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February has been proclaimed Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month

Who knew that rabbits make such wonderful pets?! Well, just ask their pet parents. Just like with birds and other small animals, rabbits are often thought of as not as adoptable. But anyone who has adopted a rabbit will tell you they are anything but backyard pets. While rabbits come with their own set of quirks, they make terrific pets in the right circumstances. Currently there are 50 breeds recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association who come in all sizes and colors. To bring attention to rabbits who live in shelters waiting for their forever homes, February has been proclaimed Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month.

So what makes rabbits so adoptable? For some people who still want the social qualities of a dog but don’t have time for a daily walk, rabbits are the perfect pal. Even better, they can also be litter trained just like cats. For people who have allergies to cats, dogs or both, they can still adopt a rabbit without sneezing the whole time, since rabbit allergies are more rare than allergies to cats or dogs. Rabbits are most active at dawn and dusk, so just as people are getting home from work, both rabbits and their parents can have some fun bonding time together. Also, because rabbits are herbivores, they might actually make their parents eat healthier because they are constantly stocking up their fridges with fresh fruit and veggies. For people who live in the city, rabbits make great roommates. It’s best to keep rabbits indoors and it’s very easy to rabbit proof a home, so rabbits will happily stay in their cages or pens while waiting patiently for their pet parents to arrive home. Rabbits can also be taught tricks! With the proper care and attention, rabbits can live 10-12 years. 

Rabbits are the third most surrendered animal to shelters, which means there are so many looking for homes. Adopting a rabbit saves two lives, the one being brought home and the one that will take its place to find its own home. Adoption from a shelter can help avoid costs that may include spaying/neutering, a rabbit that has already been socialized with volunteers, may already be litter trained, had its first veterinary exam complete, and a personality profile that has been developed by people who know it well. Many places that provide rabbit adoption also provide post adoption support in case new rabbit parents have any questions or concerns. 

By doing all the research before adopting, a rabbit will make a great addition to a family and bring many years of smiles.