work and successfully place these animals in good homes.
All Types Of Rescuers – All Types Of Homes
It would be ideal if every city or town across the planet had registered rabbit rescue/rehoming facilities with unlimited resources and space. Also, if every person who acquired a pet rabbit could give him a long, happy life in their own home…things would be much easier in general. Unfortunately, that is not our reality. In many areas, rabbits are the third most abandoned pet in shelters today. Imagine how many countless others are abandoned (dumped or “set free”) and are never accounted for in the statistics.
In reality, we need both – formal (registered) rescue/shelter facilities AND humans who are willing to rescue and/or responsibly rehome unwanted rabbits. People who have no connection with formal facilities help animals in need 24 hours a day all around this planet. Without their help, countless animals in need would end up euthanized or continue living in environments where they are lonely, overcaged, mistreated or otherwise.
Offer Advice Gently
Countless thousands of pet rabbit owners gather online to share ideas, advice and experience with others. Sometimes, a new-to-rabbits person finds an abandoned rabbit and asks an online pet rabbit ownership community for help. That person is not always met with welcoming comments. In fact, some of the advice is not advice at all. It is harsh, unkind correction which is not helpful to them, nor the animal they are trying to rehome.
To avoid doing more harm than good, give credible advice and offer it gently. Someone who does not know about pet rabbit care will, naturally, make some mistakes. After all, much of what people think they know about rabbits is not accurate. Many people think that tossing a rabbit in a cage and feeding it carrots and pellets is all there is to it. Hard to believe, but that is all too common in our world today. When presented with a question, take the opportunity to provide credible information in a kind way. Being harsh will only ensure the person does not ask further questions. That will not help the rabbit in need.
When offering advice or options, keep in mind: 1) The person asking for help is trying to do the right thing for an animal they do not know much about; 2) They need several options and not just a “you must do this” type of response; and 3) They do not need to be verbally attacked or stormed with questions about why they can’t keep the rabbit themselves.
Rehoming Rabbits: Additional Ideas
When someone specifically asks a question about rehoming a pet rabbit, think outside the box. If you have time, it is helpful to give them more than just one option. Below are some ideas that people might not immediately think of when dealing with a rehoming issue.
Share A Credible Online Rabbit Care Article: Find a good online resource about rabbit care basics. This should be a number one priority because before a new home is found, proper care and handling will avoid illness, injuries and stress. Even one day of improper feeding or mishandling can cause a several health decline (or death) of a rabbit. Rabbits are destructive by nature and so the home needs to be protected when the rabbit is outside of its primary enclosure. A good article on finding abandoned rabbits can be found by CLICKING HERE.
Rabbit Rescue Facilities / Shelters: Call registered any local rescue facilities or shelters. In many areas, there will be none. Or, the registered facilities might already be filled with rabbits that need good homes. If that is the case, call shelters or rescues in other towns nearby to get ideas and/or helpful advice.
Search the Internet: Do a quick internet search about pet rabbit care and handling. Many owners blog about rabbits as a hobby and have contact information on their websites – so do rabbit societies and pet rabbit organizations. Doing a search for local bloggers can help get a good landscape of what formal rabbit-related services are available in the area which are private and not connected to registered facilities.
Local Pet Rabbit Owners: Post a picture and info about the rabbit on social media (such as Facebook) to see if there are any local rabbit owners that they can talk to about the rabbit. Often, acquaintances have pet rabbits and are happy to help. That might be enough to find the little fur ball a good home. Also, it is important to post a picture on the “Lost And Found Pets” Facebook pages for the local area to see if a pet owner has, in fact, lost the rabbit or it has escaped. If someone claims it, be sure to have them provide proof that it is their pet.. Sadly, people who get rabbits for purposes other than pet ownership watch local ads and try to get rabbits for free in order to use them for nefarious purposes.
Rabbit-Savvy Veterinarians: Call around and get the name(s) of a rabbit-savvy veterinarian or clinic that routinely see pet rabbits. The clinic might know of one of their rabbit-owner clients who is looking for another rabbit to bond with theirs, or they may have other helpful resources they can provide for free.
Pet Groomers and Pet Stores: Check with pet groomers (if the groomer has rabbit clients), local agriculture stores (to see if any employees have pet rabbits), pet stores – any place that is likely to carry rabbit-type items or see pet rabbit owners on a regular basis.
Call An Animal/Rabbit Society For Information or Visit Their Website: Rabbit societies and professional organizations that deal with rabbits have a plethora of information online. Also, they list their phone numbers. Call and ask them if they have any additional ideas about local rescue facilities.
The Dangers Of Advertising: Let them know they have to be careful advertising for a new home. People who use rabbits for purposes other than responsible rabbit ownership try to get rabbits for free from online and newspaper ads. Avoid making it easy for the rabbit to fall into the hands of people who will abuse, neglect or otherwise mistreat it. Rabbit rescue Facebook pages or websites can help you with wording when advertising for a new home. Many charge a rehoming fee (for good reason). This prevents the rabbit from winding up with people who are not responsible rabbit owners.
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