So, you want to get a rabbit. Before you hop into the local pet store, let me pass on a few bits of guidance from my BFF in the animal rescue realm, Bluesy.
First, don’t go to a pet store. I know, baby rabbits are beyond cute, but buying baby bunnies only encourages more baby bunnies to be bred. Plus, baby bunnies being so darn cute only enhances the disillusionment you’ll feel once said cuties become attitudinal adults. You’re better off starting with an adult. This way you won’t be thrown by the cute factor so you can focus on the all important personality instead.
Second, educate yourself. Rabbits can live for ten years or more, so not only are you signing up for bunny-proofing your house, but you’re signing up for keeping it bunny-proofed for some time to come. In other words, all those vine-like cords that are plugged into your walls will have to be protected from the prospective vine-snipper in your life. You’ll also have to protect your floorboards, furniture legs, clothing and other soft furnishings—depending on what your particular bunny’s taste in fiber happens to be.
Oh, and since we’re talking about noshing rabbits, you’ll also have to get a clue as to what rabbits eat. No, they just don’t chomp on carrots like Bugs Bunny. They eat hay and greens with some pellets mixed in. But, you’ve got to know what kind of hay and pellets and greens or your bunny will be in a whirl-of-hurt.
Of course, there’s also a lot of other things to learn, such as: the secret language of buns, what to do when your little one gets sick, and what kind of digs your furry friend will really dig (hint, it’s not a spacious hutch outside).
So, where do you go to get all of this great info?
The same place you should go to get your friend in the first place—a rabbit rescue. There are plenty of them out there. You just have to look them up, and go for a visit. The people at the rescue will make sure that your new friend is spade or neutered so that your new bun can stay healthy, not to mention calmer.
They’ll also have volunteer opportunities for those of you who aren’t ready for the whole rabbit commitment thing just yet.
Yes, buns can be quite the handful, but as any rabbit-parent will tell you: “You’re nobody ’til some bunny loves you.”
—Jellybean Reds, Creator of Little Creatures