I’m looking for a rabbit

So you’re looking for a rabbit as a new companion, that’s great news! Fortunately, our bunnies are also looking forward to meeting you. Check out the rabbits in our gallery and book your first date!

Five advantages of a DOA rabbit

Naturally, we’re really pleased that you are thinking about giving a homeless rabbit a good new home. For a prospective new owner, a DOA rabbit offers several benefits:

  1. Professional and personal support in finding a rabbit that’s a really suited to you;
  2. We can take care of the rabbit bonding process for you, which is yet another worry off your hands.
  3. All our rabbits have been checked out by a vet;
  4. All our rabbits have been vaccinated, microchipped and sterilised/neutered
  5. Even after adopting one of our rabbits you are welcome to visit us for bespoke care and support.*

* In the case of what we call a “misfit” you can often count on lifelong support.

How does adoption work?

For the actual adoption of a rabbit, we always first go through a number of steps together to see if you and the rabbit of your choice are a good match.

Make an appointment

Would you like to meet some of our rabbits? No problem! Just make an appointment for a no-obligation, introductory meeting.

Given that you are looking for a long-term companion, you’ll appreciate the care we take in our work, which is why such an introductory meeting is always by appointment only. It ensures that we will always have enough time to properly establish your requirements.

If you already have a rabbit for which you are looking for a buddy, bring your rabbit with you. Your rabbit must be well vaccinated and rams have to be castrated. 

 Read on about speed-dating and bonding

 

What are you looking for?

During the introductory meeting, we will establish exactly what kind of rabbit you are looking for. Would you prefer an indoor or an outdoor rabbit, for example? An enterprising adventurer or a more sedentary type? A fluffy ball of angora or maybe a lop-eared individual? This might be your first rabbit, or perhaps you’re looking for a companion for another rabbit?

Bear in mind that if you don’t already have a rabbit at home, you’ll be expected to take two rabbits home with you. Because they are very social animals, we never place a rabbit on its own.


Meet your new buddy

Based on the information you give us, we’ll introduce you to a few rabbits that might fit the bill. Of course, if you already have a rabbit at home it’ll be important for us to know the animal’s preferences. So bring your rabbit with you, so that we can quickly get them acquainted with one another. You can read all about how this works on the speed-dating and bonding page.

 Read on about speed-dating and bonding
Bonding

You cannot simply put together two rabbits that don’t yet know each other. It’ll lead to all kinds of friction and conflict. Rabbits like to be given the time to get to know a new partner before they start living together, a process we call “bonding”. At DOA we have a lot of experience in this area, so we’ll be only too happy to do it for you. You can read more about this process on the speed-dating and bonding page. Obviously, if you’ve selected two rabbits that have already been bonded, you can skip this part.

Adoption!

With the bonding phase over and both bunnies besotted with one another, the next step will be the adoption process. To boost the rabbits’ chances of a long and happy marriage, we can offer a few useful tips.

 Tips for a happy rabbit
Aftercare

The care we provide doesn’t end with the adoption. If you have any questions or if there are any problems, you can contact our vet or behavioural therapist, free-of-charge, for up to three months afterwards.

This is how we make contented pets and happy owners!

Lifelong support for misfits 

 Misfits are animals that come with “baggage” and they need extra care and attention. Consequently, they typically have to wait longer for a new owner, despite the fact that their need for a new home is that much greater. This is why at DOA we offer additional support, often lifelong, to owners who are willing to take on one of these misfits.

 Read on

Adoption fees

Different fees may apply for misfits.

 Please, read the animal placement conditions
Rabbit € 75,00
Pair of rabbits € 120,00
Bonding, per day € 2,50
Maartje (DOA) & Pip

And they lived happily ever after

Every year, dozens of DOA rabbits are adopted by loving owners. We love receiving feedback about how overjoyed people and animals are to have found one another. And, naturally, we are more than happy to share these heart-warming success stories with other prospective owners!

Read the Dutch success stories

FAQ

Surely a rabbit that’s by itself can also be happy, so doesn’t necessarily have to have a companion?

Rabbits are social animals and, as such, they need the company of their own kind. There are, of course, also rabbits that thrive on human attention. A rabbit that receives a lot of attention, has plenty of space to walk around freely in and the freedom to play will have little reason to complain. But, when push comes to shove, it cannot be denied that he’ll still be by himself for long periods and will therefore get bored. Being with another rabbit provides something that you cannot. Rabbits preen one another, play and run together and enjoy physical contact. Being with their own kind often makes the difference between an unhappy and a happy bunny.

I don’t have another rabbit, but I do have a cat/guinea pig/dog. Will that be a problem?

Rabbits need the company of other rabbits. Given that rabbits are typically prey animals and dogs/cats are predators, generally speaking it will not be a good combination. What a rabbit needs is a companion of the same species. Rabbits and guinea pigs, meanwhile, cannot communicate with one another; they have different day/night rhythms, different nutritional needs, etc. Above all, a rabbit is much stronger than a guinea pig, so the latter will suffer if it should come to a conflict..

Can a indoor rabbit live outdoors, and vice versa?

From May to August, indoor rabbits can go outside, and vice versa. If you want your rabbit to stay outdoors during the winter, let him “acclimatise” from September so that his winter fur can grow. Letting rabbits come inside or go outside for the odd hour is, of course, not a problem, unless the temperature difference is more than 10 degrees Celsius.

What is the procedure for bonding with my rabbit?
Can I bring my unneutered buck to you to have him neutered, so that he can then be bonded?

Yes, that's possible.

Can I bring my unvaccinated rabbit to you to have him vaccinated, so that he can then be bonded?

Yes, that's possible. You can simply drop by at our vet with your rabbit during the walk-in surgery, which is between 10.00 and 10.30 from Monday up to and including Saturday. However, for shelter rabbits there must be at least a week between being vaccinated and the speed-dating and bonding process.

Why do I have to pay for an animal? Surely I'm doing you a favour by adopting a shelter bunny?

Thanks to what you pay when you adopt an animal, we can partially recoup some of the costs we incur for taking them in, treating them, training them and keeping them occupied. If we were to give away all our animals, we’d be bankrupt in no time. It’s mainly thanks to your contribution that we can keep helping homeless animals in future.

Incidentally, some of our misfits can be adopted without having to pay an adoption fee. These are usually animals with a serious chronic condition or who are not expected to live very long. It’s because you are giving another chance to an animal in need of additional TLC that we help with the costs.

Can I visit your animals without making a prior appointment?

Unfortunately, that’s not possible because we simply don’t have enough people to supervise it all properly.

However, you will be more than welcome to participate in one of our guided tours every first and third Saturday of the month. The tour also includes a visit to the kennels. However, it’s not possible to select an animal for adoption during one of these tours. This is because we find it very important that there’s a good match between an animal and its new owner, and this can only be established by appointment.

I want a tour
I’ve seen a really cute little fella; can I reserve it in advance?

 Unfortunately, it’s not possible to reserve an animal in advance.

Given that we want you both to enjoy a long and happy time together, we can only reserve an animal for you after you have both gotten to know one another, and providing you are a good match of course! So if you see an animal that you’d like to adopt, we recommend that you make an appointment as soon as you can! These things can sometimes move quite quickly, which is why, unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that the animal you want will still be available when you arrive. However, the website is a good indication. If an animal is online, it means that he or she is still looking for an owner.

 Which types of rabbits are best with one another?

The best combination is a neutered male with a sterilised female.