We all know that there are few things cuter than the fluffy butt of a rabbit, and there’s definitely nothing softer. But appreciating the cuteness of these sweet animals and deciding to take one into your home are two very different things. The good news is, you’re already winning by taking the time to consider this decision, because it is a decision and will require forethought and planning!To that end, we have compiled a list of things to mull over before going out and adopting your own Peter Rabbit. Did you know that rabbits are the third most surrendered pet in the country? Chicken Nugget and Gang always has a collection of rabbits that were adopted, or gifted on Easter and then abandoned once the giftee realized that real bunnies, unlike their stuffed equivalent, do leave droppings and require checkups and maintenance. But don’t let that scare you away! These little pets make great matches for certain lifestyles and can be incredibly rewarding companions. Here’s what you should consider pre-adoption:
What are you looking for in a pet?
Bunnies don’t require the activity that a dog does, or the attention that a cat does, but they require more maintenance. They poop, a lot, and though they can be litter trained, it does build up quickly. Consider volunteering with us to get an idea of cage maintenance for a bunny before adopting. The beauty of owning a pet rabbit is that some will enjoy attention but also their solitude.
Are you looking for something cute to add to your home or are you looking for a pet?
It’s just a fact that rabbits are crazy adorable and so fun to watch. But is that all you’re interested in? If so, that’s not a problem! Come on out and volunteer with some of ours, spend an afternoon with a few and then go home and feel good about yourself. But don’t adopt one.
What’s your 8-12 year plan?
A lot of people don’t realize that bunnies can live up to 12 years. Too many see them as a “middle level pet”, a level easier and requiring less commitment than a cat or dog, but more fun than a fish. Keep in mind that these little floofs can live quite a long time, and will require vet visits and regular care.
We love to hear from you!
Chicken Nugget and Gang loves nothing more than to match the perfect pet for any family interested in adopting. Feel free to reach out to us with any specific questions you may have or just to share your favorite bunny story! And keep an eye on our Featured Animals page for our latest animals available for adoption.