Surrendering a Rabbit


We are always full and have a waiting list.  We therefore regret that we are unable to take surrendered pets for rehoming from the general public until further notice. 

However if your pet is desexed and vaccinated, then we can advertise them on our website for rehoming. Please send their paperwork and photo to us on .with the subject line SURRENDER.


Find a Shelter/ Rescue Group near you


Useful tips for rehoming your rabbit:


  • Shelters are unsafe places due to the large number of stray and unwanted pets presenting there.  Your pet may face euthanasia if surrendered to a shelter and you need to ask the question.

  • If using an online site, never offer a pet for free, this may encourage those looking for food for snakes or the food plate etc.

  • Do not rehome your pet to families who want the rabbit as a child’s pet, and be cautious about rehoming to families with dogs.  A child is not equipted to care for a fragile prey animal and dogs are a natural predator to the rabbit. Please review our information sheet on dogs and rabbits.

  • Screen the respondents and only place your pet into a home where they will be safe and cared for and considered a long term family pet.

  • Ensure the new family understands the care of the rabbit and is equipted to provided the right environment.  Download the care sheet from this website and ask the right questions when rehoming your pet.

  • A desexed and vaccinated pet rabbit shows a responsible owner and is likely to attract the right type of applicant who is not interested in breeding your pet.



Surrendering to other Shelters


Rabbit Run-Away Orphanage was the first no kill rabbit rescue charity in Victoria.

If you are considering surrendering your pet to another shelter, be aware that most shelters have periods when they are full to capacity. 


Animals surrendered during this time are likely to be euthanaised.  If an animal has any suspected health condition, they will also be euthanaised.  Mainstream shelters are trying to find options to euthanasia, but this is not always possible with the number of unwanted and lost pets presenting there.


Below is a table on the kill rates in shelters (Pound Reform Alliance Australia, 2014). Please note that these statistics are only cats and dogs as rabbits are not included under animal law in Australia.

If you are considering rehoming your pet, please ask yourself these questions:


Why are you actually getting rid of your rabbit, who has possibly bonded with you and relies on you for their survival?


What are the actual problems you are facing?


Can you overcome the problems you are facing with your rabbit?

Many problems can be overcome easily with the right advice.


Rabbit Run-Away Orphanage is here to provide advice and assistance if you have problems with your pet rabbit.

Other Animal Shelters

Always ask the questions regarding the safety of the rabbit if contacting mainstream shelters.


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