Adoption Policy

  1. Primary Caregiver. When a rabbit is adopted from E.A.R.S., the primary caregiver must be a responsible adult (21 years old). The rabbit should be treated as an integral part of the family, i.e., no group ownership (such as a classroom pet). WE DO NOT adopt rabbits as pets for small children. The entire family must want the rabbit.
  2. Indoor Housing. Adopters of E.A.R.S. rabbits must understand that our rabbits are to live as household companions. This means that they must have their primary living space indoors and must spend every night indoors. During the daytime, adopters can allow their rabbit’s outdoor daytime exercise. If this is the case, the rabbit must be provided with an area with secure fencing, and supervision. Rabbit should also be vaccinated. E.A.R.S. staff may require additional safety precautions appropriate to their local. This will be discussed during the consultation provided after (or before) the bunny has been moved into your home.
  3. Social Requirements. If the rabbit is going to be alone (i.e., without the company of people, a cat or other household pets) for most of the time, then we recommend that the adopter adopt a second rabbit as a companion to the first. Or adopt a pair of rabbits.
  4. Returns: If there are such problems with the adopted rabbit that the adopter needs to return the rabbit, we ask that you give E.A.R.S. some advance notice. Nevertheless, all rabbits adopted from E.A.R.S. must be returned to E.A.R.S.
  5. Exchange: E.A.R.S. does not exchange animals. Exceptions may be made when:
    • The E.A.R.S. staff and adopter are working together on making a match between an adoptee and a presiding rabbit AND
    • In the E.A.R.S. Staff’s judgment, a different match would be less stressful to the animals.