Big ears, wiggly nose, cotton tail — who can resist a darling rabbit?
But after cats and dogs, rabbits are the species most often surrendered to animal shelters.
Many times when rescuers arrive on the scene of a puppy mill, dogs and cats are not the only ones found in need of aid, but rabbits, too. These animals live in filth, without access to clean water or food, and suffer from medical problems.
Mill operators profit from the demand for baby animals, while thousands of adoptable pets wait in shelters for loving homes.
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Anyone thinking about getting a bunny should make sure to learn about its needs. And remember that rescues and shelters often have many bunnies in need of good homes.
Keeping a bunny in a hutch outside is a big no-no; so is relegating a bunny to the basement or the garage. They require safe and gentle handling and regular interaction with people to stay socialized and happy.