Rabbit Adoption Procedure

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ADOPTION PROCEDURE for Rabbits

 

  • We will ask all applicants to complete a copy of our own Branch Animal Application Forms at the Centre during opening hours.  If you have completed a “Perfect Match” form taken off the National RSPCA website, we will need to ask you to kindly complete our form as well.
  • If you are not sure whether a rabbit is the right animal for you, feel free to come to the Centre during our opening hours to seek advice from members of staff.
  • In exceptional circumstances, where a potential adopter has to travel more than 50 miles to view an animal, we are able to email an application form which can be completed and returned to us before visiting the Centre.
  • Before a reservation or adoption of a rabbit(s), a home visit is required.
  • Once an application form has been completed we will:

Require landlord, superior or establishments permission for rented/housing association/HM forces or council property within 3 working days of the reservation being taken. The request for a home visit will not be sent to the Home Visit Co-ordinator until permission has been received. If receipt of required documents has not taken place, the Centre reserves the right to cancel the reservation.

Require vaccination details of animal(s) currently living in the home within 3 working days of the reservation being taken. The request for a home visit will not be sent to the Home Visit Co-ordinator until the documents have been received.  If receipt of required documents has not taken place, the Centre reserves the right to cancel the reservation.

Require confirmation that the rabbit accommodation is constructed and in situ, and is to the required measurements, within 3 working days of the reservation being taken. The request for a home visit will not be sent to the Home Visit Co-ordinator until the documents have been received.  If receipt of required documents has not taken place, the Centre reserves the right to cancel the reservation.

  • Once the correct information has been supplied, the completed application form will be sent to the Home Visit Co-coordinator.
  • A volunteer home visitor will be in contact with the adopter within the next 7 days to arrange a suitable time to visit.
  • Once the home visit has taken place, the Home Visit Co-coordinator will inform the rehoming centre of the result.
  • The Rehoming centre will contact the applicant to give the report of the home visit, advise amendments or arrange an appointment to visit the rabbits for adoption or introduce an existing rabbit(s) to the adopting rabbit(s).
  • In the case of introducing an existing rabbit to the adopting rabbit, existing animals may be required to visit more than once dependent on staff assessment.
  • Once a successful or positive bond has been assessed, the adopting rabbit will be fostered to the adopter for a maximum period of two weeks.
  • The adopter will be required to complete all relevant fostering paper work.
  • The adopter will continue to bond the existing rabbit and the adopting rabbit within the adopting home. Literature and centre staff support will be provided.
  • Once a successful bond has been achieved the adopting rabbit can be adopted.
  • If the bonding process is not successful, we ask that the adopters contact us to make arrangements to take the rabbit(s) back into our care.  It may be a little while before we can take the animal back into our care due to the number of spaces we have available. However, we will help as soon as we possibly can.   All returns must be by prior arrangement wherever possible.
  • The adopting rabbit is required to return to the centre on day of adoption for relevant health checks to be completed.
  • At point of adoption, the adopter will complete RSPCA adoption paperwork, microchip transfer of ownership, receive all previous health information including vaccinations, worming and flea treatments and health checks.
  • The centre shop can supply all that is needed when adopting an animal.
  • Please allow at least 30 minutes for a single adoption and 1 hour for two adoptions.
  • The donation fee will be taken on the day of adoption.
  • Approximately 3 months after adopting, a volunteer home visitor will be in touch to carry out a post home visit to see that the adoption has been a success.
  • At any point during the adoption procedure, the adopter reserves the right to cancel the adoption/reservation.
  • If an adopter decides that they no longer wish to keep the animal(s) that they have re-homed from our Branch, we ask that they contact us so that arrangements can be made to take the animal(s) back into our care.  It may be a little while before we can take the animal back into our care due to the number of spaces we have available. However, we will help as soon as we possibly can.   All returns must be by prior arrangement wherever possible.

 

Additional notes 

  • Rabbits can be rehomed singular as house rabbits or alongside/in view of other rabbits, depending on behaviour and/or medical status.
  • House rabbits require their own room and hutch/crate, plus dirt box, foraging opportunities, toys, etc.
  • Predatory animals must not have access to the area where the rabbit/s live.
  • Rabbit accommodation must be secure, weather proof, be one continuous area of 45 square foot (4.18 meters squared) and be a minimum of 2 and a half foot (0.6 meters) in height.
  • All rabbits within the home to be neutered.
  • All rabbits within the home to be fully vaccinated against Myxomytosis and Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease.

 

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