When adding a new pet to the family, adoption is an option many people think of when adding a dog or cat to the family. It’s not something people think of when adding a small pet such as a rabbit. They may not realize that every year thousands of rabbits are looking for new homes through no fault of their own. With this year being the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese calendar, many people acquire rabbits because it is thought to bring them luck during the year. Unfortunately, once the year is over many of these rabbits are no longer wanted and will be surrendered to shelters and rescues. This month is Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month. Promoted to make people aware of the number of rabbits in shelters, educate them on their care and to let people know that adoption is a great option for finding a new friend, this year more than any, it’s very important to let people know.
Rabbits are often discounted as a companion pet, possibly because of their history of being kept in hutches in the backyard away from the family. Many people would be surprised to find out that rabbits have many of the same qualities we love in our dogs and cats. Rabbits love to interact and have fun personalities and nothing beats watching them doing their bunny binkies.
I’ve had rabbits in my life from CW, my first rabbit, to Glee (yes, I’m a Gleek!), my current lagomorph family member. I adopted Glee about 1 1/2 years ago from a rescue. She’s an English Lop and I fell in love with her the minute I saw her ears on Petfinder. Glee has been fun to have. Elops (as they are nicknamed) tend to be pretty mild, but she can have a little bit of a dive attitude. She’s also the most vocal rabbit I have had, part of the diva tude I guess.
Owning a rabbit is a 10 year commitment. Our knowledge of rabbits and their care has come a long way from the backyard hutch. Through out February I’ll be posting about some of the different areas of rabbit care. If you’ve been thinking about adopting a rabbit or know someone who is, check back more information and resources.
If you are thinking about adding a rabbit to your household, visit the House Rabbit Society website for information on care as well as many other rabbit resources. You can find a list of rabbit rescues on that site or visit Petfinder to find the one that you fall in love with.