Shelter rabbits need homes, even in April 2020
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Murray, UT (Apr. 10, 2020) — The Humane Society of Utah encourages rabbit adoption
Rabbits are surrendered to shelters throughout the year, not just after the Easter holiday. The Utah Humane Society 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, the Utah Humane Society seeks to educate about rabbits and adoption to facilitate finding new homes for the rabbits in their care. Adoptions are currently done on an appointment-only basis as outlined at UtahHumane.org/adoptions.
“We don’t believe in holding a rabbit back from finding a loving home because of a holiday,” said Deann Shepherd, Utah Humane Society representative. 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 available from the Utah Humane Society are spayed and neutered before adoption. The Utah Humane Society clinic 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 rabbits purchased from a store may not be sterilized leading to more unwanted rabbits 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 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 may require 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.
The Utah Humane Society warns 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.
To enforce social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, all adoptions are on an appointment-only basis. Interested adopters can view available animals at UtahHumane.org/adoption and call to set up an appointment to meet the pet at the Utah Humane Society adoption center.