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Adopting A Bunny - How To Choose A Good Bunny

Updated on July 28, 2008

A Rescue Bunny Named Cleo

The best thing you can do if you want to get a pet rabbit is to adopt one of the many abandoned rabbits who need a good home. Keep in mind that a bunny in a shelter is likely to be very very stressed. A shelter environment is totally unnatural for a bunny, so you will need to spend some time working out whether a rabbit is good for you or not. If it is a good shelter, you should be able to get some quiet time with the rabbit, away from the other loud animals. Spend some time sitting quietly with the rabbit, and see how it reacts. Is it curious? Does it wriggle its nose at you? Even if it doesn't run up to you, those are good signs that it could become a very friendly bunny in time.

You probably do not want to take a bunny that appears to be sick, because that can mean big vet bills and much heartbreak for you later on. Of course, if you are the type of kind hearted person who likes to nurse animals back to health, then such a rabbit may be a good choice for you. If you already have bunnies you need to be careful however, as disease can very quickly spread and infect all your other rabbits if you are not careful.

Some rabbits left at shelters have been not been taken very good care of. They may not be used to handling, or being groomed, and they can appear to be very unfriendly at first. Then again, some have been treated quite well, but their owners could no longer look after them. Try to find out a little of the bunny's back story when you are looking at it. Where was it found? In what condition? How has it behaved whilst it has been at the shelter. In many cases, the shelter staff can be very helpful in telling you about a rabbit.

If you already have a bunny and are looking for a friend for it you can sometimes bring your bunny in and let it meet a few rabbits. A good shelter will be understanding of the fact that some bunnies get along and others do not, and in the hopes of finding good homes for its bunnies will accommodate your request to see how the bunnies get along before you take a new one home.


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