Why a house rabbit?

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People who share their homes with rabbits quickly discover the value and potential of these charming, intelligent animals as dear friends and cherished companions. Here are some of the top reasons to consider adopting a house rabbit…

photo by @allthatissheThey love it when you talk to them. And they especially love it when you do projects on the floor. Wrapping a present? They’re ready to help customize the paper with nibble marks. Working on homework? Rabbits will hop over your reading material and nudge your hand to force you to take a break. They also make excellent snugglers if you’re willing to get down on the floor with them or let them sit with you on the couch.

Rabbits are uniquely talented comedians
Binkies (little hop-twists they do when they’re happy), flops (flopping over in absolute relaxation) and bunny 500s (think the Indy 500, but with bunnies) are just some of the amusing habits of the house bunny.

Rabbit schedules match up with people schedules
Our furry friends are most active at dawn and dusk, which corresponds well with the times most of us are starting our day or getting home from work and ready for some couch snuggling or binky watching.

Rabbits help you stay healthy
As herbivores, rabbits’ diets mesh well with vegetarian and vegan lifestyles. Generally speaking, though, having a pet who encourages you to stock your fridge with fruits and vegetables is good for everybody.

Rabbits make great pets for apartment dwellers and city dwellers
They happily stay in large pens during the day when you’re gone and love to come out to romp around in rabbit-proofed rooms when you’re home. They can easily be trained to use a litter box, and they’re quiet and almost completely odor-free!

Rabbits have long lifespans compared to other small animals
They can live 10-12 years if provided with proper care and the right diet.

Rabbits are heroic
In the wild, rabbits communicate with each other about perceived dangers by thumping their back legs; astute house bunnies will provide you with a similar security system. Who needs an alarm system when you can have a fierce guard bunny?

Rabbits need homes too
Perhaps one of the best reasons to adopt a bunny is that there are so many waiting for forever homes. In fact, after dogs and cats, rabbits are the third most abundant adoptable pet.

If you have a relatively quiet home with no small children, and you’re willing to learn a new language (bunny language!), perhaps you might investigate why so many others have chosen to adopt shelter rabbits as companions!

You can learn more about house rabbits on our resource page and by joining us at Bunny Playground in the shelter classroom every Saturday from 2-4pm!


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