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Hi, i dont know if this is the right section of the board to post this. Anyway, i have 2 baby rabbits to give away...we ahve to give them away because otherwise one of our cats will kill them. So far we've captured one but we're just waitin to get the other one and then my mum has said we're taking them to the pet shop (they're in our garden and v. hard to get!!). All the other times we've found homes to take them to and it's been better that way because then we've been able to see what sorta home they're going to. It doesnt bother my mum that much but im always worrying what will happen to them, especially now as they're going to a pet shop. What kinda people can get their hands on them? Eg. ppl who test on animals? Or do they breed their own? I just dont want these lil babies to end up going to some evil place when they would've been better off here. I live in Liverpool, UK, if that means anything.<br><br>
Please reply!!! Im really worried. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
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I've never heard of taking wild rabbits to a pet shop, or anywhere for that matter. Can they just be moved out of your yard? Isn't there a mother? What, if anything, do you do with her? Maybe someone else will have some advice.
 

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<<I've never heard of taking wild rabbits to a pet shop, or anywhere for that matter. Can they just be moved out of your yard? Isn't there a mother? What, if anything, do you do with her? Maybe someone else will have some advice. >><br><br><br><br>
Hmmm, but cant they be tamed? We've had to keep baby rabbits in our house before we gave them to a pet shop and they calmed down and became tame., and then we gave them to a new home. Yeah there is a mother but we can't keep her inside because we already have 4 cats and it would be mad and she would just ruin everywhere. plus we have 2 other older rabbits and they need to be together with the mother (one is the father and another is an older son which our cat didnt manage to kill and is now too big for the cat to kill). Do you think its wrong for us to give the two babies away? I need more information.<br><br><br><br>
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I would take them either to a shelter or a wildlife rehabilitator. I absolutely hate pet stores, they do not have the animals' best interests at heart. People who buy animals from pet stores tend to be very irresponsible, ie buying on impulse and not really thinking about the commitement they are making.
 

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get your male rabbit neutered to stop the cycle of unwanted animals!<br><br><br><br>
do not give them to a pet store. rabbits are frequently purchased on impulse. rabbits are as much, if not MORE work to care for then dogs and cats and are almost as expensive to keep. most people don't realize this.<br><br><br><br>
do an internet search for rabbit rescues in your area or contact your local House Rabbit Society chapter.<br><br><br><br>
there website is <a href="http://www.rabbit.org" target="_blank">www.rabbit.org</a><br><br><br><br>
btw NEVER touch wild rabbits. they are different from domesticated rabbits and shouldn't be captured and kept as pets.
 

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yeah i would say to find a rabbit rescue, now-a-days there are rescue orgs out there for just about every animal. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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hi, ok i will look for a rabbit shelter but i dont like shelters though, they kill animals just because they "have no room" which really annoys me. Once i found a stray cat and took it to a shelter thinking i was doing the best thing, only to find a day later they killed him because he was too wild. It pisses me off.<br><br><br><br>
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Katy, it pisses me off too. they killed him just because he was too wild? What sence does that make? Well I dont like how some humans think that the lives of animals are less important then their own. Life is life no matter what kind every living thing deserves the same right to live.
 

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I don't understand... these are domestic rabbits living in your garden outside? That's wierd. Is your mom sure they're not wild rabbits that are used to living outdoors?<br><br><br><br>
Anyways, I personally <b>would</b> suggest taking the rabbits to the pet store. (If they don't have a supply of 'donated' animals to sell then they'll just order animals from breeding mills, and in my opinion it's far worse to continue breeding more animals into the cycle than to sell societies throw-away animals. Yes I hate pet stores, but I'd rather sell the unwanted animals we already have than to have them breed more new ones to sell.). But irregardless, if they're wild rabbits, no pet store is going to take them, and neither will most rescues unless it was hurt.<br><br><br><br>
To answer you other concern, rabbit rescues aren't very likely to put your rabbit to sleep unless it's in poor health. You can always ask if they're a no-kill shelter or not. To find one, call your local humane society and ask them if they know of any local rabbit rescue groups.<br><br><br><br>
As for your first concern, people from labs aren't going to buy animals from pet stores, they cost too much. They will however take animals that are advertised as "free to good home" in newspapers. Some bunchers will show you their house and act like they're going to give it a good home, and then turn around and sell it to the laboratories. Just so you know.<br><br><br><br>
If the mother is a domestic pet then you need to catch her and take her to the vet to be spayed so that she stops having babies. You're going to keep having this problem unless you can get her spayed. The same with your rabbits indoor.
 

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a rabbit rescue is not the same as your local humane society. all of the rabbit rescues i know will NOT euthanize their rabbits unless they become too sick to survive.<br><br><br><br>
if you can't get the rabbit to a rescue, get him or her to a shelter. a lot of people pick up rabbits and other small "pocket pets" at pet stores like they're picking up a newspaper at their local convience store- with very little thought. they are the most dangerous places for these types of animals to end up in, unless of course you know that the owner of the store a) keeps the animals in regards to proper housing/social groups/nutrition and b) has a screening program for people who purchase animals at their store.<br><br><br><br>
i've never heard of a pet store that cares so much and if the one your considering doesn't either, than i'd advise you take the rabbit elsewhere.
 

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<<They're not wild but you've had this situation before? How does that happen? People dump them in your yard? >><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Huh?
 

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I definitely would say don't give them to a pet shop. Most pet shops are more interested in money than the animals. Anyone can go into a pet shop and purchase a rabbit, maybe a little kid who doesn't know anything about animals and will accidently break its neck, thinking it's just another toy.<br><br><br><br>
Go to petfinder.org, and on the left put in "rabbit" as pet and type in your zip code. It will find shelters/rescues in your area that rescue pet rabbits. Rabbits are generally not euthanized unless sick in rescues, and they will find very good homes as rescues are extremely selective. It's definitely the best thing you can do for them.<br><br><br><br>
As far as hating shelters because they kill animals for no room - Don't blame shelters, blame people who refuse to spay/neuter their pets. Shelters have no choice - if there's no where for the animal to go, their only adoption is to either put it down or let it on the streets, usually a worse life. The city animal controls are required by government to take in all animals brought to them. If they don't have room they have to euthanize because they can't turn away people dropping off animals. Trying to stuff as many animals as possible into too small of an area will result in worse problems than euthanasia - in crowded conditions animals will suffer from stress, disease, and injuries from fighting. Euthanasia is the most humane method available for dealing with strays.<br><br><br><br>
As far as putting down a cat because it was too wild - this is not uncommon, even in normally "no kill" shelters. If the cat is wild, no one will adopt it. Nobody wants to take home a feral cat as a pet. The only choices are to have it take up room miserable in a cage at a shelter, which means somewhere out there other animals are dying because that spot in a shelter is not available to them, let it go to starve on the streets and continue to breed more feral animals that will continue the problem, or to euthanize it, a painless and humane end to its suffering. Which choice would you pick?
 

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Okay someone needs to walk Tame through this one. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:">
 

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Shark, why not catch the feral cat, alter it, and release it back where it came from? ditto for the rabbit. catch the mom, spay her, and release her. how much does it cost to spay a rabbit?<br><br><br><br>
But I still say if you have unwanted pets, please alter them, and then yeah give them to the pet store. Ultimately it leads to less suffering.
 

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You said all the other times you found homes. So it sounds like this has happened before. If these rabbits aren't wild how do they keep getting in your yard?<br><br>
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Their mum is tame and their dad is tame but they live in the garden. The babies arent wild. So...?
 
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