Did you know that February is Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month?
Unfortunately rabbits are the third most abandoned animal at shelters. Unlike what you may have heard, these animals are not ‘starter’ pets. Rabbits need the attention and commitment of a cat or dog, require several hours of daily free range exercise and do best with a companion of their own kind.
So Why Adopt A Rabbit?
1) Rabbits can be easily litter trained.
2) Rabbits are extremely social and love to interact with you.
3) Rabbits have a life span of approximately 8-10 years.
4) Rabbits are fairly quiet, do not require outside bathroom trips or frequent walks.
5) With some rabbit proofing, rabbits make great and clean house pets!
There Are Many Reasons To Adopt Your Next Pet:
By choosing to adopt you are giving a displaced pet the loving, forever home that it deserves! And not only are you saving the life of that animal but you are freeing up a space so the rescue can take in another.
Prior to being adopted out, most shelters and rescues will have surrendered animals examined by a vet, get them up to date on any necessary vaccines, spay and neuter the animal (when applicable) and treat any health issues. You can be assured that when that furbaby joins your home it is in the best of health. Any animals with chronic health conditions requiring ongoing treatment or medications will have these medical conditions listed in their description so there are no surprises.
- Make Sure You End Up With The Right Pet For You
The staff and volunteers at your local shelter are there to make sure that you end up with the right pet to suit your needs and lifestyle. They want these animals to be happy in their forever home as much as you do and that means helping you identify what you are looking for in an animal as well as how much space, time and money you have to dedicate to a pet. Most rescues have a screening process to ensure the right animal goes home with the right owner.
Adoption fees typically include a full health check by a qualified veterinarian, spay/neuter, necessary vaccines and any medical treatments required to get that pet back to full health. This fee is minimal when you consider what it would cost for you to have these done yourself at your local vet’s office.
- Know That You’re Serious About Adding A New Family Member To Your Home
An adoption takes time to process. There are applications to complete and a screening process to undergo before you get to bring home that pet. Unlike buying a pet on a whim this gives you time to really consider if you are serious about sharing your life with a furry friend.
There is nothing like the feeling of knowing that because of you an animal has been given a second chance. And trust me, they will thank you for it every day.
A rabbit is not for everyone. Please make sure to check out our videos including Is A Rabbit The Right Pet For You?
And if you’re not ready to make the commitment but are still passionate about these wonderful animals, please consider making a donation to your local rabbit rescue or shelter. Your contribution could help neuter or spay a rabbit in need, provide food and temporary housing or pay for any required medical treatment.