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Adopt a Rabbit

Rabbit Adoption Application

Animal Information

Adoptor Information

Alternate Contact (outside of household) for emergency and/or reference.

Adoption Guidelines for Pawsitive Placement

About Your Home

Your Experience With Rabbits

Rabbits must be part of the family as any pet. We will not adopt a rabbit to live alone outside in a hutch.

The rabbit gets attached to its family, and it's emotionally devastating to lose its family and the rabbit can die of heartbreak; are you sure you're ready for a lifelong commitment for this rabbit?

Rabbits are not like having a Dog or Cat in the family!

1. Rabbits are a social animal; will you be able to devote interaction time with the animal every day?

They set a clock and depend upon it. They set a clock for eating, they set a clock for play time. They need consistency with this and interaction every day. This time and interaction commitment will also increase your bond with the animal and vice versa. The true bunny will emerge. They are an intelligent animal, can be quite cunning in fact. They can be taught to play games with you (fetch, zoom racing), they can learn words. They will respond to your laughs and get even more entertaining for you to laugh with them, they will respond to your tears and be your best friend when you need them to -- all if you take the time to spend with them and interact with them. Again, they are a social animal and "need" this interaction every day. And remember, a bored rabbit can be a destructive rabbit.

2. Rabbits are a high maintenance pet. They can be messy with their hay getting throughout the home, or stray pellets around the home. Will this be a problem?

Granted, some rabbits are not as messy as others but there is no way to tell what you might get until they get in a home. We have them started on litter box training, but getting into a new home is different and there can be accidents. Will this be a problem? We have had rabbits returned because people weren't convinced that these pets are high maintenance. Are you sure the messiness will not be a problem?

3. A rabbit has poor close vision; good far vision. When out exploring a new area for the first couple of times they need the time to tip toe around, lick, chin, and/or drop a few pellets to mark/scent an area so that if startled they can scurry back to safety without breaking their neck. Allow them this tip toe time! You can pick up the pellets later; their scent will have been left.

4. Because of their poor close vision approaching a rabbit needs to be in slow steady movements, approach them from the side so they can see you. Rabbits cannot see directly in front of them; their line of vision is on the side of their head. Talk to them as you approach, be sure they know you're coming. If you have a deaf rabbit they won't hear you talking and may not see you -- so take the time to approach slower, wave your arm slowly or make a floor vibration so they will turn to acknowledge your approach. I've seen startled rabbits hurt themselves very seriously when suddenly startled.

5. Rabbits spines and legs are fragile. A gentle hug from a toddler can do great harm; a rabbit kicking out when being lifted can break its own back. When holding a rabbit be sure that you have their hind legs secured. If you're uncomfortable holding a rabbit we recommend that you use a towel at first. As you get more confident -- the rabbit will be more confident in your hold

Caring for your Pet

Rabbits don't need shots or vaccinations; we do recommend an annual vet visit. This could cost anywhere from $50-$100 or more, will that be a problem? A rabbit needs a specialized vet, which also means it can be more expensive than the normal vet fees. When a rabbit is ill or injured, and because it is a pray animal, it will not show that its not feeling well until it's usually at a critical stage. This can mean an emergency vet visit and a very high expense. Are you willing to go these extra lengths should something happen with your rabbit?

Adoption Terms:

Please read the following information carefully.

IN CONSIDERATION OF MY RECEIVING THE PET RABBIT DESCRIBED ABOVE, I HEREBY AGREE to care for said rabbit humanely (including providing adequate food, water, shelter and veterinary care).

I ALSO AGREE to keep said rabbit as a family pet. I agree that this rabbit will not be used for any food purposes.

I ALSO AGREE that said rabbit will not be used for medical, ritual, hunting, baiting, sporting or any experimental purposes.

I FURTHER AGREE not to sell, trade or dispose of this rabbit in any way without notification to the adopter of this Rabbit. I also will give notification of any new address or phone number that I may have changed since the time of this agreement.

I AGREE that Pet Allies may make inquiry about said rabbit at any time. And, if not satisfied with the condition of said rabbit or with the conditions in which it is being kept, said rabbit will be reclaimed by Pet Allies.

IN THE EVENT that Adoptee is unable or unwilling to care for said rabbit, it is agreed that Pet Allies will reclaim said rabbit immediately.

IN THE EVENT that Adoptee breaches this agreement, and in recognition of the uncertainty of damages and the substantial value of the adopted animals, the parties do hereby agree that reasonable liquidated damages in the amount of $250 shall be awarded.

FEEDING INSTRUCTIONS: THE RABBIT'S BASIC DIET WILL CONSIST OF A LOW PROTEIN/HIGH FIBER PELLET AND GRASS OR TIMOTHY HAY. TREATS CONSISTING OF FRUITS, VEGETABLES AND DRIED BREADS ARE ALLOWED. NEVER GIVE ICEBERG LETTUCE, CABBAGE OR ONIONS.

REMEMBER THAT THE HEAT OF THE SUMMER IN ARIZONA WILL KILL A RABBIT AND THAT DRAFTS CAN ALSO BE DETRIMENTAL.

I HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE ABOVE AND WILL KEEP THE RABBIT DESCRIBED AS PART OF MY FAMILY.

PET ALLIES believes the animal you are adopting is in good health (unless otherwise noted above). PET ALLIES provides a 10 day medical assistance program. Should any medical problem arise within 10 days of the date of adoption, contact PET ALLIES voice mail immediately at 532-1602. You will be referred to a veterinarian and PET ALLIES will pay for necessary treatment up to One Hundred Dollars ($100). If you are approved for adoption of this animal, you will be given the number of a volunteer to call in case of an emergency. If you take the animal to the veterinarian without prior written approval or otherwise fail to follow our instructions regarding treatment, the 10-day medical assistance program is void and you will not be reimbursed. The 10-day health guarantee does not cover injuries to the animal.

All the information I have provided on this application is, to the best of my knowledge, true and complete. I understand that falsifying answers on this application, or any other time during the adoption process, disqualifies me from adoption.

I hereby fully and completely release PET ALLIES and its officers, employees, agents and volunteers from any claim, cause of action or liability for any injury or damage which may be caused by the animal. I agree to fully and completely indemnify, defend and hold harmless PET ALLIES and its officers, employees, agents and volunteers from and against all claims, causes of action and liabilities, including but not limited to those asserted by third parties for any injury or damage caused by the animal.

I fully and completely release PET ALLIES and its officers, employees, agents and volunteers from any claim, cause of action or liability for any illness your other animals may develop, even if those illnesses are procured from the animal adopted from PET ALLIES.

There are no refunds of adoption fees.

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