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 days before bonding and must be vaccinated against RHDV-2 a minimum of 7 days prior to bonding.

  1. If you haven't adopted from us before, 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 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 around 3-5 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 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 and a litter box.

  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 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 without issues, you can begin to gradually add in toys and hidey boxes. Feel free to call the shelter 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 $100.

 

 Thanks so much, reach out if you have any questions. 

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