FAQ

How long does the adoption process take?

Once you return your adoption application, you will hear back from an adoption team member within 48 hours. Often there is a back and forth dialogue, where the team member works with you to help you find the most suitable rabbit for your situation. This is also your opportunity to get your questions answered.
Once approved to adopt, you will be put in touch with the foster parents of any of the animals you would like to meet. You make arrangements to go and meet them, and if you find the right rabbit for you, you may take them home that day. The adoption team member will instruct you further with everything you need to have ready in order to bring home your new friend!

I found what looks to be a ‘house rabbit’ in my back yard, what do I do?

Do your best to safely capture the animal. Keep it dry and warm in an animal carrier (if you can) and without too much disturbance as rabbits are prone to stress. Please contact your local shelter, or Rabbit Rescue at 519-651-2345 to determine the next best steps for the animal, or if you need assistance in catching the rabbit.

Are you a registered charity?

Yes. Rabbit Rescue Incorporated is a registered charity dedicated to finding new homes for domestic rabbits that have been abused, abandoned or neglected. We work with numerous shelters across Ontario, as well as individual owners. A large number of rabbits come to us after being turned loose outside, and we frequently assist the OSPCA and other shelters with large-scale rescues.

The support that we receive through the generous donations of our sponsors and friends allows us to continue helping other rabbits who desperately need our assistance.

Charitable Organization Business Number: 86095 9824 RR0001

Is having a classroom rabbit beneficial?

Absolutely not. In most cases they are brought in to teach the students about responsibility, however, it’s a lesson never learned. At the end of every school year, rescues and shelters are overwhelmed with classroom pets that are dumped because they have nowhere to go. How does this teach a classroom of children about responsibility? The answer is it doesn’t. All it does is teach them that animals are disposable and responsibility is something you can walk away from when it becomes inconvenient. Rabbit Rescue will not place rabbits in a classroom or other facility.

Seriously concerns like student allergies, who will cover vet bills, what happens if a child is injured from the rabbit, or if a rabbit is injured due to mishandling, what happens on weekends, holidays, after hours…must also be considered. Rabbits are a very high stress animal and do VERY POORLY in classroom type settings.

If your classroom of students would like to help rabbits, they can raise funds to ‘sponsor’ a rabbit of their choice, and in return they will receive a certificate and photo of the rabbit they have helped save.

For more information on classroom rabbits, click RR Rabbits in the Classroom.

Who do I contact to report abuse?

Concerns of mistreatment, neglect or abuse should be directed to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: http://ontariospca.ca, Branch locations: http://ontariospca.ca/contact-us/community-directory.html

What can I do to help?

We are always in need for volunteers, fosters, supplies and donations. We offer many ways to give and any small amount of help is BIG for us. Click here to see how you can give a little to help a LOT!