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Friday, February 24, 2017

10 Reasons Why Rescue Rabbits Rock


We are a multi-species household: one dog, two cats, and one rabbit. Although Lulu, our bunny, doesn't get much blog time, she pre-dates Ruby and has been part of our family since 2010. In fact, before we adopted Ruby, we tested her with Lulu. Ruby showed no aggression or interest in Lulu (and vice versa) so we knew she was the one. 

Rabbits are now the third most popular pet in America. But despite their growing popularity, there's still tons of misinformation about how to care for them. This is the first of four posts focusing on bunny basics. Tune in next Friday for a look at diet and exercise. But before we get to the facts, let's have some fun. The following list is approved by Lulu.


Lulu explains bunny basics and the top 10 reasons rescue rabbits rock

10 Reasons Why Rescue Rabbits Rock

1. Rabbits make great apartment pets. They are super quiet - no barking or meowing. They like to hop around, but are light on their paws and won't disturb downstairs neighbors.

2. Rabbits are eco-friendly. They love cardboard boxes and toilet paper tubes stuffed with hay. Their litter is compostable and most of their food can be grown in your backyard.

3. Rabbits live longer than other small animals. With proper care, bunnies can live 10-12 years. Lulu is about 10.

Lulu explains bunny basics and the top 10 reasons rescue rabbits rock

4. Rabbits are in tune with human schedules. Bunnies are crepuscular, meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk. They sleep during the day and are ready to play and snuggle when you get home from work at night.

5. Rabbits help you stick to your diet. As herbivores, rabbits are great for vegetarians, vegans or anyone trying to add more greens to their diet. Rabbits eat two salads a day and keep your fridge stocked with all kinds of greens.

6. Rabbits are highly expressive. When they are happy they do bunny flops, happy laps, and binkies (little hop spins and kicks). Lulu has arthritis and doesn't bink much anymore, but she still greets me with happy laps every morning.



 
7. Rabbits are wonderful listeners. Those ears, enough said.

8. Rabbits make great watch dogs bunnies. In the wild, rabbits warn other rabbits of danger by thumping their back feet. Lulu thumps when she is frightened or displeased. She will thump at night if she hears people outside or smells a raccoon or possum in the yard. She also sometimes alerts us with a thump when Rosie is up to no good or my daughter and her friends are making too much noise.

9. Rabbits don't jump and climb on stuff like cats or require walks like dogs. They have some of their own little quirks, but we will save those for a future post.

10. Rabbits have big personalities. Bunnies are sweet, social, sassy, funny, bossy, stubborn, and loving. Big hearts come in little packages or big packages because some bunnies are huge.


Each year, thousands of rabbits, chicks, and ducklings are purchased in the weeks leading up to Easter with many (80% by some estimates) abandoned a few weeks later. The lucky ones end up in shelters while many others die after being "set free" outside.

I support responsible rabbit adoption and urge everyone to make informed, well-planned decisions when adding any new pet to the family. Rabbits are not toys or holiday decorations - they are a living, feeling, long-term commitment. If you are unable or unwilling to provide a life time of care, please choose a chocolate bunny instead.


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45 comments

  1. yes...they rock! and I hope for a lot of bunnyful homes for all hopping friends...

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  2. Gosh what an interesting post. I have never been allowed to make friends with a bunny. Gail's only friend with rabbits is not keen on the idea of us mixing...
    Toodle pip!
    Bertie.

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  4. Thank you for this post!! I had no idea that rabbits had such a long lifespan! I'd love to have a rabbit as a pet, but I am allergic to pretty much everything...that's the reason I had to give my cats away. :( I am also allergic to bunnies, cows, pigs, cats, birds, chickens...you name it! How fun it must be to have Lulu greet you with little hops! So cute!!

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  5. Oh now I WANTS a rabbit!!!!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  6. My mom had a wabbit from the Humane Society when she was a kid and she loved it. Unfortunately, it chewed on electrical cords which was really bad. For a small pet, they are a lot of fun, but with us hounds, we could never have one in the house.

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  7. this is really interesting. I saw a new sign at the SPCA shelter last week, outside their gates, it says Bunny adoptions, 20.00. I had no idea. the one thing I wonder about is are they litter trained?

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  8. LuLu is so cute! Would you recommend a bunny for an apartment dweller?

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  9. LuLu you are a beautiful Tuxis Rabbit too and I loved your laps around mom's feets
    Hugs madi your bfff

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  10. What a sweet girl Lulu is!
    Elliot and Cricket x

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  11. timothy hay wavez two ewe lula itz grate ta see ya heer two day...we N joyed yur post N yur moovee two !!! rabbits due rock....ewe shuld haz yur mom check out speedy's blog sum time; him livez in de UK with hiz mum & dad; tell her ta chex out: speedy the cheeky house bunny !! ♥♥♥☺☺☺

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  12. I have a friend who does domestic rabbit rescue. She is very active with this field. I do wild rabbit rescue, bottle feeding orphans. I release them when they are independent. It is so hard to not want to cuddle and tame them. But, I have to make sure they can survive on natural instinct. Great post!

