~ Bunny Biographies Explained ~
The Missouri House Rabbit Society makes every attempt to provide an accurate history for each of our rabbits. We utilize the educated opinions of experienced rabbit veterinarians, HRS educators, any records we may have for the rabbit, and comparative analysis based upon other rabbits.
Appropriate Age for Alteration
Bunnies are neutered or spayed prior to adoption for their health as well as behavioral and reproductive reasons. Occasionally the Missouri HRS will permit a bunny too young to be altered to be adopted. In these cases, bunny parents are required to stay in contact with the Missouri HRS until the alteration surgery has been performed.
The Missouri HRS assumes financial responsibility for this surgery. For most bunnies, age for alteration is as follows:
Females--Spay can generally be done at six months of age.
Males--Neuter can generally be done at four months of age.
Age Categories - we have utilized the following standards with all of our bunnies:
Baby--is defined by Missouri HRS as a rabbit aged one year or less.
Young--is defined by Missouri HRS as a rabbit between the ages of one and two years.
Adult--is defined by Missouri HRS as a rabbit between the ages of three and six years.
Elderly--is defined by Missouri HRS as a rabbit aged seven years or more.
Size characteristics - are based upon the size a rabbit will be when full grown. For this reason, you may see a rabbit categorized as a "baby" that is "large." To clarify size categories, we have utilized the following standards with all of our bunnies:
Small--is defined by Missouri HRS as a rabbit between 2.5 and 4.9 lbs when full grown.
Medium--is defined by Missouri HRS as a rabbit between 5.0 and 7.9 lbs when full grown.
Large--is defined by Missouri HRS as a rabbit between 8.0 and 10.9 lbs when full grown.
Extra Large--is defined by Missouri HRS as a rabbit between 11.0 lbs or greater when full grown.
Breed Categories - Because Missouri HRS fosters so many rabbits, educators and fosterers frequently become very well acquainted with the different breeds. When reading one of our bun's bios, please remember the following:
When Missouri HRS indicates a rabbit is a particular breed (without the word mix accompanying), this simply means the rabbit exhibits most of the typical characteristics of this breed. If Missouri HRS is formally aware that a rabbit is a purebred (either by paper documents or breed club tattoos), we will specifically mention that in the bunny's bio.
If such specification is not made, the bunny simply exhibits most of the breed characteristics. Whenever Missouri HRS indicates a rabbit is a breedmix, this means Missouri HRS has made an educated guess at one of more breeds a rabbit may represent, but that the rabbit does not embody the majority characteristics of a specific breed.
If you are searching for a particular breed and cannot find one on our pet list, please call us. The Missouri House Rabbit Society keeps an active, updated list of buns in non-threatening situations who are waiting for foster home availability and adoption. Additionally, Missouri HRS fosters many more bunnies on a given basis than ever make it onto our website.
The Missouri HRS makes every attempt to properly educate potential adopters of any special needs a rabbit may have. Some rabbits have very specific needs that are beyond typical care needs of the average rabbit.
Whenever the "No Dogs" or "No Young Children" symbol appears next to a rabbit, Missouri HRS has designated this bunny has or may have particular sensitivities to dogs and younger children.
In general, rabbits can live in households with children and other pets as long as the children and pets are well-behaved, relatively quiet, and under direct supervision during interaction. If you have particular interest in a bunny that has special needs, please call us. Through phone consultations and visits, we can help determine if you and your desired bunny are compatible!
Missouri House Rabbit Society
Saint Louis Chapter
P.O. Box 6362
Chesterfield, Missouri 63006