Are you sure you need to rehome your rabbit? Is it because you're moving? Allergies? Bunny's destructive behaviours? There may be solutions to your problem that would allow you and your bun(s) to live in peace. Please explore them, because there are many rabbits out there looking for homes already.

You can find more information about rehoming your rabbit from the House Rabbit Connection, Wabbit Wiki, and Rabbit Rescue Inc.

Unfortunately, it can be difficult to rehome a rabbit. With rescue groups and animal shelters, there can be long waiting lists, so you should contact as many as possible as soon as possible. And there are risks when it comes to rehoming on your own. Either way, you want to make sure your rabbit is going to a good place, and this can take time and effort.

Animal Shelters & Rescue Groups

For a list of local animal shelters & rescue groups, please visit our Animal Shelters & Rescue Groups page.

Rescue groups are networks of foster homes who take in needy rabbits on a temporary basis. Rescue groups often work closely with local shelters who contact them when assistance is needed with a mass rescue (e.g. in hoarding cases, or when rabbits have been abandoned outdoors and have reproduced), or when a rabbit they've been caring for has "run out of time" (many shelters will only keep an animal for a certain length of time before killing it or, when possible, handing it over to a rescue group).

Rescue groups don't always take in animals from the public because their services are so in demand from local animal shelters and agencies. That said, rescue groups are the first place to look for help if you need to rehome your rabbit because, if there is an opening, a foster home will be able to provide a much better environment than an animal shelter. Also, shelters with no-kill policies tend to have long waiting lists as well.

Rehoming on Your Own

Be careful about rehoming your bun(s) yourself. The staff at shelters and foster groups are trained and experienced in screening potential adopters, and educating people about rabbit care and behaviour. If you don't do a good job of rehoming your rabbits, they'll suffer the consequences. If you have any doubts, trust your gut.

Be wary of rehoming to strangers — we generally recommend against it. That said, you may post an ad about your rabbit(s) on the Toronto Rabbits Facebook page.

If you do rehome on your own, be smart about it, and go above and beyond to give your rabbits the best chance possible. Below are some suggestions for how to do that.

a note about Releasing Your Pet Rabbit Outside

a.k.a. abandoning or dumping your rabbit. Do not do this. Read "Releasing Your Rabbit," an article by New Moon Rabbit Rescue (preserved on Wayback Machine), and "Feral Rabbit Populations," a post on my old blog, FrankBlog.