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Why Do Rabbits Need Rescue?

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Did you know that according to the ASPCA, companion rabbits are the third most frequently euthanized animals at shelters, behind cats and dogs?


While many shelter rabbits come from feed stores, flea markets, or laboratories, the sad truth is that most rabbits facing euthanasia were once family pets or classroom animals. The fate is usually not good for these intelligent animals who were bought at pet stores or breeders and surrendered to shelters when the novelty wore off or at the conclusion of a school year.

Unfortunately, many people mistakenly assume that a rabbit is a low-maintenance "pocket pet" or good gift for a child. In reality, rabbits are a lot of work. Plus, their vet care can be expensive.

Rabbits are as intelligent and sensitive as cats and dogs. They bond for life with their human guardians and rabbit friends. They grieve deeply when they lose this bond. Rabbit can learn their names, like to play with toys and use a litter box (just like a cat). They are not meant to live confined in cages and require at least 4-5 hours of attention and safe, indoor exercise each day .

NHC Rabbit Rescue is often the only local resource for abused, neglected, and homeless rabbits. These rabbits include highly adoptable rabbits who have “run out of time,” at shelters, those deemed “unadoptable” because they have health or behavioral issues, and special-needs rabbits requiring surgery or specialized medical attention resulting from trauma, neglect, or abuse.

Once a rabbit enters NHC Rabbit Rescue, he or she will never “run out of time” and will always have a home as a foster until adopted.

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