Please note that others have copied all or part of this sales policy and have adopted it as their own--some with permission and some without.
What follows was authored by Lee A. Nevills (copyright 2007-2010), and is the complete sales policy for LA Lions
All rabbits listed for sale will, in our opinion, be suitable for the purpose of show and/or breeding at the time of sale, with the exception of very young juniors who may not yet fit allowable show criteria as described in the current ARBA approved Working Standard for the Lionhead breed. Brood ONLY stock will be noted as such on the sale listing. From time to time, we may offer some worthwhile breeding stock that have a disqualifying trait as a result of injury (for example: missing toenail, broken toe, etc.); however, unless explicitly specified, all rabbits we sell will be free from General Disqualifications as defined in the ARBA Standard of Perfection. All LA Lions sale animals are warranted to be free from disease, diarrhea, or any sort of nasal, vent or eye discharge at the point of sale.
All rabbits are sold "as is and shown", and the buyer (or buyer's appointed agent) must inspect the rabbit at the time of pickup before the Sale is Finalized. The Sale is Finalized when the animal is paid for in full and the buyer (or buyer's appointed agent) has taken possession of it.
Once the Sale has Finalized, the rabbit is the 100% Real Property of the Buyer and CANNOT be guaranteed in any way, shape or form by LA Lions from that moment on and into the future.
(Please take the time to read this entire page to understand why we have taken this rigid stance with regard to the sale of our stock.)
In the unlikely event that a problem should arise with your new purchase, LA Lions reserves the right to waive our terms and conditions as set forth herein at our discretion; however, waiver of any of these terms and conditions by LA Lions for one party does NOT constitute any future waiver of terms and conditions for any other parties. In other words, we may make exceptions to our rules in certain circumstances, but this does not mean we are setting any precedent by doing so. This gives us the freedom to handle any problems that arise on a case-by-case basis as we so choose.
We believe we are honest in our pricing on these rabbits. Prices are subject to change as the rabbit develops, and may go up or down. We reserve the right to refuse to sell to anyone or to cancel a sale for any reason. If LA Lions cancels a sale for any reason, any deposit collected will be fully and promptly refunded. All show/brood quality rabbits will come with a complete 3 generation pedigree. At no extra charge, LA Lions may sell breeding age does bred to one of the bucks of our choosing as a courtesy, but the outcome of the breeding cannot be guaranteed and may not always result in a live birth or showable kits. We can offer no guarantees of any kind on whether the doe will conceive during breeding.
Obviously, we cannot keep every rabbit we produce, but we only offer for sale select hand-picked specimens that exhibit desirable qualities or traits. It is extremely important to us that any Lionhead we sell be suitable for breeding and/or showing, and be an asset to the breed. We have a separate outlet for our "culls", and would never offer for sale a rabbit that we would consider a "cull". Pet quality lionheads may occasionally be sold locally, but these type of sales are done on a strictly limited basis. We feel that it is not beneficial to the breed to perpetuate inferior or "pet" quality Lionheads. For this reason, we truly put a tremendous amount of selection and thought into each breeding we do here at LA Lions.
When rabbits do come available for sale, they will be sold on a "first come, first served" basis.
ALL RABBITS OFFERED FOR SALE HAVE ALREADY BEEN NAMED AND TATTOOED AND ENTERED IN OUR DATABASE. ON OUR UN-PROVEN JUNIOR STOCK, YOU MAY REQUEST A DIFFERENT NAME FOR THE RABBIT PRIOR TO PICKUP. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL IT BE ACCEPTABLE TO CHANGE THE RABBITS' NAME OR ALTER ITS' PEDIGREE (EXCEPT TO ADD SR. WEIGHT OR EAR LENGTH) ONCE IT LEAVES OUR RABBITRY WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM LA LIONS. WE WORK HARD TO BREED RABBITS THAT ARE A BENEFIT TO THE LIONHEAD BREED, AND OUR PRODUCED STOCK HAS EARNED THE "LA LIONS" PREFIX. CHANGING OR REMOVING THE "LA LIONS" PREFIX FROM ANY RABBIT PRODUCED HERE IS CONSIDERED AN UNETHICAL, DEVIOUS ACT THAT IS INTENDED TO DECEIVE OR MISLEAD OTHERS. ANY RABBITS SOLD BY LA LIONS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN PRODUCED HERE WILL CARRY THE PREFIX AND NAME EXACTLY AS GIVEN TO THEM BY THEIR BREEDERS, AND WE ASK THAT YOU RESPECT THAT BREEDER AS WELL, AND NOT ALTER THE RABBIT'S NAME IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM WITHOUT FIRST CONTACTING THE ORIGINAL BREEDER FOR PERMISSION.
