Surrendering a Rabbit to Special Bunny
Updated MAY 2022 and as a result of the RHDV2 outbreak:
We are temporarily unable to take in any additional rabbits. No exceptions. The earliest we might be able to accept surrenders would be mid-July.
Future surrenders must be fully vaccinated (two shots if Medgene vaccine) 14 days before arriving at Special Bunny.
Please do not call.
We will update this page when we are able to take in additional rabbits.
Here is a list of other area shelters that may have room for your rabbit:
- Seattle Animal Shelter. Seattle Animal Shelter also offers low cost spay/neuter services for rabbits, and you do not have to be a Seattle resident to qualify.
- Rabbit Haven. Rabbit Haven is a wonderful shelter and sanctuary for rabbits, located in Gig Harbor, WA (about an hour south of Seattle).
- Humane Society for Seattle / King County. They are located in Factoria (near Bellevue off of I-90) and they do accept rabbits.
- Humane Society of Tacoma.
- King County Animal Control / Kent Animal Shelter does accept rabbits, and they do their best to find homes for them, but unfortunately they are forced to euthanize some rabbits, so we suggest you try the other resources first.
If we are full and cannot accept any more surrendered rabbits, we can still help you and your rabbit:
- We can put you on a waiting list.
- We can create a listing on specialbunny.org for your rabbit, just like the ones we put up for our shelter bunnies. Just send us a photo or two, a description of your rabbit’s personality, and the best way for potential adopters to contact you.
- We can post a photo and description on petfinder.com for your rabbit(s)–or send you instructions on how to do so yourself.
What you need to email us:
- A completed Special Bunny In-take form
- Several photos of your animals
- A text description of your rabbit’s personality
- Information on whether your rabbit is spayed or neutered
- Your location, and the best way for potential adopters to contact you (email, phone)
Please do not call.
We only accept requests to create pages and petfinder listings for rabbits by email.
To Surrender a Pet Rabbit
- Your Rabbit Must be Spayed / Neutered or you will need to include a spay/neuter charge of $150 in addition to the required $100.
We require that your rabbit be spayed/neutered before coming to Special Bunny. If you need help locating a rabbit knowledgeable veterinarian, please check our Vet referrals on our website www.specialbunny.org.
We Require a Minimum $100 Donation
We also request a minimum donation of $100 be made by you for each rabbit on their behalf. This helps Special Bunny in providing food, supplies and medical care during the rabbit’s stay until he/she is welcomed into a loving, caring home, which could take months or even years.
There is often a Waiting List
When space is not immediately available, we will place your rabbit on our waiting list at your request. We ask that you contact us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org at least monthly to notify us of any changes with your rabbit’s information and to inform us of your continued desire to have them remain on our waiting list. Any rabbits on the waiting list for more than a month without contact from the owner will be removed. Please take the time to let us know should you locate other accommodations for your rabbit. The waiting list is often very long and we must do what we can to keep the information current and accurate in order to help as many rabbits as possible.
We cannot reasonably guess how long it will take for space to become available, though typically it takes several months depending on adoptions and emergencies. As soon as space is available, we will contact you through e-mail or phone depending on your preference and set up a day/time for you to bring your rabbit out to Special Bunny.
What to Bring with Your Rabbit
When bringing your rabbit to Special Bunny, please bring any of his/her personal items. This includes pellets that you feed your rabbit, Timothy Hay, medications, medical records if possible, litter box, food and water dishes, toys and anything else you can think of. This helps the rabbit in their time of transition.
Please keep in mind that we have no use for wire caging. If you have any questions on whether we would be able to make good use of your rabbit’s housing, please feel free to ask before bringing it with your rabbit.