Health & Veterinary Needs
House Rabbit Society advocates for the best healthcare possible for rabbits to maintain their well-being. Rabbits are notorious for reproducing quickly, which makes the issue of rabbits who in need of rescue even more critical. Therefore, House Rabbit Society encourages the spaying and neutering of house rabbits and the avoidance of adopting or rescuing orphan rabbits that you might find in your yard or in the wild.
Getting proper veterinarian care from a vet who understand the unique needs of rabbits is also crucial to a bunny’s health. A rabbit-savvy vet can help you understand the causes behind behaviors, such as litterbox mishaps. They can also give you tips on medicating your rabbit and ensuring that your rabbit is safe from RHDV2 and has vaccinations against other viruses that can cause serious illness in rabbits. A vet who specializes in rabbit care can even suggest treatments that you might never have thought would be appropriate for your rabbit, such as acupuncture!
Resources for Shelters and Rescuers
House Rabbit Society is happy to provide rabbit lovers with a variety of resources to help them in their efforts to care and advocate for rabbits. Our local chapters across the country and our blog online are available to answer any question you might have on rabbit care.
We have resources for vets and even resources for shelters who are not part of our network but who share our mission to provide the best possible care for rabbits. If you want to learn more about rabbits, please check out House Rabbit Society Journal for the latest developments in rabbit care.
Need Some Rescue Resources?
Rescuers with philosophies aligned with House Rabbit Society may feel free to print out and redistribute any of our education materials. The ones below will be of particular interest. All we ask is that you do not modify the documents. Shelters can feel free to add their own names and logos to our documents, but crediting us is nice as well!
Free Shelter Materials To Download & Adapt
The following generic forms and manuals have been developed to assist shelters and rescue groups with tracking rabbit-specific information in a rescue setting. Please feel free to use this material to inform your work, or you can download and adapt or edit these forms to suit your organization’s needs. We also encourage you to add your logo and branding.
Forms and Manuals available by clicking HERE
Table of Contents for the above link…
- Samples of Adoption Policies, Adoption Questionnaire, and Adoption Contract
- Sample Intake Questions for Owner Surrenders
- Intake Health Check Form
- Medical Card
- Grooming Form
- Rescue Group Contract
- Foster Home Contract
- Foster Home Questionnaire