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Panda & Shadow

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FOSTER / ADOPT

Programs & Applications

Our Programs & Packages

  1. Foster Program

  2. Foster-to-Adopt Program

  3. Bonding Service

  4. Adoption Packages

*Application Links can be found at the bottom of this page.*

1. Foster Program

Fostering for Archie's Angels Rabbit Rescue involves taking care of one or more rabbits in your own home on behalf of—and under the continuing care of—the rescue. This agreement is preferably at least 6 months long (minimum of 3 months) and allows the fostered rabbit(s) more room and attention than may otherwise be possible. The more rabbits we have in stable foster care, the more space Archie's Angels has for continuing rescue efforts.

  • The rabbit(s) remain up for adoption, unless you are participating in our foster-to-adopt program.

  • Rabbits that are fostered through AARR come with everything they need, including pellets and hay. (Out-of-town fosters may be considered but other arrangements will likely need to be made.)

  • Rabbits that are fostered through AARR are still under the vet care of the rescue.

  • Potential fosters go through the same vetting process as potential adopters.

AARR also offers short-term foster arrangements over the summer or holidays, such as Christmas and Easter, in order for you to determine if a rabbit is a suitable pet for your household.

Looking to Become a Foster?

  • Before becoming a foster, it is important that you discuss fostering with your family or roommates and what it entails. The support of the entire household promotes a successful experience.
     

  • Discuss who in your home will be caregiver to the foster bunny.
    The caregiver's job will be to make sure the foster is fed/watered and cleaned up after, as well as making sure they get enough social interaction, physical exercise, and mental stimulation. Adult supervision is mandatory.
     

  • If you’re renting, it is vital to make sure you have permission from your landlord before fostering (or adopting).
     

  • Before bringing a rabbit into your home, it is best to do some research! AARR has a wealth of information under our Rabbit Care section of this website—you can start with Rabbit Care 101. It is especially important to be aware that rabbits tend to have behaviors such as digging and chewing. Dogs and cats often have these behaviors, as well, but it tends to be more instinctual in rabbits. It is important to "bunny-proof" rabbit areas and give them lots of diversionary items, such as cardboard boxes, chew toys, and attention.
     

  • Are you prepared to spend time with your foster bunny? Rabbits need social interaction from their humans. Without human interaction, rabbits can get bored and lonely, which can lead to depression or destructive behaviors. If you are concerned about not spending enough time with a single foster, you may wish to consider fostering a bonded pair. Bonded pairs use the same set-up as a single rabbit and keep each other company. You can find more information on our webpage here.
     

  • One responsibility in animal care is watching for medical symptoms. We provide education on this, but it is up to the caregiver to follow the prescribed diet, observe changes in typical habits, and request grooming (such as nail trims), as necessary.

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3. Bonding Service

Rabbits are social creatures, and it is highly recommended for them to have the company of another rabbit. Bonded rabbits frequently groom and snuggle their companions, balance each other's personalities, and prevent loneliness and boredom.

 

Bonded rabbits take the same amount of care as a solo rabbit—they just use more in supplies. They share the same pen space, litter box, food dish, water dish, and toys. Once rabbits are bonded, they must never be separated! Attached rabbits become stressed or depressed and may stop eating. In the case of a bonded rabbit whose companion passes away, we recommend re-bonding as soon as possible.

 

Whether you are looking for a companion for your existing rabbit or looking for assistance bonding two (or more) rabbits already in your care, Archie's Angels has the knowledge and experience necessary to get you through the initial stage of the bonding process. Rabbits establish hierarchies within their groups, which frequently involves territorial behaviors such as fur-pulling, boxing, biting, chasing, and humping. Our bonder(s) vigilantly work with the rabbits through this first stage and will support you throughout the continuing process. This service is provided for free when adopting from us.

Read more about our bonding service here.

