Meet Moses, Peanut, Juju, and Bambi.
Adorable right? Unfortunately, their lives weren’t always as positive as they are today. Before I adopted Juju, she had been taken back to the shelter on two separate occasions after families with young children decided she was too much to take care of. When it comes to the life of a domestic rabbit this is all too common.
Rabbits are one of the cutest animals in the world, so it’s no surprise that many people want to purchase them from pet stores. During Easter, more rabbits than ever are purchased from pet stores and put in children’s Easter baskets as gifts. Rabbits are very sensitive, so a young child’s enthusiasm is often too stressful for bunnies. Since rabbits are ground-dwelling animals, they can easily become frightened when picked up. Many end up being placed in outdoor hutches, taken to shelters, or even abandoned outdoors where they are susceptible to disease and predators. If you or a friend is considering adopting a rabbit, remember that taking care of a rabbit is a full time and long term commitment just like dogs, cats, or any other companion animal.
Can you afford to have your rabbit spayed or neutered? It can cost over $100 to have this procedure done. Having your rabbit spayed or neutered lessens their need to mark their territory, regulates aggression, and of course keeps them from making more bunnies. It is also important to find a veterinarian who works on rabbits, as many may only work on cats and dogs.
Rabbits are very social creatures, so leaving them confined to a cage 24/7 is not an option. These creatures need the space to run about and interact with everyone in the family. Since rabbits innately need to chew, be sure to keep electrical wires and other dangerous items out of your rabbit’s reach. Remember, every time an animal is purchased from a pet store another one dies at a shelter, so if you decide you can provide the perfect home for a rabbit, be sure to adopt. Moses, Peanut, and Bambi also now live a happy, healthy lives with some peta2 staffers.