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  13. Lulu is such a pretty girl. Your post is so interesting, with tons of great points. I've never had a rabbit but I would love one if we could settle down long enough. Reading about why rescue rabbits rock has re-kindled my interest. Thanks for that!!

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  14. Lulu is very cute! My sister-in-law has taken in a lot of rabbits over the years from people who didn't have the time or temperament for them. We have also have a pet rabbit who has been with us for the last ten years. Our dogs don't really interact with her.

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  15. We love seeing Lulu - you need to feature her more often. The little bipeds would love to have a bunny, but with a puppy and the hamster, Mom and Dad say enough for now:)

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

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  16. Those are wonderful reasons ! Lulu is such a cutie ! Purrs

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  17. I love that there are so many bloggers spreading the word about rescuing bunnies and rabbits. Education is key to helping these fluffy creatures.

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  18. Good information cuz me and Stanley didn't know anything about rabbits except how to chase them. Mom says this isn't a good post for our confession though.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  19. I love this post! We had a bunny when I was in elementary school. My father had raised them on the farm he grew up on - but he was no help in trying to figure out how to take care of a bunny. I feel bad now in retrospect, because I've learned so much since then; at the time 30+ years ago, we just had the basic starter kit that came with the bunny from a pet store (thank goodness these are not nearly as common anymore as they were then!!). Lulu is beautiful :)

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  20. Our humane society usually has at least a couple of bunnies and they're adorable. I don't think Mr. N could live harmoniously with one though.

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  21. What a great list. I had no idea they can live that long. Our local shelters has rabbits from time to time.

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  22. SHE says we wouldn't be nice to a bunny. But we're happy they have peeps to love them.

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  23. I love bunnies. I was a crazy bunny lady before I became a crazy cat lady.

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  24. We hope lots of bunny love happens every day!

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  25. What a cutie you are, Lulu!!
    Smileys!
    Dory

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  26. Wow - we learned a lot today! What a great post!

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  27. Great post - I had a bunny as kid, named Thumper of course. Sadly, where I live now keeping a rabbit as a domestic pet is illegal. They're considered a pest and fines are hefty.

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  28. Oh, Lulu looks exactly like the bunny we had growing up! Flopsy was technically my sister's bunny but we all loved him. That brought back some great memories!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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  29. Though I've never had one, I have always loved rabbits. Lulu is so adorable and precious, and I just love her happy laps! I can't wait for your future rabbit posts.

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  30. What a great post, and the perfect time of year for it! Do you know I never even knew about small animal rescues or rabbit rescues until about a year or two ago!? Can you believe that, someone that's an animal welfare volunteer didn't know that! This is why it's so important to get this education out. I see another great series from you is brewing! Shared.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  31. I have had lots of rabbits since I was little. Some were amazing, super loving, house-trained and gentle. A few others were a bit wild and cranky. Several were real escape artists in Australia and Chile. One in Sydney would sneak out on dates at night- she and her boyfriend would bend wire and dig holes. I did find them all quite high maintenance- lots of people do not understand how to look after them. I'll message you about a guest post for Kids' Pet Club.

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  32. Rabbits are pawsome! I had a few rabbits when I was a child. They do have a lot of personality. As with any pet, they are perfect for a person who is willing to learn about and care for their unique needs. Lulu is a beautiful girl! :)
    -Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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  33. Great post and it is one pet I have never had, and who knows maybe I will one day. As for rescue, whatever the pet is in my house it only be a rescue

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  34. I used to tend the rabits for my local rescue, I had no idea how full of personality they are! Some cheeky, come placid, some lively. They also need a LOT more space than people realise. All these tiny hutches are madness for a rabbit.

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  35. I had a rabbit when I was a kid. She was so adorable and so much fun. I'd like to have another one one day. That's really sad about how they are purchased at Easter and then the majority are "set free." Just awful.

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  36. Awesome post and points. It's so sad all the bunnies and chicks that are sold during this time of year. So sad.

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  37. We had to put our rabbit down 2 years ago and I miss her a lot. When we move to a bigger house I want to foster rabbits. They're such great animals to live with!

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  38. Cool! We didn't realize bunnies lived as long as they do.

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  39. I've thought a few times about getting a bunny. I need to do more research first though since I want to care for one properly. The groomer my boys go to for nail trims has bunnies running around outside once in awhile. We haven't seen them in awhile.

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  40. Aww how paw-some! I have always wanted a rabbit!

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  41. Lulu is adorable. This is a great post and one everyone should read before buying a rabbit. They should rescue one!

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  42. I love reading about all different types of animals. I have friends who rescued a rabbit and they are so happy about it. What a cutie!

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