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Many people want to know how they can help our foster bunnies. Here is a list of all the basic things we really need. We also have a wish list on Amazon, to make it easier for you. If you order from that wish list, Amazon will deliver directly to us. And best of all, anything that you donate is tax deductible.Items Needed:
Monetary Donations for our veterinary fund.
Carefresh Litter, or other rabbit safe bedding
Cat Size Litter Boxes
New or gently used baby keys and stacking cups
Pellets: Kaytee Timothy Complete, Oxbow Bunny Basics T, ZuPreem Nature's Promise, or other good quality Timothy Hay based pellets
Gift Cards from any major supermarket (Kroger, Publix, Target, Wal-Mart, etc) so we can buy veggies.
Gift Cards for PetSmart, Petco, or Amazon (where our fosterers buy pellets and other supplies)
Lunch Bags, paper towel tubes and toilet paper tubes (we make toys out of them)
Detergent and fabric softener (any kind will do - the cheaper the better!)
Gently used towels and fleece (we use them for our special needs bunnies)
Puppy training pads (for our special needs bunnies)
New or gently used kiddie pools (our head tilt bunny, Bugsy, lives in kiddie pools- minus the water of course!)
Bunny Toys, especially sea grass or willow toys
Copying services for Bunny Care Packets (this is a desperate need! We give out tons of these!!)
If you would like to donate any of these items please email us at: email@example.com
We have information tables at local events, teach "Bunny Care 101" classes, and distribute Bunny Care Information Packets. If you would like one of these packets, or have questions about how to care for your bunny, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org These packets are free - just ask!!
Please note: We do NOT take rabbits from the general public. We have very few foster spots and cannot even take all the bunnies who come into our local shelters! However, if you have found a stray bunny in Madison County and need help and/or advice -please do contact us!! (email@example.com) We may not be able to take the bunny, however, we can help you with care issues and we can help you find a new home for the bunny.
All of our bunnies are vetted and spayed/neutered before adoption. Any behavioral and health issues they may have had have been addressed. They are wonderful rabbits – we have some real characters!
Please note that, although we work with our municipal shelter we receive no funding from the state or local government. We are incorporated as a Non-Profit Corporation in the State of Alabama, and we have also gotten our 501 (c) 3 federal non-profit status. All donations made to us are tax deductable. Our funding comes from the adoption fees we charge (currently $50, which helps with the spay/neuter of our foster bunnies), and from donations and fundraising by our members. Your support is needed and appreciated!
In addition, many people don't realize how complicated and expensive rabbits are. They are not an easy pet, or a good "starter pet" for children! Please do lots and lots of research before you make the final decision to adopt.
If you don't understand why we have these policies, just ask and we'll be happy to explain! So...here goes:
Our adoption fee is $50 for one bunny or $75 for a bonded pair. This helps cover the cost of their spay/neuters. Each rabbit we take in costs our group a minimum of $250, sometimes much, much more, so this adoption fee is minimal.
We adopt out only spayed and neutered bunnies.
We adopt to indoor homes only. We prefer that our bunnies be "free range" meaning that at least one room will be bunny-proofed so that the bunny can be uncaged with a litter box) but at the very least they must have either a 4 X 4 exercise pen or the equivalent space in a condo. If you need help with housing suggestions, please ask!
We will do a home visit prior to the adoption to make sure the bunny has enough space and that you have adequate "bunnyproofing".
Adopters must be 25 or older and financially able to care for a bunny. You must be willing and able to pay a possible $400 (and up! way up!) vet bill if your bunny gets sick.
We prefer to adopt to adult-only homes, but we consider homes with older children (over 10 years) on a case-by-case basis. Parents MUST make the initial contact with us. Please do not have your child email us about adopting a bunny!
We do not adopt rabbits as pets for small children. Please be aware that 90% of the bunnies we rescue were pets for young children and were brought to the shelter because the child tired of them and the parents did not want them.
We do not adopt rabbits as classroom bunnies, residents of petting zoos or as props for photographers at Easter.
We consider homes with dogs or ferrets on a case by case basis.
We expect our adopters to take their bunny to a rabbit-savvy vet for regular check-ups as well as when sick, and to be willing to spend the money for quality vet care. We cannot emphasize this enough.
Special needs bunnies will be adopted only to people who are experienced in rabbit care and who are financially able to provide the vet care these bunnies need. We only adopt within a 100 mile radius of Huntsville, Alabama.
If you are over 25 and have the time, energy, financial resources and, most of all, love to care for a rabbit (not to mention lots of willow toys and a good sense of humor!) we would be happy to talk with you about adopting one of our fabulous foster bunnies!
Please fill out our adoption application on our website (www.huntsvillefriendsofrabbits.com)and include your name, phone number and some information about why you would like a bunny, if you've had a bunny before, and any other information you think would be pertinent.
Please note that our adoption process includes a phone conversation and a home visit (because we are frequently contacted by animal hoarders and because we want to make sure you are properly bunny proofed!). We reserve the right to decline any adoption application.