Above: Tully, available for adoption in Chicago
Aww! I didn't realize this is STILL a problem in this day and age! People buy baby rabbits for Easter, and then the kids don't want them after a few days, the parents don't want to deal with caring for them, and then the most innocent party in this whole ordeal (the rabbit) gets abandoned :((((((. NYTimes article here.
Things I didn't realize and learned from the article:
- Rabbits require as much care and maintenance as dogs(!)
- Once the rabbits hit puberty...male rabbits spray urine everywhere, while females grow territorial
- It can cost $300 to spay or neuter a rabbit
- Because determining a young rabbit’s sex is difficult, owners who thought they had two female rabbits can suddenly find themselves with litter after litter of bunnies
- A rabbit can live more than a decade
Above: Ty, also available for adoption in Chicago
My cousin and his wife are huge rabbit lovers and have had three (that I know of) over the years, so I've seen how rabbits can be really great and beloved pets. They are REALLY into their rabbits, they even made a rabbit room in their house, and they spend a lot time of caring for them. Rabbits are awesome but you really have to be prepared to handle the work and responsibility that comes with along with them. If you are ready and live in the Chicago area, check out the rescue where my cousin got his most recent rabbit: Red Door Animal Shelter. (That's also where I got the pics of the bunnies I put in this post.) Here's the bun they adopted from Red Door:
BONUS: Rabbits are authentic, for-real 100% vegans (not just wannabegans!). I think they are popular pets with vegan humans because you can feed your leftover vegetable bits and scraps to the rabbits and they love it.