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Your First Rabbit:
Why Should I Adopt Instead of Buying?

Don't Breed or Buy While Homeless Animals Die

For each rabbit bought from a pet store or breeder, a rabbit must be killed in a shelter for lack of a permanent home. Even most of the rabbits that were purchased will end up in shelters and eventually will be killed themselves.

Please consider:

Rabbit Rescue Organization

Rabbit Breeders

The primary purpose of rabbit rescue organizations is to match the characteristics of a rabbit that is known to them with homes that are appropriate so that the adoption is a positive experience for the rabbit and the adopters.

The primary purpose of breeders and pet stores who sell rabbits is to make a profit from selling the rabbits. They are not likely to be personally familiar with an individual rabbit. You are not likely to get good information from them about caring for companion rabbits.

To purchase a rabbit is to condemn an equally wonderful rabbit to death and to reward people for breeding and selling rabbits for profit. This only increases the homeless rabbit population. Please do not participate in this cruelty.

When you adopt a rabbit, you want to be assured of several things. You want him/her to be mentally and physically healthy. You want to know the pluses and minus of living with a rabbit. You want reliable information on how to prepare your home and to care for your rabbit. You want a rabbit that is a good match to your household. You want rabbit knowledgeable people to consult with when questions come up about your rabbit.

The people who run rabbit rescue, shelter, and welfare organizations are very knowledgeable about their charges and can answer the questions you may have about rabbits in general or about an individual rabbit. In addition, most take responsibility for spaying or neutering their rabbits, training them to use a litter box, socializing them and correcting behavioral problems. Volunteers in the group most often can discuss with you an individual rabbit's quirks, can advise you if a rabbit will adjust to children and/or other household companion animals, their food preferences, and their general temperament. This means that you can get lots of great help before you make a decision about the rabbit that you are interested in and thereby avoid potential pitfalls.

In addition, these organizations are motivated by what is in the best interest of rabbits, their health, and their longevity. They keep up on the latest veterinary literature, often have consulting rabbit veterinarians, and know which products are best for your rabbit.

All this adds up to a better chance for you and your rabbit to live happily and healthily together and decreases the chances of yet another rabbit ending up abandoned and homeless. Develop a relationship with one of your local rabbit groups.

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