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Owning a rabbit is a lot different than owning a cat or a dog, and it normally comes with a lot of questions. Below we have comprised a short list of our most commonly asked questions.
MY RABBIT IS A SINGLE BUNNY. WHY DO I NEED TO GET THEM SPAYED OR NEUTERED?
For those of us who are involved in rabbit welfare, there is no choice when it comes to spaying or neutering a rabbit, it just must be done. It is our policy to have this beneficial procedure performed for all of our rabbits and it should be yours too!
Please consider the facts below so you can make the best decision for your bun:
Altered rabbits are healthier and live longer than unaltered rabbits.
Altered rabbits make better companions when not driven by sexual hormones.
Altered rabbits have better litter-box habits and don't spray to mark their territory.
Altered rabbits can safely have a friend to play with.
WHERE CAN I FIND A SAFE, LOW COST SPAY OR NEUTER FOR MY RABBIT?
We often receive calls and emails from rabbit owners asking about low cost spay/neuter programs in the area. Now all Vets are experienced in working with rabbits – most vets that specialize in exotic animals are often failure with rabbits. In the past, there were no options available. Now, in Birmingham, Riverview Animal Clinic does a wonderful job, and has knowledgeable staff and vets that we trust with our Spay and Neuters.
Their phone number is (205) 991-9580.
If you do not live in the Birmingham area, please contact us and we will try to help you find a well equipped vet local to you.
DOES MY RABBIT WANT A COMPANION?
Rabbits are inquisitive, active and loving animals. They want company so that they can play, socialize, groom and cuddle. Though they can meet some of these needs thanks to their human companions, having a bunny friend for company is much more fulfilling!
Once you see a bonded couple interact, you will never want your rabbit to be single again and you will realize that for all the love and attention you may give your bunny, that you really can’t replace the affection and companionship they receive from another bunny friend.
If you are interested, contact us! We have staff on hand who are experts at pairing rabbits and will help you with the process!
MY BUNNY STOPPED EATING. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
When a bunny stops eating, it's an indication that they aren't feeling well and need immediate intervention by a vet. Rabbits who stop eating can die within the first 24 hours if not treated. If you cannot get to a vet until tomorrow, there are some basic steps that you should follow to assess their condition and stabilize them until you can take them for a check up.
I HAVE A RABBIT THAT NEEDS TO FIND A HOME. WILL YOU TAKE IT?
We are committed to taking in abandoned rabbits and those who have run out of time at the local animal shelters so that we can save them from euthanasia. We will consider cases of extreme difficulty if we have the space. If you feel that your situation qualifies under one of these stipulations, you can contact us below, and we will take your case into consideration.
I CAN'T KEEP MY RABBIT. HOW CAN I FIND THEM A NEW HOME?
If you originally adopted your rabbit from the Alabama House Rabbit Society you MUST contact us as it is not permitted for anyone to rehome any rabbit adopted from our shelter. If you adopted the rabbit from a different rabbit rescue, check with them as they might have a similar policy in place. If you want to get rid of your rabbit due to behavioral issues please contact us for suggestions and advice on how to potentially remedy the problem. Keep in mind that if your rabbit isn’t fixed, that is likely to be the root cause of certain issues. For these reasons, as well as many others, we urge all rabbit owners to get their rabbits spayed or neutered. This procedure alone may fix several unwanted behaviors.
I FOUND A NEST OF WILD BABY BUNNIES IN MY YARD. WHAT DO I DO?
The AHRS is an organization that rescues domestic rabbits not the wild cottontails that you often see in your back yard. We get many calls from people who have found wild rabbits or rabbit nests. We cannot help in these situations. Keep in mind that a wild rabbit may or may not need your help. Please follow the link below to read more about wild rabbits and what to do if you find a nest of babies. It should give you the information you need to indentify a rabbit in need of rescuing and some tips on how to help.
If you do not see your question above, please feel free to contact us!