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| Press Release: February is Adopt a Rabbit Month |
Marinell Harriman (CA)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 16, 2004
House Rabbit Society, ASPCA Promote February As "Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month"
(Richmond, CA) - House Rabbit Society (HRS), an international nonprofit animal rescue and education organization, joins with the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in celebrating "Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month" this February. This year's theme is "Warm Your Heart, Warm Your Home - Adopt a Rescued Rabbit."
Marinell Harriman, founder and president of HRS, explains that the timing of this educational effort couldn't be better. "As we move into the months preceding Easter, it is critical that we get the word out. There are thousands of rabbits in shelters around the country waiting for homes; many of these rabbits were babies purchased as a whim during last year's Easter season by families who didn't know how to care for and interact with them. Now the kids have grown tired of them, and parents have dropped them off at already-crowded shelters." This month, HRS volunteers will be putting in extra hours to educate the public and to adopt rabbits out to caring homes.
HRS's mission is twofold - to educate the public about these often-misunderstood companion animals, and to help rescue and "re-home" domestic rabbits. However, Harriman cautions, rabbits are not for everyone, and therefore House Rabbit Society volunteers work hard to educate the public about what rabbits are, and what they are not.
"Rabbits can be wonderful indoor companions, get along with many other companion animals (including cats and dogs), are intelligent, affectionate and inquisitive, and can readily be trained to use a litter box," Harriman explains. "However, they can also be destructive. The ideal Ôrabbit person,' in addition to being gentle, patient and eager to get to know a rabbit on his or her terms, must be willing to rabbit-proof their home to prevent destructive chewing."
Like the ASPCA, HRS advocates spaying and neutering rabbits - both for health reasons and also to help put an end to the animal overpopulation problem.
HRS also works to debunk the myth that rabbits are an ideal pet for children; in reality, even baby bunnies tend to be willful and independent, and do not enjoy being picked up and carried. HRS also cautions against buying or adopting a rabbit as a gift, or on impulse, as the novelty of having a new pet usually wears off. When a family realizes how much day-to-day work is involved, the rabbit is, unfortunately, often turned loose or surrendered to a shelter.
If you decide a rabbit is the right addition to your household, make adoption your first option. Contact your nearest HRS chapter (www.rabbit.org), or local shelter or rescue group to meet the rabbits who are waiting for homes in your area.
For more information on Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month, log onto www.aspca.org, www.petfinder.com, or www.rabbit.org. For more information on House Rabbit Society's rescue and education work in your area, please call House Rabbit Society at (510) 970-7575 or visit www.rabbit.org.
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House Rabbit Society is an international, nonprofit organization based in Richmond, CA, with two main goals: to rescue and re-home abandoned rabbits, and to improve rabbits' lives by helping people better understand these often misunderstood companion animals, through our publications, website, educational materials and classes.
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