February is Adopt-A-Rabbit Month at Arlington’s Animal Shelter

by ARLnow.com February 1, 2011 at 7:32 am 3,243 21 Comments

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington wants you to find some bunny to love this month. February is Adopt-A-Rabbit Month, and the League is trying to find good homes for the 19 rabbits currently residing at the shelter.

Already have a rabbit? The AWLA, located at 2650 S. Arlington Mill Drive, wants you to get him or her a friend.

See the bunnies currently up for adoption here. An adoption representative can be reached at 703-931-9241 x200. The adoption fee for rabbits is $65, which includes the spay or neuter surgery and an appropriate cage

A press release from the AWLA and a Fox 5 Morning News segment featuring some of the League’s rabbits, after the jump.

You can help a homeless bunny and open your life to new experiences by adopting a rabbit from the Animal Welfare League of Arlington during Adopt-A-Rabbit Month in February. We’re celebrating February as Adopt-A-Rabbit Month to raise awareness about the huge number of rabbits in need of adoption. The League currently has 19 rabbits in need of homes.

If you already have a rabbit, consider adopting a friend. “Two bunnies are not twice the work of one, as long as they are bonded,” according to the House Rabbit Society. “They share living quarters, food and water bowls, and even a litter box – so the cleanup is essentially the same. And the bunnies entertain one another, groom one another, and keep each other company when their humans are not at home.”

Bunnies can also be great companions for other pets. They can get along well with indoor cats and calm dogs. Consider these important points before making a decision:

  • Rabbits are intelligent, social animals that need affection and they can become wonderful companion animals if given a chance to interact with their human families.
  • Rabbits are better pets for adults than for young children. They don’t particularly like to be picked up and should not be handled roughly.
  • Spaying or neutering is essential for litter box training, reducing territorial aggression, and giving your rabbit a long, healthy life.
  • Bunny-proofing your home is part of living with a house rabbit.  They need plenty of time outside the cage in a safe running area every day.
  • Rabbits are prey animals and should not be kept outdoors. Domestic rabbits that are kept outdoors are also subject to fleas, ticks, parasites, extremes of weather, and neglect by their caretakers.

The adoption fee for rabbits is $65, and it includes the  spay or neuter surgery and an appropriate cage. Visit our shelter and meet a bunny today!

The segment below aired on Feb. 1, 2010.

  • Bluemont John

    For pets or meat!


  • PETA

    Kind of expensive for dinner meat, but yummm, Cassoulet de lapin @ Le Gaulois
    in Old Town! (PETA – People who Eat Tasty Animals)

  • Rabbits are awesome pets. I never thought I’d have one, but my wife had rescued two through the House Rabbit Society before I met her. The considerations that the the Animal Welfare League state are good to keep in mind. Most rabbits are abandoned because people don’t really know what having a rabbit entails. If you do decide to adopt a rabbit, check out the House Rabbit Society of MD, DC and VA web page at http://www.rabbitsinthehouse.org for resources and information.

    • Bluemont John

      Dinner at Todd’s!

      • The Easter Bunny

        You know when you wake up on Easter morning and you get a little basket with cheap milk chocolates nestled in plastic grass? Guess whose going to be crying this year? You make me sick. Ol’ Peter’s hopping his ass right past your house this year.

        • Bluemont John

          Easter? I’m Jewslimhist. I’ll see your bunny and raise you a Tooth Fairy.

          • The Passover Bunny

            You’ll be hearing from me then, pal.

    • Arlingtonian2

      Rabbits are wonderful housepets and can be litterbox trained very quickly. Our family adopted a rabbit from the Arlington Shelter 9 years ago. We had a cat and a dog at the same time. All the pets were friendly to each other and got along without any problems. Don’t eat them (not funny posters above) – adopt! They are such nice pets.

      • Snookie

        Do they stink?

        • The Easter Bunny

          Uh, no. We aren’t dogs, you know.

        • Arlingtonian2

          NO they do not stink.

    • SoCo Resident

      Have had 5 over a period of about 30 years. They make wonderful quiet pets. Get a nice cage, keeping them in it a great deal at first and let them out a little bit in evening, but making sure they consider the cage “Home.” Feed Timothy hay/rabbit food only! My last was loose 24/7 even 2 weeks alone while I was on vacation.

  • Hassenpfeffer

    Very cute, but my dog would have a field day. I hope they all get good homes.

  • Katie

    I’ve heard they make great pets. Not sure how the feline would react, however.

    • mehoo

      The cat would probably want to eat it just like we do.

  • Clover Leaf

    $65 is kind of expensive for a rabbit dinner, isn’t it?

    • Katie

      Yes, and ick–not my favorite meat. I have tried it. Those silly Frenchies can keep it.

      • mehoo

        You’re on a diet anyway, eating rabbit food instead of rabbits.

  • mehoo

    Gonna adopt me a cow over at the brgr:shack soon.

  • Nancy Bocskor

    Cats and rabbits can and do bond nicely (in fact, my cats were scared of my rabbits!) And I don’t understand why people posting here have to be so cruel — is it because you can anonymously insult people? Rabbits make delightful pets — mine were fully litter-box trained and hopped around the house. You do have to do some “rabbit-proofing” (they love cords….) Too many thoughtless parents buy Easter bunnies as pets for their kids and those poor animals are soon discarded like trash or put into wire cages. Please visit http://www.friendsofrabbits.org for more details about adopting a rabbit.

  • Rabbits make wonderful pets but do not behave like cats or dogs and have different needs. Before you get a rabbit, become educated at http://www.rabbit.org and then decide if bunny ownership is right for you.

    Also, rabbits for food are very different than house rabbits–they’re much larger and are bred for the purpose of feeding humans. A house bunny wouldn’t make for much of a meal but can be a great companion for the right person. They’re also very different than wild bunnies (usually cottontails) and wouldn’t survive outside.

    If you want a pet rabbit, adopt one. If you want to eat rabbit l’orange, then it’s a hell of a lot cheaper (and perhaps more ethical) to purchase rabbit meat at the grocery store.


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