What is the adoption process?

Tell me about your rabbits.

The adoptable rabbits shown on this site are being cared for in the homes of Rabbit Advocates volunteer Foster Care Providers. Because these rabbits live with us as members of the family, we can tell you helpful information about a rabbit you are considering adopting. This includes info on the rabbit’s personality, what he is used to eating, what living arrangements will work well, his favorite treats and toys, and the answers to other questions you’ll have.

Are indoor homes required?

Our rabbits are adopted to indoor homes only.

What kind of housing do you recommend?

Single rabbits need to have access to at least 16 square feet of space at all times, plus at least 3 hours per day of free-roam time indoors in a bunny-proofed space. Bonded pairs need to have access to at least 20 square feet of space at all times, plus at least 3 hours per day of free-roam time indoors in a bunny-proofed space. There is a lot of inspiration for indoor bunny “habitats” on sites like Pinterest. Most cages, crates, condos, and indoor hutches are too small. Many people use an exercise pen that is at least 4ft by 4ft and a minimum of 30 inches high. Bunnies must have room to run, hop, binky, and play in order to be healthy and happy.

Are the rabbits spayed or neutered?

All rabbits are spayed/neutered prior to adoption.

Do you adopt to children?

Adopters must be over 18 years of age and the primary caregiver must be a responsible adult. The rabbit must be wanted by the entire family and should be treated as an integral part of the family. We do not adopt rabbits as classroom pets.

Do you have rabbits who aren’t featured on your site?

All rabbits available for adoption are featured on our site, but there may be other rabbits in foster care that are awaiting their spay or neuter surgery, so check our site regularly for new additions!

What are “special needs” rabbits?

These are rabbits who require extra care for medical conditions (sometimes temporary), have a disability, require special care, or who require socialization. These rabbits are given a second chance when they are fostered in volunteer homes where they receive appropriate medical care and help with social skills.

What is the adoption process?

The first step will be for you to submit an Adoption Application. Upon receipt of this application, you will be contacted by one of our Adoption Counselors to schedule a 20-30 minute phone conversation to learn more about what you’re looking for. Your approved application will then be sent out to all of our current Foster Care Providers. Individual Foster Care Providers may contact you to set up a time to visit with the foster rabbit(s) in their care. After this meeting, if your adoption has been approved, a date will be set when the rabbit will be delivered to your home. At that time, you will sign an official adoption contract and pay the adoption fee.  If you have any further questions about this process, feel free to email us at adoptions@rabbitadvocates.org

What is the adoption fee?

The adoption fee is $35 for a single rabbit or $45 for a bonded pair. Effective July 1, 2020 the adoption fee will increase to $50 for a single rabbit and $75 for a bonded pair.

Can rabbits be shipped out of area?

Adopters must live within reasonable driving distance of Portland, Oregon. We are sorry, but the rabbits cannot be shipped.

How can I contact you to find out more or to adopt?

There are several ways you can contact us to find out about our rabbits.

If you are interested in potentially adopting, the best first step will be for you to submit our Adoption Application online on a laptop or desktop at: https://rabbitadvocates.org/adoptable-rabbits/adoption-questionnaire/

You may also contact us:
By phone via the Help Line: (503) 617-1625
By email: adoptions@rabbitadvocates.org
By mail: Rabbit Advocates, PO Box 14235, Portland, OR 97293-0235

How can I help? Can I foster rabbits?

We are always looking for foster homes. If you have the space in your home and your heart to help a rabbit who is waiting for a permanent home, please visit our foster page for details. We will help you get set up for rabbit care and teach you how to do an adoption from your home.