House Rabbit Society

PSA

do not buy your child a rabbit this easter season. 

do not buy your child a rabbit this easter season. 

do not buy your child a rabbit this easter season.

it’s not even easter yet, and i’ve already seen plenty of people posting up in parking lots with signs that say “bunnies for sale” and it makes me cringe. 

80% of these easter bunnies are abandoned, and 95% of them don’t live to see their first birthday. 

  • rabbits are a huge responsibility, not just some cute conversation piece you can keep locked up in a cage all day. 
  • even if you do keep it in a cage most of the time, the cage needs to be 4 to 6 times as big as they are so they can stretch and stand up on their back feet. (source: house rabbit society) store bought cages generally are not suitable for rabbits even if they’re marketed as such.
  • rabbits require 3 to 4 hours (minimum) of playtime outside of their living space in an area big enough for them to binky and run around. 
  • their litter boxes need to be cleaned at least every other day if not more often. 
  • rabbits chew everything, from furniture to electric cords - be prepared to “bunny-proof” everything in your home. 
  • they have a strict diet, and an extensive list of foods they can and cannot eat. [bunny safe fruits & veggies]
  • they are prey animals that do not like to be picked up 99.9% of the time - a small child will not understand this and may end up hurting the animal.
  • they are loving animals but may or may not like to cuddle or even sit next to you sometimes - you should never expect a rabbit to act like a cat or dog, even though some of them do. 
  • they require annual vet visits, and should be spayed or neutered as soon as they are old enough to do so. 
  • rabbits groom themselves and should never, EVER be bathed or submerged in water - this can cause an ailment called head tilt, hypothermia, shock, and even death. 
  • a surprisingly little known fact, but rabbits aren’t rodents - if you don’t know this, maybe you shouldn’t be getting a rabbit in the first place. 

please be responsible and don’t get your child a rabbit this easter season unless you’ve done your research and plan to take full responsibility in caring for this animal. 


Bunny Care 101

This is Khaleesi. I brought Bree and Khaleesi, a bunny from the Georgia House Rabbit Society, to an event today. Khaleesi apparently decided that Bree’s carrier was a comfortable place to hang out. Bree was in there at times, too, but mostly, they swapped carriers today for a place to relax. They seemed to get along pretty well when they were in the same area, though, so all good there.

It’s Easter time friends!

We’ll say this once, we’ll say this a million times: DON’T BUY BUNNIES AS EASTER PRESENTS!

Bunnies are a 10 year commitment and require love, food, hay, kisses, cuddles, and care.  Be responsible and make sure your siblings and your parents know that rabbits are NOT toys.  Spread the word in school. Tell your friends.  Rabbits are real pets, not a holiday trinket.

**And please share this message**

easter 2017 - 16th April

HOW ANIMALS SUFFER AT EASTER 

Part One. RABBITS

The rabbit is a representation of fertility and rebirth. Every year baby bunnies are bought on impulse as gifts for children.

Many of the bunnies adopted as Easter pets will never live to see their first birthday.

Some die from neglect or improper care, others are dropped off at animal shelters, while still others are simply abandoned. Almost 80 percent of bunnies that are up for adoption at shelters were once purchased as Easter gifts.

When shelters cannot adopt out all these animals into loving homes or a rescue facility, many are euthanized.

A common misperception is that rabbits are good pets for children. But many rabbits do not enjoy being held and will kick and claw when picked up. Rabbits are delicate creatures and struggling to get out of the grasp of a child (or adult) can leave them with broken bones or other injuries.

Rabbits are timid creatures. Loud noises or children running around can scare them.

Adopting a rabbit is a big commitment. Rabbits have a life span of over ten years. If you adopt a baby bunny for your ten-year-old, be prepared to care for the rabbit when your child leaves home.. Many shelters have older rabbits that would love a caring forever home.

Rabbits are high maintenance. Children may lose interest in a rabbit when the novelty has worn off or find it burdensome to care for him or her.

Rabbits should be seen more as a family pet, with the parent(s) being the rabbit’s primary carer.

 THIS WEBSITE IS AN EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD GUIDE TO EVERYTHING IT TAKES TO KEEP A HAPPY, HEALTHY RABBIT AS A PET - FROM HOUSE RABBIT SOCIETY:

 http://rabbit.org/frequently-asked-questions/

With thanks to The Telegraph, Audubon, One Green Planet, The American Bible Society, Wikipedia, Mother Nature Network, The House Rabbit Society, Woodstock Sanctuary, Occupy for Animals & The American Humane Society. 

RABBIT PSA

someone on my snapchat posted a picture of their soaking wet rabbit and captioned it “just had a bath” and my immediate reaction was terror. I tried telling this person why it wasn’t safe and they blocked me, so yeah…

DON’T BATHE YOUR RABBIT!!!
It can cause ear tilt, hypothermia, and shock. It’s bad for the rabbit skin and ears (see: fucking ear tilt) and is an extremely stressful situation for a rabbit to be in.

If your rabbit often has urine or feces on its fur you probably need to clean the cage more often. If it smells, you probably need to clean the fucking cage more often. If you’re rabbit has lost the ability to clean itself/ is bad at it, then you can do a spot clean with a damp towel. Never put a rabbit into a tub/sink full of water and definitely don’t do it regularly.

If you need sources go to this cool new thing called google and ask it “can I give my rabbit a bath” and the first god damn thing to pop up is the House Rabbit Society and they’ll fucking tell you the exact god damn thing.

PLEASE DON’T BATHE UR GOD DAMN RABBIT

and additionally

DON’T ADOPT AN ANIMAL IF YOU HAVEN’T RESEARCHED THEIR PROPER CARE AND HANDLING!!!!

psa/rant over.

anonymous asked:

Hey rabbits shouldn't eat lettuce, it can make they feel sick or even die, unfortunately I only found it out when my first bunny died :(

Hi anon,

About 75% of my diet is Timothy hay. I also get about 1.5 cups of fresh greens (usually romaine lettuce) every day, and then a bite of fruit before bed. (Sometimes I get some clover, dandelions, or wild carrot greens from the yard, too.) My owner and vet worked together to develop a diet that I would enjoy and that would be nutritious for me, too. (It worked, because I’m very healthy and I love to eat!)

The House Rabbit Society has a lot of great resources for owning pet rabbits, and we have consulted this article on rabbit feeding many times: http://rabbit.org/suggested-vegetables-and-fruits-for-a-rabbit-diet/

I’m sorry to hear about your experiences, anon. Rabbits can be very tricky pets for new owners, but we can also be very rewarding.

There are more pet rabbits out there than owners – and we often end up abandoned or in shelters in the weeks and months following Easter. (I was found in my owner’s backyard, and his neighbor said I’d been in his breezeway for months before that!)

We really need good homes. I encourage anon and everyone else who’s thinking about owning a rabbit to watch some videos and read through articles (both available at places like rabbit.org) to see what owning a rabbit is like before getting one, and it’s a good idea to track down a local vet who has experience with rabbits, too. We are nothing like owning a dog or a cat, but we are just as much of a commitment.