While consolidation continues, all Breeders do not take the same amount of pride in breeding happy, healthy bunnies. This is continuing to change as the internet spreads more accurate information. Before reaching out to a breeder here are some key pre-scanning tools you can use to verify if this step you are about to take is the correct one.
First, do a scan of Social Media, if you see videos of adults and babies on their page that is packed with a ton of content, it is a good sign but by all means NOT a complete "Green Light".
Next Proceed to the website. If the website is highly developed with customer videos, pictures, and reviews that are not "Pirated" this is another sign that you are on the right track.
On the Website look through all the information given. Look to see if the website took years to develop, or was created in a two week span and simply has a few site pages to visit, and a contact us via email. Look for a Bunny Care Page and Blog Page that are not simply just copy and pasted from other websites.
Following the previous step, look for transparency, accessibility to reach at any point by phone call, and equally as important see how much effort is put into the Blog. Believe it or not if there are a large amount of Blog articles on Rabbit Treatment, Rabbit health, and more articles to expand education, it does give quite an indication on how much time is put into the business as a whole.
Lastly, make sure there is a customer protective Sales Policy. This is a huge indication into how well the breeder knows they have healthy bunnies going to their owners, especially if they recommend a wellness check. A Breeder selling unhealthy bunnies would not want their bunnies going anywhere near a Vet for obvious reasons, and would also not have a health guarantee.
Once you feel comfortable to make the phone call to inquire it is now time to run down the 10 questions list.
The Ten Major Questions Are As Follows
1. Ask what type of Breed or Breeds the Breeder Specializes in.
2. Ask for a run down of the Breeds history, physical traits, and temperament.
3. Ask their philosophy on raising a bunny both prior to and following them going to their forever home.
4. Get some background information on the team or individual breeder as a whole
5. Ask how involved they are in organizations.
6. Ask if following taking your bunny home, do they stay active in aftercare for questions and updates.
7. Ask for the process from day one of bringing your bunny home moving forward.
8. Inquire as if they will receive a receipt validating the deposit was received.
9. Inquire as to how available they are for questions, and if any additional employees will be available for questions and help as well.
10. If necessary ask for a referral, a great breeder would be more than happy to give you one or two if they are legitimate!
The goal of this is to continue to push humane breeding and regulated breeding to the next level. We at Lovely Bunny's have been called by a number of now current customers who have been scammed, sold bunnies who passed within a week and were unable to receive a refund, new bunny, or even an apology for their loss. The humane, customer service driven approach has truly given us a wonderful bunny loving customer base, some even giving their unfiltered feedback, along with pictures on our Review Page. We have been able to mend hearts and it feels good to be able to have that impact on someone. It truly is the driving force behind us striving to be better and better everyday. I cannot personally endorse any Rabbitry but there are Rabbitries out their that do operate in this way. This article is not meant to paint a picture of every breeder being careless and not as goal oriented. However, unfortunately majority are not, and some customers felt guilt for not knowing any better, even though they had nothing to be regretful of for entrusting someone. So use the guide lines set, due your due diligence, and remember do not buy bunnies directly off of Facebook. It is a scam, and it is rather coincidental how it came to be around the time someone broke into our Rabbitry at night and stole a 7 week old on two occasions. Please remember to not impulse buy, and if you cannot take care of your bunny anymore please, please, do not send them to a shelter. We will take them back and find them suitable homes.
Wishing All The Bunny Lovers The Best,
Matthew- Lovely Bunny's Co-Owner
Phone: (973) 330-2928