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Dispelling the Myths About Shelter Pets

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Why Adopt?

For every pet you breed or buy, a shelter pet will die.

Why adopt a bunny? For every pet you buy from a pet store or breeder, a pet in a shelter is euthanized. Unfortunately, that is the simple math. There are only so many homes for bunnies. Shelters are overflowing with unwanted and discarded pets. There is only so much they can do without your help. Supporting pet stores and breeders only contributes to the problem. Sadly, even rescuing from a pet store simply encourages them to order more from a breeder.

If you're not yet ready to adopt, please consider fostering a bunny or perhaps a bonded pair - that also gives us the ability to rescue another bunny (or two) that desperately need our help!!

Adopting an adult animal means many things:

  • They have already gone through their hormonal changes
  • Their behavior is already known and more consistent than when they are growing babies
  • They have already been through a hard time and will likely be very appreciative of a second chance
  • There is a special reward you get from saving a bunny as opposed to just getting a cute novelty on a whim
  • Rabbits in shelters and rescues have usually been socialized by volunteers as part of the rehabilitative process
  • Adoptable bunnies are already spayed or neutered and so are far less inclined to certain health and behavioral problems
  • If you are a first-time bunny parent, you will be far happier adopting a socialized adult rabbit who already knows how to deal with humans and is much easier to make friends with
  • Shelter and rescue personnel know and care deeply about the animals - breeders and petstore employees typically don't and the animals you get from them may be more inclined to health problems. In some cases they may also have been subjected to mistreatment; rescue/shelter volunteers will work with you to help you pick the best pet for you and your lifestyle, with the rabbit's best interests in mind.
  • When you adopt an animal from a shelter, you are saving a life, and giving a previously unhappy soul a chance at happiness
  • When you adopt an animal from a shelter, you are creating the space for the shelter to rescue yet another animal that desperately needs proper care and shelter
  • There is no greater joy than ending a life of suffering...
    without ending a life
  • Many more reasons (hopefully some day we'll be able to cover many more of them, but there are too many to list...) GIVE A SHELTER BUNNY A REAL CHANCE AT HAPPINESS!!!

Recommended Reading:

The House Rabbit Connection's article on why you should consider adopting a bunny.

Sweet Binks offers some compelling reasons to adopt a bunny.

The House Rabbit Resource Network's arguments for adopting dispels many of the myths associated with adopting animals from shelters.

A good article from addressing many of the myths about adopting animals

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