How to adopt:
Bunny Huggers South Africa has a network of foster moms providing safe homes for neglected and abandoned buns. Unfortunately there are many more buns than bun owners. This is due to pet shops and back yard breeders breeding bunnies in often terrible conditions. Does can be forced to have a litter every month putting terrible strain on their bodies and causing them to reject their litter at an early age to make room for the next litter. People who are finished with their rabbits tend to dump them in green spaces. This leads to out of control bunny populations. Unfortunately domestic buns do not survive well in the wild and are prone to injury and early death.
Please do not buy a bunny from a pet shop or from a back yard breeder. Even though you may want to buy the bun’s freedom, your purchase just becomes part of an ongoing, cruel cycle. If you are worried about the treatment of a bunny in a pet shop or from a back yard breeder, please report to the SPCA and make the breeding cycle stop.
Fortunately there are many lovely, well cared for, happy, healthy buns available for adoption from foster moms. Just like adopting from the SPCA, you can expect that your bun will be sterilized. This is an important step in preventing further unwanted bunnies. Male bunnies can be sterilized from 3 months and females from 5 months. Only a bunny-savvy vet should carry out bunny sterilizations. Read our Rabbit Neuter/Spay Guide.
- Find out as much as you can about owning a bunny. Joining our Facebook group is a great place to start. Read our Bunny Basics.
- Count the costs. An adopted bunny might start out free but bunny care costs can quickly add up and bunnies live for 10 years!
- Think about the family. Buns are not good pets for young children as their bones are very small. Buns can get on with cats and dogs but it depends on the hunting characteristics of your pet.
- How many bunnies? Bunnies are very social creatures and are usually happy in pairs or more (called a fluffle). Adopting two bonded buns (friends) is much easier than trying to get two stranger buns to be friends.
- Decide on your setup: indoors or outdoors? Your bunny foster mom will want pictures of your set-up and may even ask to visit before placing a bunny with you. Read our blog on indoor set up.
- Shop for bunny food, litter tray, toys and bedding.
- Find a rescue in your area from the list below, or contact Lyn Holm at Bunny Huggers South Africa: 084 626 8696
Here is a list of organizations who always have bunnies in need of homes and/or fosters:
– The Cape Town Bunny Huggers Rehome Page
Support our rehome page. We created the Cape Town Bunny Huggers Rehome Page to help network rabbits in need of homes and/or lost and found bunnies. Our page is mainly Cape Town based, but we do get posts from Gauteng, PE and Durban as well. Make a difference by adopting a bun in need of a loving home. Facebook Page
– Barefoot Rescue (Michelle Du Toit) – Kirstenhof
082 780 3955
– Noordhoek Bunny Rescue (Sian Huyser) – Noordhoek
062 124 5325
– Comine Kruger – Caledon
073 204 5900
– The Little Critters Rescue Club (Lauren Namer) – Sandton / Riverclub
072 731 7397 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
– The Lonehill Bunnies (Cristina Botef) – Johannesburg
082 888 5895 / E-mail: email@example.com
– Bunville Rabbit Rescue (Samantha Lee) – Durban
061 974 0592 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hillcrest, Westville, KZN