Thursday May 03, 2018 Posted By: spca_admin
Our domestic rabbits are dependent on their caretakers for food, water, and safety. They cannot survive very long on their own.
If you or someone you know cannot keep their rabbit, please make a humane choice; save that rabbit’s life and bring it to the MHSPCA Shelter. It will then find another loving and caring home.
DO NOT release your rabbit in a local field or park. A domestic rabbit is unprepared to "fend for himself" and may be injured or killed by a predator.
The domestic rabbit’s light coloring makes it an easy picking for a predatory dog, cat, hawk, owl, raccoon, coyote, fox or human. A rabbit can be hit and killed by a car.
Domestic rabbits have adapted to a captive feeding schedule (with a proper diet). So they often don't feed between dusk and dawn; they don’t hide during the day as wild rabbits do and they have not developed the lightning speed reaction to make a hasty escape from a predator.
Domestic rabbits will not know to get in out of the rain, stay dry and avoid getting chilled. Cold temperatures combined with rain will chill the rabbit and lead to pneumonia and death.
If a pair of rabbits live long enough to have a litter, then a population explosion may occur. The increased population forces the rabbits to seek more territory. They invade surrounding neighborhoods, eat prized garden plants and irritate people who may wish to kill them.