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               OUR  BOARD  OF  DIRECTORS
Lou Ann Holley, President
Nancy Sevier, Vice President
Randy Wellhausen, Treasurer
Billy LaValle, Development Director
​Caitlyn McLain, Youth Director


Want to be a part of Holley's Hopping Habitat?
Interested parties are strongly encouraged to submit, in writing, their desires to hold a position on
the Board of Directors for Holley’s Hopping Habitat.
A. Written requests shall include the following:
1. Party’s full legal name
2. Party’s full physical address
3. Party’s telephone number
4. Party’s email address
5. What position on the Board of Directors they wish to hold. If one is not   previously listed, then the party is encouraged to be creative.
6. What duties their position will have.
7. What the term of their position will be.
8. Party’s reasons, in detail, for requesting the position on the Board of Directors and why they feel they will be a positive change to Holley’s Hopping Habitat.

B. Each request for membership shall be reviewed by all directors and officers on the Board of Directors for Holley’s Hopping Habitat.
C. If a request is denied, the Board of Directors is required to send, in writing, a detailed letter to the individual. The letter should include the following:
1. The date of determination
2. The reasons for denial
3. The process for which to re-apply
4. The names and/or signatures of all directors or officers that voted.

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​​POLICIES & PROCEDURES
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INTAKE OF ANIMALS
Accurate and consistent record keeping and tracking of all rabbits housed at Holley’s Hopping Habitat are essential for overall control and evaluation. Intake of rabbits falls into two categories – owner surrenders and strays. Policies and procedures for each follow.


A. Whether an Owner Surrender or a Stray, there are certain procedures that apply to all:
1. Kennel/Cage.  
Place all incoming rabbits in ‘basin cages’ until evaluation can be completed. Each cage should be equipped with bedding/shavings, food bowl with food, water bowl with water, and fresh timothy hay.
2. Shelter Identification.
Each rabbit is assigned a Habitat ID number. The ID number is recorded on all applicable documentation (Animal Intake Forms, Rabbit Info Sheet, etc.).
3. Processing Paperwork.
All information is recorded appropriately in the Habitat Database, and each record is to be printed.
a. Rabbit Intake Form.
The intake of all rabbits is handled on an electronic form called Intake Form. All available information about the rabbits should be documented on the Intake Form.
b. Rabbit Info Sheet.
Rabbit Info Sheets are filled out when the rabbit is available for adoption and placed in the Habitat Record Book, Current Rabbits tab.


B. Owner Surrenders
Owner Surrenders are taken on a limited basis, only if there is room or if there are available cages/kennels at the shelter.
1. Owner Surrender Form.
Every individual surrendering, or requesting to surrender, a rabbit to Holley’s Hopping Habitat must complete a Surrender Application in order to relinquish ownership of the rabbit. When surrendering a rabbit, individuals are to be informed that all relinquishments are final, and that the rabbit will not be returned to them. Individuals that choose to relinquish a rabbit to Holley’s Hopping Habitat will be banned from adopting rabbits in the future.
2. Surrender Fees.
Holley’s Hopping Habitat does not have surrender fees, however we do ask that individuals consider making a donation to the shelter.
3. Personal Property.
Any toys, blankets, etc. that are brought in with the rabbit become the personal property of that rabbit, and should be recorded on the Intake Form. When removing these items from the cage/kennel for cleaning purposes, be sure to keep them separate so they can be returned to the rabbit. If rabbit is adopted, those possessions are to be given to the new owner.  In the event that possessions are contaminated or are unable to be unsanitized, items will be discarded.
4. Initial Observations and Evaluations.
An initial observation and evaluation is performed on each rabbit, and appropriately noted on the Rabbit Info Sheet and in the Habitat Database. The rabbit must pass the evaluation before he/she is considered for acceptance to be adopted.

