As of the writing of this post, there were 5,901 rabbits available for adoption on petfinder.com. Many people are surprised and disappointed to find that once they bring home a bunny for their child on Easter, the rabbit rarely conforms to the cute-n-cuddly notion they had anticipated. Baby bunnies (and many young adult rabbits) are too busy dashing madly about–as well as hiding behind furniture, and chewing everything in sight–to be held, according to the House Rabbit Society.
Also, rabbits are delicate animals which means they can be injured by children picking them up. And because rabbits become frightened when they are picked up, they frantically squirm and kick, often resulting in a terrified, if not injured, child. Rabbits are built to react to sudden changes which means they may either run away or try to bite when approached too quickly or too loudly. As well, stress-related illnesses are common. For these reasons, many children find it difficult to interact with a rabbit and soon lose interest. Which, of course, leads to an abundance of rabbits available for adoption on petfinder.com.
If you are interested in adopting a rabbit, use these guidelines to help inform your decision. And if you’re not in the market for a foster bunny, you might at least take a stroll through these pages of abandoned rabbits to get your fill of Easter bunny spirit.