A Special Note About Found Rabbits & Rabbits Being Surrendered.
This year seems to be the worst one yet for the numbers of bunnies being found abandoned or from people who no longer want them. Rabbits are domestic animals. They cannot survive "in the wild". Even wild cottontails have a very short average lifespan and they were born to live wild. There are far too many things in the wild that cause death. A domestic rabbit is just that - domestic.
If you have a rabbit you no longer want, please note that rabbits are the third most abandoned pet in the country and few shelters will take them. We are overloaded. Besides individuals calling us in large numbers, we have over 30 animal shelters that also call us for help.
If you have found a domestic rabbit, you can call the Humane Society of Missouri at 314-647-8800. The bunny will be put on a stray hold to see if someone lost their pet. You can also call St. Louis City Animal Control or St. Louis County Animal Control.
If you are taking your own bunny to an animal shelter, please call the shelter to be sure they can take them. If you are using a want ad or something like Craig's List, please note that not everyone looking for a rabbit wants that bunny for a pet. It's best to very carefully screen the caller. Many people are concerned about their bunny being euthanized (put to sleep) at a shelter, but turning that bunny loose or giving them to just anyone is far more cruel than euthanasia.
If you are concerned you have inadequate time for the bunny, please note that your bunny will receive even less attention at a shelter with little chance of being adopted. There are many ways to make caring for a rabbit easier to do. We are more than happy to help people learn about these things. Please consider attending a personalized orientation on rabbit care and behavior rather than "getting rid of" your rabbit.
Rabbits make wonderful indoor pets and can be very loving when handled properly. Many people mistake a rabbit's response to something as being the rabbit's fault or the rabbit being aggressive. Learning what is really happening, can make life much happier for the person and the bunny.
- Did you know that putting your hand in front of a rabbit's nose is an insult to a rabbit? You may think you're just trying to be friends and letting the bunny sniff your hand. However, that's not at all what you're really telling your bunny.
- Is your bunny agressive when you reach into the cage? There's good reason for that too.
There are lots of things that most people don't know about rabbits and those things can cause both unhappy humans and unhappy bunnies. Again, please consider attending a personalized orientation on rabbit care and behavior rather than "getting rid of" your rabbit.
Email email@example.com with your request. Orientations are generally given on weekday evenings at 7pm and weekend afternoons at 1pm, but exceptions can be made for special circumstances. If you have a specific question you can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314-995-1457.
Thank you and please consider giving your bunny a home for life.