‘Bunny boom’: Guelph Humane Society finds homes for dozens of rabbits

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GUELPH – The Guelph Humane Society faces a ‘bunny boom’ as the shelter has dozens of domestic rabbits in its care.

So far this year, 80 rabbits have been introduced into human society. Last year, the shelter received around 60 rabbits throughout the year.

“In the last two months we have had around 50 rabbits in our care at the same time, 20 of them were in foster care and 30 of them are in the building,” said Samantha Westphal, manager. of Humane Society Animal Care.

She said several factors are contributing to the increase in the number of rabbits.

“How fast they can procreate, they can have litters of over 10 and their gestation period is around 30 days. If you lose weight every two months, you will get a litter of over 10 babies,” said Westphal.

The Guelph Humane Society says this is why it is important to neuter or neuter pet rabbits.

Today, staff are looking for adopters to help cope with the growing rabbit population.

“They need a lot of time outside of their cage time, socializing, cage cleaning time,” Westphal explained. “Rabbits are very friendly, very social and interactive.”

Randi Stewart jumped at the chance to adopt a bunny.

“I saw Miles advertise and he was advertised as free roaming and that’s what I wanted so I saw a picture of him and read his description and fell in love,” said Steward. “He has the freedom to move around my apartment, he just jumps, he likes to go on the couch, he is completely trained in the litter box.”

You can find more information on adopting a rabbit on the Guelph Humane Society website.

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