The rescue and relocation of 500 rabbits requires $37,500 in spay/neuter fees.
Vaccinations can run as high as $5000 (or as low as $1500).
Rabbitat’s current sanctuary under construction, designed to hold 500 rabbits, will cost $31,500 to build.
The total project costs will be $142,000
The monthly overhead and care costs at that location for 500 rabbits will be roughly $4500 p/m, or $54,000 per year, including rent and overhead.
Rabbitats expects the entities benefiting from rabbit removal and surrenders to at least cover the spay/neuter costs.
Donors have traditionally covered the veterinary costs not associated with sterilization.
Rabbits cause considerable damage to the environment, destroying landscaping, food sources, structures, etc.
The corporation of Delta assessed their damage at over $300,000, they spent a fraction of that on a sterilization and relocation program.
The Richmond Auto Mall determined that their landscaping losses were in excess of $60,000 and redirected those funds to humane rescue — which also generated priceless positive media coverage.
Rabbits invading farmer Bill Zylmans fields in 2006 reportedly caused damages in excess of $30,000 in just three weeks.
Residents in many areas of Richmond cannot grow gardens; public areas, including playgrounds, are littered with their feces.
Presumably Richmond city crews regularly fixing rabbit damage, eg: replacing plants, protecting trees, fixing turf and filling rabbit holes (the latter generating major negative media coverage).
Costs & Care
The highest rescue costs are sterilization fees averaging around $75 per rabbit, and treating ailing rabbits.
There is now an additional $10 per rabbit annual cost for the RHD vaccine. Rabbits are relatively cheap and easy to feed, however.
Daily produce (pre-compost) is readily donated by produce stores and markets.
Their main diet is hay.
They are fed a limited amount of rabbit pellets. • Edible tree branches augment their diet.
In the summer the rabbits can eat pulled tall grass from nearby fields.
Construction costs have so far been minimal as much of the supplies needed to build enclosures are scrounged or donated used.
Care is relatively easy, our 125 sanctuary rabbits takes less than an hour a day; one person easily cared for over 600 UVic rabbits.
NOTE: Rabbitats strives to adopt out small colonies of rabbits, they remain responsible thus if the placements don’t work out, the rabbits can return to the rescue.
Sustainability and Risk Management
Cleared areas are easily monitored for newly abandoned rabbits and can be kept rabbit-free (as long as they’re not coming from adjacent properties).
Once the rabbits are removed from the environment , sterilized and contained, the majority of the support will come from rabbits fans.
A natural diet will keep costs down..
There are currently many available destinations requiring minimal construction and maintenance costs.
The rabbits do need a stable, funded central agency/organization to monitor all relocations and take the rabbits back if necessary.
In the case of the rescue or sanctuary shutting down, the sterilized rabbits can be released into a controlled, natural area with some minimal predator protection and natural food sources with no need for human intervention.