A group of volunteers is helping spread the good word about house rabbits while at the same time giving emotional and physical health benefits for elderly, infirm, disabled and incarcerated people. Bunnies in Baskets has donated cuddle-rabbit time to more than 2,000 individuals who were in the need of companionship and comfort.
As well as visiting seniors centers and hospitals, BIB also conducts and attends community events, further increasing public awareness of what excellent companions pet rabbits can be.
We recall seeing an episode of the CBS-TV program 60 Minutes years ago when Morley Safer reported scientific proof that petting a dog was therapeutic to humans. Since no dog’s fur could be as elegant to stroke as that of a velveteen rabbit, it’s no wonder Bunnies in Baskets is having such success.
The non-profit organization provides “therapy bunny” training, support, certification, registration and education. Based on the principal that positive interactions with animals are both emotionally and physiologically beneficial for people, they pack bunnies into baskets and take them to people who could use a little extra love. Here is some of their philosophy:
Friendly, highly socialized and specially trained rabbits can help reduce blood pressure and stress. They motivate people to communicate, connect, laugh, and move. Rabbits can help people build trust and healthy relationships. When rabbits help people, people gain respect for rabbits. This respect can contribute to greater humane treatment toward all animals. Family members and staff can also benefit from spending time with rabbits.
Since October, 2009, they have donated more than 160 visits and more than 400 hours of bunny love.
For more information, please visit http://bunniesinbaskets.org
Photo courtesy of Bunnies in Baskets