OUR BONDING PROCESS

Bondings can be complicated and over the years we have developed a process that has given us a great success rate. Typically, we have found that bondings work best when rabbits are approximately a year old or older. We require all rabbits to be spayed/neutered a minimum 30 of days before bonding and must be vaccinated against RHDV-2 prior to bonding. (Eravac and Filavac are both a 1-dose vaccine which achieves full effectiveness within 7 days. Medgene is a 2-dose vaccine given 21 days apart and achieves full effectiveness within 14 days after the SECOND injection. We can bond your rabbit after the effective dates have been met.) If you need a veterinarian for spay/neuter or vaccination, we have a list of suggested veterinarians HERE on our website which is updated regularly based on feedback we receive from their clients and our rescue's own experiences.

  1. If you haven't adopted from us before or haven't adopted from us within the past year, your first step will be to complete our Adoption Process before you can set up an appointment for bonding.

  2. Once you have been approved to adopt, we will set up a date and time for you to bring your current rabbit to our shelter.

  3. When you arrive, you will take the Bunny 101 Quiz and then you will meet the available buns (usually the opposite sex works best) and make a list of the top five rabbits your are drawn to the most.

  4. Your rabbit will stay with us for between 4-7 nights during the course of which they will meet the rabbits on your list one at a time (bunny speed-dating) under supervision.

  5. Once we narrow it down to "the one," they will spend their first night together in a large shared enclosure.

  6. The following day and night, we will do some territory testing between them and gradually downsize the size of their enclosure.

  7. While your rabbit is with us, you will need to neutralize the territory they will be sharing in your home by cleaning (to remove any scent from your original bunny). You will need to remove any toys or hidey boxes for a week to help avoid territory issues. All that should remain in the pen after cleaning should be a water bowl, a litter box and neutral floor covering (such as a new low pile carpet).

  8. When they have had 3 successful nights together at the shelter, they will be ready to head home!

  9. They will make the trip home in the same carrier. Note: If one rabbit ever needs to go somewhere, for example, to the see the veterinarian, BOTH rabbits need to go together in order to not break their bond.

  10. Once you get home, you'll need to keep them in their enclosure for 3 full days (no exercise time outside of the pen) to give each of them time to get used to being there together.

  11. After they have had a full week together in your home without issues, you can begin to gradually add in toys and hidey boxes. We will provide contact information if you have any questions or concerns about them and their bonding.

  12. The fee for the bonding service is $50 and the adoption fee of your new rabbit is $100.

  13. The $100 adoption fee includes the rescued rabbit's spay/neuter, medical exam, microchipping, RHDV-2 Vaccination, as well as a free nail trim and scent gland cleaning! 

Still have questions? Email us! bonding@houserabbitga.com​