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Pet rabbits are becoming popular, but there are things to know before bringing a bunny home
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Working with Pet Stores is a controversial topic that evokes strong emotion on both sides of the continuum. Regardless as to where your emotions fall on the continuum, one important point to consider when working with pet stores to promote rabbit adoptions over rabbit sales: each pet store that has rescued rabbits for adoption, instead of rabbits purchased from breeders, saves lives.
Contact Pet Store upper management. Discuss the benefits of rabbit adoptions over rabbit sales for both organizations.
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Often the staff cannot give even the most basic care information with the rabbits that they sell. Pet stores don’t provide pre-sale counseling, nor do they refuse to sell rabbits to people who seem irresponsible. Pet Rabbits for Sale: Get tips for asking the right questions in order to find and choose a wonderful pet rabbit from a breeder, pet store, or rescue.
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At this writing, our local Petland has over 25 baby bunnies for sale. Ever wonder where that constant supply of babies comes from and what happens to them when they get a little older? See the articles below for details of the cruel rabbit mill industry. Many people who buy rabbits from pet stores don't know that rabbits are sensitive animals that require special care if they are to thrive and be happy. Many homeless rabbits are available for adoption, and nonprofit groups offer excellent advice on how to care for bunnies. (See links below.) Petland, in contrast, sells a small cage called a Rabbitat to go along with the bunnies. Clever title, but confining rabbits to a space that small subjects them to lifelong misery. Rabbits have strong jumping legs! How can they do their happy bunny dance if they have no room to move? They need, at a minimum, the space provided by a metal exercise pen, simple to set up and readily available at pet stores. Preferably they should be allowed to run, play, and chew lots of hay in entire rabbit-proofed rooms.Once a customer, usually upon impulse, decides to purchase a rabbit, they can expect to bring home an animal who the staff has either not sexed or has incorrectly sexed, and they will, most likely, receive no educational information on how to care for their new rabbit. Most will not know that rabbits can be litter box trained, and will purchase a wooden hutch for the rabbit to live a short and lonely life outdoors. Others may know that rabbits can live indoors, but will not be informed of the need to bunny proof their house, and once the rabbit demonstrates their natural need to chew, will be placed outside, given away, or surrendered at a shelter. No pet store that I know of provides any sort of pre-sale counseling and education to potential purchasers, setting up the stage for the rabbit to live an unhappy life with a family who was not prepared for his needs. It's hard to know exactly how many pet rabbit breeders exist in the United States today, or how many rabbits are bred by this barely-regulated industry. According to an industry survey, at least 20,000 men and women breed rabbits for the pet market, but that is certainly an underestimate, and does not include all those meat rabbit breeders who sell to the pet market as well. Pet rabbit breeders range from the small backyard or hobby breeders to sophisticated show breeders, to very large commercial rabbitries, or "rabbit mills" with conditions very similar to the more widely known puppy mills. These large commercial pet rabbit breeders sell large numbers of rabbits at wholesale prices directly to pet stores, or through wholesalers who act as middlemen. Many smaller breeders do not have the facilities for such a large-scale operation, so they sell directly to the customer or to small, local pet stores. But customers who purchase a rabbit at a chain pet store like Petland or Petco are most likely buying a rabbit who was bred at a rabbit mill, and sent to the store via dealers who transport rabbits, puppies, kittens, and other animals from breeder to pet store. Too many times we hear of baby buns not surviving days or weeks after purchase, or grow to be a 12 lb. bunny when the pet store told them it was a dwarf! The life of breeding female rabbits to equip stores with baby bunnies is usually the same as a puppy mill dog, bred over and over until she can not breed anymore. Many baby bunnies for sale are not healthy as they are taken away from their mother way too young, because tiny, baby bunnies sell better. Most pet store employees know nothing about that little bunny you are thinking about buying, and you will probably go home with bad advice, lack of knowledge, and poor products.