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Test Driving A Bunny?

Test Driving A Bunny?

 

Test driving a bunny? Or more exactly, borrowing a bunny for a few days to see if you all get along together, and returning it if you don’t? What do you think?

Here’s how it works:

Taking a bunny for a test drive is the offer from a petting farm in Everett, Washington. Lots of kids beg their folks for a bunny, but keeping rabbits isn’t for everyone. So, the Everett Animal Farm encourages people to take home a bunny for three nights.

Commitment Phobia?

It’s an opportunity for families to test run caring for a pet before committing, farm manager Sherry Russell said, speaking to The Seattle Times.

“It’s often a good thing for the bunnies, too. Many are unwanted animals donated to the city. All the animals are usually snapped up by summer’s end.

“Some families decide it’s not for them,” Russell said. “Everybody seems to enjoy the experience.”

Give the Animal Farm $25 and, in return, take home a bunny and its various accoutrements: a cage, shavings, extra hay, food and a water bottle.

The 20-some bunnies come in all colors and breeds. They have names like Sir Elton, Bun Bun and Lady.

The Upside

According to The Seattle Times, Alisha Piper of Lake Stevens said she’d recommended the experience to others. Her family has borrowed three bunnies, the first when her now-teenage daughter was just 4 years old. That first time, the bunny named Oreo nipped her daughter’s finger. Other than that, it was a positive experience, she said.

“You can’t rent anything like a puppy to see if the kids are too young,” she said. “It’s the perfect experience to test them out.”

Then there’s the issue of all the animals who are adopted and then returned, when their new owners decide they can’t handle them. I adopted my cat Jaspar after he was mistreated by his former owners and returned to our local pet shelter. It took him a long time to stop hiding in corners and meowing pitifully.

The Downside

On the other hand, is it fair to the bunnies to be lent out for a few days, petted and played with, and then returned? I wonder how they feel about it?

What do you think? Is test driving a bunny a good idea?

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11:13PM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

i don't think so because i have a bunny already and you kind of get attached even forfew days

6:42AM PDT on Aug 16, 2011

Few moments of love is better than none........that is what I feel and the bunny stands a good chance of being adopted in to a loving and caring family.

5:30PM PDT on Aug 15, 2011

"On the other hand, is it fair to the bunnies to be lent out for a few days, petted and played with, and then returned? I wonder how they feel about it?"
They're bunnies. They don't feel like that. Plus, even a few days of being "petted and played with" is better than nothing.

5:25PM PDT on Aug 15, 2011

"On the other hand, is it fair to the bunnies to be lent out for a few days, petted and played with, and then returned? I wonder how they feel about it?"
They're bunnies. They don't have feelings. And hanging out for a few days with a family is better than nothing.

12:22AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

Noted with mixed feelings.

4:40AM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

is well known science fact, rabbits bond with only one human ever. like a parrot who mates for life.

it is best to eat the bunny and spare it from being shuffled around like a sexually abused foster child.

I read it on care2. so it must be true

2:24PM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

noted............

9:50AM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

Before I adopted my first rabbit I was able to take him home for the weekend to see if he and the dogs would get along. I welcomed the idea and think it should be done everywhere. It gives potential bunny parents a real idea of what they are getting into and also if the bunny and other pets will tolerate each other. I also think it will help reduce the numbers of people dropping off unwanted bunnies at animal shelters or releasing them into the wild. If people know what to expect ahead of time I think there is less chance of them wanting to get rid of their bunny. And of course with any type of adoption, screening needs to be done to make sure the bunnies will be with loving and caring people.

4:17AM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

thanks for sharing this article, very interesting :)

7:05PM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

If people truly understood how to care for the bunnies rather than getting one on a whim (and then dumping it at the humane society after a month)- it would be a better situation for everybody.

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