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.