View Full Version : Thoughts from rescues and adopters?

11-09-2010, 05:48 AM
As a rescue, do you appreciate updates on adopted animals or are they a "hassle"?

As an adopter, do you send regular updates to the rescues?

I sent Noah's rescue an email a month and a half a go with an update picture - and would love to send another update, but don't want to be annoying. I know they are incredibly busy and have a lot of buns in at the moment, so was just wondering whether or not I would just be a nuisance.

I will add a poll.

11-09-2010, 06:55 AM
I keep regular contact with the lady i adopted Mimi from, a wonderful woman who runs a sanctuary in Switzerland called The Hill of Rabbits (translated.)
She LOVED to hear updates of Mimi and sometimes if i havent emailed her in afew weeks she'll email me to ask how they are :D She says what she does is thankless and emotionally draining alot of the time and it keeps her going to hear lovely success stories and pics of the buns shes rescued, like my Mimi who was on the verge of bring PTS :evil: but is now an extremely happy and loving girl :). She says she draws strength from these happy bunny stories among so many sad ones.
Ill be interested to see if other rescues feel the same :wave:

11-09-2010, 08:07 AM
i try to keep Lou up to date on Holly (and Pearl before her) but i know shes so busy i don't like to phone and get in the way of the bunny and piggy care.

altho i post so much on here updates are there for all to see anyhows :oops::oops::oops:

i will be sending pics of our new home just to make sure shes happy where Holly (and Alvin even tho hes not one of hers :lol::lol:) are moving to.

The place i got Alvin from i thought was a sanctuary but i think i was wrong :oops: never replied to the update i sent so i never tried to contact them again, shortly after the website disappeared so i guess they had sold all the babies :roll:

11-09-2010, 08:16 AM
I'm not a rescue, but when I rehomed some baby bunnies, I got updates from two ladies who took some, and it was so nice to see them being so well looked after. I was worried about them, but after hearing and seeing photos of them I knew they were in brilliant homes.

And when I got my guinea pig Moxie, he had been born from an accidental litter and the family that gave him to me had young kids, so I thought they'd like to know how he was getting on. So I sent them photos of him with his new friends in his new house and they were so happy to know he was doing well and to see him getting so big. :)

11-09-2010, 08:28 AM
I'll be watching this with interest. :D

11-09-2010, 08:33 AM
I sent the RSPCA an email update about Cloud when I first bought her home. Then I sent another when I bonded her to Barley. And another about their playhouse when I'd built it... I never received a reply to any of them. I'd like to think that they have received them and haven't replied because they're busy but I think I might just send an update letter with a photo in and see if it gets stuck on the pet picture wall!

I don't mind them not emailing back so long as someone over there is pleased to read them. I just feel I'd be more satisfied that they're happy if they put her picture on the pet wall. :oops::lol: Not replying makes me feel asthough I've done something wrong. :(

11-09-2010, 08:34 AM
My bunnies are from honeybunny and Bunnymadhouse on here so I post pictures regularly of the buns for all to see!

11-09-2010, 08:42 AM
I've wondered the same thing - if rescues are too busy to read my update waffle and think I'm a nuisance - but I still send it anyway!

I think it is appreciated. I know it's different but when one of my cats had kittens I gave two to my best friend and I love seeing them again and speaking to them on the 'phone (I get purrs:))

11-09-2010, 08:46 AM
Thanks for the response so far :)

Another question may then be; how often is too often and how often do you update the rescue? I keep trying to draw it out to 2 months between emails, as I really don't want to be a bother. :oops:

11-09-2010, 08:56 AM
I think emails are fine, as they can be looked at whenever the rescue has a spare moment. Telephone calls might be a pain, as rescues get so many phone calls.
I'm sure they're happy to know that they've found a great home for the bunnies.d

BB Mommy
11-09-2010, 09:20 AM
We love to get updates on our past Hopper Haven residents:love:

We see quite a few again when they come to us for boarding, and I love seeing some of the ones I've fostered previously, and now living with their new partners:love:

The book that Donna sent to Lou (of Pearl) is lovely, and is something that will be treasured:love:

11-09-2010, 11:15 AM
When I was with the RSPCA I did post adoption visits so got an update that way, but often adopters would contact me and let me know how things are and how bunnies are. I'm genuinely interested and do care how they are all getting on (especially those I have fostered) and love, love, LOVE updates.

