Bunny influx at RSPCA after 124 rabbits surrendered from suburban property

Adopt a rabbit! Aged mostly between 6 months to three years, these bunnies are in their prime and raring to embark on a new adventure.

RSPCA South Australia’s Lonsdale shelter is currently “hopping” with activity, having recently welcomed a whopping 124 rabbits from a suburban property. If you’ve been considering adding a little ‘hop’ to your step at home, there has never been a better time to adopt a furry companion.

Among these “bun-believable” furballs, most are the charming Lop-eared variety, with a sprinkle of Rex, Dwarf, and Polish Dwarf making an appearance. Aged mostly between 6 months to three years, these bunnies are in their prime and raring to embark on a new adventure. Remember, with proper care, bunnies can be part of your family for up to 12 years!

Billy Tubman, RSPCA SA’s Animal Operations Manager, notes that potential adopters are spoilt for choice. However, if you’re a first-time bunny parent, it’s vital to do your homework. “Rabbits are amazing animals who make delightful companions, but sometimes people mistakenly think of them as low maintenance pets,” warns Billy. “They’re very smart, love to interact with people and toys and can be taught lots of things. But rabbits are not suited as pets for young children, who understandably often see them as similar to fluffy toys and are too rough in the way they handle them – rabbits become fearful and aggressive if not handled gently.”

Did you know? Rabbits are happiest when they have a furry friend by their side! Due to their highly social nature, they will be available to adopt in pairs for just $120 unless the adopter already has rabbits, in which case careful introductions will be required.

“Rabbits are territorial, and will be naturally wary of a newcomer,” Billy said.

“It will take time, although some will form an instant bond, and once you’ve seen how bonded rabbits
interact with each other, it’s unlikely you’d ever want to keep a solitary one again.”

A big “ears up” for RSPCA South Australia: to prevent any more bunny population booms, their veterinary team is running a mass desexing program. Once the rabbits are ready for their fur-ever homes, they will be listed on the adoption webpage.

But why consider a rabbit as a pet? They’re not only fluffy and adorable, but they’re also quiet, clean, and can even be litter-trained! They have unique personalities, love to play games, and can even learn tricks. Plus, they’re great for small living spaces, making them perfect for both homes and apartments.

RSPCA South Australia is a beacon of hope for animals in need. Established over a century ago, the organization is dedicated to promoting animal welfare and protection. By adopting from them, not only are you giving an animal a second chance at life, but you’re also supporting a noble cause.

So, are you ready to “hop to it”? Visit the Lonsdale shelter from Wednesday to Sunday, and you might just find your perfect bunny match. Adopting from RSPCA South Australia means you’re not just getting a pet; you’re giving a loving creature a much-deserved second chance at life. Let’s make every “bun” happy!

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