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Our Suggested Donations

 

Unless otherwise stated, our suggested donation for adoption if £60.

We offer the same suggested donation value for bonded pairs as we do for single rabbits. The reason for this is to try to encourage people to consider our bonded pairs which are otherwise often overlooked for adoption. Did you know, you can bond a pair of rabbits to your single bunny to create a friendly trio?

Occasionally, a rabbit may still require neutering (if the rabbit is too young to be neutered whilst within the rescue service). In such circumstances the charity will always issue a voucher redeemable at one of over 50 vet partners throughout Central Scotland, so that the cost of the neutering is still covered within the charity's responsibilities.

Typically, a rabbit which we have fully vaccinated and neutered will have cost us a considerable amount of money (typically in excess of £100), and we ask that you recognise our efforts and costs when considering your donation amount.

Adopting a rabbit from us continues to be a cheaper option!

The table below (Initial Costs) shows how much more expensive a rabbit would cost you if you were to buy a rabbit from a pet store or via another method, such as classified ads.

Without these donations at the time of adoption, we would be unable to continue to provide our services.

Maximising Your Donation

As is displayed in the "Initial Costs" table below, our suggested donation values continue to be considerably cheaper than if you were to organise the treatments yourself.

This is not an indication that we operate with excellent discounts from our vets (although we may have some), but rather is reflective of the fact that, sadly, too many people are just not willing to pay full price for these kinds of treatments.

It is our belief that all rabbits should be fully vaccinated and neutered, and we will continue to strive to do this for all rabbits in our care whilst funds are available.

Please consider offering a larger donation when adopting your rabbit.

Additional funds will help to ensure the service can continue to run smoothly, and will allow an increased number of rabbits to be rescued through our foster care network

Initial Costs

Most rabbit rescue services, including ours, do ask for a donation towards our services when adopting a rabbit. So why would you pay to adopt a rabbit from us, when you can pick up a "cute" baby rabbit from a pet shop or local breeder?

We would ask that you consider the overall costs and not just an initial fee. If you assume a fullly healthy rabbit, the comparison table shows you some of the financial benefits of adopting a rabbit from us.

These costs quoted are per rabbit so for bonded pairs you would simply double the costs in most cases.

Pet-Shop Rabbit Fairly Beloved Rabbit
Initial Cost £25 - £50 Suggested Donation £DONATION
Myxo-RHD Vacc (Annual) £20 - £40 Myxo RHD Vacc Included
RHD2 Vacc (Annual) £20 - £40 RHD2 RHD Vacc Included
Neutering £60 - £90 Neutering

Included

(via voucher for young rabbits)

TOTAL £125 - £220 TOTAL £DONATION

 

Ongoing Costs

These are approximate costs, obviously they will vary slightly depending on where a rabbit is kept and unforceen vets bills.

  • Yearly vacinations £20 - £40
  • Food (pellets, vegetables, treats) £3/week
  • Hay £4/week
  • Bedding (Straw) £2.50/week
  • Hutch/Run £120+
  • Vet care From £10 for nail clipping to £200 for setting a broken leg or more for complex operations.

In short, excluding vet care, a rabbit will cost an average of £10/week which means £520 a year. Recent research from the PDSA PAW Report suggests the typical annual cost of rabbit ownership including ongoing veterinary care is around £1000 per year.

 

Emergency Vet Care

Emergency vet bills can be horrendously expensive, with our local out-of-hours vet service charging typically £75 - 120 just for a consultation outwith hours.

Emergency operations can often be hundreds of pounds, even if you do manage to catch your vet during opening hours.

You may wish to consider insurance to help budget for such occasions, and ensure that you can afford to give your rabbit the necessary treatment regardless of the state of your bank balance.