Last week on The Daily Weekly we noted the Seattle Animal Shelter's efforts to help Seattle-area pet owners spay and neuter their rabbits. With rabbits showing up at shelters at an alarming rate, and not many options available for responsible pet owners looking to fix their rabbits, the folks at the Seattle Animal Shelter stepped up to fill a need.
Rabbits, of course, copulate like, well, rabbits (or Shawn Kemp in his prime). This leads to baby rabbits - many of which pet owners simply can't care for. It's this predictable phenomenon that has led to rabbits being the third-most dropped off animal at the Seattle Animal Shelter. Through a new program beginning Jan. 2 designed to offer rabbit spay and neuter surgeries to pet owners, the Seattle Animal Shelter Spay and Neuter Clinic hopes to put a dent in the population of rabbits without a home.
While it may not be the city's most pressing concern, the problem is real. The Seattle Animal Shelter adopted out roughly 300 "critters" last year, "most of them rabbits," according to Kara Main-Hester, the Seattle Animal Shelter's Manager of Volunteer Programs and Fundraising. She says the shelter still regularly deals with the problem of unwanted pet rabbits, and that's not to mention the discarded bunnies that get dropped off in area parks - sure to meet an untimely demise at the hands of mother nature. Left alone in the wild, Main-Hester says domesticated rabbits can cause a bevy of problems -- from burrowing to foolishly crossing the road at slow speeds -- but most importantly they don't survive long.
"It's really a miserable situation," she says.
The post inspired some feedback from Daily Weekly commenter SadGhost, who, among other things, is apparently sick and tired of reading about "hipster locavores" eating rabbits for dinner.
As commenter SadGhost writes:
SO glad this article was about humane rabbit care and not another misguided story about hipster locavores killing rabbits for dinner (as seems to be published almost daily in some rag)..
Thank you, Seattle Animal Shelter, for caring enough to change the outcomes here. I've seen but been unable to capture a few domestic rabbits that were obviously set loose in parks. As a wildlife rehabilitator, I knew what their prospects might be in the "wild" and it angered me to no end that people would condemn these poor animals to this fate. I hope the new policy and spay/neuter plans help