Why adopt from a rescue instead of buying from a breeder?

With all the unwanted rabbits in shelters or thrown out on the street looking for their forever homes...Why would anyone want to put money into the hands of a breeder or pet shop that only continue to add to all this heartbreak by breeding or encourage the breeding of even more rabbits?

But Rescues have adoption fees so what the difference?
Rescues also have adoption contracts and support systems that assure that the rabbits go to good loving forever homes.
Rescues take in rabbits that have neglected, abused and scared. Many hours of time are put in to these rabbits to rehabilitate them back to their healthy loving selves. Rescues also spay and neuter the buns which that alone can cost up to 3 times what the adoption fee is.

Rescues don't use the animals to provide a living or extra income for themselves or family. The adoptions fees are all put right back into caring the rabbits remaining at the rescue.

Many of the rabbits across the country in rescues right now as you read this came from breeder or hoarder confiscations. Rabbits that were is horrific situations, living in their own filth, sick and dying. Many breeders will NEVER actually let you see the facilities were their rabbits are kept. Why? Because the conditions of the facility and rabbits are so bad they don't want you to see it.
Is this really someone you want to encourage to continue by giving them money?

Adopting from a rescue you are sure you are getting a healthy new family member that has been vetted, spayed/neutered and know their personalities.

Many breeders don't bother with vets unless it's one of their prized breeding stock. Sick or injured rabbits are usually culled rather than expending the funds to take to a vet. If you don't know what 'culled' means...in the breeder world it means 'kill'
But I want a baby bunny!

Let's talk about that.

Yes, baby bunnies are absolutely adorable. They're tiny lil balls of fluff that you just can't seem to get enough of trying to cuddle.

Yes you heard me correct,
'trying to cuddle'
Now let's talk about the realities of those cute lil critters and what really lies beneath those fluffy exteriors.

In reality most rabbits don't like being held, not even as babies. That is usually apparent by their flailing bodies and little razor sharp nails slicing through your skin causing you to bleed profusely.

Now let's talk about puberty...which starts at about three months old. Their hormones are just kicking in. They're marking their territory by spraying a thick concentrated smelly urine all around your home and on you. This fun game is done by both male and female rabbits. 

Now let's look at them as if they were 14 year-old boys. Again, we are talking both male and female rabbits here. Raging hormones coursing through their bodies, the frustration building at not being able to relieve it. Sexually frustrated teenage boys are nothing compared to sexually frustrated rabbits. Rabbits can get mean...they lunge at you, box you and will bite you if they can, drawing blood and leaving scars. Not to mention humping everything in site including you.

Then you have their personalities..
You never know if your baby bun will grow into a great member of the family or a terror that you want nothing to do with. Their personalities change as they grow and if you are not truly versed in bunny language you could have a real problem on your hands.

Unfortunately this is how so many rabbits end up in shelters.

When you ADOPT a bun from a rescue that is a little older and has been worked with you know what your bun is like. And you don't have to deal with all hormonal issues that WILL arise because rescue rabbits have been fixed.   


Spay and Neuter a Rabbit...

It may sound odd, but just like cats and dogs there is a gross over population of these animals across the country. Breeders of purbreds, backyard breeders and people that just don't think it's important to spay and neuter are the reason that the shelters are over flowing and have to resort to killing these poor innocent souls.

We have homeless stray dogs, cats and yes, even rabbits out living on the streets put there by their heartless previous owners. From there they continue to reproduce even more homeless strays.

Now think about how that vicious circle started....?


It's that plain and simple.
Breeders do it for money...though they'll say it's to improve' the breed.
But did you know that pure bred animals spend more time at the vets than 'Mutts'? 

Breeders are messing with genetics. They over breed, inbreed and though they may be improving on the physical appearance (so they think) they are creating on going medical conditions and illnesses.

The average pet owner either just doesn't care, say they can't afford it or say 'wouldn't it be cute if Fluffy had babies?'
But what ends up happening to those cute babies? Is there a plan?

And there's always the proverbial 'Ooops' litters....
'I thought they were both boys/girls'
'Ralphie got out and got into Rosies pen' and so on.
Though people would like to tell themselves this is a good excuse, it's NOT. 


As for rabbits it's also a matter of health issues.

Unfixed females are pron to uterus and mammary cancer. YES, rabbits can get breast cancer. For males it's testicular cancer.