One of the people who took one of Kri's foster babies updates me every week on new improvements with them and stuff and its great to hear them doing so well.

I also provided an 'outreach' service so when things are rough for a family they can contact me too and I'll help if I can (like if a bunny is ill, the bonding isn't working, a bunny has died, or whatever).

11-09-2010, 11:19 AM
well im not a rescue. But as a breeder I really do love updates:love:
I love hearing how my little ones are doing and always reply. I dont mind how often i get them:lol:

louise and Gus
11-09-2010, 11:24 AM
I have rehomed a few buns and I love having updates, some rescues may be too busy to have time to reply but I guarantee they appreciate the updates :wave:

I update the person I adopted mine from, not that often, but if I have some nice pictures I will send them to her and I know she appreciates it :D

11-09-2010, 11:26 AM
I decided to send an update :)

The Duchess
11-09-2010, 11:30 AM
I love receiving updates. Most of my updates are in person as so many buns that I have rehomed come back to see me now and again or I have become friends with their new parents so chat by e-mail or FB. In fact of all 6 groups of buns here today for their holidays - all are either adopted from me, or adopted from ARC and I bonded them. I love it.

susie bun
11-09-2010, 11:45 AM
I voted 'send updates' but didn't get a reply to the last one so am hesitant about sending any more. :? I adopted privately - the lady didn't really want to let her bunnies go, but her health meant that she felt it was in Spenser's best interests.

11-09-2010, 01:12 PM
I keep in contact with Blues people via email and seeing them too. If they haven't heard from me for a week they always email or call. They get 100s of pics. I rescued Honey from a man who wanted rid at 5weeks old, I don't speak to him for various reasons but a girl who has a litter mate of honeys we email updates on how the others doing.
Bracken is a private rescue but a sad situation for the man so I always email him updates and pictures.
I use to email the rescue Bramble and mousse were from and they were both extreamly happy I did.
I normally email once every 2months or if something important has happened good or bad

11-09-2010, 01:17 PM
At Fat Fluffs we LOVE to get updates abt our buns especially if there are photos! Pls don't hesitate to send an update abt your buns - on bad days it's the success stories that keep the rescues positive and running :)

11-09-2010, 01:24 PM
When I adopted Munchie I sent the rescue an update, I also let them know when he died.
With my other two buns Bully & Larmee, I got them from the free ads. I got the impression they were just glad to be rid of the buns so I never bothered to make contact again.

11-09-2010, 01:25 PM
I have to admit I don't send many updates but do try and keep Woodlouse :wave: up-to-date with any major chnages. I post a lot on here and know that they will most likely see it and Abi usually comments so I know she has seen them.
If I didn't use this forum I would still send updates. Probably every few months or so if I knew they would appreciate it!

11-09-2010, 01:53 PM
There are not many days when I don't text Liz...but sometimes I dont say anything about Marnie unless she has done something particularly funny or silly. Usually it's just to see if her lot are all ok!
I adopted Ollie from Kris and gave her updates all the time..usually on MSN or something. She was also the first person I told when I lost her :cry: We don't talk so much at the moment cause of Kris's move and stuff.
I sent the lady I got Blue from a couple of emails...but she left work not long after I got him so I don't have her contact details.
We often get updates from Bea's new mummy, we text and email quite a lot...especially as it turned out we were both pregnant :lol: We got to go see her a little while back (on the way home from the Know your Bunny day) which was lovely....she looked so happy :D
I'd be really sad if I didn't know how a bun I had looked after was getting on.

11-09-2010, 06:02 PM
i love getting updates ..

if i have a bad day it realy boosts me to hear from someone who has adopted from us and to hear how the bun / buns are doing .

of course we get bad news too at times like when a bun is ill or passes to the bridge ...but even these updates are appreciated .


11-09-2010, 07:28 PM
I wouldn't phone, but I do send emails and pictures and a christmas card to BARCS. Then they can look at them when they have the time.

I updated the rescue I got Sorrel from a few times, they didn't seem that interested though. I didn't tell them when she passed away as it seemed pointless to upset them unnecessarily.

