When people think of Easter, what pops into their minds are Spring, chocolate and the Easter Bunny. When rabbit rescues think of Easter, they think about all those rabbits that will be looking for homes once the joy of the Easter gift runs out.
Rabbits are great pets, for the right person. Somethings that are important to remember are-
- Rabbits live for about 10 years.
- While not really high maintenance, they do require as much care as a dog or cat.
- Rabbits should be kept indoors. They like to be part of the family and outside housing can leaves them open to attacks by predators.
- Rabbits need exercise. They should be allowed to run outside of their cage for about 4 hours a day in a bunny-proof area.
- They aren’t cheap pets. Along with the cost of a cage and the items needed to set it up, ongoing costs include- pelleted litter for litter boxes, hay, pellets, vegetables and toys.
- They should be spayed and neutered. Rabbits that have been spayed and neutered are much easier, cleaner rabbits to live with.
If you are considering adding a rabbit to your house, I recommend visiting the House Rabbit Society’s website rabbit.org where you will find information on all aspects of their care.
If you’ve done your research and feel that a rabbit would be an ideal pet for you, I recommend looking into adoption for several reasons.
- You can get a rabbit with the personality you want. People are always surprised to find that rabbits actually have different personalities. And getting a bunny as a baby will not insure he will grow into the rabbit you think he should be. Rabbit rescues take the time to learn about each bunny so they can get them adopted into the right home. They are looking for that furever home so want to do it right.
- You can choose from an assortment of breeds and colors. It is amazing at the variety of rabbits available, just check out the breeds on Petfinder.
- The rabbit is usually already spayed and neutered.
- Rescues are great sources of information so can help answer questions as they come up along with pointing you in the right direction for where to find things like a rabbit-savvy vet, good sources of hay, and the best rabbit toy supplier.
Below are some of the rabbits available for adoption at shelters in northeast PA where I live. Petfinder is a great resource for finding rabbits. You can also find a list of rabbit rescues at rabbit.org to locate one near you.
This is Calvin, isn’t he beautiful! I love the colors on him. Already neutered, they say he’s an easy going bunny and would be perfect for a first time rabbit owner. They also think he would be able to bond with a spayed female bunny if someone is looking to add to their bunny family.
Look at this face, how can you resist little Dewie? He’s a neutered Netherland Dwarf who I noticed has been at this shelter for a while. Netherland Dwarfs are one of the smallest breeds of rabbits so are perfect for those who don’t have a lot of cage space.
Okay, I’m a little partial to Kai because she looks just like my Glee. And like Ms. Glee apparently Kai can have a bit of an attitude. because of this an experienced bunny owner would be perfect for her.
Looking for a TV watching buddy? Riley is your bun! He loves nothing more than to sit and let you pet him while watching TV. Sounds like he might be great for someone looking for an easy going lap bunny.
These are just a few of the rabbits looking for homes. There are many more who would love a second chance. Visit more blogs that are taking part in the Easter Rabbit Adoptathon to find a special bunny near you.