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Last Post by Esarv at 9/02/2012 7:52 AM (11 Replies)
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User is Offline Esarv
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8/30/2012 9:50 AM

I know i posted something not to long ago about debating to give my bun away bc i couldnt give him as much time as i like.  I just found out that my niece is allergic to my bunny and my sick grandmother is soon going to be moving in with us who is also allergic to rabbits and my parents are giving me no choice to give him away =[[   I dont know what to do or where to look to find him a good home, im not just going to give him up to ""ANYONE"" they must provide him with the same loving care as i have for him. If anyone has any suggestions PLEASE HELP. Thanks so much im so upset. 


User is Offline IsabellaRobyn
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8/30/2012 10:45 AM
I think that's really unfair of your family to do that to you. Could you not suggest only keeping him in your room so that the fur isn't over the house which would prevent allergies? My boyfriend is really allergic to my cat and since I've stopped the cat coming in my room he's shown no signs of allergies at all.

How long do you have to find him a new home? Here are a few things I've thought of: Try joining as many rabbit forums as you can and letting everyone know that you have a bun needing a home in your area, at least if you found someone through a bun site you'd know they are aware of how to really look after a rabbit and what a rabbit needs. Have you tried speaking to any of your friends and asking them if they'd like a rabbit? Ask your local pet shop if you could post an add in there and just specify on the add that you will ask some questions about the new home before letting him move on because you want to find the best home possible. When you do find him a new home it might be an idea to write up a rabbit care sheet consisting of everything a rabbit needs and what Todd is used to - that way you know they will have all the vital information on rabbits and won't over look anything. Ask them if you could see pictures of the accommodation they'll be keeping him in and if they have no pictures ask them to describe it to you so that you know he won't be kept in a tiny hutch outside.

If you can't keep hold of him I hope you can find him a really good forever home.

User is Offline Amys Animals
Southern California
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8/30/2012 11:51 AM
Oh no! I am so sorry to hear that. =(

My suggestions are to give him to a rescue group or a humane society. I would be too scared giving him to a person but I know that rescues and humane societies pick the right people. If you want, though instead of doing that make a list of questions you have in mind that you want to ask a potential adopter and ask them some questions. I wouldn't be afraid to ask too many questions either.

User is Offline tobyluv
South Carolina
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8/30/2012 12:29 PM
I'm very sorry that you have to give away your bunny, and I also wonder if you could keep him in your room, and make sure that your niece and grandmother don't go in your room. An electronic air cleaner in your room would probably help keep the allergans down, so that they wouldn't get out into the rest of the house.

If you have to find another home for him, you can try asking your vet. Sometimes they know of familes who can provide a good home to a rabbit. There are some rescues in Pennsylvania, but many of the rescues stay full. A lot of county humane societies are not good places for rabbits, so if you are considering that, be sure to ask about their policies on rabbits.

Here is a list showing some rescue groups by state. The list is not up to date, and some of these rescues have closed.

There is a House Rabbit Society chapter in Pennsylvania. Most of their chapters say that they do not take owner surrendered rabbits, but I have talked to some people from the HRS and they told me that they do sometimes take them. That's of course if they have room.

User is Offline Hazel
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8/30/2012 12:40 PM
It's possible they might be allergic to the hay, not the rabbit. You could try a different hay, if your parents are willing to give it a go.
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User is Offline tobyluv
South Carolina
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8/31/2012 2:38 PM
Hazel is right, and I should have thought of that. I have known people who thought they were allergic to rabbits, but it was actually the hay. Unless your niece and grandmother have been tested by an allergist and know for sure that it is the rabbit they are allergic to, it may be something else, either hay or the bedding/litter. If you are using Timothy hay, try using orchard grass. If you are using a litter made of light particles, which could become airborne, such as Carefresh, try a pelleted litter.

User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
Edmonton, Alberta; Canada
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8/31/2012 6:07 PM
I'm sorry to hear that. It's not fair.

Is there anyway you could reason with them or problem solve a solution that works for everyone? How long until you move out (Sorry not sure how old you are, what your situation is)-if it's not too long perhaps a temporary home until you move?

If you do have to find a home, ask your parents for the time necessary to get the correct home. Charge $$ -if someone cannot afford an adoption fee, they cannot afford vet bills. People think a second hand pet should be free-avoid those. You don't have to charge money in the end, but if they aren't willing to pay to adopt, they will not be willing to spend money on the vet (Think someone who spends 1800$ on a purebred dog skips the vet? How bout those who got 'dog free to good home'?)-think hard about it. If you don't feel comfortable taking money in the end, you don't have to-or you can donate it, but make sure they are willing to shell out.

Interview about their beliefs, what would make them get rid of a pet (chewed cord, disability, high cost vet care etc), what happened to previous pets, anyone have allergies, everyone in the house in agreeance on the new pet, skill level and income level, competence and understanding of bunny ownership, expectations (not for toddlers!) etc. If they aren't comfortable being questioned, they are not for you. A good home should welcome a home screening and adoption contract. Borrow a contract from a shelter if you can.

Good luck and keep us posted!

User is Offline Beka27
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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9/01/2012 3:45 AM
I'm also wondering if there is an alternative location available. We have had members who housed rabbits in clean, climate-controlled garages or basements successfully. Maybe removing him from the immediate living space and utilizing good air filtration and quality hay (orchard, not timothy) would cut down on the potential allergens. It's not ideal, but these situations tend to be temporary, either you will move out, or other living arrangements will change. I would hate for you to give your bunny away and then just 6 months later, something changes which makes it unnecessary. Or as others suggested, maybe a temporary home for the duration?
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User is Offline Esarv
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9/01/2012 8:04 PM
Thanks everyone for all the input, I have been speaking with a lady who runs a bun rescue in delaware and she is really helping me and has a foster home for him in the end of Oct. I will be able to meet the foster parents and the woman who runs the rescue is really really picky about who she adopts the buns out to and who she choses.

User is Offline Mimzy
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9/01/2012 10:58 PM
That's great to hear about the rescue! I really hope that works out for you. I was looking for a home for my bunny when I first got her. I know how you feel. I think getting set up with an approved foster family will be great for you! & thats excellant to hear that she is really picky about who adopts Really sorry you can't keep him.
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User is Offline RabbitPam
South Florida
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9/02/2012 3:17 AM
That is a perfect contact for re-homing your bunny. A rescue who fosters and adopts is the best solution due to their knowledge about rabbit care and needs in a future home.
(For other members who may be wondering) I was also going to suggest checking out, where you can search for animals by zip code to find them close by. The advantage there is you will find reputable rescues and shelters listed there to contact for arranging an adoption. Since you already have, you're all set.

While it's possible that it's the hay or litter and not the bunny, I must side with the accommodation of people living with you who have allergies. I have allergies (to perfumes and scents) and being in a separate room doesn't help. Central air systems take any allergens and blow them throughout your home, so you can't get away unless it's only a contact allergy. That's rare. If you've ever been chronically ill and it wasn't your choice but could be helped, it is the humane thing to do for your Grandmother. To make a sick person even more sick, when it is preventable, is awful for both of you. As hard as it is to lose your bunny, you are being thoughtful. With the help of a rescue, bunny will find a loving home, and you will provide a welcoming, loving home to your grandmother. You will never regret that in later years.
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User is Offline Esarv
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9/02/2012 7:52 AM
RabbitPam, you almost made me cry. Ahhh this is horrible but you cleared everything up for me and insured me that what i am doing is for the best. It is very hard but with finding this rescue i have more hope that todd could possible get an even better home than he has with me.
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