Over the last seven years, I’ve been the owner of six pet house rabbits that have all lived, or are still living, long healthy lives. While I’m currently the owner of two well-loved house rabbits, I’m still always tempted to get more. That’s because I live in Bangkok, Thailand where rabbits are abandoned by their owners at the drop of a hat, with thousands every year needing new homes before they’re euthanised.
That being said, however, I simply don’t have the time to take care of more rabbits, and my one-bedroom apartment really doesn’t have the space, so I’ve been looking into sponsoring a rabbit instead.
Sponsoring a rabbit, or a couple of rabbits even, is a great way to get your ‘bunny fix’, without committing to the long-term care of rabbits in your home. After all, rabbits can live up to 10 to 12 years, so any commitment you make to having a rabbit living in your home is likely to be a long one.
Sponsoring on the other hand can be as long-term or short-term as you want it to be, and all it requires is a small amount of money to help an abandoned rabbit get a new lease on life. Sponsoring a rabbit also has many benefits — both for you and the bunny — and can be a lot of fun.
What kind of rabbit sponsorships can you do? – That’s the beauty of rabbit sponsorships, as there really is something for everyone and a sponsorship for everyone’s budget.
You can choose to sponsor a rabbit for a month, sponsor one for a couple of months until a new owner is found, sponsor a rabbit to pay for its medical bills, or do a one-time sponsorship through an organization like Adopt a Rabbit – a non-profit in South Carolina that runs a rabbit sanctuary where abandoned rabbits live out the remainder of their lives.
If you have bundles of cash to spare, you can even sponsor a rabbit for a year.
Benefits of Rabbit Sponsorship
The main benefits of any rabbit sponsorship are, of course, to the rabbit being sponsored. On top of that, however, there are also benefits to you the sponsor.
You’re helping save a bunny’s life – Many rabbit shelters try to run a ‘no-kill’ facility, meaning they keep the rabbits on their premises until they can find a new home for them. With the cost of feeding and taking care of a rabbit being several hundred dollars a year, and that’s only if the rabbit doesn’t get sick, some shelters simply can’t take care of all the rabbits they are given and euthanasia is the result.
If you sponsor a rabbit, however, you are helping to pay for the cost of taking care of that rabbit until a suitable permanent home is found. You really are helping save a bunny’s life.
You get a sponsorship package – When you choose a rabbit to sponsor with most organizations, you’ll receive a sponsorship package in the mail or via e-mail. That package will often include a photograph of the rabbit, its history, its medical records and, in some cases, regular newsletters telling you all about what’s going on at the bunny shelter.
You get a ‘bunny fix’ cheaply – Getting your own rabbit and taking care of it at home doesn’t only require an hour or two a day of maintenance and feeding. It also requires several hundred dollars for buying a cage and getting your rabbit set up in his new home, as well as several hundred more just for food and bedding supplies for a year.
Sponsoring a rabbit, however, is a one-time outlay if that’s what you choose to do, and it’s as little as $20 at some animal shelters.
You can play with your sponsored rabbit – Some rabbit shelters will let you sponsor a rabbit, and then come in as a volunteer to feed it, take care of it and clean it. That way you get all the pleasure of owning a rabbit, without having to do the chores day in and day out.
An excellent educational tool for children – If your child wants to have a rabbit but you know she won’t take care of it, or you simply don’t have the room, sponsoring a rabbit from a local shelter can be an excellent educational tool. You can both learn all about the rabbit, rabbit’s eating habits, the types of toys pet rabbits like to play with, and how many hours a week a responsible rabbit owner spends on taking care of their pet.
Then, if it looks like your child now understands how much work a pet rabbit is and yet still wants one, maybe you can adopt the rabbit you’ve been sponsoring?