Shipping live animals is expensive these days, with prices going up even more since Covid began. Ellie's Rabbitry does not personally ship animals. It is ultimately up to the customer to work with a third-party shipper to get your bunny from Ellie's Rabbitry in Cynthiana, KY to your location, but we are happy to help you through the processes. Below are a few methods of shipping that past customers have used that have worked great. Hundreds of our bunnies have been shipped via air and car all over the country from California and Washington to Florida and New York! Bunnies typically do very well being transported as long as they are shipped in proper crates and kept in a comfortable temperature. We do not ship bunnies out of the United States at this time.
It is required that any bunny being shipped be taken to our vet to be approved for transport. This visit includes a signed
health certificate and costs $85. This gives you peace of mind and proves that a healthy bunny left our rabbitry. It can also help you prove the health of the animal if any unexpected unfortunate event happens while in the possession of the shipper. There is ALWAYS a risk when any animal is being shipped from negligence of a shipper to stress relates illness. This is incredibly rare, which is why we are still comfortable with shipping our bunnies. Even though the below methods of transportation is recommended by us, it is still important to talk to the shipper if you choose to use car travel to ensure you feel comfortable with the person that will be responsible for your rabbit for an extended amount of time. Shipping rabbits is at the customer's own risk. We always prefer bunnies to be picked up in person but know that picking up in person is not always realistic due to distance.
Once your bunny leaves our possession at Ellie's Rabbitry, we are no longer responsible for anything that may happen to your rabbit. Any issues that may arise must be worked out between you and the transporter of your choice. When the transporter leaves with your rabbit, the sale is final. Our health warranty listed in our sales agreement DOES NOT APPLY when shipping rabbits. It only applies to those who come and pick their bunnies up in person because we cannot be held responsible for a third parties possible bad actions/negligence. When bunnies leave our rabbitry, they are healthy and leave in a safe and comfortable crate with all the necessary food/supplies they will need for their journey. We cannot take responsibility for illness/injury or death once the bunny leaves our possession. We are not responsible for any monetary loss in shipping if the bunny does not reach it's final destination.
For the best price, get a quote from all of the below shippers
Your Pet Taxi
Leslie and Crissie are professional pet transporters and are available year-round. They drive a new, clean van and send their customers picture updates and are available to call when your bunny is being transported. They are flexible and have experience shipping bunnies from Ellie's Rabbitry. Give them a call to receive a quote. Something else to consider if using Your Pet Taxi - if you're willing to drive in Leslie and Crissie's direction a couple hours, this will save them time and make your bunnies transport cost less! If you're willing to do a little driving to meet up with them, it will go a long way!
Just tell them you need a quote to ship a bunny from Ellie's Rabbitry and your location. I will need to purchase a pet crate, bedding, water bottle and food bowl which will be added to your balance. Cost varies slightly based on availability but is under $50.
Boston Pet Transport
Stevie is the owner of Boston Pet Transport and does a wonderful job transporting bunnies in a clean, comfortable van. She is available year-round and will likely have a route headed in your direction! She is available to call when your bunny is being transported and sends photos of your bunny when it leaves Ellie's Rabbitry.
Just tell Stevie you need a quote to ship a bunny from Ellie's Rabbitry in Cynthiana, KY and your location. I will need to purchase a pet crate, bedding, water bottle and food bowl which will be added to your balance. Cost varies slightly based on availability but is under $50.
Transportation via U-Ship
U-ship can be used year-round. The easiest way to describe U-ship is it's like Uber for animals and other things like furniture and appliances. The people that transport animals typically stick to animals and specialize in it, so your rabbit is in good hands. Independent transporters use the U-ship platform to find jobs. Because they are independent and work for themselves, their prices all vary. You can request a quote on the U-Ship website and it will give you an idea of what would be a good quote, fair quote or high quote. That way, when you place a bid for transport, you will know if the transporters are quoting you a good deal or not. You will not always get a bid from a transporter that is a good deal, it will typically reflect the cost of a fair deal that you saw when getting a quote.
Below is a link to U-Ship's animal transport page. Click the link below and you can fill in some info and get a quote. When filling out the info to get a quote, you will notice they do not have a rabbit shipping option, so use the cat shipping option as it works the same. You will need to e-mail me for my address to get an accurate quote.
My e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you decide to use U-ship, when filling out information to create an account you will see a section on animal vaccinations. There are no vaccinations or rabies shots for rabbits. You can either check yes to all or leave blank. When corresponding with the independent transporter you choose to use through U-ship, let them know that rabbits to not have vaccinations if they ask.
Once an account is created you will place a bid, which is basically an advertisement that will be seen by all the transporters. Your bid can say something like... Needing a rabbit transported from Cynthiana KY to ________. It is best to do a date range of a week or two so you have the best chance of fitting in several transporters schedules and will attract more bids. They are typically doing a route and picking up and delivering several animals on their trip. It may take a week or two to find a transporter with a reasonable rate going the right direction, so don't panic if you do not find one in just a couple of days. This process seems complicated, but their website is great and very user friendly!
Shipping via Delta or American Airlines
Shipping by air is very efficient, safe and fast. It's also very expensive! Shipping expenses alone are typically around $580. Cost has gone up significantly since Covid. A health certificate and acclimation letter from our vet are both required when shipping by air. Rabbits can be shipped to any of the lower 48 United states and the cost is the same. We can put two bunnies in one crate and the only thing doubled is the vet visit which is $85. Sometimes shipping by air is the best option for a number of reasons. If you live on the west coast, it is typically less stressful for the bunny to reach its destination in one day vs. 3-7 days by car transport. Flying a rabbit is only possible in the late fall through early spring as Airlines do have heat restrictions. Rabbits are not allowed to fly if at any time during their travel it will exceed 80 degrees at any point they are on the ground. This includes takeoff location, layover locations and final destination locations.
The cost of flying includes a heavy-duty flight approved crate, bedding, water bottle, food bowl, vet visit and paperwork and a one-way ticket which is usually $350.