The lady I got Skye from, lives near me and boards her when I'm away, so she gets to see for herself :)

11-09-2010, 07:53 PM
I visit the rescue where I got Tilly and Murphy from every month or so and usually speak to the lovely lady who takes care of the rabbits and chose Murphy and Tilly for me. She always asks about them and is so pleased they've got a good home, I just try not to keep her talking too long, as I know shes really busy.:)

11-09-2010, 08:30 PM
I hassle cottonmather and Jill all the time on here with pics of dreamer :oops::lol:

Ive sent a few emails to the lady that had Teddy before me in the hope she would see how different buns can be when they have space and correct diet etc in the hope it would improve things for her remaining bun.... never get a reply :( also the breeder i took Tinkerbell off, she said she was giving up breeding but never get a reply from her either. Havent kept in contact with RSPCA about Joey was a long time ago.

11-09-2010, 08:36 PM
From a rescue point of view, i really enjoy recieving updates, when you've had a really long and horrible day (working with the public is the worst job ever!) theres nothing better than recieving an email and pics of a previous rescue bun :love: I always foward them on to the fosterer aswell :)

I would hate any one who had adopted a bun to think they were hassling us x

11-09-2010, 08:43 PM
I used to keep in touch with the lady who was fostering black bun before I adopted her but it gradually just trailed off

11-09-2010, 10:01 PM
As an adopter, of various animals, I send updates :)

12-09-2010, 01:58 AM
I sent the update yesterday, and recieved an absolutely awesome reply this morning. I am so glad I decided to do it. Thanks for the help guys!

12-09-2010, 01:10 PM
I love receiving updates from all the adopters. It really cheers me up after a long day at the sanctuary.

I love to see pictures of the bunnies and piggies in their new homes as they always look so happy and content. All my adopters also know they can email me or phone me at anytime to ask for advice or if they are worried at all. I think it is really important to stay in contact.

Cerys :)

27-09-2010, 10:07 PM
I love receiving updates from all the adopters. It really cheers me up after a long day at the sanctuary.

I love to see pictures of the bunnies and piggies in their new homes as they always look so happy and content. All my adopters also know they can email me or phone me at anytime to ask for advice or if they are worried at all. I think it is really important to stay in contact.

Cerys :)

Hee hee good to know :wave:

27-09-2010, 10:13 PM
At Fat Fluffs we LOVE to get updates abt our buns especially if there are photos! Pls don't hesitate to send an update abt your buns - on bad days it's the success stories that keep the rescues positive and running :)

Was actually thinking of this yesterday...I'll get onto mine well Oscar's aka Aiden at FF HQ. :D

27-09-2010, 10:30 PM
I haven't updated the rescue where I got my two but then I only ever had a mobile number for the lady who runs it and I think she's having or has had a baby so I don't think she'd appreciate it!

27-09-2010, 10:30 PM
I emailed Caroline when Alvin died and have sent some photos before, I do try to go over there every now and then anyway. Louise gets updates on Max when I post photos of him on here :)

We foster kittens quite a lot and it is so lovely to have updates on them in their new home, especially if they're ones you've become quite attached to.

27-09-2010, 10:47 PM
I love getting updates and seeing animals that we have saved happy in their new home. I may not have time to reply straight away, but I will. Its even better when you have an animal that went through a lot and may not have pulled through, like Chance.

Not a lot of people update, usually people only get in contact when there are problems, but a few people do and thats nice :)

louise and Gus
27-09-2010, 11:17 PM
Louise gets updates on Max when I post photos of him on here :)

I love seeing pictures of Max all happy and in his home :love::love::love:

27-09-2010, 11:36 PM
The rescue I got my guineapigs from just didn't seem interested in getting updates at all about the girls I got so I stopped bothering....

I don't think will apply to all rescues but I was very shocked and annoyed at the attitude of that particular rescue and wouldn't recommend it at all...

27-09-2010, 11:41 PM
We love hearing about the Honeybunnies and Honeypigs in their new homes :D
As others have said..it makes all the hard work worth while

28-09-2010, 12:38 PM
As a rescue I love hearing about previous residents :love:

As an adopter, I have and haven't sent update, I used to send updates for one of my guinea pigs to his foster mum and the rescue I picked our cat from gets updates two or three times a year.

Fudge bunny's old mum gets updates 'cos I work with her, usually to tell her how much of a sod he's being, to which she usually apologises :? He's just being an unneutered teenager :love: