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This is a common myth. Rabbits are not starter pets and require specialized vet care that can often be expensive. Rabbits can live for 8-12 years with proper medical care and diet. Rabbits are not animals that can be placed in a cage and checked on occasionally. They require daily care and exercise other than that in an enclosure.
No. While rabbits do enjoy some supervised time outdoors, domesticated rabbits must live in a temperature-controlled environment. The summers are too hot and the winters are too cold for rabbits to live outdoors. There are also risks of injury or death by predators such as dogs, stray cats, coyotes, or owls. Just the mere sight of a predator can cause sheer panic for a rabbit.
We have adoption events in both Elizabethtown and Lexington, Kentucky. If you have a rabbit you want to foster or adopt, contact the rescue via Facebook or contact us here to let us know you’re interested in a specific rabbit. Fill out an adoption application and one of our directors will respond to you via email within 72 hours.
Yes! Some rabbits such as our larger, gentle rabbits would be best for families with small children, as children are less likely to try to pick up a large rabbit. Larger breeds are also calmer and tend to not frighten as easily. We recommend any children under the age of 8 (eight) years are supervised while interacting with a rabbit. Children over the age of 8 should have the assistance of a parent or other caregiver and should not be expected to provide all the care rabbits require.
Bunny Care Basics
The bigger the space, the better! Bunnies need at least eight square feet of space for their enclosure. Special needs buns may need additional space. Some larger buns need a bunny-safe room such as a bedroom.
Rabbits are prey animals and will often find it safer to run away. To earn a rabbit’s trust, you need to get on their level and just exist quietly on the floor with them. A very brave bunny will come over to investigate the new obstacle on the floor. Treats help to speed along the bonding process between owner and rabbit. The bunnies would also like us to remind you that breaking a treat in half doesn’t count as two treats.
The House Rabbit Society has great resources on this. Please see this link and read about the bonding process.
We do! Please visit House Rabbit Society. They have a wealth of information.
We are not licensed to care for wildlife. Please visit the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife for a wildlife rehabilitator in your area: http://app.fw.ky.gov/rehabilitatorNew/
Volunteering at the Rescue
Volunteers are the reason we can help so many rabbits each year! Our current roles for volunteers include weekly cleaning of enclosures, transporting buns to and from the vet for spays and neuters, and assisting with events. You can find additional information on our volunteers’ page.
Do you have questions about proper rabbit care? Contact us and we’ll be happy to help!