Top 10 Reasons Rabbits Are Abandoned

This data was compiled from the author’s personal experience at the intake desk of a large animal shelter for 2+ years, as well as from phone logs representing over 2000 calls to rabbit rescue groups in 3 different areas of the country over multiple years

  1. The kids aren’t taking care of him anymore
  2. My child is allergic; I’m allergic
  3. I have a new cat/dog/baby, so I can’t keep the rabbit anymore.
  4. I’m too busy/ I didn’t realize how much work a rabbit would be; he doesn’t get the attention he deserves
  5. My landlord says I can’t keep him/ I’m moving to a place that doesn’t allow pets.
  6. He got “too big.”
  7. He’s aggressive (scratches/ bites), and/or destructive, and/or he makes the whole house smell.
  8. We’re going on vacation and can’t take him with us.
  9. He’s sick/injured; we’re not going to pay $50 for a vet visit for a pet that costs $15.
  10. The school year has ended and nobody wants him.
  • Mary Cotter

    Mary E. Cotter, M.A., Ed.D., LVT is the founder of the NY-based Rabbit Rescue & Rehab. Involved with rabbit rescue since 1982, she speaks and writes frequently on rabbit-related topics, addressing owners, veterinary professionals and shelter workers.

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