February is Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month

February is Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month

Though cats and dogs may be the most popular pets in America, rabbits also make fine additions to human families. Since February is Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month, it’s a great time to think about adding one of these incredibly soft, furry friends to your family. Having grown up around rabbits, I can vouch for what sweet pets they make.

My father, a carpenter, built rabbit cages and took them in from his boss, sometimes selling them as pets or giving them away when they had babies, but mainly he kept them as pets for us girls. He always thought we should have many pets growing up, and that we should be exposed to as many different kinds of animals as possible. Though we lived in the semi-suburbs, we even had a pet chick once (whom the neighbor’s cat unfortunately ate).

There’s just something delightful about rabbits—particularly young ones—hopping around your yard. (You do have to be sure to put up an enclosure for them to hop inside, such as chicken wire, to ensure that they remain safe.) And kids chasing after said bunnies—who can usually never catch them but squeal with joy as they give it the old preschool try—is even cuter. What’s not to love with so many fluffy tails running amuck? And though we’ve had pretty much every color and size of bunny, it was always the tawny, almost-orange ones I loved most. They are just gorgeous. Knowing that people actually kill these creatures for their fur just makes me sick to my stomach.

If you do want a rabbit, it’s best to get one from a local rescue operation, or at least a reputable source. Many rabbits have been rescued from dark, damaging places—just as many cats, dogs, horses, guinea pigs, and other animals have been rescued from either irresponsible or cruel people—and could really use some tender loving care from a human with a big heart. To find a rescued rabbit in your area, click here. You can also search for “rescued rabbits” in your area.

Just remember that caring for a rabbit is just as, if not moreso, demanding as caring for a cat or dog. They require shelter and clean food and water each day, but they also need protection and safety. Other pets can even cause a threat to rabbits, so it’s best to keep them separate—especially from larger animals like cats and dogs.