I’ve been wanting to post how we got Bumi for a little while, and after reading some of the drama on Tumblr regarding breeders, I decided to share our experience. Bumi is my first bunny, and my fiance’s third. Our personality type really caters for a pet that is more independent so a dog is too “high maintenance” for us right now and my fiance is allergic to cats. So after I educated myself about house rabbits, we decided that we would try having a pet bunny. I was very for us going though the House Rabbit Network (or whatever branch) and adopt an adult bunny. My fiance had wonderful experiences with baby bunnies and our impatience led to us searching on Craigslist. We found a post of an 11 week holland lop and responded to the post. The breeder got back to us saying that that bunny had found her forever home, but she had this other bunny that was 13 weeks needing a home. She explained that he was sweet and that she bred for showing and he was unfortunately not show-material (whatever that means). We saw Bumi’s pic (above–he came to us with Frappuccino as his name) and fell in love. Since he was older she gave us a “discount” and so he has become our discount bunny.
His breeder didn’t ask us a single question, even though we offered many times to have her get to know us, to make sure she felt that we were right for him. She never asked us where we planned to keep him, what we were going to feed him. Her nonchalant attitude made us feel like we could have picked him up and had him for dinner that same night, and she wouldn’t have cared. She also claimed that she handled him as a baby so he was used to human contact. Now, from my understanding of bunny personalities, she could have well handled him and he is just a skittish bun (which is what I’m thinking made him unshowable). However, we simply don’t really believe her.
As with all experiences, we learn from them. If we decide to get another bunny in our lifetime, we will not do what we did this time. If we decide we really want a baby bun, we will take time and fully research the breeder, although I’m still gunning for adoption next time. I still consider Bumi a little bit like a rescue just because of his personality. Yes, he is super sweet, but he’s scared of everything. I know we would have liked to have known that about him before, and it really makes me wonder how Bumi would have been handled in a different home. His first morning with us he had a full on panic attack that made us worried he would never ever get past his fear. We even began wondering if we were the right home for him. With an impatient owner they would have given him up probably super quick, and then what would have happened? The breeder never offered to take him back, because she didn’t care. I’m sure she loves bunnies, but it’s clear that she didn’t spend time with rejects and doesn’t want them back. He came to us obviously well taken care of in the sense that he was plump and his feet were white and not yellow from urine stains. So I don’t want to completely discredit this breeder however it wasn’t the experience I would have liked especially having dealt with a breeder (of dogs) and had that great experience of someone who truly cares what happens with their “products.”
Now that I know these types of breeders are very common, I won’t make that mistake again. In my mind a breeder was supposed to be a person taking time with their animals. People who are new to the bunny world might not know how prevalent these breeders who just care about money at the end of the day are, and it’s unfair to judge someone on their decision to buy than adopt–especially with knowing that baby buns are supposed to be easier to bond with than adult rabbits. Instead of judging people and calling them awful we should continue to educate on how to pick a breeder if you are going that route.
I could probably continue on in rant, if you want to call this a rant. At the end of the day, I’m glad we have Bumi, even if he never turns into that cuddly bun I was hoping for, I’m glad I know he will live a happy, healthy life with us.
No name bunny begging for food after his bath. :) *For everyone giving me advice on bathing rabbits. I’m well aware rabbits cannot be in water. I was given advice by a qualified vet to wipe them down with a warm, wet cloth.They were so dirty their wounds were on the verge of infection. I would never put a rabbit in water. Thanks for your concern but please ask before assuming. The rabbits are all fine.*
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Today, August 27, I encountered a serious problem. As I was visiting family outside of the city I decided to go along to a vet trip for their dog. I wanted to see how their vet was and the differences between the vets I have been to. While sitting in the waiting room a very angry woman walked into the vet clinic. She had a small crate, I was thinking she had a small cat or kitten in the crate. She then started yelling and swearing at the receptionist saying she had issues with her three rabbits.
She said when she adopted them she thought they were all males but they were not. She was furious and saying she did not want a litter of rabbits and she could not deal with the rabbits any longer. She said she couldn’t find them a home. Neutering and spaying rabbits is VERY expensive, this woman obviously did not want to pay for the animals she carelessly bought. She continued to say one was sick, and was attacked by one of the other rabbits. All of this went on for about 15 minutes. The receptionist offered the best advice she could but the woman refused to listen to anything.
The woman then said something very disturbing which is the reason why these rabbits are now with me. She told the receptionist if they won’t take them and rehome them ( most vet clinics will not do this) she wants them euthanized. The receptionist then explained that they will not do that and they unfortunately cannot rehome her animals and she will have to take them to some sort of shelter. The woman grabbed the carrier viciously and told the receptionist she didn’t need her help and she will just let them go in the woods. She quickly walked out the door and I followed her and asked if I could take them. She agreed and I now have three beautiful rabbits.
I rushed home as soon as I got them and found out they are infact all male. If you research male rabbits you will find tons of information about raging hormones. These boys need to be neutered. One of the boys has been bitten a few times and seems to have a respiratory illness. As soon as I let them out of the tiny crate they did start fighting. Rabbit fights can be very brutal and even deadly. They were also very dirty and in very poor condition, they were not fed properly at all. As I already have a rabbit of my own I had to modify his large C&C cage to fit 3 rabbits, and my rabbit is living in a regular rabbit cage at the moment. This is not ideal but it will do for now.
The problem is I cannot afford the proper vet care they need. I only took them in because their lives were at risk and at least they will be safe with me until I can come up with the money. On top of their vet bills they also need basic accessories like proper cages, food, toys and accessories. Rabbit care is very expensive and I already have quite a few rats that are getting medical attention that is also expensive. Just the care for these rabbits alone will cost me over $1000.00.
I would like to take them to the vet I take my rabbit ( and past rescue rabbit) to. I want to make sure they will get great care. The exam for one rabbit will be $85.00 + tax, and the neuter will be $298.00 + tax. This is not including any pain medication, or the medical care for the sick rabbit. I may even find out the other two have other problems as well. Over all without tax or medication their neuter will be $1,149.00 for all three of them. The donation goal is $1600.00 because I believe that should cover their neuters with the tax and medication added.
These rabbits were terrified and are already warming up to me, but they are not very friendly. I can see why she couldn’t find a home for them, but I am willing to do everything I can to make them loving comfortable pets. If I can raise enough money to get them the medical care they need I will keep all three of them as my own, unless I find a loving forever home once they are healthy and friendly. Rabbits are very sensitive animals, they have been through enough fear and stress, I do not want to have to rehome them again anytime soon.
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