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 and more if adopting two rabbits.

Wanting to buy a pet rabbit? At the Rabbit Rescue Sanctuary the price of a rescue rabbit is by a donation of your choice.  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.   Our Sydney vet also offers discounts for people who adopt a rabbit from the Rabbit Rescue Sanctuary Australia.  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 $70 to $90 depending on the vet so ring around!
Rabbit desexing approx $350 to desex a female and $250 to desex a male rabbit (vet prices vary)
Initial worm, mite and mosquito protection treatment $50
Microchip $50 - $90 (vet prices vary and sometimes microchipping days are cheaper at microchipping days or events)
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 $180. This is a "Pay it Forward" donation to help us do the vetwork on another rescue rabbit. In other words it allows us to rescue another rabbit.

Rescue a rabbit - save money: If you adopt a rabbit from the Rabbit Rescue Sanctuary or buy a rabbit 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 $250 Female rabbit $350 (once off cost)
Worming and Mite Treatment: $150 per year (Panacur100 & Revolution for Rabbits
Calicivirus vaccination $120 per year (we recommend 6 mthly vaccinations for rabbits)
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. Responding to a Rabbits for Adoption sign will save you money and save a rabbit's life.

Consider being a rabbit rescue sponsor yourself and sponsor a rescue 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 very sadly no cure.