Wondering what it takes to foster rabbits? Or why people choose to foster rabbits?
When someone decides to foster one or more rabbits they are doing so to help care for them until they can be permanently rehoused. It’s an act of generous and caring people who love animals, and want to do something to help.
That being said, there are some benefits to fostering bunnies, which I will go into in more detail in this article. But for now let’s take a closer look at what volunteering to foster a rabbit involves.
What Does a Bunny Foster Volunteer Need to Do?
If you decide to put yourself forward to foster rabbits, here is what will be expected from you:
– Understanding how to care for rabbits with special needs. Like behavioral problems, medical issues, and other issues.
– Caring for rabbits with special and specific feeding requirements. Often meaning the need to watch or help them eating.
– Caring for pregnant rabbits and possibly even overseeing the birth of a litter. This will be reserved for people who are very confident dealing with this.
– Caring for wild rabbits that have not been socialised and can be very difficult around humans.
By fostering a rabbit you are taking on all kinds, breeds, and types of rabbit. There will be some surprises and interesting experiences, this is part of the allure when it comes to helping out.
How Long Do You Keep a Foster Rabbit?
There is no clear answer to this. It can take anywhere from a day or two, to months. It all depends on the situation, the needs of the pet, and when a permanent home is found for them.
Can I Foster Rabbits If I Have Other Pets in the Home?
While it’s important to keep foster rabbits indoors, you can still do this if you already have pets. Being a pet owner already isn’t a bad thing, in fact it shows that you have experience caring for pets. But the rabbits will need to be kept completely separate from other animals, at least until settled if it’s a long-term arrangement.
Can I Foster Rabbits with No Previous Experience?
This will depend on the organization fostering the rabbits out. As a general rule, it’s not usually a problem. We all have to start somewhere, right?
You will be asked some questions and may even have your premises inspected to make sure you’re prepared and equipped to do a good job. There is nothing wrong with this, it’s a learning experience and there is a lot to learn.
Any organisation fostering rabbits will offer all the necessary support you need. It’s an incredibly rewarding experience, and I wouldn’t let the uncertainty of never caring for rabbits get in the way if you want to do this.
What Do I Need to Get Started with Fostering Rabbits?
Well, apart from enthusiasm there are a few things you need to have ready if you’re going to foster rabbits at your home. Here are all the basics:
– A space indoors that’s clean, quiet, and where the rabbit(s) will be safe and happy.
– Some secure areas for exercise, like a pen or an enclosed garden.
– An unlimited supply of Timothy Hay.
– Pellets and other food for the bunnies.
– A bowl of fresh water.
– A litter box, positioned somewhere private and away from their food and water.
– Some bunny toys to keep them entertained while you’re there, and when you are not.
– A genuine caring attitude and desire to help these pets in any way you can.
Reasons to Foster a Rabbit
If you’re on the fence about fostering a bunny. Maybe you know someone who is doing it, or have done it, and you are wondering if it’s for you. There are a lot of reasons why people choose to become foster guardians for rabbits, and maybe some will appeal to you.
Here are some of the reasons why fostering is a fun, interesting thing to do, and may just be a perfect match for you:
1. Firstly and most importantly fostering bunnies saves lives. There are only a limited number of spaces in shelters, and this space is usually at capacity. Much like the problems that plague most animals, there are just too many to all be helped.
So any additional help from volunteers is always welcome, and you will literally be saving lives of these bunnies. That’s not something to take as a burden or a guilt trip, but something to be proud of.
2. It works as a temporary solution for people who can’t, or aren’t sure about committing to a full-time rabbit as a pet. We all have our reasons for not being able to take on a full-time pet, so why not have the best of both worlds and take on a short-term commitment and see how that goes.
Some people only foster over and over, it just suits their lifestyle and preferences more. If this appeals to you then do this, it’s better than doing nothing at all.
3. Fostering is an introduction to caring for a rabbit. Maybe you’re considering a rabbit as a family pet and want to test the water. See if the children and other pets you have are receptive to the idea before committing.
If for any reason it’s not working out you can return the bunny to the shelter. Plus you have avoided making an even bigger mistake by taking on a rabbit and having to find a new home for it.
4. By fostering you can find a rabbit that you really hit it off with. Each and every rabbit is different, they all have their own personalities and different traits.
Through fostering you will get to see and experience a lot of different rabbits, and you will probably come across one you really hit it off with. When it happens you will know it, and you will probably be able to give it a permanent home.
5. Fostering is a gratifying and selfless experience. Some people just feel the need to help out wherever they can. I’m not trying to make you feel bad if you can’t, not everyone can. But the feeling you get from doing so is invaluable.
You will meet new people who share similar hobbies and goals too, so it’s a great way to broaden your contacts.
6. Fostering is intended to be fun, so enjoy it. You get to experience caring for and looking after rabbits in need. Ask anyone who has taken part, they will tell you how much fun and satisfaction they have had doing so.