Blogs Are Coming Up Rabbit

Once again, I am feeling really stupid. And awful. I guess I should get used to it. 

While I have raged and ranted about dogs and cats being sold in pet stores from unknown sources and strictly for profit, I have completely ignored the plight of smaller animals. It’s not that I didn’t think cute little rabbits or guinea pigs could be abandoned and abused. Every now and then the local SPCA will have a furry little rodent up for adoption. They have even had a reptile or two over the years. It’s more that I didn’t acknowledge or even think about the ways rabbits and other rodents are bred. It didn’t even cross my mind that perhaps a pet store would not be the best place to purchase such a pet. It bothered me if I saw them in too-small cages, but not enough to give their plight more than a passing thought.

Until All Things Dog Blog announced the site would be holding a blog hop to spread the word about rabbit adoption, that is. Doing just a little bit of research properly shamed me right quick. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find a local rescue specializing in rabbits or even rodents. After thirty minutes of searching, the closest organization is Rabbit Rescue located in Kitchener, Ontario. It’s pretty tragic I had to look so far in order to find people willing to dedicate their lives to saving these loving animals.

And I thought cats were under-valued in our society.

On a more positive note, Rabbit Rescue seems like a fantastic society doing a lot of great work. The founder Haviva Rush recognized the lack of support for rabbits in this country and worked hard to fill the gap. Currently, she runs the only organization of its kind in Canada. It didn’t take long ,after spending some time on the site, for me to wonder if a rabbit may make a great addition to my home. Smart, affectionate, and highly trainable, rabbits can make excellent pets. The list of adoption benefits reads just like ones from groups involved in dog rescue. If it wasn’t for my dog’s high prey drive…

I mean, really, how adorable is Jimmi?

One thing is for sure, I will never again be so ignorant about the treatment of rabbits. They are just as much victimized by human cruelty as other pets. They also are frequently purchased as gifts for children and then dumped later when they prove to be too much work. They suffer just as much as dogs and cats when people think nothing of abandoning them to the wild. To find out more about the struggles of the Easter rabbit, click here.

Sounds awfully familiar, doesn’t it?

For more photos of bunnies, you should also check out the rest of the blogs in today’s Easter rabbit blog hop on All Things Dog Blog. Too much cuteness for words. If only I could stick them all in my pocket.

17 thoughts on “Blogs Are Coming Up Rabbit

  1. In the proper combinations, rabbits can live happily with cats and dogs. Ours did fine with a little rule establishment. Robby has now moved on to live with my son on his own. I miss him and seeing all these pictures made me wonder, “Should I bring another bunny home?”

    Oliver would be thrilled to teach a young bunny how to play puppy style. And they really are quite fun to watch. I could watch Robby wash his face and ears for the longest time. It was fascinating. Okay enough reminiscing. I’t late and I’m going nite nite…just like Oliver. That’s his command for “Crate”. He runs there so fast that visitors get a huge chuckle out of it when they come. Enough…goodnight!

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  2. I’ve often thought of getting a pet rabbit. Remember how I used to LOVE rabbits? I still do. And if you live in an apartment that accepts pets, rabbits are just as nice as getting a dog (a bit easier actually.)

    I knew a girl who had a pet rabbit. It had it’s crate, just like a dog, and she would let it out to roam the apartment, and to play. And it was litter trained, like a cat would be. But much more lovable than a cat.

    I still love the ones with the floppy ears.

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  3. Putting aside my greyhound instincts to chase rabbits for a minute – I am aware that rabbits are a lot smarter than many people give them credit for and my family had a few over the years before I came along.

    We have cousins who have a house rabbit who I HEAR is adorable and was very very quick to learn to use a litter tray (like rabbits are if they are kept indoors and treated as a family pet not left outdoors alone in a hutch for days on end – which really isn’t nice for them).

    I’m happy to report that we have quite a lot of charities and smaller organisations in England that focus on rescuing and re-homing rabbits and guinea pigs. @SaveaFluff on Twitter is a new group we stumbled across the other day (UK only) that aims to promote rabbit adoption but also speaks out for smaller animals in general.

    Thanks for this thoughtful post and for giving this important issue publicity.

    Love and licks, Winnie the greyhound

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  4. Small animal rescues are far and few between BUT my girlfriend got both of her guinea pigs from a guinea pig rescue! They are out there!!

    Whats really sad is that I have seen rabbits that are clearly not wild rabbits, roaming out and about where I live. Pretty sure that their owners were sick of having them and just released them outside.

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  5. I had rabbits as pets when I was very young. I can remember their names were Robert and Roberta and yes, they had babies:) Giving rabbits as Easter presents isn’t a big thing in New Zealand, thank goodness. I think there are rabbit rescue places here and I know there is a guinea pig rescue in the area.

    I agree with Sue, pet shops should be banned from selling live animals.

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  6. A huge difference for rabbits as opposed to other “pets” is that many people eat rabbit. I’ve known several families who raised rabbits for meat, but in the meanwhile kept them as pets for the kids. And lots of people feed rabbit to their dogs and cats. The worst, however, is when they feed live rabbits to snakes. I find that really hard to stomach. Oliver made our home interesting and he taught me a lot, but I’ll be the first to admit that they’re not for everyone.

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  7. I know… it’s heartbreaking to think about. Animals of all kinds are victimized by ignorant people who don’t do their research before bringing a pet into their house, or toss the animal out when they aren’t cute anymore or don’t fit their lifestyle. Makes me sick. 😦

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  8. I think it’s so great that you wrote about this. Because even if people are made aware, they tend to go back to focusing on the ‘bigger’ pets. It’s good to spread the word and you have such a great following.

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  9. It has always made me sad to see rabbits and other live animals at the chain stores like Petco and I always make a point to let them know in thoses surveys that they need to stop selling live animals. But that is about as far as I go with taking a stand. Thank you for reminding all of us that rabbits are just as deserving of our love an attention as dogs and cats.

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  10. Don’t know if you watch Hoarders on Bio. There was an episode about a man with over 3,000 rats in his house. They had destroyed everything and had become a health hazard (dust, feces, etc., nor could he properly care for 3,000 rats), but all were humanely trapped and taken to “rat shelter” where they were held for adoption.

    It just takes determination…

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  11. So happy that you began thinking about the hardships of small animals and not just “big” animals like dogs and cats.

    There is a guinea pig rescue in Markham, Ontatio called Piggles Guinea Pig Rescue. I’m not sure if Markham is close to you or not, but I just wanted to share that. They’re a great rescue!

    – Brian

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