Once an inquiry is made on a rabbit, the rabbit will be considered "pending" awaiting receipt of deposit. Feel free to inquire about sale rabbits that are "pending", as sometimes sales fall through. We gladly accept backup inquiries. At the time of inquiry on one of our rabbits, please let us know if you would like your sales transaction kept private, as we will typically post your name on our sale page as purchaser. We respect an individuals' right to privacy, and we will act at your directive. We would love for people to know who is taking home our bunnies, but we understand that not everyone is comfortable with publicizing their private financial transactions.
A non-refundable deposit equal to at least 50% of the sale price is required to hold the rabbit until pickup. Pickup date and place must be agreed upon prior to LA Lions' acceptance of a deposit. We accept Cash, Cashiers Check, Western Union or all other forms of payment accepted through PayPal (our PayPal Seller ID is email@example.com).
*You must include an additional $5.00 convenience fee per rabbit for each PayPal transaction.*
If a deposit is not received (or other deposit arrangements agreed upon) within 3 days of your first inquiry about the rabbit you wish to purchase, the rabbit will be released from "pending" status and again be listed for sale. Any backup inquiries on that rabbit will be contacted in the order received. Once the deposit is received, the rabbit will be listed as a "HOLD". Rabbits that are paid in full are listed as "SOLD".
The balance owed on the rabbit must be paid in full at or before the pre-arranged pickup time. Payments made at the time of pickup MUST be made in CASH only--("IN GOD WE TRUST, all others pay CASH"). Failure to be able to pay in full at the time of delivery or failure to pick up the rabbits at the appointed time will result in cancellation of the sale and forfeiture of the deposit. We will NOT hold rabbits beyond their appointed pickup date for any reason, and they will be returned to our for sale listing. We may, at our discretion, make full or partial refunds of deposit monies (due to extenuating circumstances), if the rabbit is promptly sold to someone else.
We do not ship rabbits at this time. Also, we do not deliver rabbits, although we will gladly bring the rabbits to a local show or National event that we are attending at no extra charge. Buyer is responsible for all arrangements and expenses related to pickup. Rabbits that are not picked up as arranged are released for sale to others and the deposit forfeited.
Once you have taken possession of your new rabbit, we offer NO CASH REFUNDS for any reason. If, at the time of pickup, we examine the rabbit along with the buyer/buyer's agent and find an obvious defect, or the rabbit exhibits signs of illness, the initial 50% deposit will be promptly refunded and the sale will be cancelled. Any other rabbits we have for sale may be offered in its stead at our discretion, if the buyer desires.We make every effort to keep our animals clean, healthy, well groomed, and disease & genetic defect free. Any rabbit exhibiting or reproducing any genetic defect is culled from our program immediately upon discovery, and we make every effort to trace and eliminate the source immediately. We do not knowingly use and have never purposely introduced a vienna (BEW) gene carrying Lionhead rabbit into our breeding program. We selectively breed for good temperament and sound, hardy animals. Rabbits have the tendency to hide or mask illness very well--they can be acting completely normal one day, and be inexplicably dead in their cage on the next. Because we operate using good animal husbandry practices and follow high standards for cleanliness, we find it extremely rare for our stock to experience illness or death. We are proud to provide a safe, clean living environment for our rabbits. They are raised in outdoor wire cages so they do not come in contact with their own urine or feces. Their droppings are removed from under their cages several times per week, and we have excellent drainage. Their food and water dishes are kept clean and free from old food, mold or waste. Our rabbits get plenty of fresh air and sunshine, have adequate care and shelter, and experience the complete spectrum of midwest climate changes with no ill effects. We use top quality Heinold feed, and provide liberal amounts of orchard grass, timothy hay, pumpkin and pineapple to our rabbits.
