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10 Reasons Why Rescue Rabbits Rock

We are a multi-species household: one dog, two cats, and one rabbit. Although Lulu, our bunny, doesn’t get much blog time, she pre-dates Ruby and has been part of our family since 2010. In fact, before we adopted Ruby, we tested her with Lulu. Ruby showed no aggression or interest in Lulu (and vice versa) so we knew she was the one.

Rabbits are now the third most popular pet in America. But despite their growing popularity, there’s still tons of misinformation about how to care for them. This is the first of four posts focusing on bunny basics. Tune in next Friday for a look at diet and exercise. But before we get to the facts, let’s have some fun. The following list is approved by Lulu.

Rabbit rescue and adoption and 10 reasons rescue rabbits rock

10 Reasons Rabbit Rescue Rocks

1. Rabbits make great apartment pets. They are super quiet – no barking or meowing. They like to hop around, but are light on their paws and won’t disturb downstairs neighbors.

2. Rabbits are eco-friendly. They love cardboard boxes and toilet paper tubes stuffed with hay. Their litter is compostable and most of their food can be grown in your backyard.

3. Rabbits live longer than other small animals. With proper care, bunnies can live 10-12 years. Lulu is about 10.

4. Rabbits are in tune with human schedules. Bunnies are crepuscular, meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk. They sleep during the day and are ready to play and snuggle when you get home from work at night.

5. Rabbits help you stick to your diet.
As herbivores, rabbits are great for vegetarians, vegans or anyone trying to add more greens to their diet. Rabbits eat two salads a day and keep your fridge stocked with all kinds of greens.

The top 10 reasons why adopting a rabbit is awesome

6. Rabbits are highly expressive. When they are happy they do bunny flops, happy laps, and binkies (little hop spins and kicks). Lulu has arthritis and doesn’t bink much anymore, but she still greets me with happy laps every morning.

 7. Rabbits are wonderful listeners. Those ears, enough said.

8. Rabbits make great watch dogs bunnies. In the wild, rabbits warn other rabbits of danger by thumping their back feet. Lulu thumps when she is frightened or displeased. She will thump at night if she hears people outside or smells a raccoon or possum in the yard. She also sometimes alerts us with a thump when Rosie is up to no good or my daughter and her friends are making too much noise.

9. Rabbits don’t jump and climb on stuff like cats or require walks like dogs. They have some of their own little quirks, but we will save those for a future post.

10. Rabbits have big personalities. Bunnies are sweet, social, sassy, funny, bossy, stubborn, and loving. Big hearts come in little packages or big packages because some bunnies are huge.

Bunny basics: Rescuing and Adopting .a Rabbit

Adopting A Rabbit

Each year, thousands of rabbits, chicks, and ducklings are purchased in the weeks leading up to Easter with many (80% by some estimates) abandoned a few weeks later. The lucky ones end up in shelters while many others die after being “set free” outside.

Rabbits are not toys or holiday decorations – they are a living, feeling, long-term commitment. If you are unable or unwilling to provide a life time of care, please choose a chocolate bunny instead.

Rabbit rescue and adoption: 10 Reasons Why Rescue Rabbits Rock


  1. Mark Muller
    February 24, 2017 / 7:45 am

    yes…they rock! and I hope for a lot of bunnyful homes for all hopping friends…

  2. Lone Star Cats
    February 24, 2017 / 7:47 am

    Lulu's a cutie!

  3. Bouncing Bertie
    February 24, 2017 / 7:47 am

    Gosh what an interesting post. I have never been allowed to make friends with a bunny. Gail's only friend with rabbits is not keen on the idea of us mixing…Toodle pip!Bertie.

  4. Jeanne Pursell
    February 24, 2017 / 7:57 am

    Thank you for this post!! I had no idea that rabbits had such a long lifespan! I'd love to have a rabbit as a pet, but I am allergic to pretty much everything…that's the reason I had to give my cats away. 🙁 I am also allergic to bunnies, cows, pigs, cats, birds, chickens…you name it! How fun it must be to have Lulu greet you with little hops! So cute!!

