Gainesville Rabbit Rescue’s goal is to place our rescued rabbits into loving, permanent homes.
We do not support breeding in any form, while other animals needlessly suffer and die. Even a one-time breeding adds to the over population of rabbits, and may very well lead to a shelter rabbit being euthanized. We ask that you always choose adoption when choosing a new member of your family.
Before you decide to welcome a rabbit into your home, please consider the following.
- Rabbits are a 10-12 year commitment.
- While rabbits do not require vaccinations like dogs and cats, they are still considered an “exotic” species which will require you to find a qualified vet. Rabbits should still receive a year check up.
- Is your rabbit for a child? If so, are you ready to assume the responsibility when the novelty wears off?
- Are you able to accept and understand that a rabbit’s temperament and behavior is not like that of a cat or dog?
- Can you afford the expenses of food, hay, litter, toys, vet care, and all the other expenses that come with owning a rabbit?
- Will your other pets and those you plan to get in the future get along with your rabbit?
- Are you willing to keep your rabbit no matter how your circumstances change?
GRR takes the placement of our rabbits very seriously, and is dedicated to finding the right home for each rabbit. Our adoption policy is as follows:
- An adoption application must be filled out prior to adoption. The application can be found here. Gainesville Rabbit Rescue Adoption Application. (Please note that our volunteers have jobs, families, rabbit responsibilities and many other things that may prevent them from responding right away. If you have placed an application and have not heard back in 3 days, please call Kathy @ 352.318.0028.)
- When a rabbit is adopted from GRR, the primary caregiver must be a responsible adult. The rabbit should be treated as an integral part of the family. We will not adopt out rabbits to be used for 4H club, classroom pets, or as pets for young children.
- If the rabbit is going to be alone and without the company of people for most of the day, we recommend the adoption of a second companion rabbit.
- If there are problems with the rabbit in which the adopted rabbit needs to be returned, please give the fosterer advance notice. In most cases the rabbit’s spot is filled within days of being adopted. Preparations need to be made to accept the rabbit back, so please use common sense and courtesy when returning a rabbit. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU RELEASE A RABBIT INTO THE WILD.
- GRR does not exchange animals. Exceptions will be made if we are trying to find a companion match for a pre-existing rabbit in the home.
- GRR adoption fees are donations that cannot be refunded. We are a federally recognized tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. Donations made to us are no more refundable than they are with any other public charity. The fee to adopt a single rabbit is $55.00 and the fee to adopt a bonded pair is $100.00.
- GRR reserves the right to do a home inspection prior to releasing the rabbit to its adoptive owner.