July 2010

10 Ways to Celebrate Rabbit Week, Part II

6. Take Care of Your Current Pet Rabbit

Have you ever had your rabbit checked out by a vet or vaccinated? Do you let him or her have plenty of bouncing play time, and sweet carrot treats to eat? If not, now is a great time to start doing so. Many people do not think of rabbits like cats and dogs, but they do have many similar needs. People who raise rabbits to sell should also make sure they provide proper food, shelter, and care, as well as safe, clean breeding boxes. You can learn more about rabbit issues here, and you can schedule an appointment with your local veterinarian to make a plan of action for your rabbit’s health needs.

5. Learn All About Rabbits

10 Ways to Celebrate Rabbit Week

This week, it’s time for our long-eared, whiskered friends to get some recognition! Whether you’ve kept rabbits as pets, get giddy over seeing them in the wild, or simply admire them from afar, if you love the critters, you might want to take part in Rabbit Week. Here are 10 ways to celebrate.

10. Don’t Eat Rabbits

That’s a given! To celebrate rabbits, if you normally eat them—or were thinking about it—how about joining them this week instead and munching on some sweet, yummy carrots? They’re packed with nutrients (hello, vitamin A) and if Bugs eats them, there’s got to be some appeal, right? Dip them in your favorite dressing, or jazz them up with something sweet, like yogurt.

9. Adopt a Rabbit

Bad Hamster Owners Ruin It For Everyone

The city of San Francisco is considering a ban on all pet sales.  Why?  "The real problem, staff said, is hamsters." 

Originally the city was looking on a ban on the sale of puppies and kittens, in order to help put a stop to pet mills.  But apparently hamsters are such a problem at local animal shelters that the San Francisco Commission of Animal Control and Welfare decided to extend the ban to everything but fish.  

San Francisco residents will still be allowed to keep pets.  But if the ban passes, San Francisco residents will have to seek their pets elsewhere.  This seems a little nonsensical, since the shelter staff say that most pocket pets that get dumped at the shelter weren't originally purchased at pet stores.  I guess these are gifts, or were the products of accidental breedings.