What support does Rabbit Advocates offer foster homes?
Rabbit Advocates wants you to be a successful foster volunteer, and we understand that it takes many resources to support our foster homes. We are here to help you care for your foster rabbits and find them forever homes. The Foster Application spells out all the details of how Rabbit Advocates supports foster homes. Below are some of the many ways we support our foster volunteers:
Rabbit Advocates Foster Mentors:
All new foster homes are assigned a foster mentor who will guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have.
Publicity to help adopters learn about your foster rabbit:
Your foster rabbit will be eligible to appear on the Rabbit Advocates Adoptable Rabbits web page, Petfinder page, Outreaches and other adoption events.
Other Rabbit Advocates volunteers:
If you are also a Rabbit Advocates general volunteer, you will have access to the group’s email list where you can pose questions if you need help. Being a general volunteer also makes you part of a close-knit community of people who love pet rabbits and love to help others care for them properly. There is no charge to become a Rabbit Advocates volunteer, though you must complete a formal Rabbit Advocate Volunteer Application.
Rabbit Advocates provides a wide variety of educational materials throughout our website (including items in the fostering pages Resources & Links), which you may download or purchase. These materials can help you learn more about caring for rabbits properly and we encourage you to provide them to adopters as well. We also offer monthly meetings and outreaches where you can ask questions and get hands-on practice with handling, socializing, grooming, nail trimming and other rabbit care activities.
Starter kit of supplies:
If you need supplies to help you get started with fostering, just ask us what’s available. We receive donated supplies for foster homes, and we can make them available if you have completed an Assisted Foster Rabbit Agreement.
Rabbit Advocates Medical Assistance Funds:
Rabbit Advocates sponsors two medical assistance funds to help caregivers pay for rabbit medical care. These funds are provided by generous donors who bring rabbits to our outreaches for spa services, who buy Bunny’s Best Bites Hay, and who designate their gifts for these particular funds.
Assistance is dependent on availability of funds and approval of the request by the Medical Assistance Fund Committee. The funds are slightly different from one another, but both serve the same purpose: to help rabbits recover from illness and to spay and neuter rabbits.
- Medical Fund: Available to the general public, this fund emphasizes spay/neuter but also includes other veterinary procedures. It is designed to help people for whom veterinary care for their rabbit presents a financial hardship.
- Foster Medical Fund and/or Foster Supply Bank: Any foster parent with a Rabbit Advocates Assisted rabbit may request the use of the Foster Medical Fund and/or Foster Supply Bank at any time. This support is available only to foster homes who have completed an Assisted Foster Rabbit Agreement form. It is designed to help foster volunteers provide medical care for their foster rabbits.