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Our rabbit rehoming process

You’re just a few steps away from giving a rescue rabbit a second chance at a happy life! All you need to know about our rehoming process and the steps you need to take can be found here.

Please note that all rehoming of rabbits is by appointment. Please apply via our website and our rehoming team will get back to you if your application is successful.


How to apply for a rabbit

The first step is to have a look at our rehoming criteria to make sure that you have the right set-up ready to bring your new pet home.

Rabbits are highly social animals so we only rehome them in pairs, unless you are looking for a single rabbit to join your existing rabbit at home. The next step to finding your new rabbit/s is to have a look at the rabbits currently looking for new homes on our website. If you think any are right for you, simply click on the green ‘Apply to rehome me’ button on the rabbit’s page and complete our rehoming questionnaire.

Once you have filled out your form online or at the rescue centre, we will get back to you if you have met all our rehoming criteria and if the rabbit in question is a suitable match for your circumstances. We will then invite you in to come and meet your chosen rabbit.

The  next stage is for us either to arrange a home check, or ask you to send us photographs of your home set up and seek a vet recommendation.

The rabbit or rabbits will receive a final vet check before adoption and we will then arrange a collection date at a mutually beneficial time for you to come up and adopt your chosen pet/pets.

Please be aware that we often have a huge number of applications for each rabbit, and if you don’t hear back from us following your application, it isn’t because you don’t have a lovely home for a rabbit. It’s simply because of the sheer number of applications we get, and because our team is so busy taking care of the animals we don’t have the time to reply to everyone.

Don’t see the rabbit you’re looking for?

If you are looking for a specific type of rabbit (for example a particular gender to be a companion for your rabbit at home) and don’t see a suitable rabbit on our website, you can always register by filling out a general application form. To do this, simply go to any rabbit’s page on our website, click the green “Apply to rehome me” button and fill out the form, but state on your form that it’s a general application and say what you are looking for. Then should a suitable rabbit become available, our team will contact you. We keep general applications on file for 3 months, after which time you would need to re-apply if you have not heard from us.


Visiting the Rescue Centre

The rabbit department at our rescue centre is open to the public from 10.30 am – 4 pm, 7 days a week.

Visiting the rescue centre

Due to COVID restrictions, our rescue centre is closed to the public. Please apply for rabbits via our website, and our rehoming team will get back to you if your application if successful.

Bonding rabbits

If you have a neutered rabbit at home and want a companion for them, we offer a bonding service here at the rescue centre, where you can leave your vaccinated rabbit with us whilst we bond them. Read more here. Alternatively you can arrange to take one of our rabbits for a short term trial in the home, as long as you have the right facilities, space and experience to manage the bonding process yourself. Read more here. 


Adoption fees

Our adoption fees for rabbits are as follows:

A single rabbit: £60

A pair of rabbits: £110 

Three rabbits: £150

When you rehome from Animals in Distress, you will take home a rabbit who has been fully assessed by our expert animal welfare staff as well as our veterinary surgeon.

Every rabbit at the rescue centre is:
  • Vaccinated for myxomatosis, VHD1 and VHD2
  • Microchipped
  • Neutered
  • Given worming treatments
  • Examined by a vet and given any necessary treatments

Each rabbit goes to its new home with a free Pet Remedy Starter Pack.