**NOTE: Our bonding service is only provided for neutered males and females!**

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2. Foster-to-Adopt Program

Archie's Angels Rabbit Rescue only allows outright adoption when  our bonding services are used (see next section). In most cases, we encourage a foster-to-adopt period in which the adopter gains vital indoor rabbit experience, as well as a chance to get to know the adoptee(s) prior to making an official adoption. The foster-to-adopt period is typically 2-3 months long, as it can take rabbits up to a month to start feeling comfortable in their new surroundings. Your adoptee will come with everything they need, unless you already have some or all of their necessary supplies (see Adoption Packages below).

*We highly recommend consulting with Archie's Angels regarding any personality preferences you might have. We can also schedule a meet-and-greet prior to transitioning a bunny to your home.

Looking to Adopt?

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  • Before adopting a rabbit, it is important that you discuss the long-time commitment of adopting with your family or roommates, as rabbits can live up to 10-12 years.
     

  • Discuss who in your home will be a caregiver to your long-term companion. As the caregiver, your job will be to make sure your adoptee rabbit is fed/watered, cleaned after, provided with medical care, and making sure they get enough social interaction, physical exercise, and mental stimulation.
     

  • If you are renting, it is vital to make sure you have permission from your landlord before bringing an animal into the home.
     

  • Before adopting, you must be aware that rabbits exhibit behaviors such as digging and chewing! Dogs and cats often have these behaviors, as well, but it tends to be more instinctual in rabbits. Providing toys and "bunny-proofing" your house will help deter any damage from happening. Our Rabbit Care section on this website can help you—start with Rabbit Care 101.
     

  • Are you prepared to spend time with your adoptee(s)? Rabbits need social interaction with their humans. Without human interaction, rabbits can get bored and lonely, which can lead to depression or destructive behaviors. If you are concerned about not spending enough time with a single rabbit, you may wish to consider adopting a bonded pair. Bonded pairs use the same set-up as a single rabbit and keep each other company. You can find more information on our webpage here.
     

  • One responsibility in animal care is grooming and watching for medical symptoms. We provide education on this, but it is up to the caregiver to follow the prescribed diet, observe changes in typical habits, and be sure that grooming (such as nail trims) is attended to regularly. AARR does offer grooming services.
     

  • Hay is the most essential part of a rabbit's diet (85-90% of what they eat). Is anyone in your home is allergic?
     

  • Are there any circumstances that would make you give up your commitment to your rabbit? Changes in relationship or housing are frequent reasons that people cite for surrendering their pets. If this is a possibility, fostering might be a better choice for you.

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4. Adoption Packages

Our adoption packages vary depending on your planned bunny set-up (e.g. do you need a pen or will they have their own room?) and existing supplies.

Adoption Package #1 - "I need everything!"

 

This package includes it all: x-pen, giant bag of hay, food pellets, food/water bowls, litter box, litter pellets, and any other personal belongings your adoptee(s) may have. Please note that AARR has had the bunnies fully vetted and spayed/neutered. Adoption fees for this package are $150.00 for a solo bunny and $200.00 for a bonded pair.

Adoption Package #2 - "I have an x-pen..."

This package is great if you already have an x-pen on hand OR your rabbit will be treated to a dedicated room! This package includes a giant bag of hay, food pellets, food/water bowls, litter box, litter pellets, and any other personal belongings your adoptee may have. Please note that AARR has had the bunnies fully vetted and spayed/neutered. Adoption fees for this package are $100.00 for a solo bunny and $150.00 for a bonded pair.

Adoption Package #3 - "Just the rabbit..."

A starter pack isn't necessary if you already have the necessities that your new companion(s) will be needing! Bunnies who do not need a starter pack can be adopted for $75.00 for a solo bunny and $100.00 for a bonded pair. Please note that AARR has had the bunnies fully vetted and spayed/neutered.

*If cost is a concern, payment installments can be discussed. Archie's Angels also has occasional adoption promotions. Follow us on Facebook or check our website regularly to find out when!

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This rescue is based out of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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