Bunnies are Not Just for Easter. They’re for Life!

Bunnies and Easter go hand-in-hand, but when deciding on giving a rabbit as an Easter gift, consider the chocolate, candy and stuffed animal toy kind first, and if you’re really serious, then think about ADOPTing a rabbit. Adding a real, live rabbit to your family should be a well thought-out decision.

04-19-14 Sunshine Bunny

SUNSHINE is currently available at the ARL’s Boston shelter.

Here’s what you should know about rabbits:

  • They should live indoors.
  • They have a lifespan of about 10 years.
  • Rabbits are sensitive and can be stressed out by small children.
  • They like to chew on cords and furniture, so your home must be bunny-proofed.
  • Rabbits should be neutered or spayed or they will mark your house.
  • They make great apartment pets.

Marianne G., Manager of our Boston shelter, has the following advice “if you are thinking about adopting a rabbit this Easter remember to ask yourself the question, ‘Was I interested in a rabbit before Spring or am I getting caught up by the holiday fever?’” She also notes that “rabbits make fun and entertaining pets.  It can be an exciting surprise to add one to your family at Easter time as long as you have considered the commitment and the care that will last long after you’ve devoured your last Cadbury Crème Egg!”

 

Hop to It! Adopt a Rabbit.

February is Adopt-A-Rescued-Rabbit Month

If you’re trying to decide on a new pet consider this: rabbits make perfect household pets for the right people, especially for apartment dwellers.

You won’t have to rush home from work to let a rabbit out. They need some time outside of their cage every day, but they require less attention than dogs or cats. Rabbits eat salad and hay, and love carrots as treats – in moderation.

Rabbits are curious and friendly by nature. They’ll entertain you with their silly antics, and love to cuddle next to you on the sofa. They’re also quiet and clean – they can easily be trained to use a litterbox (huge plus).

Right now all three of our shelters have more rabbits available for adoption than usual including shorthaired, albino mini-lops, mini rexes and several others.

View our adoptable rabbits online, or come to one of our shelters to meet them, and possibly adopt one of these furry loves into your home.

If you don’t have room in your home for any more of these lil’ guys, you can spread the love by sponsoring an adoption fee and helping a deserving bunny hop on home this Valentine’s Day.

Sponsor an Adoption Fee

 

Rabbits at Petco

buddyDid you know that at any given time the League has one to three adoptable rabbits at different Petco locations? Currently two year-old Buddy, a brown American rabbit, is waiting for his forever home at the Hanover Petco. He was surrendered to us when his previous owners were moving and were not able to take him. He did well in his previous home living with a child and a small breed dog. He’s very good for handling and would make a great first rabbit for someone who doesn’t have much experience.

Our rabbit adoption program at Petco allows us to take in more rabbits and help more animals find homes, so next time you’re thinking about getting a rabbit from us don’t forget to check our website first and see if one of our bunnies is at a Petco near you!

If you’d like to visit with Buddy and fill out an adoption application, please stop by Petco in Hanover, MA. For more information on BUDDY or any questions about our other rabbits please contact us at 617.226.5602.

Bunnies As Easter Gifts

Photo: Allison Evans

Photo: Allison Evans

Bunnies and Easter go hand-in-hand, but when deciding on giving a rabbit as an Easter gift, consider the chocolate, candy and stuffed animal toy kind first, and if you’re really serious, then think about ADOPTing a rabbit. Adding a real, live rabbit to your family should be a well thought-out decision.

Here’s what you should know about rabbits:

  • They should live indoors.
  • They have a lifespan of about 10 years.
  • Rabbits are sensitive and can be stressed out by small children.
  • They like to chew on cords and furniture, so your home must be bunny-proofed.
  • Rabbits should be neutered or spayed or they will mark your house.
  • They make great apartment pets.

Marianne G., Manager of our Boston shelter, has the following advice “if you are thinking about adopting a rabbit this Easter remember to ask yourself the question, ‘Was I interested in a rabbit before Spring or am I getting caught up by the holiday fever?’” She also notes that “rabbits make fun and entertaining pets.  It can be an exciting surprise to add one to your family at Eastertime as long as you have considered the commitment and the care that will last long after you’ve devoured your last Cadbury Crème Egg!”

Hop On Over And Adopt A Rabbit

Tulip1

Tulip was recently adopted!

February is Adopt-A-Rescued-Rabbit Month and we have a few rabbits waiting for a wonderful home at our Dedham Adoption Center. Rabbits can make great pets for the right people, meaning someone who doesn’t mind a pet that they’ll spend just as much time observing as handling. If you’re someone who isn’t looking for a pet that will require your constant attention, then a rabbit might be a good choice for you. They are very smart and make excellent pets for city dwellers.

Michelle Chandler, Assistant Director of the Annual Fund at the League and mom to 3 year-old Scofield said that “one of the benefits of having a rabbit in the city is that they are great apartment pets. They are quiet, low maintenance and do not take up much space. Also they are trainable – my rabbit is litter box trained so he can spend hours outside of his crate exploring the apartment.” Michelle also notes that “before allowing your rabbit to have free reign do make sure apartment is bunny proof – they love to chew – on everything including electrical cords.”

Mocha

Mocha

Mocha is one of several rabbits available for adoption at our Dedham Adoption center. She is a very sweet 1 year-old female Rhinelander mix. She was found as a stray and gave birth to 7 baby rabbits in the shelter! She was put in foster care while she nursed her babies and has been well socialized. She will be spayed before her adoption. If you are interested in adopting her please call the Dedham branch of the Animal Rescue League of Boston at (781) 326-0729 for more information or stop by the shelter to meet her!

Hans

Hans

Hans is currently the only rabbit at our Boston Adoption Center. He is a is a super sweet and friendly 1 year-old neutered male Dutch rabbit who was transferred to the League from another shelter. Stop by our Boston Adoption Center to meet him or give us a call at (617) 226-5602.

She’s A Barbie Girl

Photo: Allison Evans

Photo: Allison Evans

Barbie is a sweet and friendly 1 year-old female long-haired rabbit. She would make the perfect addition to a family who is seeking a pet rabbit. She enjoys being held and petted and likes snacking on hay.

Bed-Head!

Bed-Head!

Barbie also likes to express herself through her unique hairstyles, often sporting the “bed-head” look or a fluffy Mohawk as seen in the picture below. Since she is long-haired she does require daily grooming. Barbie has been at the Animal Rescue League of Boston since November 26, 2012 and has been here the longest of any of our rabbits.

If you’d like to meet Barbie, visit her at our Boston Adoption Center. If you know someone who would be interested in adopting her, please share this with them today! We’re open Friday-Sunday, 1-4pm and Tuesday-Thursday from 1-7pm. Want to learn more about Barbie before you stop by? Call our Adoption Center at 617.226.5602 and someone will be happy to tell you more about her!

Photo: Maria L. Uribe

Photo: Maria L. Uribe