Frequently Asked Questions

How do I surrender a rabbit?

We have a waiting list for surrenders and a $25 per rabbit fee to help defray our costs. If the rabbit has been spayed, proof must be provided.

Please fill out the online inquiry form to provide your contact information and the rabbit’s information.

Priority is given to rabbits from our region (Maryland’s eastern shore).

We also have two forms to be turned in at the time of surrender:

You can also utlitize our free rehoming site on Home To Home. To be listed on Home To Home, create a profile for your rabbit (with multiple photos and a good description) and set your preferred shelter as “Eastern Shore Rabbit Rescue and Education Center.” Once you are associated with our shelter on the Home To Home platform, we will promote the rabbits on our social media, and interested adopters can also search for rabbits that are within range of their zip code. We believe that this platform will help reach people in the region who could give your rabbit a loving home.  Any interested adopter can message you through the website. You can screen the adopters yourself and find a suitable family that you feel most comfortable with. Click here to see our current listings.

I found a stray domesticated rabbit. Can I bring it to you?

Please contact us at info@esrrec.org to make sure we have space.  If you need our help catching it, the rabbit must be in our region.

I found an injured cottontail bunny (and/or a baby without its mother). Can you help me?

We cannot accept wild rabbits.  We are not licensed to rehab injured wildlife.  If you have an injured wild rabbit, we recommend that you contact Department of Natural Resources or find your local licensed rehabilitor on the Maryland Wildlife Rehabilitors Association website. lease contact us at info@esrrec.org if your issue is after business hours and we will try to point you in the direction of a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

Do county animal shelters take pet rabbits?

Most in our region will take pet rabbits. We sometimes transfer rabbits from them. Below are the websites and contact info.

Do you have a spay/neuter program?

ESRREC recognizes that an affordable spay/neuter for rabbits on the eastern shore is difficult to find. Some “exotics” veterinarians are qualified to spay/neuter rabbits. However the cost may be prohibitive. Therefore in May 2023, we launched a pilot program to transport rabbits to the Animal Birth Control clinic across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Please refer to our Spay/Neuter Program web page for details.

The following clinics/programs also provide affordable spay and/or neuter services for pet rabbits.

  • Animal Birth Control, Millersville, MD (spay and neuter)  – open Mondays and Thursdays only
  • Bowie Spay and Neuter in Bowie, MD
  • SpaySpa by Rude Ranch Animal Rescue in Davidsonville, MD
  • Spay Today a program for Virginia residents. Surgery provided at Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates in Purcellville, VA.

How do I adopt a rabbit?

Please refer to our Adoption FAQs.

What is your adoption fee?

Single rabbit $75

Bonded Pair $100

Bonded Trio $125

Special Needs Rabbit : senior 8 years or older or medical condition – fee is waived

For adoption fees we can accept credit, cash or check (made out to “ESRREC”).

What rabbits are available for adoption?

Our Adoption Page includes rabbits posted on PetFinder. You can visit most of them at our shelter in Rock Hall, but some are in foster care. With advance notice, we can bring the fostered rabbits for an adoption meeting at the shelter.

Do you provide vacation boarding?

We must be notified two weeks in advance (info@esrrec.org) to ensure we have space available at one of our foster homes. Our fee is $20/night plus $5 if medicines are administered.

Do you clip rabbit nails?

Please contact us at info@esrrec.org to set up an appointment with one of our volunteers. We gratefully accept a donation of $10 per rabbit.

How can I sign up to volunteer?

Please fill out the online form and you will be contacted.  Descriptions of various volunteer roles are here.

How do I foster a rabbit?

Please fill out our online foster application to express interest in fostering. We will cover medical costs, and provide supplies as needed, but we require that foster families sign a foster contract. Foster families who want to adopt must also complete the adoption procedures including the application.