Rabbits are often used for pets, especially around the spring holidays. They look so cute and cuddly, but potential caretakers rarely know how to care for the specific needs of their new companions. As a result, many rabbits are relegated to outdoor cages, turned loose in the wild, or given to animal shelters.
Most pet stores request bunnies who are 4 weeks old because they look cute and require little space. However, these very young rabbits are not ready to be weaned from their parents. They can grow to adults weighing up to 20 pounds, much to the surprise of their new caretakers.
Bunnies are social creatures with individual personalities, just like a cat or a dog. They require attention, specific foods, stimulating environments, and veterinarians who know how to treat them. Rabbits can live up to 8 years, but can become withdrawn if not given plenty of love and affection. They cannot tolerate extreme temperatures and prefer to live indoors during cold weather.
Domestic rabbits cannot survive in the wild. They don’t know how to forage and don’t have a family group to rely on like wild rabbits do. They don’t know where to find water or what foods are safe to eat. A single rabbit cannot build a shelter; a burrow takes several rabbits to complete. Moreover, domestic or house rabbits a house rabbit will usually stay near where they have been abandoned and so are easy prey for cats, dogs, raccoons and other predators. A house rabbit can live 8 or more years in a protected home environment while the average wild bunny lives only 6 months to a year.
Despite his traumatic experience, Al is a very friendly bunny and loves getting treats and petting from his human friends. He spends his days munching on hay, fresh veggies, and organic rabbit pellets and playing with his buddy Barney. He will enjoy life for the rest of his days and will never have to worry about anything again.
Barney is a soft, sweet white house rabbit who was abandoned in a park on the Queens-Long Island border with a cute black bunny friend named Al. They were lucky enough to be found by a veterinary technician who was walking in the park. She saved their lives by catching them and taking them home. However, she had a big dog in her house and she knew the bunnies needed a home where they could feel safe.
We luckily had room for these two sweet boys and now they enjoy their days playing and nibbling grass in the nice weather and staying cozy and warm during the winter, free from worry for the rest of their lives.
Two compassionate young people happened upon Keme in Central Park and were able to catch him before he ducked under bushes. Keme was a house rabbit who had been abandoned in the park and would certainly have been killed by predators or vehicles driving on park streets. He was a lucky boy.
Keme’s rescuers knew that he needed a better home than they could provide in their small apartment. We welcomed Keme to our farm family and he made himself right at home. He has a room to play and sleep in and a fenced in grassy outdoor playground to enjoy the sunshine during the warm months. He loves to dig holes and has already made a basement level under his outdoor house where he spends time staying cool on summer days. He is very friendly and loves getting treats and attention from his human friends.