To help you get an idea of the expenses associated with rabbit ownership, we've put together a list of one-time costs, monthly costs, costs every two months, and general annual medical and grooming costs. We have most of these items available in our “Hop Shop” at the shelter, and as an adopter you will receive a year of membership at our shelter which gives you 10% off your purchases and discounted boarding rates!
All of the profit goes directly to the care of the rabbits at GHRS.
We can also suggest rabbit savvy veterinarians for your rabbit's medical care.
We have an adoption fee of $80 for one rabbit or $130 for an already bonded pair. This fee helps recover some of the cost of the spay/neuter and daily care for each rabbit.
Any time you need to move your rabbit from your house to another location, for example, a vet visit, you will need to have a carrier on hand for their safety.
A dog-sized exercise pen is the appropriate size housing for a rabbit's "bedroom." Typically, they are 4x4 sqft wide and 30-36 inches tall. All other types of enclosures must be approved.
You will need a cat-sized litter box so that the rabbit can fit in it completely. Rabbits are grazing herbivores which means they will eat and poop at the same time.
Water & Food Bowl
$14-$25 for both
Never use water bottles (leads to multiple health problems). Heavy ceramic based bowls/crocks will prevent the rabbit from flipping and spilling food/water.
Please consult our Bunny 101 Handout for appropriate flooring.
Daily Fresh Greens
Each rabbit needs a daily variety of THREE DIFFERENT CLEANED leafy green veggies. We have a list of safe veggies and a veggie wash recipe in our Bunny 101 Booklet.
Rabbits need unlimited hay. We carry a variety of Oxbow brand hay and sell Timothy Hay by "the flake." Flakes are pieces of 120 lb bales that we separate and sell.
Have multiple different types of toys to keep your bunny entertained! It provides enrichment and helps to alleviate boredom and destructive tendencies.
Papaya, Apple Branches, Timothy Hay based treats, and dried willow rings all make great healthy treats. Always limit sugary treats and never feed seeds, corn, or nuts.
Oxbow Adult Rabbit Food is our go-to pellet because of its high quality ingredients, affordability, and availability. Please do not purchase food before adoption.
We feed 2 types of pellets: 1) A main pellet such as Oxbow Adult
2) A healthy, optional supportive pellet, Supreme Selective, which is easier to chew and offers a different taste and texture.
Probios is an optional rabbit-safe probiotic that rabbits can have daily to help maintian gut health.
Equine Pine Pellets or Care Fresh (or newspaper) are used to absorb urine in the litter box. NEVER USE CLUMPING OR CLAY CAT LITTER, CEDAR OR PINE SHAVINGS, CORN-COB OR SILICA-GEL LITTER.
Nail trims at our shelter are $10 per rabbit. Nail trims at groomers or vet clinics are typically $25+.
Scent Gland Cleaning
We suggest having the scent glands checked at the same time as the nail trim. Cost at our shelter is $10 per rabbit and typically $20+ at groomers or vet clinics.
Lop-eared and special needs rabbits such as tri-pods or elderly rabbits need regular ear cleanings. Cost at our shelter is $5 per rabbit and typically $15+ at groomers or vet clinics.
Long haired breeds such as Angoras or Jersey Woolies especially need constant grooming. Cost at our shelter starts at $5 and can be $50+ for long-haired breeds. Groomers or vet clinics typically start around $50+.
Routine Annual Exam: $100+
Rabbits should see a savvy vet on an annual basis. Their teeth should be checked under anesthesia and have blood-work done. Older rabbits should have appointments twice a year.
Emergency Vet Care: $300-$1000+
Rabbits are "exotic" animals and require different veterinarians and care than dogs and cats.
Spay/Neuter Surgery (if you purchase an unaltered rabbit)
$150-$180 Low-cost spay/neuter day at Windward Animal Hospital (GHRS preferred vet)
$200-$450 Average spay/neuter at other veterinary clinics
ALL GHRS rabbits are spayed/neutered prior to adoption.
Medications: Cost Varies
Prices vary depending on severity and length of illnesses.
Baby Gas Drops: $6-$15
Baby gas drops (simethicone) can help your rabbit feel more comfortable if they are experiencing gas pain. It's good to make sure you always have some on hand.
You will need a small flexible tipped thermometer on hand to be able to temp your rabbit at the earliest sign of distress. We are happy to teach you how to take a rabbit's temperature.
Supplies for Nail Trims at Home
Nail Clippers: $5-$18
Styptic Powder: $10-$15 This helps stop the bleeding if you hit the quick in your rabbit's nail.
Small Flashlight: $5-$10 Used to light up the toenail from behind so you can see the nail quick.