The Year of the Rabbit—Bunny Adoption Tips!

We currently have two rabbits up for adoption, Cotton and Cocoa.  AACCC receives many rabbits throughout the year and they are regular residents on our adoption floor.  Rabbits are only $20 to adopt here at AACCC and can make a wonderful pet for owners that understand the responsibilities of owning a rabbit.  Check out the great information below for the ASPCA Blog on bunny adoptions!

UPDATE 2/26:  Cocoa and Cotton have both been adopted!

Cotton (A176044)

Cocoa (A176220)

From the ASPCA Blog:

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2011 marks the Year of the Rabbit. And shelters across the nation are celebrating by inviting the public to hop on over to take advantage of the rabbit adoption specials being offered.

It is estimated that more than 1 million households have rabbits as family members and for good reason—they are intelligent, curious and loving pets. But adopter beware, our little hoppers also need specialized care. Rabbits are often seen as low-maintenance starter pets for kids, but our experts warn that nothing could be further from the truth. Rabbits are physically delicate and fragile, and require specialized veterinary care. Thousands are abandoned at animal shelters every year for this reason.

We’ve put together a list of the tips for living with a bunny companion. 

  • They make great companions! Rabbits can be trained to use the litter box, they’ll come when called, and their all-time favorite activities are to dig and chew. Who knew? The sometimes sweet, sometimes sassy rabbit can be a great pet for the right family.
  • Rabbits can’t live outdoors! Outside, rabbits can die of fright and are susceptible to diseases spread by ticks and other parasites. They prefer to live in the cozy comforts of a home, just like cats and dogs.
  • Your rabbit will need at least two hours free time to run around and play, so it’s important to bunny-proof your home. Preventing rabbits from chewing on electrical cords is of utmost importance, since rabbits can be badly burned or electrocuted.
  • If you’ve done the research and understand exactly what rabbits need—big-time digging and chewing—then you’re ready for a cotton-tailed friend. Be sure to make adoption your first option, and have your new bunny spayed or neutered.

For more information, peruse our webpage on rabbit care.


3 Responses to “The Year of the Rabbit—Bunny Adoption Tips!”

  1. 1 Snailquake February 23, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    I enjoy this blog very much, and the rabbits in this entry are beautiful! But this comment does not seem in keeping with your usual level of awareness, and really surprises me:

    “Rabbits can’t live outdoors! Outside, rabbits can die of fright and are susceptible to diseases spread by ticks and other parasites. They prefer to live in the cozy comforts of a home, just like cats and dogs.”

    You must know that rabbits are animals adapted to live outdoors, and that indoor living is a relatively new experience for their species. Yes, being prey animals, they can be highly-strung in a new environment or one without enough hiding places; but this can happen indoors as easily as outdoors. Sometimes, in their panic, they can injure themselves; if this happens in a confined area, the injuries can be fatal. But die of fright? Sorry. This is an urban myth.

    I keep litter-trained house rabbits myself. Whether they live indoors or outside is their choice, and they have open-access hutches in the garden. Just like cats and dogs, they like to spend time running around outside, stretching their legs, digging, and doing the things that come naturally to them. During the milder seasons, they sometimes choose not to come back indoors at all. I have open-access hutches, hidey-holes and tunnels in my garden for my pets to “camp out”.

    As for the argument about parasites, one could say exactly the same thing about cats and dogs. Moreover, parasites can be brought into the home on other animals or people.

    The biggest mistake that animal owners make is to assume that their pets have the same needs as people. They feed human foods to them and make them live in human conditions. This can cause a lot of health problems. Please don’t perpetuate this type of thinking!

    Although a rabbit (or a cat) can live a healthy life indoors, in an ideal world that animal will also have the chance to go outside and fulfil its natural urges.

    • 2 Brooke Taylor February 23, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      Thank you for your input. We try to use our blog to connect people to information and resources – and topics are always open for discussion! It sounds like you have a wonderful set-up created for your rabbits and they are lucky to have an owner who has put so much time into their care. In the Municipality of Anchorage, it is against the law for rabbits (as well as dogs, cats, and other pets) to run loose. As long as they are properly confined in an outdoor enclosure with access to food, water, and appropriate warmth – which very much sounds the case with your pets – we would have no issue with owners allowing their rabbits access to outdoor areas.

      • 3 Snailquake February 23, 2011 at 4:57 pm

        Thank you for clearing that up for me, and for your patience in not taking offense at my perspective! I have a lot of strong opinions when it comes to pets.

        Local laws, of course, make a big difference!

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