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ANNOUNCEMENT
UNFORTUNATELY, BONDING IS NO LONGER OFFERED.
PLEASE READ BELOW FOR OUR LIST OF TRUSTED BONDERS

Rabbit Bonding

What is bonding? 

Bonding is a complex activity, which involves putting rabbits together in a space that is neutral and provides enough space for all the rabbits involved, with just hay on the floor to begin with. When using a bonder please ensure they use rabbit led bonding and NOT client led bonding.

It can be safer and also more time efficient for it to be done by someone who has insurance, time and experience, sometimes bonding won't always go as planned. Please remember there is no such thing as "professional" or "qualified" bonders, we can have years of experience and be great at what we do but there is no courses or qualifications to do with bonding. 

About me:

I have 3 years of experience when it comes to bonding. I have successfully bonded pairs, trios, quads, quintets, six and a group of 12.

I am fully insured and also do hold a DBS check.

Personally, I use the 24/7 method. I’ve found this to be the most efficient and the only ethical way to carry out bonding. All rabbits must be neutered/spayed and at least 6 weeks post op and they also must be up to date with vaccinations!. Vaccines take up to 3 weeks to take the full effect so it's best to wait at least 3 weeks. I will not bond any rabbits who display illness (that hasn’t been previously discussed and checked out by a vet), have messy bums or fly strike upon arrival. I do NOT use stress bonding techniques! It is also recommended to stay clear of any bonder who uses stress bonding techniques, it's cruel and incredibly unethical. It creates stress which can cause symptoms such as gi-stasis which can be fatal, it also does not create a true bond.

 

When bonding, it is important to remember that they will not always get on straight away. The whole process takes time and patience. I follow the RWAF guidelines when it comes to the care and welfare of rabbits, I also follow the guidelines of the 5 welfare needs. I also will not force rabbits to get on, some will never get along and it is important to think about the rabbits welfare when bonding and ensure it benefits them. I also urge that when bonding, if your rabbits do not get along, to try multiple different rabbits from ethical rescues as there is no such thing as "unbondable" rabbits, companionship is a basic welfare need.

I as the bonder will start the process and make sure everything goes smoothly. Whilst here, I will let you know of their progress. Their home will need to be deep cleaned and you will need to remove of any toys or hides that can’t have the scent removed.  

Im looking for a companion for my bunny but don't know where to start?

Rescues are honestly the best place to start. There is so many different rabbits of all shapes, sizes and ages available for you to have a look at. Don't pick a bunny based on their looks, age or breed. These things mean nothing when it comes to bonding, it's ALL about the personality. Many rescues will try to match your rabbit with one of theirs based on personality to find the best compatible match.

If it doesn't work out, you are able to safely return the rabbit and try a different rabbit. If you went to a breeder or pet shop, you have no back up options and could be left with two rabbits needing a friend, they also won't be neutered/spayed or vaccinated. Rescues are full to the brim with rabbits needing a safe, loving home and a friend (or even a few friends) to call their own.

Rescues I recommend:

These ALL neuter and vaccinate before rehoming!

- Shrewsbury rabbit rescue

- Fluffy Foster buns

- Staffordshire rabbit and guineapig rescue

- Clement rabbit rescue

- The littlest lives rescue

- Ivydene rabbit rescue

- Kerrys critters animal rescue

- Estuary Small Animal Rescue

- Hop in your step animal sanctuary

- Croydon Animal Samaritans

- Honey bun haven rescue

TRUSTED BONDERS

OUR VERY SMALL LIST OF TRUSTED PEOPLE

- SHREWSBURY RABBIT RESCUE (OFFER PRIVATE)

- ANGEL RABBIT RESCUE

- COMPANION CLUB HOUSE

- HAPPILY EVER RABBIT

- Estuary Small Animal rescue (OFFER PRIVATE)

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