Long Term Solutions
Rabbitats wants to rescue the rabbits but we also seek to stop the flow.
We are lobbying for controls on all rabbit ‘sales’, not just pet stores. Rabbitats believes first and foremost that all animals should be ‘adopted’ and not ‘sold’ and that all transactions involving live animals need to come with screening, education and accountability.
Rabbitats would like to see a free and easy registry system with all animal guardians required to register and track their charges from the breeder to the animal’s death.
We encourage mandatory education for rabbit guardians, sellers and re-homers. Young rabbits when not sterilized can go through a period of unruliness lasting several months. A guardian not realizing their little pet will again be sweet and friendly can end up dumping the bunny in a park.
We are encouraging low-cost spay/neuter clinics and programs for rabbits.
We want diligent ‘pet dumping’ laws, surveillance, reporting options, enforcement and heavy fines.
Rabbitats recognizes that laws and education alone will not keep people from abandoning their rabbits in some manner, be it turning them loose in a vacant lot or rehoming the pet to an inappropriate situation or leaving them to languish or even starve in cages in their homes when they no longer have the ability or desire to care for them, thus we encourage city shelters to accept owner surrenders (most currently do not) and be given more resources to do so.
Rabbitats also encourages rescues and shelters to create supportive climates for people seeking to relinquish their pets.
We endorse outdoor homes, especially those with the capacity to house groups or colonies of rabbits: The prominent House Rabbit Society ably promotes rabbits as house pets for interactive enjoyment and the rabbits’ safety, all addressed in the rabbitat designs. While indoors is preferred, we support safe and enriched outdoor ‘rabbitats’, enabling fans of nature, wildlife, animals and/or gardening enjoy their company in a natural environment..