During my first semester in college (fall 2015) i ended up visiting the Irvine Animal Shelter. In the bunny section, i met a volunteer who indicated to me that most of the rabbits living at the shelter had attitudes and would kick intruders into their cage with their back legs.
So territorial. So much attitude. SO me.
There was one rabbit in particular, however, the volunteer said was different. Her name is Hippity, and the first time we met, she was housed in a special separate pen because she was sick.
From the moment she pointed her out, i felt so excited. i HAD to hold her and say hi to her. The shelter volunteers set up a puppy fence and put a big white sheet on the ground. i sat down in the center, and they then plopped Hippity next to me within the fence. Of course, she was initially shy, but i focused on allowing her to get comfortable with me and tried not to scare her.
I told my mom i was interested in Miss Bunny. She and my dad laughed, brushing off the idea because we had two large dogs [at the time] who would likely want to eat her if they were to spot her hopping around the house.
I drove to the shelter to sit with her the next few days, and eventually, my parents acknowledged the seriousness with which i desired her and her fluffy, brown company.
The woman volunteer who had suggested Hippity to me stated matter-of-factly to me:
This is the one for you. I know she’s not the cutest (i wanted a grey and white spotted one), but she has the perfect temperament and will never nip at you.
She was right. Bunny (the nickname i call her today) is the perfect diva girl for me.
My lesson learned from this experience:
GO TO YOUR LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTER, NOT BABY BUNNY BREEDER, to select your next friend. They need a home more so than the cute breeder bunnies do, trust me. Theyve been neglected, etc.; they need love and attention. If you can give them that, then go to the shelter and do your good deed!
I had been through some trauma in high school and was not doing well emotionally; i truly believed Bunny could help me. She has brought a smile to my face from day one.
The first few days after i brought her home and set up her cage in the corner of my bedroom, she was terrified.
Today, as i write this account, about a year and a half later, we are best friends. She loves following me around my room and hopping on my back when i’m laying across the floor on the carpet.
To anyone interested in adopting a bunny of their own, i’ve provided a list of suggestions that i myself live by in the day-to-day maintenance of Bunny:
~1 small (chihuahua-sized) dog cage attached to;
~1 puppy pen fence;
~1 painter’s tarp [to lay out in the area within the puppy pen]
~Disposable cat-sized litter boxes;
~Disposable puppy pads (large/extra large-sized);
~Small water bowls;
~GREEN LEAF VEGETABLES: ex. small handfuls of parsley, cilantro, large green lettuce leaves, baby bok choy, etc.
Feed your rabbit two to three small servings of healthy green leaf veggies, a few tablespoons of timothy pellets, fresh Timothy hay a day in their puppy pad-lined disposable cat litter box. Purchase fun chew toys at the pet store and rotate new ones in every few weeks. These few rabbit care habits are all you need to implement to start responsibly forming a strong bond with your bunny.
AND THAT’S THAT.
If you’re looking for a little ball of fluff to rock your world, consider a rabbit from your own local animal shelter! Good luck! 🐰💚💋