  5. Julie
    February 24, 2017 / 10:53 am

    Oh now I WANTS a rabbit!!!!Loves and licky kissesPrincess Leah xxx

  6. Emma
    February 24, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    My mom had a wabbit from the Humane Society when she was a kid and she loved it. Unfortunately, it chewed on electrical cords which was really bad. For a small pet, they are a lot of fun, but with us hounds, we could never have one in the house.

  7. Sandra
    February 24, 2017 / 1:21 pm

    this is really interesting. I saw a new sign at the SPCA shelter last week, outside their gates, it says Bunny adoptions, 20.00. I had no idea. the one thing I wonder about is are they litter trained?

  8. Lola The Rescued Cat
    February 24, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    LuLu is so cute! Would you recommend a bunny for an apartment dweller?

  9. Madi and Mom
    February 24, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    LuLu you are a beautiful Tuxis Rabbit too and I loved your laps around mom's feetsHugs madi your bfff

  10. Two French Bulldogs
    February 24, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    You are precious Lily & Edward

  11. Sketching with Dogs
    February 24, 2017 / 5:28 pm

    What a sweet girl Lulu is!Elliot and Cricket x

  12. da tabbies o trout towne
    February 24, 2017 / 6:24 pm

    timothy hay wavez two ewe lula itz grate ta see ya heer two day…we N joyed yur post N yur moovee two !!! rabbits due rock….ewe shuld haz yur mom check out speedy's blog sum time; him livez in de UK with hiz mum & dad; tell her ta chex out: speedy the cheeky house bunny !! ♥♥♥☺☺☺

  13. McGuffy Ann Morris
    February 24, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    I have a friend who does domestic rabbit rescue. She is very active with this field. I do wild rabbit rescue, bottle feeding orphans. I release them when they are independent. It is so hard to not want to cuddle and tame them. But, I have to make sure they can survive on natural instinct. Great post!

  14. Hindy Pearson
    February 24, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    Lulu is such a pretty girl. Your post is so interesting, with tons of great points. I've never had a rabbit but I would love one if we could settle down long enough. Reading about why rescue rabbits rock has re-kindled my interest. Thanks for that!!

  15. Beth Patterson
    February 24, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    Lulu is very cute! My sister-in-law has taken in a lot of rabbits over the years from people who didn't have the time or temperament for them. We have also have a pet rabbit who has been with us for the last ten years. Our dogs don't really interact with her.

  16. ♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥
    February 24, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    We love seeing Lulu – you need to feature her more often. The little bipeds would love to have a bunny, but with a puppy and the hamster, Mom and Dad say enough for now:)Woos – Lightning and Misty

  17. The Swiss Cats
    February 24, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    Those are wonderful reasons ! Lulu is such a cutie ! Purrs

  18. Spencer the Goldendoodle
    February 24, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    I love that there are so many bloggers spreading the word about rescuing bunnies and rabbits. Education is key to helping these fluffy creatures.

  19. Murphy
    February 24, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    Good information cuz me and Stanley didn't know anything about rabbits except how to chase them. Mom says this isn't a good post for our confession though.Your Pals,Murphy & Stanley

  20. Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat
    February 24, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    I love this post! We had a bunny when I was in elementary school. My father had raised them on the farm he grew up on – but he was no help in trying to figure out how to take care of a bunny. I feel bad now in retrospect, because I've learned so much since then; at the time 30+ years ago, we just had the basic starter kit that came with the bunny from a pet store (thank goodness these are not nearly as common anymore as they were then!!). Lulu is beautiful 🙂

  21. Tenacious Little Terrier
    February 24, 2017 / 10:05 pm

    Our humane society usually has at least a couple of bunnies and they're adorable. I don't think Mr. N could live harmoniously with one though.

  22. Golden Daily Scoop
    February 24, 2017 / 10:16 pm

    What a great list. I had no idea they can live that long. Our local shelters has rabbits from time to time.

  23. Bella Roxy & Macdui
    February 24, 2017 / 11:14 pm

    SHE says we wouldn't be nice to a bunny. But we're happy they have peeps to love them.

  24. pilch92 15andmeowing
    February 25, 2017 / 12:10 am

    I love bunnies. I was a crazy bunny lady before I became a crazy cat lady.

