Some Bunny Needs You: February Is Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month

Editor’s note: This Care2 favorite was originally posted on February 22, 2013.

February is Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month, and many local rabbit rescue groups are hosting adoption showcases. Rabbits are the third-most commonly found animals at shelters, says California’s Rabbit Haven.

With Easter fast approaching, pet stores and backyard breeders are getting ready to tempt parents who think a cute little bunny would be just perfect to pop into a child’s Easter basket. As a result, shelters are bracing for an influx of unwanted pets.

Thousands of baby rabbits are purchased “on impulse” at Easter, without their new owners having any idea of the amount of care that they require. As the Bay Area-based Rabbit Haven makes very clear, a pet rabbit is not a toy.

People should think twice about buying a child his or her own Easter bunny. And most should probably just purchase a stuffed toy instead or sponsor a rabbit at a shelter.

Many of the rabbits on sale before Easter have not been properly cared for and are sickly. Baby rabbits are often sold when they are only three weeks old, even though rabbits aren’t weaned from their mothers until they are eight weeks old. The baby bunnies who show up in pet shops often have underdeveloped immune systems, and some are not even able to eat on their own.

Shelters are overwhelmed by a deluge of unwanted post-Easter bunnies and, according to Rabbit Haven, too often they have to resort to euthanizing them. Some rabbits don’t even make it to a shelter but are “simply dumped in the streets, left in parks or in other people’s yards and many of these poor rabbits come to the shelters with severe injuries.” These rabbits aren’t wild animals, and they’re unable to care for themselves.

Rabbits are not “low maintenance” pets; they need gentle and loving care, daily exercise, interaction with people and regular visits to the veterinarian. They can be trained to use a litter box and live for some ten years. Rabbits are “intelligent, interactive and curious little guys,” as Debby Widolf of the national animal welfare organization, Best Friends Animal Society, notes.

In other words, there are plenty of reasons to adopt a rabbit — or rabbits, if you don’t want yours to get lonely when you’re not home, as the House Rabbit Society of Richmond, California suggests. But keep in mind that Easter is most definitely not one of them!

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112 comments

Maria P
Maria P28 days ago

Thank you for sharing

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Michael F
Michael Friedmannabout a month ago

Thank You for Sharing This !!!

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Yvonne T
Yvonne Tabout a month ago

unfortunately we don t have the possibility in our flat :-((

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Michael F
Michael Friedmannabout a month ago

Thank You for Sharing This !!!

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Glennis W
Glennis Whitneyabout a month ago

Rabbits not allowed in Queensland Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis Whitneyabout a month ago

They are so adorable Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis Whitneyabout a month ago

Interesting Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis Whitneyabout a month ago

Thank you for caring and sharing

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Janis K
Janis Kabout a month ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Rita Delfing
Rita Delfingabout a month ago

I adopted a bunny last July, I also had him neutered 240.00 cdn. Not to mention the amount of chew items such as hay mats, or wicker houses, etc involved with having a bunny. I also have three cats, and I believe my bunny costs more then the 3 of the cats. He is a lovely little fellow he needs lots of attention and he comes out of his cage whenever I am home and in the living room with him. You can't put them in a basement or some room you don't frequent they love attention. They can get ornery if they don't get attention. I have learned a ton about bunnies in the last year. If you plan to get one, yes please adopt but also be committed to your bunny. For the love of pete do not dump your bunny in the park, how demented is that to do to a domesticated animal they won't survive without you. Cinnabun is a lovely fellow I hope he lives a long time.

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