Foster

Become a Foster Parent

Are you interested in opening your home to an animal in need? Learn how you can save the lives of animals by becoming a foster mom or dad! This program is designed to enhance our rescue efforts by building a solid base of volunteers interested in providing temporary homes for rescued animals.

Foster a Rabbit

Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary always needs fosters for adoptable
bunnies so we can rescue them from animal shelters where they are at risk of euthanasia!

What does a foster do?

A foster houses the rabbit inside their home and provides daily socialization – which makes them more easily adopted! Fosters let the bunny out of his/her cage to run around and play for at least 4 hours a day (why not watch a bunny hop around in the evenings after work or school?). And fosters feed the bunny & provide salads! Fosters coordinate with Harvest Home for the bunny to be shown at weekend adoption events once or twice a month. The foster coordinator will be your on call support, 24-7 for any questions that might arise. Be sure to read our rabbit care guide, to know what to expect!

What does Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary do?

Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary provides a cage or puppy exercise pen, food & water dishes, litterbox, and hay and pellets to get you started. The adoptable rabbits at Harvest Home are rescued from Bay Area Shelters where they were at risk of being euthanized. Harvest Home spays/neuters the rabbits and covers any veterinary expenses that arise during fostering. Harvest Home coordinates adoption events where the rabbits can be shown.

I’m interested, but can only do it for a couple months – would this help?

YES! Even a few weeks of socialization will help to make these rabbits more friendly and social. A month is the minimum commitment we ask for fostering – If you have an end date of availability, you can let us know up front and we will take the bunny back at the end of that time.

We are looking for

Adoptable Rabbit Fosters – These rabbits have no special needs, they just need a foster home where they can get daily hop time, fresh salads, and love!  These fosters will take their foster bunny to a monthly adoption event.

Special Foster: Rabbit Behavior – These fosters specialize in rabbits that need extra TLC because of their personality or past experiences that have left them shy, fearful, or protective.  We would love fosters who have time to spend some one-on-one time with their foster bunny each day, to help them become more comfortable in a home environment.  This foster might choose to handfeed greens, do massage, clicker-train, or simply spend time one-on-one with their foster rabbit.  These fosters will take their foster bunny to a monthly adoption event.

Special Foster: Rabbit Medical Care – These fosters specialize in special needs bunnies, and would be happy to foster a bunny with limited mobility (like a healed, formerly broken leg), congenital problems (like splay-leg), a rabbit that needs a daily oral medication, or a rabbit that needs to visit our vet occasionally for conditions like overgrown teeth, or a weepy eye.  Harvest Home pays for all approved vet care, including medications.  These rabbits would not be shown at adoption events until they receive a clean bill of health from the vet – they could be returned to Harvest Home at that time.  We can match the medical care foster rabbit to your level of experience.

Special Foster: Sanctuary Foster – These fosters take home a single or pair of rabbits who are in sanctuary care.  Similar to adopting, these rabbits can live out the rest of their lives in their foster home, however, Harvest Home will pay all approved medical expenses for the life of the rabbits.  People interested in becoming sanctuary fosters can meet the available sanctuary singles & pairs and select the rabbits that best fit their lifestyle.  We have many older bunnies who would love to spend their golden years in a home.

I’m more of a dog/cat/guinea pig/hamster person…

Rabbits usually get along with cats (they might boss your cat a little!), birds, and other small animals. Rabbits can get along with gentle, calm dogs, but you would never want to leave them together unattended. We occasionally rescue other small animals who will be placed for adoption – If you’d prefer to foster a dog/cat/guinea pig/hamster, email us and we can contact you in the future!

Email us at rescue@harvesthomeanimal.org if you’re interested in becoming a foster!

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