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    Does anyone know if the RSPCA or Blue Cross are happy to rehome in different parts of the country? We're looking for a buck to bond with Jellybean but want him to be a similar age to her (4 or 5) and all of the bunnies in our local branch (which is not very many bunnies at all) are all under 1 year old.

    I've seen a few potential candidates an hour or two away....wondering if they're okay with that? I'm not sure if they do home checks. Our Cat was adopted from Cats Protection about 40 mins from our house and they didn't require a home check.

    Any advice is appreciated, thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beapig View Post
    Does anyone know if the RSPCA or Blue Cross are happy to rehome in different parts of the country? We're looking for a buck to bond with Jellybean but want him to be a similar age to her (4 or 5) and all of the bunnies in our local branch (which is not very many bunnies at all) are all under 1 year old.

    I've seen a few potential candidates an hour or two away....wondering if they're okay with that? I'm not sure if they do home checks. Our Cat was adopted from Cats Protection about 40 mins from our house and they didn't require a home check.

    Any advice is appreciated, thank you
    I've no experience with Blue Cross, but I think different RSPCA branches have different policies and so you would need to telephone the actual branch to find out what their views were.

    Did Jill (honeybunnies) get back to you re Brewster?

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    They sometimes ask for photos of the accommodation

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    I adopted the Rex family from Alice at Windwhistle Warren http://windwhistlewarren.org.uk/. She doesn't advertise which rabbits she has, but there are usually lots of them She let us adopt with a description and photos.

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    I think it will come down to individual branches, their resources & how much they care. Joey & Boo came from different RSPCA branches, each about 40 -60 mins away & they were managed very differently. Joey was kept in the main centre in a pokey cage; they didn't offer bonding help although you could have an introductory date there. They did homecheck but I think this was divided up between volunteers who would have their own geographical area. Boos RSPCA (Altrincham) had a dedicated rabbit rehomer, came to homecheck herself etc , would have taken them both away to hers to bond if I'd let her- whilst awaiting forever homes they were fostered. Definitely worth calling more than one branch, as far as I can tell they vary as much as rescues do

    Good luck in finding JB a husband

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    I got Tulip from Blue Cross (Tiverton branch in Devon). They were happy with pics rather than a home visit :-)
    - this was good as I just took pics of the best parts and didn't have to 'tidy up' too much.

    they were still a bit fussy tho, made me do a couple of things that I thought was unnecessary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omi View Post
    I've no experience with Blue Cross, but I think different RSPCA branches have different policies and so you would need to telephone the actual branch to find out what their views were.

    Did Jill (honeybunnies) get back to you re Brewster?
    Thank you everyone for the advice! It sounds like it might be a bit hit and miss, then.

    I haven't heard back from Jill, maybe I should DM her. Although I think Honeybunnies Rescue is a good three hours away from me. Wind Whistle Warren sounds like it may be a bit closer though. I'm in Cardiff by the way, if anyone has any recommendations for rescues closer to home.

    I saw a lovely 5 year old male in our local Blue Cross branch but he got reserved on the day I called up.

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    I live in Surrey and adopted a bun from Doncaster to bond with Lilac once she was on her own. They asked for lots of pictures and asked me some questions but they were fine about it, even gave me a couple of follow up calls to check how we were getting on. The main thing I had to worry about was how he would travel as it was a 4 hour drive home but he was fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beapig View Post
    Thank you everyone for the advice! It sounds like it might be a bit hit and miss, then.

    I haven't heard back from Jill, maybe I should DM her. Although I think Honeybunnies Rescue is a good three hours away from me. Wind Whistle Warren sounds like it may be a bit closer though. I'm in Cardiff by the way, if anyone has any recommendations for rescues closer to home.

    I saw a lovely 5 year old male in our local Blue Cross branch but he got reserved on the day I called up.
    Yes, I would send Jill a PM. I'm sure that she just didn't see your post. There are always people on here, who would be willing to do a 'bunny run' for you, but it would mean that you couldn't see the bunny before you adopted.

    I'm pretty sure that The Sunny Bunnies on here volunteers for Windwhistle Warren. You could also PM her and ask which rabbits are available.

    I found that when I was looking for a friend for Tethra, bunnies were very often reserved or no longer available when I telephoned rescues. I think that rescues are so busy that they often find little time to update their websites. It's best to contact a few direct I think and let them know what you're looking for.

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    I have adopted from 2 different RSPCA branches, one got my local RSPCA branch to do a home check, the other one I had to send photos in, because I’d previously adopted through the rspca. they also check with vets too I think. They were both a couple of hours drive away. I’ve also adopted twice from my local rabbit rescue, BARC, who I know do rehoming further afield. One thing I would say is that rescue staff are so very busy they won’t always be able to keep websites up to date so they may have somebunny suitable in mind. I would contact all suitable rescues just in case. I know that they will more than likely be doing a job as well as running a rescue so they might not reply quickly either, so it’s worth messaging on whatever format they seem to use most.

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