C. Strays.
Stray rabbits may be entered to the shelter, but Holley’s Hopping Habitat cannot set traps or make attempts to locate. Stray rabbits must be photographed, and must be posted on all available outlets to locate owners. After 15 days, if no
owner has come forward, then Holley’s Hopping Habitat may choose to evaluate the rabbit for adoption. If an owner comes forward, they must provide photographic proof that the rabbit does belong to them. Once sufficient proof has been supplied, Holley’s Hopping Habitat will deliver rabbit back to its home. All stray rabbits should be documented, and placed in the Habitat Database.
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ADOPTION
Adopting a shelter rabbit helps control the growing pet population, and it helps rabbits find homes that will love and care for them in a way that they deserve.
A. Steps to adopting a shelter rabbit.
1. Fill out the application.
2. Have application reviewed.
3. If application is approved, schedule a visit with the applicant to come to the shelter. If application is denied, written notice of denial should be sent to the applicant within 48 hours of application’s submittal.
4. Applicants are required to visit the shelter no less than three (3) times prior to a rabbit being placed with them permanently.
5. Applicants must show that all necessary supplies have been obtained for their new pet. These items include, but are not limited to:
a. Enclosure. This can be a homemade rabbit enclosure or a store purchased cage, kennel or hutch.
b. Food bowl.
c. Water bowl or bottle.
d. Food. This can be any variety of dry rabbit feed.
e. Timothy hay. This can be any variety of timothy hay, but adopters are encouraged to avoid timothy hays with added food sources (such as dehydrated carrots or fruits).

f. Play time. Where will the pet rabbit go for play time? Adopters who plan to allow outside play time are required to show the shelter the outdoor enclosure. If play time will be indoors, adopters should demonstrate or describe in detail how they will take steps to ensure the safety of the rabbit.
g. Preferred veterinarian. Accidents and illnesses occur. Adopters should consider what veterinarian they will use in the event that an accident and/or illness should occur with their new pet.
6. The last step for adoption is for the pet to be placed with their new owner(s). New owners are permitted to pick up their pet from the shelter, or the shelter will deliver the pet to the new home.

B. Adoption Applications may be submitted from the shelter’s website or in written form on a printed application.

C. Adoption applications may only be reviewed by the Director and/or the Board of Directors for Holley’s Hopping Habitat.

D. There will be no same-day adoptions. If the shelter is participating in a ‘Adoption Event’, then applications may be accepted during the event and applicants will be required to comply with all criteria as stated in Section A.

E. There will be no adoption fees, however the shelter strongly encourages applicants to consider a donation to the shelter.

VISITORS
Visitors are any person that comes to the shelter with the intent of volunteering and/or visiting with the rabbits and/or any persons working at the shelter. Due to certain restrictions on our insurance policy, the following policies have been developed, are required, and will be thoroughly enforced.
A.  Visitors must complete a Volunteer Form before they are permitted to come to the shelter. Visiting groups (Girl Scouts, home school co-ops, etc.) must complete a form for all individuals that will be participating in the group visit.
B.  Visitors must schedule visits with Holley’s Hopping Habitat prior to coming to the shelter.
C.  There are no restrictions on visitor age, however any persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, or must provide a written consent letter from a parent/guardian prior to the individual being permitted on the shelter property. A written consent letter is acceptable for all visits to the shelter, unless voided by a secondary letter.
D.  Visitors are not permitted to bring personal pets to the shelter, unless the pet is kept in a travel carrier or cage.  Personal pets are only allowed out of a travel carrier or cage. IF animal is being groomed, examined, and/or           attempting to be bonded with a shelter rabbit. If animal is being bonded with a shelter rabbit, an Adoption Application must be completed and present at time of interact
E.  Any persons performing “Community Service”, whether court ordered, school assignment, or by assignment from another organization, shall abide by the following:

1. Volunteer Form must be completed for the appropriate type of community service being performed.
2. Holley’s Hopping Habitat will only sign service letters or forms for hours that were worked.  For example: If you work 1 hour, then we will sign for 1 hour.
3. Volunteers are not permitted to have other people work their hours for them.
For example: You cannot have your brother come do your community service for you.
F.  All visitors and/or community service is subject to cancel at any time, and without notice.
G.  Holley’s Hopping Habitat reserves the exclusive rights to deny any request for shelter visitors or for community service requests for any reasons that the shelter and/or the Board of Directors deems necessary and just.