|Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month|
Did you know that rabbits make wonderful pets? Just like with birds and other small animals, rabbits are often forgotten when thinking of adopting a new pet. Anyone who has adopted a rabbit will tell you they are a joy to have, just as lovable as other pets and make a terrific addition to the family 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 owners can have some fun bonding time together. Also, because rabbits are herbivores, they might actually make their owners eat healthier because their owners constantly stock 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 owners to come 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 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. Adopting from a shelter can help avoid costs that may include the first veterinary exam and spaying/neutering. Also, the rabbit may already be litter trained and been socialized with volunteers. Many places that provide rabbit adoption also provide post adoption support in case new rabbit parents have any questions or concerns.
Adoptable rabbits can be found on pet adoption sites such as petfinder.com. There are so many waiting for a forever home who will want nothing more than to be loved and put smiles on their families face.