  25. Brian
    February 25, 2017 / 12:12 am

    We hope lots of bunny love happens every day!

  26. Dory and the Mama
    February 25, 2017 / 4:19 am

    What a cutie you are, Lulu!!Smileys!Dory

  27. Molly and Mackie
    February 25, 2017 / 9:57 am

    Wow – we learned a lot today! What a great post!

  28. Pawesome Cats
    February 25, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    Great post – I had a bunny as kid, named Thumper of course. Sadly, where I live now keeping a rabbit as a domestic pet is illegal. They're considered a pest and fines are hefty.

  29. Janet Keefe
    February 25, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    Oh, Lulu looks exactly like the bunny we had growing up! Flopsy was technically my sister's bunny but we all loved him. That brought back some great memories!Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  30. The Menagerie Mom
    February 25, 2017 / 4:03 pm

    Though I've never had one, I have always loved rabbits. Lulu is so adorable and precious, and I just love her happy laps! I can't wait for your future rabbit posts.

  31. Cathy Armato
    February 25, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    What a great post, and the perfect time of year for it! Do you know I never even knew about small animal rescues or rabbit rescues until about a year or two ago!? Can you believe that, someone that's an animal welfare volunteer didn't know that! This is why it's so important to get this education out. I see another great series from you is brewing! Shared.Love & Biscuits,Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  32. Talent Hounds
    February 25, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    I have had lots of rabbits since I was little. Some were amazing, super loving, house-trained and gentle. A few others were a bit wild and cranky. Several were real escape artists in Australia and Chile. One in Sydney would sneak out on dates at night- she and her boyfriend would bend wire and dig holes. I did find them all quite high maintenance- lots of people do not understand how to look after them. I'll message you about a guest post for Kids' Pet Club.

  33. Robin Mudge
    February 26, 2017 / 5:42 am

    Rabbits are pawsome! I had a few rabbits when I was a child. They do have a lot of personality. As with any pet, they are perfect for a person who is willing to learn about and care for their unique needs. Lulu is a beautiful girl! :)-Purrs from your friends at

  34. Ruth Epstein
    February 26, 2017 / 6:16 pm

    Great post and it is one pet I have never had, and who knows maybe I will one day. As for rescue, whatever the pet is in my house it only be a rescue

  35. M Dawson
    February 26, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    I used to tend the rabits for my local rescue, I had no idea how full of personality they are! Some cheeky, come placid, some lively. They also need a LOT more space than people realise. All these tiny hutches are madness for a rabbit.

  36. Kitty Cat Chronicles
    February 26, 2017 / 10:42 pm

    I had a rabbit when I was a kid. She was so adorable and so much fun. I'd like to have another one one day. That's really sad about how they are purchased at Easter and then the majority are "set free." Just awful.

  37. Raising Your Pets Naturally with Tonya Wilhelm
    February 26, 2017 / 11:24 pm

    Awesome post and points. It's so sad all the bunnies and chicks that are sold during this time of year. So sad.

  38. Alicia
    February 27, 2017 / 2:25 am

    We had to put our rabbit down 2 years ago and I miss her a lot. When we move to a bigger house I want to foster rabbits. They're such great animals to live with!

  39. Sweet Purrfections
    February 27, 2017 / 2:33 am

    Cool! We didn't realize bunnies lived as long as they do.

  40. sprinkles
    February 27, 2017 / 3:33 am

    I've thought a few times about getting a bunny. I need to do more research first though since I want to care for one properly. The groomer my boys go to for nail trims has bunnies running around outside once in awhile. We haven't seen them in awhile.

  41. Maxwell Faraday Richman
    February 27, 2017 / 4:21 am

    hi Lulu! You are soooooo cute!

  42. Jenna,Mark Drady
    February 27, 2017 / 3:54 pm

    Aww how paw-some! I have always wanted a rabbit!

  43. Three Chatty Cats
    February 27, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    Lulu is adorable. This is a great post and one everyone should read before buying a rabbit. They should rescue one!

  44. FidoseofReality
    February 28, 2017 / 12:32 am

    I love reading about all different types of animals. I have friends who rescued a rabbit and they are so happy about it. What a cutie!

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