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The Sad Truth About Rabbit Overpopulation

by Amy Shapiro

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Saying Goodbye Every Day
The House Rabbit Society exists because rabbits are being dumped at shelters every day of the year. Right now, as you read this, healthy rabbits are being killed at animal shelters simply because there are more wonderful rabbits than there are rabbit-people.

What can we do to stop the killing? Adopt from a shelter.

Do not allow your rabbit to have even one litter. Even if you find good homes for those babies, those are good homes that the shelter rabbits won't get. And what if each of those babies is allowed to have one litter? Will you take responsibility for each of them finding a good home? I can guarantee that within one or two generations a rabbit from that "just one litter" will end up dead at a shelter.

Talk to others about this problem. Many people are unaware of how many rabbits are being surrendered and euthanized at shelters-and compared to the ones who are dumped in fields, those at shelters are the lucky ones. Lucky to have a lethal overdose of sodium pentothal injected by a caring person!

What have we come to when that's the best we can offer these guys? To purchase from a breeder or pet store is to write a death warrant for a shelter rabbit. When you adopt from a shelter, you are saving TWO rabbits - the one you adopt, and the one who can come in and fill his spot.

It's as simple as that.

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