ADOPTION REQUIREMENTS & PROCEDURES
It is essential that you read this article carefully (and are able to meet all of these requirements) before submitting an application to adopt.
It will save both of us time and could save you or your family disappointment.
PAIRS, NOT SINGLES
The Colorado House Rabbit Society places rabbits only in pairs and only as house rabbits; i.e., they may not be kept outside in a hutch, pen, or shed.
We place rabbits only in pairs for the following reasons:
The European wild rabbit, from which our domestic rabbits descended, bond for life. Our domestic rabbits have an innate need to have a mate.
A single rabbit is not only lonely, but bored. A bored rabbit tends to get into a lot of trouble. Many people who started with a single rabbit have said things like, “I wish someone had told me that two rabbits are half the trouble of one!” after they adopted a companion for the first.
If you want to adopt a pair of rabbits from us, you must choose among the pairs we have. We do not do “custom pairs” (i.e., you can’t pick two rabbits and expect them to like each other.)
Our singles are available only to people who have a rabbit needing a mate.
SINGLES FOR SINGLES
If you have a single rabbit, we can work with your rabbit to find a friend who will accept, and be accepted by, your rabbit.
We do, however, require that your rabbit be:
Spayed or neutered, and
Vaccinated against RHDV2, and that you submit a certificate signed by the veterinarian who gave the vaccine via email before you bring your rabbit to be paired.
IMPORTANT MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS
We cannot place rabbits in homes where anyone smokes. Rabbits have very sensitive respiratory systems. If someone smokes, but always does so outside no matter what the weather, we can place with you.
If you are interested in adopting rabbits from us, please don’t begin these procedures if you are planning a trip in the next two months or if you will be too busy to accept the rabbits within a week of choosing them. Wait until you get back, or until things settle down for you.
If you rent your home, please get written permission from the manager of your property before you proceed any further. We will need this, or a copy of your lease clearly stating that you can have two rabbits inside your home as long as you renew your lease. (This protects you from management changing its policies or selling to someone who changes them.)
It isn’t sufficient for there to be a website indicating that there are no pet restrictions. This could change at any time.
Please don’t skimp on this requirement or try to interpret a phrase in the lease to include rabbits if it doesn’t really do so. It must be totally clear to us that you have permission to have two rabbits inside your home, as long as you renew your lease.
We cannot place rabbits as classroom pets.
Rabbits are not good companion animals for young children. It is all right to have young children in the family as long as ADULTS take appropriate measures to protect both child and rabbit, but if the rabbits are specifically intended for the child, he or she should be at least 8 years old. And you, as the adult, should plan to care for the rabbits letting the child help, but taking responsibility for their care yourself.
Please do not get rabbits, or any animal, unless:
Your situation is reasonably stable. People right out of high school or college should postpone having animals until they are well settled and have a stable job—we can work with people in these situations if their parents are in a stable situation, and agree to provide for the rabbits if the young people no longer can;
You are committed to keeping them for their entire lives, maintaining time for them, taking them with you if you move, and solving any problems which occur, as you would for a child;
You have the financial ability to provide veterinary care as needed, including annual check-ups—veterinary bills are no less for rabbits than for dogs or cats;
You understand that children (even teen-agers) lack the maturity to be responsible for another life, and that you as an adult in the family, are the one who will be responsible for the care and keeping of the rabbits;
You understand children may grow tired of any animal, but an animal brought into the home is part of the family, not a toy to be discarded, and should never be removed from the family for any reason that a child would not be removed from it.
Please don’t email us, asking us to explain the procedures for adopting—they are explained here.
You will need to wear facial covering to protect our volunteers and others from COVID19 and shoe coverings (that we provide) to protect our rabbits from RHDV2. (Although our sheltered rabbits are all vaccinated against RHDV2, 10% could still get sick from it. By being vaccinated, they have a better chance of surviving, but we still practice “bio-security” to keep them as safe as possible.)
During the process of responding to your application, we will be asking you to respond to additional questions, and asking you to read several articles on caring for rabbits.
After we get your responses and assurance that you have read the articles, we’ll offer you some days and times when we can meet with you in our shelter to introduce you to adoptable rabbits.
When you come for your appointment, you will be given as much time as you like, looking at and choosing three or four pairs of rabbits you are interested in.
We will give you the personal and medical histories of these rabbits and place each pair with you in a pen where you can see how they relate to you.
If you decide not to adopt or want to think about it, that’s fine.
However, if you decide you do want to adopt:
We go through what you need to do to get ready for your rabbits;
If you want to visit our shop and purchase some of what you will need, you may;
We ask that you pay the adoption fee at that time, to hold the rabbits for you until you are ready to take them home. We ask that this be within a week of your choosing them.
When you are ready for the rabbits, you need to send us a photo of your set up for them.
We then make an appointment with you to come pick them up.
PAIRING YOUR SINGLE
Singles must be spayed or neutered and vaccinated against RHDV2 before coming to our shelter. You will need to send us a certificate of the vaccination before we make an appointment with you.
We are currently restructuring our process for adopting a friend for your rabbit and are experiencing delays in adoption application response and adoption appointments. We thank you for your patience as we work through this transition, and we will process your application as soon as we can!
Thank you for your patience. Your thorough reading ensures we'll be happy in our new fur-ever home.