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By DIANA WALDHUBER

 

Ah, bunny rabbits! Assuming you’re not like Elmer Fudd and want to shoot these cute little creatures (or even Bugs Bunny; how dare you!), then you’re gonna love this section of the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

 

Yep, they have a home for unwanted, abandoned, and rescued bunnies. So get your tissues ready, stat!

 

The Bunny House accommodates about 130 bunnies at one time. But please, don't panic. The people at Best Friends aren't looking to start the world's biggest bunny farm. To combat the power of bunny reproduction, the caring and responsible workers at the Bunny House always spay and neuter their furry guests. That way, if you decide to adopt one or two, you needn't worry about accidentally starting a bunny farm of your own.

 

While bunny farms sound fun, I’m thinking they’re not in reality. Too many bunnies and no one to take care of them all, especially when so many others need good homes.

 

Needless to say, the rabbits at the Bunny House live the good life. Not only do they receive cuddles and snuggles (from furries and non-furries alike), but they are provided with the best feed and a custom-fit exercise regimen.

 

Actually, while investigating Best Friends and the myriad sections at the sanctuary, I learned how important it was that the experts at Best Friends weave information into their regular reports -- information that should help pet owners give their animals a healthy, proper lifestyle.

 

For instance, did you know rabbits can’t be left in a hutch (or cage) all the time? Allowing them to exercise and hop around helps prevent painful chronic injuries and disease from developing. All they need is access to a couple of rooms a day (for a little while), to hop about and explore. After all, would you like to be kept in solitary confinement all the time? I think not!

 

Also, if you should have more than one bunny rabbit, keep them apart. They may attack one another.

 

The Bunny House, of course, has a bunny door that leads from the hutch to an enclosed outdoor area. Here, the rabbits can bounce out their frustrations (hey, they may be mad at something) and get fresh air.

 

They do separate the bunnies into rooms, however, so they can live together in harmony (who knew rabbits had that violent streak? They always look so virtuous and snuggly…). But some bunnies are known to be loners. I'd like to think of these as the "Dark Knights" of the rabbit world.

 

Anyways, don't forget about the bunnies of the world the next time you're thinking of getting a pet. Many get with cats, some dogs, and even ferrets. You can also teach them tricks (as they are very intelligent), how to respond to their name, and they can even differentiate moods from the tone of your voice. Yes, they know when they’re in trouble…

 

Anyways, it looks like there's an episode of DogTown next week that I haven't seen yet, so I’m going to share that exciting event with you!

 

Tune in then.

 



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