I wanted to talk with you about a constant issue I face for being a rabbit breeder.
I'm Hated by people who love rabbits. Wait a minute, isn't that absurd? I spend most of my days helping other and sharing online almost everything I ever learned about rabbits. I answer all emails, texts and PM's from desperate people even late at night!!! So Why am I hated? Because uninformed but well-intended people blame me the "breeder" for so many rabbits abandoned in shelters. Today I did a search and found that there are 13 Rabbits in my local shelter. Check it out https://www.utahhumane.org/adopt?f=field_species%3A1
I'm very happy to say that none are Holland lops, I just say that because I especially love this breed so much, but that's not to put any less importance on other rabbit breed's lives. I believe that we are taking care of God's little children when we take in a pet and I take that very seriously.
Anyway, I'm just bringing this up because I have received many P.m.'s saying #adoptdontshop and although I actually understand the intent behind those words, I needed to bring to everyone's attention that the fact a animal have been adopted doesn't guarantee a forever home. In fact adopting a rabbit at least here in Utah is no different then buying one. You pay just as much or more BUT you do not get any information about the history of the rabbit's health, past living conditions or temperament of parents. In fact a person adopting a rabbit from a shelter is blind folded because they do not know what prompted the previous owner to give up. If you are to Adopt or purchase a pet is your choice, but we all have the responsibility to educate and use our time and resources to help other understand rabbits a little more each day. Quit sharing hate messages, spread the love you feel for your rabbits, your dogs ,your cats instead!!!!
Preparation and education before adoption or purchase does guarantee a forever home. When a person is prepared PRIOR to adopting or purchasing a animal they will be able to deal with problems when they arrive ,then instead of panicking and giving up their animal, they will take a deep breath and adjust things around the pet. Let me tell you a story:
About 10 days ago I received a call from a lady who purchased two rabbits from me few years back. She was done and ready to give up the rabbits because her daughter wasn't spending enough time with them, and she felt guilty. She wanted the rabbits to be loved and cared for and she felt that they were being neglected.
Now these rabbits were indoor pets, both spayed and neutered ,bonded and potty trained. They lived on her daughter's bedroom and she didn't feel that they got enough playtime.
I asked her why couldn't she love them and give them the attention she felt they needed and deserved? The light bulb clicked, point made, she immediately realized that the rabbits weren't the daughters pets, but rather the family's pets and they were going to be loved and cared for. She made a few adjustments and they even got to live where she spent most of her time. They are now where she is and she is so grateful for keeping them. Happy ending for everyone, she was just desperate! She needed someone to listen and give her tips on how to make it work and she did make it work and she is happy.
It is unfortunate that the bunnies mentioned above at the beginning were giving up to the Humane society,and I do hope they will find their forever homes, but they are there not because a breeder bred them, they are in the shelter because someone sold them to unprepared owners. Maybe a breeder or a framer store or farmer market guy or gal just sold them to the first person that waved $15.00 for the rabbit. Such cheap animal can't require much.... wrong but many people think that rabbits are easy and maintenance free, when they come to realize how much they need they freak out. I'm sure the seller of the rabbits above, didn't explain to their prospect buyers and/or to their employees the Real facts about rabbits:
10 things a new rabbit owner should know
1-Rabbits need to be spayed or neutered
2-Rabbits aren't good children's pets
3-Rabbits are social ONLY if you keep them indoors.
4-Rabbits are exotic pets and vet care cost a lot more then a cat or dog's care
5-Rabbits need to eat hay and hay is messy!
6- Rabbits cannot stay alone at home when you travel
7-Rabbits cost a lot to board and not many people are knowledgeable about them.
8-Rabbits can become aggressive and territorial after reaching sexual maturity.
9-Rabbits require high quality feed and housing.
10-Rabbits cannot sit on a cage all day.
And that's why they were surrendered to shelters not because a breeder bred them. I do get it that there are breeders who are less then prepared to be breeding animals and some that might be responsible for over population of rabbits ,but to classify ALL breeders as the cause of overpopulations of rabbits would be just as unreasonable as saying that All teacher are mean, or ALL cops are bad or All waitresses are careless. Yes I have had bad experiences in life but we cannot label people because one bad experience.
Instead of spreading a slogan designed to promote hate and misinformation, I invite you to share Love and education. Everyone that adopt a rabbit, a dog or a cat actually wants to give their pet the best they can, sometimes desperate times calls for desperate measures and when you feel desperate you may act in desperate ways. Let's be less judgmental and Show our love for rabbits not by judging people we don't know, but by helping new owners. Lets help them learn the joy of caring for a rabbit instead of giving up. Let's teach people about commitment, spay and neuter, feeding and all the other things they need to know.
Spread the Love not hate.
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