Bunny Brigade

Bunny Brigade

The VCAS Bunny Brigade is an all-volunteer-run organization that provides care and enrichment for all rabbits brought into Ventura County Animal Services.  The Bunny Brigade works to place VCAS rabbits in loving, forever homes.  They educate the public regarding proper rabbit care, raise funds for medical treatments and supplies, and promote rabbit welfare and spaying/neutering throughout the county.

UPDATES:

Hay Sales resuming 7/11/21 during normal shelter hours.  $5.00/flake.  Rabbit Adoptions are by appointment only.  Please email vcasbunnybrigade@gmail.com for more information on adopting.  Nail trims and grooming services are suspended until further notice. Please email us for off-site recommendations.  Bunny dates are by appointment only. Please email vcasbunnybrigade@gmail.com for information on setting up a bunny date.

 

Thank you!

VCAS Bunny Brigade

Bunny Store Hours:

MondayShelter Closed
TuesdayStore Closed
Wednesday3:00pm – 6:00pm
ThursdayTimes vary
Please email for availability
Friday4:00pm – 6:00pm
Saturday1:00pm – 4:00pm
Sunday2:00pm – 4:00pm

*Store hours are subject to change. Please message the VCAS Bunny Brigade to confirm current hours.

Rabbit Adoption Process:

  1. LEARN about rabbits.  Rabbits are an 8-12-year commitment and adding a rabbit to your family should be given plenty of thought and consideration.  Watch this informative video BEFORE you bring a bunny home.
  2. SUBMIT Adoption Application.  Tap/click here to submit an adoption application for review by the Bunny Brigade.  Please allow 24-72 hours for review.  You will receive an email from the Bunny Brigade (VCASBunnyBrigade@gmail.com) after your application is received.  We will work with you to ensure you understand:  rabbit care, proper supplies, and discuss whether a rabbit is the right fit for you and your family, as well as other pets you may have.  If you are looking for a companion for your current rabbit, you can schedule a bunny date with the VCAS Bunny Brigade to help find the perfect match.
  3. SCHEDULE an appointment.  Due to COVID-19, all rabbit adoptions are done by appointment only.  Once your application is submitted and approved, the Bunny Brigade will work with you to schedule a time to come to the shelter and meet rabbits. 
  4. VISIT with the rabbits.  Bring everyone in the family/household when planning to adopt a rabbit. Plan to spend 1-2 hours meeting our shelter rabbits and going through the adoption counseling process.  You will have an opportunity to ask questions of our trained adoption counselors and learn how to handle rabbits safely and properly. Each bunny has a unique personality and the VCAS Bunny Brigade works diligently to find the best fit for your whole family.
  5. ADOPT. Once you have determined that a rabbit is a good fit for your home, it’s time to pick your new best friend and take them home! The adoption fee is $50, and each rabbit is spayed/neutered prior to adoption. Your bunny will also be eligible for a free wellness visit with a rabbit-savvy veterinarian and will receive a free bag of hay and a chewable grass mat upon adoption!

Surrender - Don't Abandon, please!

ALERT – PLEASE DO NOT RELEASE YOUR RABBIT INTO THE WILD.  They are domestic and will not survive on their own.

If you cannot keep your rabbit, try finding them a home on your own.  Make a flyer and advertise on Facebook, Instagram, Next Door and Craig’s List.  Ask your veterinarian if they can post a flyer in their office or on their social media channels on your behalf.  When re-homing an animal, charge a small adoption fee to dissuade those with ill intentions as some bunnies may be sought out as food for reptiles, birds of prey, or even humans.  We strongly advise screening and educating to ensure your rabbit gets a loving, safe, indoor home with proper care.  Helpful information is readily available on a variety of subjects, such as diet, housing, and the Importance of Spaying and Neutering.

Click here for additional helpful ideas from the House Rabbit Society.

If you were unsuccessful in re-homing your rabbit and you live in areas serviced by Ventura County Animal Services, please email KeepMyPet@ventura.org for additional support or to schedule a time and day (based on space and availability) to bring in the bunny.  There is a $45 – $110 fee per rabbit to relinquish an owned rabbit.  We do not euthanize rabbits for space, but please know it can take a while to find the right home for them.

Other services provided by the VCAS Bunny Brigade:

Due to COVID-19, some or all additional services may not be available.  Please email VCASBunnyBrigade@gmail.com before coming to the shelter. If services are not available, the VCAS Bunny Brigade can make recommendations.

    • Fresh Timothy and Orchard hay for sale ($5 per bag)
    • Bunny Store where you can buy rabbit toys, treats, supplements, food and supplies (open during bunny adoption hours)
    • Nail Trims- please email for recommendations
    • Grooming- please email for recommendations
    • Bunny Dates – Bunnies participating in Bunny Dates must be spayed/neutered and in good health.  (Must schedule Bunny Dates beforehand by emailing the VCAS Bunny Brigade at vcasbunnybrigade@gmail.com)
    • Bunny Savvy Veterinarian Recommendations
    • Bunny Sitting and Boarding Recommendations

Bunny Adoption Application

After you have submitted this application, please email the Bunny Brigade to schedule an adoption appointment:  VCASBunnyBrigade@gmail.com

TRANSLATE DISCLAIMER

The VCAS.US website has been translated by Google Translate. Reasonable efforts have been made to provide an accurate translation, however, no automated translation is perfect nor is it intended to replace human translators. Translations are provided as a service to users of the VCAS.US website, and are provided “as is.” No warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, is made as to the accuracy, reliability, or correctness of any translations made from English into any other language. Some content (such as images, videos, Flash, etc.) may not be accurately translated due to the limitations of the translation software.

The official text is the English version of the website. Any discrepancies or differences created in the translation are not binding and have no legal effect for compliance or enforcement purposes. If any questions arise related to the accuracy of the information contained in the translated website, please refer to the English version of the website which is the official version. Ventura County Animal Services employs bilingual staff who are able to provide assistance.  Please call (805) 388-4341 or email info@vcas.us.

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