Pet of the Week: LILY

lilyLily is a friendly rabbit who may be a little shy at first but warms up quickly to those who are patient with her. She enjoys being held and pet by people. She would do best as the only rabbit in the home. She’s been at our Boston shelter for quite a long time, as rabbits go (since February!) and she’d really love to hop into your life!

This beautiful rabbit is three years-old and her favorite things include: hay, soft bedding, veggies and attention from her human friends!

Please note that in order to adopt Lily, you need to bring a picture of the cage she will be housed in so that we can ensure it is adequate for her.

For more information on Lily or any of the other animals currently residing at our Boston shelter, please stop by or call us at 617.226.5602. The Animal Rescue League of Boston is open Tuesday through Thursday 1-7p.m. and Friday through Sunday 1-4p.m., excluding some holidays.

Girl Who Donated Piggy Bank Makes Gift Basket For Oliver

Reilly holds a shelter rabbit surrounded by her donations.

Reilly holds a shelter rabbit surrounded by her donations.

Nine year-old Reilly from Leominster, the girl who donated her entire piggy bank savings to our shelter animals back in January, has been busy thinking of new ways to help our shelter animals.

Yesterday, she stopped by with her mom to donate a gift basket for Oliver as well as items from a toy drive that she recently organized. Since her initial piggy bank donation Reilly has raised over $500 for needy animals and collected countless toys to help engage the animals while they’re at the shelter waiting for a home.

THANK YOU, REILLY! Keep up the amazing work. We hope to see you again soon!

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


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 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 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.

Adoption Spotlight: Meet Cookie

Cookie, a female White and Brown Shorthaired Rabbit, has been at the League’s Boston shelter since January.

She loves her salads and is not afraid to let it be known that they are her favorite. Cookie is a very lively rabbit and she hops around her cage all day love. She loves to play and welcomes visitors with a friendly sniff.

Cookie is still searching for her forever home. If you’d like to help her out, visit our Boston shelter this weekend and say hello!