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Friday, May 25, 2012

How much does a rabbit cost?


Rabbit purchase prices and veterinary costs

This article will give you a good idea of the costs of buying a rabbit from a breeder or a pet shop in comparison to the low cost of adopting a rescued rabbit from the Rabbit Rescue Sanctuary. 

Cost of adopting a rabbit

You save hundreds of dollars adopting a rabbit from us.

Wanting to buy a pet rabbit? At the Rabbit Rescue Sanctuary.  The price of a rescue rabbit is usually $25.  The price includes desexing, vaccinating, microchip, parasite protection, nail clipping, vet check, vet voucher for your first vet visit  in some locations eg Grafton NSW which is valued at $60.   In Victoria we give you a voucher for a free house visit from the Rabbit Vet. 
The rescue rabbit's new owner receives rabbit care information, ongoing support by phone or visit to The Rabbit Sanctuary.  You can also return the rabbit or exchange him or her if for some reason you can't continue with the adoption.

Adopt a Rabbit from our available rabbits gallery.

Cost of buying a rabbit from a breeder or pet shop

If you buy a baby rabbit from a pet shop or breeder if can be more expensive.  Why?  Because you will have to pay for the following:
Rabbit vaccination $25 to $60 depending on the vet so ring around!
Rabbit desexing $190 to desex a female and $150 to desex a male rabbit
Initial worm, mite and mosquito protection treatment $25
Microchip $20
NB prices are averages. Different vets charge higher or lower prices. Pension card holders may have a discount depending on the vet's offers and subsidies provided by AWL and RSPCA.

One of the reasons for buying a pet rabbit from the Rabbit Rescue Sanctuary is that you get so much more added value than buying from other places. OUR ADOPTION FEE IS BY DONATION MINIMUM DONATION IS $25.

Rescue a rabbit - save money: If you buy a rabbit from the Rabbit Rescue Sanctuary or from the RSPCA you get more than just the rabbit.  Adopted rabbits come with sponsorship of their costs such as desexing, vaccinating, worming, mite treatment. There is a lot of added value when you adopt a rescue rabbit from The Rabbit Sanctuary.

Average costs of a rabbit's vet treatment:

Desexing: Male rabbit $160 Female rabbit $190 (once off cost)
Worming and Mite Treatment: $35 per year
Calicivirus vaccination $25 per year
Pet Rabbit Vet Costs Rabbit Insurance $unknown (we are currently seeking out a pet insurance for rabbits)

So you can see that adopting a rabbit saves you money and you save two rabbits, the one you adopt and the one we can rescue in its place.  Responding to a Rabbits for Sale sign will cost you more money in the long run.

Consider being a rabbit rescue sponsor yourself and sponsor a rabbit's costs. 

This article does not cover food costs. See our previous rabbit care article for rabbit food costs.

Rabbits are susceptible to a virus called myxomatosis. It is carried by fleas and mosquitoes. There is a vaccine but the Australian Government won't allow vets to have it to vaccinate and protect pet rabbits. If a rabbit contracts myxomatosis it should be put to sleep as it's a painful dying process and there is no cure.