Fostering

Become a Volunteer Foster Caregiver

The Ongoing Need for Rabbit Foster Homes

Liesl and Margaret

Liesl got Margaret from a Rabbit Advocate foster home. 

Our local shelters and rescue organizations are frequently overwhelmed with domestic rabbits in need of homes. Often we are the last resort for a rabbit in peril.

Sadly, many pet rabbits die in shelters or after being dumped because no one is available to foster them – that is, to care for them temporarily until they can find loving, forever homes. It is heartbreaking for us to turn a rabbit away because so few people consider fostering.

Are you that kind of special person who can share your love and caring for a rabbit that needs an immediate safe haven while it awaits a permanent home? We hope you are thinking, “Yes, I am!”

Rabbit Advocates always needs new, qualified, longer-term foster providers! If you can commit to at least 6 months of fostering with the organization, we would love to hear from you. Rabbit Advocates is an all-volunteer organization and does not have a shelter facility, and is not able to offer short-term foster placements. Here is some quick information about our foster program:

  • Prospective foster providers must complete our Foster Application and complete a successful in-person or virtual home visit with the Rabbit Advocates Foster Team.
  • Foster bunnies must be housed indoors.
  • Foster bunnies must have access to at least 16 square feet of space at all times, or 20 square feet for a bonded pair.
  • Foster providers must live in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Columbia, or Clark Counties in the greater Portland area.
  • Foster providers are responsible for the day-to-day care of foster bunnies and for working with the Rabbit Advocates Adoption Team to help find the bunny’s forever home.
  • Foster providers ensure that bunnies go to all scheduled veterinary appointments, including intake exams and spays/neuters. All veterinary care for foster bunnies is covered by Rabbit Advocates.
  • Rabbit Advocates gives foster providers one voucher for a free 10lb bag of Bunny’s Best Bites hay per bunny per month, redeemable with volunteer home sellers.
  • Rabbit Advocates can provide loaner supplies, such as an exercise pen and litter box, upon signature of a supplies contract.

Click the links on this page to learn all about fostering with Rabbit Advocates.

See the Resources & Links section for mailing and email addresses and links to important applications, documents, and educational materials.

Still have questions? Please contact us at foster.coordinator@rabbitadvocates.org.

About our program
What is fostering?
Rewards & challenges
Responsibilities
Foster Care Guidelines
How RA can help
Adoption steps
Can’t foster?
Foster home wish list
Re-homing your own rabbit
Resources & Links