Hi there!  Here we are in week two of Funtime Buntime.  Last week, I gave a quick introduction of my life with a bunny, and this week I’m going to focus on the first important step in rabbit ownership—getting the rabbit!

There are a few ways to go about adding a rabbit to your family, and the first I’m going to talk about is how we came by Izzy.  We actually purchased her from a local fair, the Topsfield Fair to be exact.  Growing up in Connecticut, I’d been to plenty of fairs, but none of them had ever sold animals before.  There were always barns where animals were on display, but rarely could you ever have the opportunity to purchase a little furry friend on the spot.

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She was only 13 weeks old when we got her-hard to believe she was smaller than she is now!

Maybe it’s a Massachusetts thing?  Either way, the Topsfield Fair has an entire barn devoted to displaying show rabbits and cavies (guinea pigs), holding little classes wherein kids can learn how to properly handle the animals, and there’s also an area where animals for sale are on display.

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Photo From: Topsfieldfair.org

This is where we got Izzy.  The rabbits for sale come from breeders in the area.  Another way of getting a rabbit would be to contact a breeder directly to find out when rabbits will be available for sale, just like you would with a dog or cat breeder.  Izzy came from Lily’s Rabbit Hole, which is located in New Hampshire.  You can find a list of rabbit breeders by state here.  This is of course, if you’re looking for a pure bred bun.

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Izzy is a Netherland Dwarf, which obviously means she’s a dwarf rabbit, so even though she’s fully grown, she weighs in at about 2 ¼ pounds.  Her coat is called black otter—black fur flecked with grey and brown on top and white under her chin and on her belly.  There are many different breeds of rabbit ranging from dwarves to giants, so it’ll be up to you to decide which you like best.

The last way to procure a bunny is through a local SPCA or other animal shelter organization.  You will have to call and check though, as some don’t take in abandoned/unwanted rabbits.  There are other organizations as well that have information about adopting rabbits, such as the House Rabbit Society.  You can also check to see if there are local organizations near you, like the House Rabbit Network in New England or Save a Bunny in California.

Personally, I do not recommend buying animals from pet stores, unless the animals come from an SPCA.  Pet store animals have unknown histories, and are sometimes raised under inhumane conditions.  This however, is just my personal view.  If you want to get a pet store rabbit, that is your choice, and I’m sure the animal appreciates the home nonetheless.

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All in all, getting a bunny is much like getting any other pet, but keep in mind what animals you may already have at home.  Getting Izzy worked out well for us because she’s our only pet, but you’ll need to be careful when introducing a rabbit into a home with cats/dogs/other pets.

Any questions/comments?  Let me know!  Next week I’ll be talking about bunny basics—what you’ll need to accommodate your new bun and acclimate them to your family. See you next week!!

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