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Somewhere out there, there’s some bunny waiting to be rescued from a bad situation or adopted from a local animal shelter. February celebrates Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month with the hope that folks like you will consider welcoming these furry balls of love into your home. This month’s pet focus is to increase awareness by spreading the word on the advantages of bunny adoption instead of buying from a pet store.

With so many animals needing to be adopted, many people don’t realize just how wonderful rabbits can be as companions. Companion rabbits are incredibly sweet, social animals. If they could write an “adopt me” ad, it would read: Great listener who enjoys cuddling, entertaining and long pet-pets while you relax with a movie after work. All it takes is a little bit of your couch time to research what you need to know before making a bunny a part of your life, which should include general care like rabbit housing, food and diet, exercise and cost.

Unfortunately, shelters everywhere are overcrowded with small animals like rabbits, and after dogs and cats, they are the third most surrendered pet to animal shelters. In honor of this hopeful month for rabbits, here are five good reasons to adopt a rescued rabbit.

1Rabbits are easy to please with simple foods.

Are you vegan or vegetarian? Then, rabbits will immediately fit in with your plant-based lifestyle! As herbivores, rabbits eat fresh fruits and vegetables and will help consume those veggie odds and ends from dinner preparations. Since your bunny eats mostly like you do, shopping with be super easy and they will enjoy sharing that summer home vegetable garden with you. Watch this adorable rabbit eating greens in slow motion and be prepared to smile!

2. Rabbits are both personable and eco-friendly companions.

It’s very easy to please a bunny with clean compostable bedding and a variety of recycled toys. Keeping in mind that a rabbit might chew on litter materials, provide a natural bedding like straw, hay, aspen shavings, or recycled shredded paper. Add all bedding and bunny pellets to your garden’s compost. For toys that are earth-friendly and good for maintaining healthy teeth, stuff empty toilet paper rolls with hay and give them plain cardboard boxes to play with.

3. Rabbits can help reduce stress.

Petting a bunny reduces stress. If you have pets in the home, then you know that just watching them play or do something cute can be calming. In fact, having animals like rabbits around can improve your overall mood and health! Simply petting a bunny on your lap can reduce the stress hormone cortisol and increase your happiness by releasing serotonin. Snuggling up and cuddling with a bunny can even lower blood pressure. It’s almost like they suck the bad energy from you, then convert it into fluffy hugs — and how wouldn’t want to get in on some of that?

4. Rabbits are natural comedians.

Bunnies provide plenty of funnies and entertainment! Have you ever just sat back and observed a rabbit’s actions? They communicate with humans through body language and use adorable powers to make us give positive comments about their dancing. From the funny way they play with objects and the motion their mouths make while eating a treat to running around curiously and grooming themselves, rabbits are natural-born comedians and don’t even know it.

5. Rabbits will offer you love and lasting companionship to thank you for adopting them.

By adopting a rabbit, you will be saving an animal’s life. There is an overcrowding of small animals in shelters, making them just as likely as larger animals to be euthanatized if they do not get adopted; and there are many recused rabbits needing forever families. If you are ready to welcome a new animal, be that life-saving family by adopting a homeless bunny or two. The experience can be very rewarding in of itself, plus you’ll have a wonderful, loving companion by your side for many years to come.

Green Monsters: Do you have an adopted rabbit? Share your bunny stories with us!

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16 comments on “5 Hopping Good Reasons to Adopt a Rescued Rabbit”

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Carol Boxall
4 Years Ago

Rabbits are not good starter pets for children nor anyone else! They are highly complex, sentient creatures who need specialised care. They are also expensive to look after and the PDSA estimates that they will cost £9,000 over an average lifetime of 10 years. Also they need annual vaccinations and they need to live with other rabbits in bonded, neutered pairs. They also need space and loads of it....rabbits should not live in hutches unless they meet welfare standards. To find out more about how these intelligent creatures should be treated please go to: www.actionforrabbits.com

Dan Bernardi
4 Years Ago

don't forget about the binkying... its worth it just for binkies.

Nicole Marie
4 Years Ago

I have never seen a bunny for adoption at a local shelter :/ I guess I'll check craigslist. I'm just concerned because I have a dog and a cat...but I've always wanted a bunny, too. :(

12 Apr 2015

We have dog, cat and bunnies altogether and it works great! Most cats and dogs will accepts bunnies at home. And bunnies will get used to them also! My cat and dog often sit together with the bunnies. (Not recommended if you are not sure if your dog might hunt them)

Adrienne Bernard
4 Years Ago

Looks just like our Nutmeg!! Noelle Stanley & Rita Bernard

Katherine Feldmann
4 Years Ago

Indyclaw Rescue

Beth Ken
4 Years Ago

Rachel Watson

Alison Visokay
4 Years Ago

We rescued a rabbit and he was awesome! He lived in our screened in porch. He used to make his own obstacle courses and run them again and again the same way, and the next time he would design a new course and practice that one. He bossed the cats and the dogs and no one ever questioned him.

Mohammad Jameel
4 Years Ago

I will save one for dinner

Margalit Balaban
4 Years Ago

My Beatrice was an owner-surrender! I am so lucky to have found her. Another benefit of a rescue rabbit -- they are usually a bit older (Bea is 1 1/2), so you can make a better judgment of whether or not your personalities will mesh well!

Shawn Buchanan
4 Years Ago

We have a bunny, he has been all over the world, we even took him to Africa. Last year he was in Paris and in May he will be in London. He lives with us between the US and Germany. He is a Netherlands Dwarf so he is small. They are extremely intelligent and are insulted easily. Do not cage the as they will become depressed.

Laura Rolston
25 Feb 2014

My girls love their cages. They are like their rooms, they run all over the house then go back to the cages to be alone. I think it is more important just that they are getting exercise and not left in cages for days upon days. So cool that your bun is so worldly! My girls would be jealous I'm sure ;)

Shawn Buchanan
25 Feb 2014

No one likes to be locked up without freedom of movement, especially someone as free as bunnies, there are those who are conditioned to feel safe in a cage after years of captivity. Being caged, is not the same as having a room, being caged means being locked up and your bunnies don't seemed to be locked in their cages.

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