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February is Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month; top ten reasons for adopting a bunny

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February is Adopt-a-Rescued-Rabbit month, and the Ohio House Rabbit Rescue is sharing their top ten reasons to add a bunny to your home. If you have been considering a rabbit as a pet, or considering adopting a companion for your current rabbit, maybe now is the time!

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The mission of Ohio House Rabbit Rescue is the continued operation of their Center for rescued abandoned pet rabbits, their robust adoption program, and their provision of educational resources and programming on the proper care of rabbits as indoor companions. Ohio House Rabbit Rescue envisions a community where all pet rabbits live indoors as companions, with access to a proper diet, habitat, and regular veterinary care for the duration of their life.

OHRR has many wonderful bunnies at their Adoption Center on 5485 N. High Street in Columbus - you can see a few of them in the slideshow, and even more of them on the OHRR website. Complete information on adopting a bunny from OHRR can also be found on the website, along with contact information for OHRR.

And now, the OHRR top ten reasons for adopting a house rabbit:

10. They’re eco-friendly. Bunnies love recycled toys like toilet paper rolls stuffed with hay, used cardboard boxes with a door cut out, or even an old phone book for digging. You can compost their entire litter box if you use a natural litter, and you can grow herbs and greens for them right in your backyard!

9. Your bunny will be with you for a long time. Believe it or not, bunnies can live up to 10-12 years. That means you’ll have lots of time to spend with your new friend.

8. Allergic to dogs and cats? Try a bunny! Some people who are allergic to dogs and/or cats are not allergic to bunnies. They’re a great alternative companion!

7. Petting a bunny reduces stress. There are quite a few scientific studies demonstrating that just watching an animal reduces cortisol, the stress hormone, and increases serotonin, the happy molecule. Snuggling up with a bunny can even lower blood pressure!

6. They’re great in apartments. They only need a minimum of a 4×4 space to live in during the day, with some time to roam free in the evenings. Plus they’re quiet enough not to bother the neighbors. You won’t ever have to take them out for walks, and you don’t need a backyard to let them run around in.

5. Compared to dogs or cats, they’re fairly low-maintenance. Bunnies don’t need to go for walks, they don’t need vaccines and they can be litter box trained. Although they do need to visit the vet for regular care and they are not a “starter pet” for children, they are pretty easy to care for!

4. They want to play when you do. Bunnies are “crepuscular”, meaning that they’re most active in the mornings and evenings. That means bunnies are the most playful in the evenings when you get home from work!

3. Bunnies are entertaining. Have you ever seen a bunny binky? It’s not only amazing, it’s adorable too. Bunnies are intelligent; they can learn tricks and play games. It’s even more fun if you adopt two!

2. They may be small, but they have BIG personalities. Bunnies can be sweet, friendly, sassy, energetic, goofy and a little bit of everything. You’ll be surprised at how much personality, attitude and spunk your bunny will have!

1. Bunnies make wonderful companions. They will make you smile when you’re down, they will listen when you need to talk, and they’ll snuggle you when you need a friend. Who knows? You may even get a few kisses!

Bringing a bunny into your home can be a wonderful and rewarding experience;choosing to adopt a bunny gives a homeless bunny a forever home. If you are hoping to add a bunny or two to your life, stop by the Ohio House Rabbit Adoption Center - the friendly volunteers there will help you find your new best friend.

If you already have a bunny and are seeking a companion for him/her, you can find out all the details of bringing your bunny in for some 'dates' at the OHRR Adoption Center. The OHRR will help you and your bunny find the best possible companion! Once you and your bunny have found your bunny's new friend, the OHRR will coach you as to the rest of the bonding process and will even come to your house for in-home bonding visits to help you out.

Visit the OHRR Adoption Center during Adopt-A-Rescued-Rabbit month; while you are there, check out their supply center for hay, toys, and other rabbit supplies and well as gifts for the rabbits' humans. The OHRR is open Saturday and Sunday Noon - 4 p.m. and Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The OHRR is located at 5485 N. High Street, north of Graceland Shopping Center and south of Selby Blvd - right next the Firestone Complete Auto Care Store.

In the Dayton Area:

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton at 1661 Nicholas Road in /Dayton has some lovely adoptable bunnies (guinea pigs too!).

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