Rabbit Boarding and Petsitting (and other small animals)
Our principal for boarding bunnies is we treat them as our own. We are more than happy to accommodate special instructions for your bunnies to minimize anxiety about the transition from your home to ours if at all feasible. We invite you to contact us directly to discuss your bunny’s situation and needs!
General care: Rabbits are housed indoors, in X-pens over a sheet and a blanket, and fed a mixture of organic greens twice daily. The aim is to provide 4-5 different greens off the rabbit-approved list. We provide bowls of water, unless your bunny prefers a bottle. We give them high-quality orchard grass, although sometimes other hays are mixed in (oat or timothy hay). Litterboxes are filled first with a litter pellet and then with Carefresh over the top for softness. If possible, we try to provide a tent or a box that the bunny can hang out under.
Keeping you connected with your bunny: We know how hard it is to leave your bunny! We keep you connected to your bun by texting or emailing pictures or videos periodically. If you want a daily text or email, we can do this for an additional fee.
Medical and special needs: We have fairly extensive medical experience with rabbits, so if your bunny requires special care, we can usually handle this (might necessitate an extra fee, depending on the extent of care). This could include the preparation of a special diet, injections and sub-Q fluids, or special grooming and bathing requirements. Paul has even taken a special class on rabbit health at the House Rabbit Society headquarters in Richmond. Since GI stasis is a fairly common rabbit ailment, our general rule is this (following the information from this House Rabbit Society link on GI stasis): If a rabbit misses a meal, we try enticing them with treats and possibly critical care, abdominal massage and simethicone as well as check in on their temperature and overall energy level. Heather is usually home most of the day and can check on the bunny. If a second meal is missed or if the rabbit’s overall energy or temperature is low, we will take them to the vet or an emergency facility. NOTE: there is no one protocol we follow, this is just a general rule. There are so many variables that come into play – for example, an obstruction can mimic GI stasis, but assist-feeding critical care to a rabbit with an obstruction is very detrimental. We will always try to reach you if there are any issues whatsoever with your bunny, and we can make a decision on how to proceed together.
What to bring: We can provide all the supplies, although some people prefer to provide their own litterboxes, toys, hay, or even pellets. It’s helpful to have these items, especially for the first visit. This can ease a rabbit’s stress level and provide a better transition into our supplies.
Rate (for one rabbit): $20 per day, $18 per day for 21 days or more.
Rate (for two rabbits, bonded and in same pen): $30 per day, $28 per day for 21 days or more.
Care for rabbits in your home: Here is an example of what we might do for bunnysitting in your home. This is very similar to our dog/cat petsitting service. Visit your home twice a day to feed and check in on bunnies. Per your schedule (usually every 2-3 days), change clean enclosures, brush bunnies, let rabbits out for exercise. This is completely adjustable. Also, take in your mail, check your house, turn on lights, take garbage to the curb, etc. Approximate time per visit is about 15-20 minutes, with longer visits every few days for cleaning and exercising. Rates: Approx $25-$35 per visit depending on the # of rabbits, location of your home, and responsibilities.
Transportation: We can often provide pickup or drop off of your bunnies at an additional fee, depending on distance and time of day. Rates: within Santa Cruz County: $20-$35.
Good morning/good evening texts: Want a good morning message from your bun(s)? A photo before they go to bed? Rates: $1 per day per text, $2 per day for morning and evening. We can also do it every other day or whatever schedule you’d prefer.
We adopted our first bunny, Ophelia, almost 15 years ago. And that was all it took for us to get hooked. Since then, we’ve fostered and boarded numerous bunnies for The Rabbit Haven. Many of these were special needs bunnies that required post-surgery care, medication (including injections), physical therapy, and so on. We’ve got several of our own bunnies and are continually amused by their antics and distinct personalities.