What to consider before adopting a rabbit

By Katie Johnson

With the Peter Rabbit movie out in theaters and Easter just around the corner, the Seattle Animal Shelter is fielding more questions about rabbit adoptions. We love rabbits here at the shelter, and we have many rabbits looking for their forever families! And while they are incredibly cute critters, rabbits are personable, unique animals that need specialized care — so make sure to do your homework prior to adopting.

Peanut and her sister Pippin are available for adoption together as a bonded pair.

Here are some quick rabbit facts:

Rabbits live eight to 12 years.
A rabbits is a long-term commitment. Are all family members committed to caring for your new bunny for the rest of its life?

Rabbits are social butterflies!
Many rabbits need rabbit friends or close human companions to keep them healthy and happy. Make sure you factor in the care, time and space to meet your rabbit’s needs.

Rabbits require a lot of daily care.
Rabbits need daily attention, exercise, playtime, feeding and cleaning. These are bunny care basics!

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Rabbits are extremely fragile animals. While movies and cartoons may portray them doing backflips off walls, the truth is rabbits can be injured very easily. Also, a rabbit’s digestive system is very unique, which requires a specialized diet.

Do your research.
Find more information online and by using local resources:

  • House Rabbit Society, a nonprofit rabbit rescue and education organization (https://rabbit.org)
  • Talk to a veterinarian who specializes in “pocket pets” or exotics about rabbit care. Not all veterinarians see rabbits.
  • Visit a local rabbit rescue or animal shelter to learn more about care needs and meet some cool rabbits!

Rabbits can make excellent pets for the knowledgeable, prepared and committed family. They are smart and interactive, exude personality and have the cutest little hop-hop. They can be litterbox-trained and can solve puzzles, too.

Last, remember to “adopt, don’t shop!” Seattle Animal Shelter has rabbits of all shapes, sizes and colors just waiting to join your family.

The Seattle Animal Shelter is located at 2061 15th Ave. W. The shelter is open Wednesday-Sunday from 1-6 p.m. Learn more at http://www.seattleanimalshelter.org.

Pet of the Week: Turbo

She’s got energy and personality – is Turbo a match for you?

If you’ve been looking for an energetic and intelligent rabbit that will keep you on your toes, look no further. “Turbo Girl,” also known as “Turbo” (ID 33672691), is a large, female purebred American Rabbit. She likes to test her boundaries and loves exploring. She’s strong, inquisitive, willful and determined — and look at her, what a beauty!

This means Turbo will need a family that will keep her active and engaged as well as safe and out of trouble. If you think you’re a match for her mischievous spirit, check out her profile to learn about how you can meet and adopt her.

The Seattle Animal Shelter is located at 2061 15th Ave. W. We are open noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday for adoptions and licensing.

Pet of the Week: Shadow

Shadow loves to show off her size by standing up!

Meet Shadow (ID 29077100) — she used to be called Thumper, but now goes by Shadow because she loves to follow her human companions around when she’s free to roam. She’s large, sweet and smart — one of her favorite tricks is standing up so you can see how big she is. She loves to eat, lounge, explore, get pet and play with the household cats. Since she’s a big rabbit, she’ll need a big space and a house that will let her roam.

Shadow also needs someone that will take the time to get to know her and listen to the sound of her breathing. She has issues with sniffles and wheeziness, and while normally she handles it fine, sometimes she gets stuffed up and needs a liquid antibiotic to feel better again. Her ideal forever home will include someone willing to bake her favorite healthy rabbit treats — she even comes with the recipe.

If Shadow sounds like she might be a match for you, learn more by reading her profile and finding out how you can meet her.

The Seattle Animal Shelter is located at 2061 15th Ave. W. We are open noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, for adoptions and licensing. For more information, visit www.seattleanimalshelter.org.

Simon the rabbit: Hopping from a lap and into a home

Simon, surrendered to SAS in October 2016, found his forever home.

Simon, the 4-month-old rabbit, hopped perfectly into the small lap of the boy, looking for a scratch on his head. After a few moments of jumping and climbing in the Seattle Animal Shelter playpen, the boy and Simon knew they were a perfect match.

“Simon is a ball of energy,” said Rose, the boy’s mom.

“And he’s cute!” said Rose’s son.

Surrendered in October 2016, Simon was known around the shelter as the curious “escape artist,” according to SAS volunteer Sam.

“He’s very cat-like,” said Sam. “He reminds me of a kitten because he’s so light and likes to explore.”

But luckily for Rose and her son, who both are allergic to cats and dogs, Simon is not a cat, but a healthy rabbit. Rose told us that her son came home from school one day and told her “I really wish I had a pet.” Knowing that cats and dogs were not the right fit for their home, Rose looked at other animals available at SAS and felt rabbits would be a good option for her family.

Rabbits are social creatures and need space to exercise and explore at least a couple hours a day. SAS recommends creating an enclosed space they feel comfortable in while they are alone and making sure the home is safe for when they want to hop around with the family.

When people think of adopting a pet, many times cats and dogs are the first animals that come to mind. But Simon finding his home with Rose and her son is a perfect example that there are animals of all types, shapes and sizes out there, and the Seattle Animal Shelter can help you find the right animal for you, your home and your lifestyle.

For more information about rabbits, our other animals and how you can adopt, visit the SAS site at www.seattleanimalshelter.org. The Seattle Animal Shelter, located at 2061 15th Ave. W., is open noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday, for adoptions and licensing.

Critter adoption event on Saturday – 50% off all fees*

Lina is a Himalayan/American rabbit, just one of many critters available for adoption at SAS.

At the Seattle Animal Shelter, we care for more than just dogs and cats. We have an entire volunteer team devoted to the care of critters – birds, reptiles, mice, rabbits, and more! If you’ve been thinking about adding a new pet to your family but perhaps want something smaller than a dog or cat, a critter may be the pet for you.

Come on down to the Seattle Animal Shelter from noon to 6 p.m., this Saturday, July 16 for a special critter adoption event with giveaways, a photo booth and more! Even better, receive 50 percent off all fees when you adopt a critter* during the month of July! Perhaps the perfect pet for your household will be “Argon” the mouse or “Chili” the chinchilla. “Spice” the guinea pig would love to spice up your home and “Penny” the rabbit would love to hop right in. All bad puns aside, critters make wonderful pets – we’d love to help make a perfect match and find the right critter for you.

The Seattle Animal Shelter, located at 2061 15th Ave. W., is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions and licensing. For more information, call 206-386-PETS (7387), or view animals available for adoption online at www.seattleanimalshelter.org.

*some exclusions apply