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Why Rabbits Make Great Pets

Rabbit-HumphreyWhen you think of adopting a pet a cat or dog may be first to come
to mind. However, there are several other animals that also make wonderful pets including guinea pigs, birds, hamsters and rabbits.
At the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, we have several rabbits
all looking for forever homes. Rabbits are calm and loving pets that do well in small and large environments. Here are just a few
reasons why you may want to consider a rabbit the next time
you want to adopt.

They don’t require a lot of space

If you live in an apartment or small space, a rabbit can be ideal for you. When housed indoors, they can be kept in a
suitable-sized cage or exercise pen. They typically need a cage that is large enough for them to move around comfortably, hold a litter pan, contains their food and water and allows a spot for resting or hiding. Some rabbits can even be kept like cats and have free range of your home with proper litter box training and bunny proofing. Make sure to give them plenty of time each day outside of their cage to stretch their legs and hop around and play.

Rabbits are quiet pets

If you live in a home where walls are thin and neighbors are less than enthusiastic to hear your pet barking, squawking or running amuck, consider adopting a rabbit. Rabbits make little to no noise and will keep both you and your neighbors happy.

They are very social companions and form strong bonds

Rabbits are very curious, playful and social creatures that enjoy spending time with their owners. They can also enjoy socializing with other family members, children and pets with adult supervision. Some single rabbits bond so strongly with their owners that they come when called and even jump up onto an open lap.

Rabbits can have big personalities

Just like cats or dogs, each rabbit has its own distinct personality. From being very affectionate and playful to rather shy or reserved, every rabbit is different. To make sure you are picking a rabbit that fits with your personality and needs, spend some time with the bunny first to make sure you are a good match. Often staff at your local shelter or rescue can help you select the rabbit that is best suited for you based on their experience with each rabbit.

You can train your rabbit

Rabbits are very smart animals and with proper positive reinforcements they can be trained like other pets. Rabbits instinctively will use a litter box, much like a kitten or cat, if they’ve been spayed or neutered and it is readily available to them. Some rabbits enjoy activities like agility courses and can be trained using clickers or treats such as fresh fruit. Depending on your rabbit’s personality and activity level, the possibilities are endless.  

There is a rabbit for everyone

Just as with dogs, cats or other animals, there are dozens of sizes, colors and temperaments in rabbits. It’s important to do your research before adopting to ensure you are getting a rabbit that would fit best with the needs of your household.

Rabbits can live a long life

If you are looking for not just a loyal pet, but one that will be with you for a while, then a rabbit is perfect for you. When kept indoors and cared for with proper diet and grooming, a rabbit can live an average of eight to 10 years. Rabbits don’t require annual vaccinations, but do require care from a veterinarian that specialized in small animal medicine.

If you are interested in learning more about rabbits, please contact the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. We have many rabbits available for adoption and would love to have one of our Bunny Brigade volunteers help you find your perfect match!

 


Do you have a question for Brian? E-mail him at AskBrian@hsdayton.org. Brian Weltge is the President and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. The Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building loving relationships between people and pets. Founded 112 years ago, it is the largest and most established “no-kill” animal welfare agency in the area. It focuses on pet adoptions, eliminating pet overpopulation, providing education and ensuring the humane treatment of animals. For more information about the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, call 937-268-PETS (7387) or visit www.hsdayton.org.

Precious

Precious
Precious

Age: 6-year-old
Type: Domestic Shorthair
Sex: Female

What Makes Them Special?
If you are looking for a cat who loves to cuddle, look no further! This amazing lady loves people and would be so happy to find a forever home! Could it be with you?

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Thumper

Thumper
Thumper

Age: 4 1/2 years old
Type: Dwarf/American
Sex: Male

What Makes Them Special?
Thumper is an adorable little guy that came to our shelter along with many other bunnies after their owner passed away. He's neutered and is quite a tidy fellow with his litter box habits. He's currently in foster care and his foster tells us he's very social, likes to cuddle and really enjoys the times he gets to run and play. His diet consists of timothy hay, pellets and fresh greens daily. His favorite treat? A slice of banana will excite him enough to do a happy dance. Would you like to meet Thumper and see if he's the bunny for you or your family? Please submit a small animal adoption application and let us schedule a time for you to meet him at our shelter. We're certain he'll steal your heart.

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Dobby

Dobby
Dobby

Age: 3-years-old
Type: Treeing Walker Coonhound mix
Sex: Male

What Makes Them Special?
This gorgeous boy is Dobby! He came all the way from a shelter in Kentucky to find his forever home! You may hear him barking in the kennels but it is only because he wants to come out and see you! Once you get to spend some time with him you will see that he is a calm, gentle, sweet boy who just wants attention. He will gently put his head in your lap and look up at you for snuggles. He loves being pet and being close to you and will make a loyal companion. He's got enough energy to go on a nice walk or hike but also calm enough to cuddle up with you and relax. He has started training here and will receive two free training classes with his adoption so that his new family can see everything he has learned and continue that in the home. He may need to meet any potential "dog siblings" before going home with them. If you think Dobby would be the perfect fit for your home, come on in, fill out an application, and spend some time with him

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Sarsaparilla

Sarsaparilla
Sarsaparilla

Age: 4-years-old
Type: Hound/Shepherd mix
Sex: Female

What Makes Them Special?
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Charity

Charity
Charity

Age: 1-year-old
Type: Domestic Shorthair
Sex: Female

What Makes Them Special?
Charity is a lovable and sweet lady who just wants to spend her days curled up and loving on her new owners! Could it be with you?

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