We attend very few shows per year, which limits our stock's exposure to other animals and possible communicable illnesses sometimes found at shows. We do not usually bring sale animals to shows we are attending unless someone has made a commitment to purchase them for just this reason. When our rabbits are taken off the premises, we have adopted the practice of using Vanodine liberally as a preventative disinfectant.
However...the moment an animal leaves our rabbitry, we cannot control how it is cared for, housed or handled by the new owners. Nor can we predict how a judge will evaluate it on a show table (every judge's opinion is different and every one has their own interpretation of the Lionhead breed working standard). We also cannot foresee whether the rabbit will be able to be a successful breeder, or if it will develop undesirable traits in the future. Rabbits are fragile creatures, and injuries like broken teeth, white spots due to cuts or abrasions, broken toes or toenails can happen very easily and without any forewarning. Sometimes things develop and occur beyond anyone's control as a rabbit ages, during breeding, or after does pull fur, such as darkening of coat in shaded animals, smut or ticking in tort or orange colored animals, and stray white hairs in colored areas. Rabbits can also lose and gain weight for a variety of reasons. Recessive traits can hide for numerous generations and genetic defects that were not previously evident can present themselves in subsequent generations of offspring. Some Lionheads develop the tendency to chew their manes. We can not guarantee that your Lionhead will keep a mane its entire life. We strive and breed for Lionheads that genetically will keep manes, however, many other outside influences can affect the mane, such as grooming, diet, environment and living conditions.If you can no longer keep a rabbit that you purchased from us, and wish to surrender it back to us, we will take it back at no charge to you. We do not buy back rabbits that we have sold, but we would be happy to help you place a rabbit that you can no longer keep for whatever reason.
keep in mind that you are purchasing a rabbit from a photograph on a
web page--so let the buyer beware
the saying goes--what you see may sometimes not always be exactly
what you think you are getting (that
goes for any internet transaction). The best way to avoid
disappointment or misunderstanding is to
come visit our rabbitry and put your hands on our sale animals before
you buy. Everyone is more than welcome to make an appointment
to come to our rabbitry to look at the bunnies we have offered for
sale prior to making any purchase.
We price each animal based on what we ourselves would pay for a comparable rabbit from a competent breeder. Prices can fluctuate as a rabbit grows, develops and changes. Once a deposit is accepted on an animal, we will not make any further adjustments to price. We make every effort to list our sale rabbits with a current photo that accurately portrays the animals' appearance. No photos on our website have been altered, retouched or modified in any way, (except cropping for size), and we are definitely not professional photographers. We cannot control how a rabbit develops or changes from the time their sale photo is taken until the time of delivery. We will be most happy to give you our honest evaluation and detailed opinion of any sale bunny we offer upon request. Our intent is to sell stock that is an asset to the Lionhead breed, and will help fellow breeders progress in their quest toward the perfect Lionhead.
We have been involved in raising rabbits for well over 30 years, and have never had to institute a written sales policy until now, and have never had an unsatisfied customer. However, in this litigious age, we felt it necessary to adopt a strict "no-guarantee" sales policy to avoid dealing with anyone who is not as honest or fair in their dealings as we are. Our main goal is the success of the Lionhead Breed as a whole. We want you to be satisifed with your new purchase and feel happy and proud to have an "LA Lion" as a welcome and positive addition to your Lionhead herd, which is why we carefully select the stock that we sell. We are proud to do our part to advance this remarkable breed, and we hope you enjoy our little Lions as much as we do.
Lee A. Nevills * 10772 West State Road 8 * La Crosse, Indiana 46348 * (219) 405-4877 firstname.lastname@example.org