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February is month to adopt a rabbit

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Rabbits are currently the third most common type of animal abandoned to shelters and in need of loving homes, and the Humane Society of Utah is pleased to have joined the House Rabbit Society and other animal protection organizations in declaring February "Adopt-a-Rescued-Rabbit Month."

According to HSU officials, these soft, cuddly animals are ideal for warming your heart and adding to a warm, loving home atmosphere.

"These small mammals make excellent pets," says HSU Executive Director Gene Baierschmidt. "They're intelligent, social animals who are capable of establishing lifelong bonds with their human companions. Whether housed in a small city apartment or a spacious country home, the quiet, well-mannered house rabbit will be a welcome addition. They can be litter-box trained, and their playful antics will delight the family for years to come." A well-cared-for house rabbit has a life span of five to 10 years, he added.

People who decide that a rabbit is the right addition to their household should make the Humane Society, located at 4242 South 300 West, their first stop. Bunnies of all sizes, colors, and types are available and anxiously awaiting good new homes. The adoption fee is only $15, which includes the animal's spay or neuter surgery and a free cardboard carrier to transport the rabbit to his or her new home.

Before assuming responsibility for caring for a rabbit, an adopter should learn about the specialized needs of these animals. For a wide selection of facts regarding proper nutrition, veterinary care, grooming and play habits, visit www.aspca.org; www.petfinder.com; or www.rabbit.org.

Contact the Humane Society of Utah for special Adopt-a-Rescued Rabbit Month promotions and events by calling 261-2919 or visit www.utahhumane.org. Shelter adoptions are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.