Spring has sprung! Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and smiles are adorning the faces of Portland residents. This time of year, its hard to avoid the images of bunny rabbits everywhere, inspiring some to adopt an adorable baby bunny, or give one as a gift. Unfortunately there are many misconceptions about rabbits as companion animals that lead many of these bunnies to be abandoned or surrendered.
Due to the high number of homeless pet rabbits, a new branch of the Oregon Humane Society was formed, and eventually broke off to become it’s own organization: Rabbit Advocates. Rabbit Advocates is a non-profit that aims to place surrendered or abandoned rabbits in loving homes where they will be welcomed as family members. They operate an education and adoption website, as well as a help line, and hold rabbit adoption outreach events and activities around the Portland Metro Area.
Now for the exciting news: we are hosting a Bunny Day with Rabbit Advocates on Friday April 19! Knowledgeable Rabbit Advocate volunteers will be on-site with adoptable rabbits for our patients to pet and interact with. If you make a connection with a rabbit, they can walk you through a mindful adoption or fostering process.
Rabbits are the third most euthanized animals in U.S. animal shelters. It’s important to think carefully about adopting any animal before making a decision, and rabbits are no different. Much like a dog or a cat, rabbits can live over 10 years, require space to exercise and explore, need positive social interactions and require veterinary maintenance. Unlike other pets, rabbits do not need to be walked, they are happy to explore on their own. They can be litter box trained, and are quiet, clean animals that offer loving and playful interactions for their owners.
Join us Friday April 19 to find the next furry member of your family, or just to enjoy petting some adorable rabbits and giving them some love!