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Adopt a Rescued Rabbit

Adopt a Rescued Rabbit

You’d think that “Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month” would be in the spring when people have bunnies on the brain–like in April. But no, July is the month that holds the honor. Why? Because it takes a few months for all of the people who bought those cute baby bunnies for Easter gifts to abandon them at the shelter once the bunny has turned into a full-grown rabbit. By July, the kids have grown tired of them, the parents realize the responsibility involved, and thousands of rabbits are being dropped off at shelters across the country.

“Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month” was originated by the House Rabbit Society (HRS), an international nonprofit animal rescue and education group, in partnership with the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The goal has two aims: To educate the public about having rabbits for companion pets, and to help rescue and “re-home” domestic rabbits.

Rabbits can make fantastic companion pets, as long as you know what you’re in for. They get along with cats and dogs, are smart and affectionate and can learn to use a litter box. They even come when called. However, they have their caveats. According to the ASPCA, you should be aware of these facts when considering a rabbit as a pet:

Rabbits cannot live outdoors! Although they’ve traditionally been kept in backyard hutches, these days we know better. Outside, rabbits can die of fright at the approach of a predator, and will be susceptible to diseases spread by ticks and other parasites.

In most cases, rabbits and very young kids are not a great match. No doubt, many children love bunnies–but they’ll want to show their love by hugging and picking them up. Rabbits naturally feel insecure when picked up off the ground, and will do anything in their power (or in their powerful legs) to get down. An accidental fall can result in a broken bone. Better to wait until the kids are older.

Rabbits need to dig and chew, they can be pretty destructive, so you will need to make sure to give them plenty of opportunity to do that, as well as rabbit-proofing your house.

That said, rabbits really can make wonderful pets! For more information on Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month, visit the ASPCA, or the House Rabbit Society.

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By Melissa Breyer, Senior Editor, Healthy and Green Living

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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10:49PM PDT on Sep 27, 2012

Thanks for sharing!

12:17AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Thanks for the article!

9:24AM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

:-)

4:50AM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

Thank you for todays post. Wishing you a happy Easter Holiday. :-)

2:01AM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

Soo beautiful...................

8:44AM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Feral rabbits can cause all kinds of problems in urban areas. Please think before bringing home a baby bunny what you will do with it in the future.

8:30AM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

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12:21AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Bunnies are great pets as long as you understand how to take care of them.

12:21PM PST on Feb 27, 2012

Thank you for sharing

8:45AM PST on Feb 27, 2012

Thanks for the article

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