Shelter rabbits need homes, even in April

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MURRAY, UT (Apr. 2, 2019) -- The Humane Society of Utah encourages rabbit adoption
 
Rabbits are surrendered to the Humane Society of Utah (HSU) throughout the year, and HSU encourages people to adopt a rabbit if they are interested in owning one as a pet. Instead of deterring would-be bunny owners during April, HSU seeks to educate about rabbits and adoption.
 
“There is a myth that black cats can’t be adopted during October because of Halloween, and it has put black cats at risk by keeping them in shelters longer than necessary,” said Deann Shepherd, HSU representative. “HSU does not believe in holding a rabbit back from finding a loving home because of a holiday. If someone is thinking about getting a pet rabbit, we’d prefer to educate them and have them adopt a rabbit from us instead of buying one and not understanding how to care for it properly.”
 
All rabbits at HSU are spayed and neutered before adoption, but HSU does not offer surgical sterilization for owned rabbits in the community. This procedure is available through an exotic veterinarian and can be expensive, which means most rabbits purchased from a store may not be sterilized leading to more unwanted rabbits that may be at risk of ending up in an animal shelter.
 
Rabbits are affectionate, intelligent, quiet companions that can make a good house pet for the right person. “We trust our adoption process to screen potential adopters,” said Shepherd.
 
Following are some tips to consider before getting a pet rabbit:
 
  • Rabbits have a long life span and can live 8-12 years with proper care and diet.
  • Rabbits are prey animals and can be timid. They may not like to be held.
  • Rabbit teeth and nails grow continually and require regular trimming.
  • Owners should bunny-proof a room before allowing a rabbit to run around out of the cage – rabbits can chew on items in the house like electrical cords and wood.
  • Rabbits may be trained to use a litter box and respond to clicker training.
  • Owners should understand what foods are acceptable as snacks and what foods to avoid.
  • Bunnies need regular affection and attention from their owners.
 
HSU does warn against buying a bunny on impulse to put in an Easter basket. “Unless a family is willing to adopt and care for a new pet rabbit, they should consider an alternative for the Easter basket,” said Shepherd.
 
Some Utah cities and counties have passed a pet store ordinance banning the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits from pet stores to prevent more unwanted pets from ending up in animal shelters. These include Salt Lake City, Millcreek, Emigration, Copperton, Kearns, Magna, White City, Sandy, Midvale and Murray.
 
For more information about HSU’s adoption process and to see a list of available rabbits, visit http://www.utahhumane.org.
 
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About HSU
The Humane Society of Utah (HSU) is dedicated to the elimination of pain, fear and suffering in all animals. Since 1960, HSU has been sheltering homeless animals, fighting cruelty and neglect, and creating an environment of respect, responsibility, and compassion for all animals across the state of Utah. As the largest open-admission private animal shelter in the state, HSU welcomes any companion animal that can legally be admitted. HSU works hard to ensure that every healthy and treatable pet that enters the facility will be placed into a loving home. The Humane Society of Utah is a local, private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that does not receive any government funding and is not a branch of any national organization. HSU is funded by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, and foundations. Read more about HSU online at www.utahhumane.org.
 
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