• Foster Process

  • Why Foster?

    Since we don’t have a facility, we rely entirely on spaces in foster homes to care for our bunnies while they wait for a placement into a permanent home.  Our rescue takes in bunnies that need medical care, socialization, or have just run out of time at the shelter. Some bunnies are just too young for the shelter, or are euthanized simply because they are a less-popular breed (like Red-Eyed Whites). By fostering, you can give a bunny a new chance at life and be an important step in helping them find a furever home! 

    We have three main categories of fostering and each can be incredibly rewarding! 

    Types of Fostering

    Medical Foster- Some bunnies come to us sick and need time to recover before heading out to their furever home. A Medical Foster needs to be familiar with basic rabbit health issues and be willing to administer medicine, drive to more frequent vet visits, and commit a watchful eye to the recovering bunny. It is important that the rabbit is observed carefully as rabbits’ health can be very fragile and change quickly! All vet and medicine expenses are covered by SSB. 

    Social Foster- Like humans, bunnies often have trust issues when they have gone through less than ideal situations. A Social Foster needs to be patient and available to give lots of one-on-one attention to help the bunny learn to trust humans. It is amazing how much their little bunny personalities begin to shine when they realize that they are in a safe and loving environment! Rabbits that are more trusting of humans and less aggressive have a much higher chance of getting adopted! 

    Family Foster- SSB often gets called in to rescue abandoned rabbits and it is not uncommon that we rescue pregnant mothers. Mamas and baby bunnies need a special type of care, especially considering that we cannot adopt out babies until they are spayed and neutered at 4-5 months of age. A Family Foster commits to looking over a mama and babies until they are old enough to be placed in their furever home.

    Expectations and Responsibilities 

    Fostering can take time and energy but it is also incredibly rewarding! As a foster parent, you need to provide a safe space and spend adequate time with your foster rabbit. We provide an ex-pen, litter box, bowls, hay, and pellets but you need to buy greens since they are purchased so frequently. Anything you purchase yourself is tax deductible. Any veterinary care is covered by the rescue and we are available for any questions you may have. Below is a list of other specific expectations and responsibilities you have as a foster.

    • Give the specific type of attention needed for the specific type of fostering you are signing up for (see above categories). 
    • As appropriate, help the rabbit develop good litterbox habits. We are more than happy to give you guidance and tips for this!
    • Transport rabbit to/from adoption events. The frequency of adoption events depends on several factors and may be more or less frequent for different rabbits. 
    • Communicate with SSB about any health concerns or diet changes you notice from the rabbit. 
    • Take bunny to the vet as needed; or immediately in an emergency situation.
    • Create a free Slack account to have easy communication access with other fosters and volunteers, including a weekly foster update report.  
    • Complete SSB Foster Survey that is emailed out every month. This survey helps us keep track of every bunny’s wellbeing while also collecting information to help place them in the right furever home. This includes taking periodic pictures for our adoption marketing. 
    • Most importantly, give them lots of love!!! 

    Q/A

    Q: How long do I need to foster the rabbit? 

    A: It's very helpful if you can foster till the rabbit is adopted but, for people who can't make the indefinite commitment, we can choose a rabbit that needs extra care and attention for a short duration. At a minimum, we'd like rabbits to stay in foster for a month before coming back so that it's less moving around and readjusting for the rabbit. 

    Q: Can I foster if I have my own pets?

    A: Absolutely, there are just certain precautions to be taken to make sure everything goes smoothly. We can discuss your specific household and go from there. 

    Q: Do I need to have rabbit experience to be a foster?

    A: No experience necessary! In fact, fostering is a great way to try out and learn about rabbit ownership before making the full commitment. 

    Q: Do I get to pick my foster bunny?

    A: Sometimes. If you are fostering with the thought that you may want to adopt, it makes sense to let you pick. If you know it's temporary and especially if you don't want to drive to adoption appointments, we're going to want to match you up with a bunny that needs extra care or attention or isn't old enough to meet adopters. The cute, healthy, friendly and ready to adopt bunnies need to be ready to meet their furever families. 

    Q: Who do I contact in emergency situations?

    A: We will give you contacts for people in the rescue as well as our preferred vets. We have some early birds and some nite owls so there should always be someone you can get hold of. 

    Q: What happens if I leave on vacation or need to travel?

    A: Someone in the rescue will be able to bunny sit your foster if you have a vacation planned or even if something unexpected comes up. 

    How do I get started?

    1. Read the Rabbit Care Guide to make sure you can provide the appropriate home. 
    2. Fill out our application
    3. Schedule a time for a friendly interview with our foster coordinator 
    4. Pick up your new furry friend!*

    *Depending on the type of foster, there may not immediately be a rabbit that is a good fit for you and there may be a waiting period. We never know when more rescues will come in!