One of the greatest ways you can help support the GHRS is by becoming a foster home for one of our rescued bunnies. We receive numerous phones calls and emails each day from people either wanting to surrender their rabbit, or who have found an abandoned rabbit. This is in addition to the pleas from area animal control facilities who are set to euthanize bunnies in the care.
Our shelter space at the rabbit center is limited so unless we have an adoption that frees up a space, we aren’t able to come to the aid of these other rabbits in jeopardy. The solution to this problem, is foster homes! Temporary homes within our network who agree to house a bunny and provide them with love until space becomes available at our shelter, or until the foster bunny gets directly adopted.
Foster bunnies are officially under the care of our organization which means, WE HELP PROVIDE FOR THEIR CARE while they are in their foster homes! Though it is always helpful if the foster can provide some of the essentials, we will loan out exercise pens, litters boxes and bowls. We will provide them with pellets and any medications necessary. We even take care of the rabbit’s medical care of taken to one of the 2 animal hospitals that work with our organization! eing a foster parent means giving love and companionship to a bunny, not undertaking a huge financial burden.
There are many benefits to fostering for the GHRS. Below are just a few reasons we believe it will prove to be an enjoyable and fulfilling experience for you.
1) Fostering saves lives! We can only house a limited number of bunnies at our shelter so we turn away rabbits in need everyday. By opening up your home, you literally save a rabbits life!
2) Since fostering is temporary, it is a great solution for those who cannot commit to permanent adoption because of circumstance! We understand that for some people, committing to an animals care for years (as in the case of a rabbit, a possible 10 years plus) isn’t possible or wise. For those people who anticipate major life changes, fostering is a great way to have the benefits of animal companionship without the years of commitment.
3) Fostering introduces you to rabbit care! Fostering is a great way to experience living with a rabbit before committing to adoption. If you have considered permanent adoption but are not sure if a rabbit is right for you, fostering on a temporary basis is a great way to test out the waters. In the process, you will learn about rabbit care and behavior through our bunny 101 lecture and get the opportunity to live with a cute little bunny. After all, permanent adoption is a lifelong commitment to the animal so why not make sure it is the right decision for both you and the bunny before jumping in.
4) Finding a rabbit with a personality you really click with can make all the difference in the world when adopting, yet deciding on which rabbit to adopt and be can be difficult. All bunniesr are adorable looking yet each have their own individual personality. So, how do you know which one is the right match for you? Inviting a rabbit into your home, getting them away from the shelter setting and building a rapport with them is the best way to really get to know them. And fostering allows you to do this before making a permanent commitment. Fostering is the perfect way to find the bunny you fall in love with, while helping save other bunnies along the way!!
5) Volunteering to help a rescue organization is a wonderful and gratifying experience! For those who wish to support our rabbit rescue, fostering is one of the biggest contributions you can make! Not only will you play a significant role in our rescue efforts but you will also become part of a network or generous and caring people who were brought together because of the shelter. Fostering will leave you feeling good about yourself and your role in helping save lives and you may also get to know some wonderful people in the process!
6) Offering our home to one of our rescue rabbits can give them a much needed break from life at the shelter! While some rabbits find the shelter perfectly comfortable, others thrive in a more relaxed setting, with more individual attention and surrounded by fewer bunnies. By fostering, you’ll be giving a bunny the much needed vacation they deserve!
7) Fostering is FUN! You don’t need to commit to adoption to enjoy the benefits of owning a bunny. Bunnies are wonderful companions; loving, clean, entertaining, quiet and adorable. With fostering, you can enjoy living with a bunny during the times you have a little extra room and love to give.
To volunteer as a foster home, fill out an online Foster Application by clicking here!
Or you can print out and send in an application which can be found here.
Questions about fostering? Please email our Foster Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org