So you’re all ready to adopt a rabbit? What should you consider when choosing your new friend?
There are many breeds of rabbit; they come in many different sizes and colors! Many people have a favorite breed, and only look to adopt a rabbit of that particular breed. Lionhead rabbits (known for their fluffy manes) and lop rabbits (with floppy ears) are especially popular. While there is nothing wrong with considering looks when adopting a rabbit, it should not be the only thing you consider. Breed does not define the personality of the rabbit- each bunny is a unique individual.
Too often, sweet and cuddly bunnies in our shelter are overlooked because they are not eye-catching. This is especially true for black rabbits who, like black cats and dogs, tend to spend more time in shelters and are less likely to be adopted.
White rabbits with red eyes face a different obstacle to adoption- people are put off by their eyes. Most “red-eyed” rabbits actually have lilac or pink eyes, which are actually quite beautiful when you look closely. If you don’t like red eyes, remember that looks can be deceiving! Every single white, red-eyed rabbit at our shelter is loving and friendly. Give them a chance!
If you are looking for a friend for your single rabbit, first of all- good job, bunnies need companionship! But the most important factor in selecting a second rabbit is whether or not the first one likes him/her. You can choose a rabbit that you like, but if your bun doesn’t, you will have a lot of trouble trying to bond them! The best thing to do is to bring your rabbit to the shelter and let him/her choose a friend. Your rabbit won’t choose based on breed or looks, and isn’t that a good lesson for us humans?
Looking for a bunny? Come and visit the shelter! Our volunteers know the bunnies and we can match you with your perfect rabbit. Don’t limit yourself, give them all a chance because every bunny deserves a good home!