Because our greatest desire is to be responsible Holland Lop breeders, we now have a spay/neuter agreement in place for people purchasing pet rabbits. It is not our wish to come across as hard-nosed bullies, but we do take the lives of our Buns very seriously. If we are contacted by a person looking for a pet rabbit and he or she says the rabbit will be spayed/neutered at the appropriate age, we decided it would be a good idea to have a legal agreement in place to hold the purchaser to that promise. The below contract is what we developed to have assurance that the Bun in question is spayed/neutered. We wanted to place it on our site so you can familiarize yourself with the contents before applying or picking up your Bun. As always, we welcome your questions.
Hot Cross Buns Holland Lops Rabbitry Spay & Neuter Agreement for Pet Rabbits
Permanent ownership of this Rabbit is contingent upon your compliance with this Agreement. Proof of Spay or Neuter must be received from The Purchaser of the rabbit referenced below within fourteen (14) days after the spay/neuter surgery. Rabbits can be spayed/neutered at 6 months of age. Juvenile rabbits under 6 months of age at time of placement, will be spayed/neutered by 7 months of age. Any rabbit older than 6 months at time of placement with the Purchaser will be Spayed/Neutered within THIRTY (30) DAYS OF SIGNING THIS AGREEMENT….In the event that the rabbit’s health does not allow this agreement to be honored, Hot Cross Buns Holland Lops Rabbitry (also referred to as “The Breeder”) must be provided with a statement from the Purchaser’s veterinarian that this rabbit is not yet in physical or emotional condition for surgery. Based upon the veterinarian’s evaluation of this rabbit, the Purchaser will contact the veterinarian and establish the earliest date that the procedure can be performed. The Purchaser will notify the Breeder of this amendment in writing at which time all other conditions of this agreement will APPLY AND BE ENFORCED. By my signature below, I agree to have this rabbit spayed/neutered by no later than seven months of age (when a junior rabbit under six months of ages is purchased) or any senior rabbit (a rabbit over six months of age when purchased) will be spayed/neutered within 30 days of placement. I understand that this Spay/Neuter Agreement is an agreement that this rabbit will not produce a litter of rabbits either as purposefully bred or by accidental breeding. Accidental breeding is considered neglect and the rabbit will be returned to Hot Cross Buns Holland Lops Rabbitry and all offspring born from any breeding, accidental or otherwise, will become the property of Hot Cross Buns Holland Lops Rabbitry.
FAILURE to provide to Hot Cross Buns Holland Lops Rabbitry the proof of spay/neuter of this rabbit by 7 months of age, or within 30 days of placement for a rabbit over 6 months: will nullify this agreement and the Purchaser will deliver or pay to deliver the rabbit and return it in good health to Hot Cross Buns Holland Lops Rabbitry and surrender the rabbit to Hot Cross Buns Holland Lops Rabbitry without financial restitution or compensation of any kind.
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It is the responsibility of the PURCHASER, not the veterinarian, to ensure that Hot Cross Buns Holland Lops Rabbitry has received Verification that the surgery has been performed. Failure to comply with this agreement by the date below, unless otherwise agreed to in writing, will be considered a breach of contract, and the PURCHASER will pay to transport or transport this rabbit back to Hot Cross Buns Holland Lops Rabbitry in Oberlin, OH, and will not be entitled to a refund. If the rabbit is not returned in a timely manner (within TEN (10) calendar days) the rabbit will be picked up by the BREEDER. The PURCHASER will pay an additional fee of $250 for the cost of the BREEDER to take possession of the rabbit..
Please send to the BREEDER the veterinarian’s proof of spay/neuter or invoice bill with the veterinarian’s state license number and his/her signature for verification
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I also agree that, should the rabbit not be spayed/neutered, I will return said rabbit to Hot Cross Buns Holland Lops Rabbitry with no refund and the Penalty fee of $500 will be due at the time the rabbit is returned. If I do not return the rabbit myself and the Breeder takes possession of the rabbit anywhere other than the location of Hot Cross Buns Holland Lops Rabbitry in Oberlin, OH, I am responsible for paying a $250 pick-up fee, in addition to the $500 Penalty Fee, for a total fee of $750.
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Rabbit Information: Rabbit’s name:_________________________________ Rabbit’s Date of Birth: ___________________________ Rabbit’s color/pattern: ___________________________ Rabbit’s Gender: _________Rabbit’s ID #: ___________ I agree to have this rabbit spayed/neutered by this date: ______________________________________________
Purchaser Information: (Please print clearly) Adopter’s Full Name: __________________________________________________________________________ Street Address: _______________________________________________________________________________ Address Line 2: _______________________________________________________________________________ City: ____________________________________ State: ________________ ZIP Code: ________________ Phone Number: _______________________________ Email Address: _________________________________ Driver’s License Number: _______________________________________ Issuing State: ___________________
By Signing below, I am agreeing to comply with this Spay and Neuter Agreement.
Altered rabbits are healthier and live longer than unaltered rabbits. The risk of reproductive cancers (ovarian, uterine, mammarian) for an unspayed female rabbit is virtually eliminated by spaying your female rabbit. Your neutered male rabbit will live longer as well, given that he won’t be tempted to fight with other animals (rabbits, cats, etc.) due to his sexual aggression.
Altered rabbits make better companions. They are calmer, more loving, and dependable once the undeniable urge to mate has been removed. In addition, rabbits are less prone to destructive (chewing, digging) and aggressive (biting, lunging, circling, growling) behavior after surgery.
Avoidance of obnoxious behavior. Unneutered male rabbits spray, and both males and females are much easier to litter train, and much more reliably trained, after they have been altered.
Altered rabbits won’t contribute to the problem of overpopulation of rabbits. Over 7 million adorable dogs, cats, and rabbits are killed in animal shelters in this country every year. In addition, unwanted rabbits are often abandoned in fields, parks, or on city streets to fend for themselves, where they suffer from starvation, sickness, and are easy prey to other animals or traffic accidents. Those rabbits who are sold to pet stores don’t necessarily fare any better, as pet stores sell pets to anyone with the money to buy, and don’t check on what kind of home they will go to. Many of these rabbits will be sold as snake food, or as a pet for a small child who will soon “outgrow” the rabbit.
Altered rabbits can safely have a friend to play with. Rabbits are social animals and enjoy the company of other rabbits. But unless your rabbit is altered, he or she cannot have a friend, either of the opposite sex, or the same sex, due to sexual and aggressive behaviors triggered by hormones.
Spaying and neutering for rabbits has become a safe procedure when performed by experienced rabbit veterinarians. The House Rabbit Society has had over 1000 rabbits spayed or neutered with approximately .1% mortality due to anesthesia. A knowledgeable rabbit veterinarian can spay or neuter your rabbit with very little risk to a healthy rabbit. Don’t allow a veterinarian with little or no experience with rabbits to spay or neuter your rabbit.
(From the House Rabbit Society website…. https://rabbit.org/faq-spaying-and-neutering/)
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Hot Cross Buns Holland Lops is a small-scale, family-run breeder located in Oberlin, Ohio. ARBA & HLRSC members.