Ask any rabbit rescue or shelter organization what their number one problem is, and nine times out of ten they will tell you it’s supply and demand. There are too many rabbits being supplied, and the demand for adoptable house rabbits is simply too low.
It’s not surprising. Rabbits are not very good pets for many households, but those long-ears look so cute and adorable, and kids whine to have one. So, without doing any proper research, doting parents or grandparents buy a cuddly rabbit for the child. Cut to a few weeks later when the rabbit is fed up with being picked up and cuddled, and the next thing you know it is labeled a behavior problem and dumped out into a park. And so it goes…
We are very pleased to see that the SPCA in Scotland is launching a rabbit awareness event for the week of July 16 through 22 for the purpose of trying to solve the rabbit problem through education. We read about the Scottish Bunny Week program online at the Dunbarton Reporter website. Here are some highlights…
Home Launches Bunny Week
Joe McDade, manager of the Dunbartonshire and West Scotland Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Milton, said, “In 2011 we rescued a staggering 68 rabbits.
“This year is proving to be very challenging as well and this worrying trend demonstrates why we need to raise awareness of the hardships many pet rabbit face.
“There are lots of loving rabbit owners who treat their pets like one of the family and give them all the care and attention they need. But sadly this isn’t true in all cases.
“Some rabbits arrive in our care in a terrible state having been denied.”
One of those looking for a new home is Chess – a very small bunny with a big attitude.
She arrived as a stray, with no home to call her own and would be best suited to a new home without children, where she will have lots to do and keep her occupied.
You can read the complete article online at http://www.dumbartonreporter.co.uk/news/thisweek/articles/2012/07/10/431811-home-launches-bunny-week/
The Hoppington Post would like to suggest that other areas across lagomorph land give this a try. One potential problem we see is that some parts of the country have more than one rabbit rescue or shelter group, and these factions all too often try to compete against one another rather than teaming up for the greater good.
Photo: House Rabbit Society