Loving homes wanted for long-eared companions: rabbits can be great pets
October 28, 2013
They’re soft and furry, with large ears, big eyes and fuzzy noses that move in the cutest way. They’re also often the longest visitors in BC SPCA shelters throughout the province. Rabbits are intelligent, social animals who make great pets and the BC SPCA is encouraging the public to think about adopting some of its current shelter visitors.
After a recent surrender, the Vancouver branch alone has 10 rabbits in need of loving homes, while Burnaby has five long-eared visitors and Maple Ridge has three. Each year, the BC SPCA receives hundreds of unwanted rabbits that are either surrendered or found stray, yet these cute creatures are usually not the first choice for pet adoption and end up staying in shelters for longer periods of time than more popular adoption animals such as cats and dogs.
“On average, rabbits stay in shelters for six months or longer, so the cost of care is far greater,” says Vancouver branch manager Charlotte Ellice. “Rabbits make just as good a pet as any other animal – they have personalities of their own and are very social creatures, but they do need daily exercise and social time. They provide great companionship and love.”
Because rabbits are prey animals who can be nervous about being picked up or held, they are not appropriate pets for small children but are great companions for adults and older children who are able to handle them carefully.
Rabbits generally live seven to 12 years and can be house trained with a litter box. They can also be good at hiding any potential health problems, so it’s important to watch for changes in their behaviour, as small behavioural signs will show you when they’re ill, Ellice notes.
Those thinking about adopting a rabbit can research rabbit care, which also features a PDF that visitors can download.
To adopt a rabbit today, please call or visit your local BC SPCA Branch.
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.