Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month - The month of February - You're Nobody 'til Some Bunny Loves You! [Updated on: 02/13/15 06:01]









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You're Nobody 'til Some Bunny Loves You!

Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month was created in 2002 by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Petfinder.com joined forces with them that year to celebrate the first annual Adopt-a-Rescued-Rabbit month. It seems like it is only celebrated in the USA and some rescues in Canada.

The major promoters of the event-month were/are: PetFinder.com, House Rabbit Society (HRS), The House Rabbit Network, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and Many, many rabbit rescues and shelters!

  • From 2002 thru 2003 the month it was celebrated in July.
  • From 2004 thru today it is celebrated in February.

Over the last few months I have emailed the ASPCA a number of times asking for information and why they do not "celebrate" the month anymore. They never respond back. I guess they are busy.....


History: On May 27th, 2002 "Ronie" posted, to Usenet in the group alt.pets.rabbits, a sample press release dated May 5th, 2002, from Jacque Schultz, from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to announce the first ever annual ADOPT-A-RESCUED-RABBIT MONTH.

"(YOUR SHELTER) CELEBRATES THIS JULY AS THE FIRST ANNUAL ADOPT-A-RESCUED-RABBIT MONTH You're Nobody 'til Some Bunny Loves You!

"(CITY, DATE) - This July (YOUR SHELTER), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and Petfinder.com have joined forces to celebrate the first annual Adopt-a-Rescued-Rabbit month. Rabbits are the most popular small mammal in American households. Unfortunately, these quiet, affectionate creatures are the third mostly likely animal to be dropped off at the nation's shelters. Tiny bunnies bought as Easter presents or springtime birthday gifts grow up and get cast aside when their novelty wears off. Those who surrender or abandon their rabbits will miss out on 8 - 10 years of bunny hijinks."

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Here are the "press releases" over the years about Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month:
  • 1st: 2002 - "ASPCA has named July 2002 as the 1st ANNUAL Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month." "the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and Petfinder.com have joined forces to celebrate the first annual Adopt-a-Rescued-Rabbit month."
  • 2nd: 2003 - House Rabbit Society, ASPCA Promote July As "Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month" (Richmond, CA) - House Rabbit Society (HRS), an international nonprofit animal rescue and education group, joins with the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in celebrating July as the second-ever "Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month."
  • 3rd: 2004 - House Rabbit Society, ASPCA Promote February As "Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month" (Richmond, CA) - House Rabbit Society (HRS), an international nonprofit animal rescue and education organization, joins with the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in celebrating "Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month" this February. This year's theme is "Warm Your Heart, Warm Your Home - Adopt a Rescued Rabbit."
  • 4th: 2005 - The House Rabbit Network is pleased to announce that February is Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month! Rabbits are the third most common pet found at area animal shelters and in need of loving homes. If you are looking for a great pet, consider adopting a rabbit!
  • 5th: 2006 - House Rabbit Society Promotes February as "Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month" (Richmond, CA) - House Rabbit Society (HRS), an international nonprofit animal rescue and education group, along with Petfinder, celebrates February 2006 as "Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month."
  • 6th: 2007 - House Rabbit Society Promotes February as "Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month" (Richmond, CA) - House Rabbit Society (HRS), an international nonprofit animal rescue and education group, joins Petfinder in celebrating February 2007 as "Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month."
  • 7th: 2008 - House Rabbit Society Promotes February as "Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month" (Richmond, CA) - House Rabbit Society (HRS), an international nonprofit animal rescue and education group, joins Petfinder in celebrating February 2008 as "Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month."
  • 8th: 2009 - House Rabbit Society Promotes February as "Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month" (Richmond, CA) - House Rabbit Society (HRS), an international nonprofit animal rescue and education group, joins Petfinder in celebrating February 2009 as "Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month."
  • 9th: 2010 - House Rabbit Society focuses on "partner adoptions," urges people to consider adopting a buddy for their bunny (Richmond, CA) - House Rabbit Society (HRS), an international nonprofit animal rescue and education group, joins Petfinder in celebrating February, 2010, as "Adopt-a-Rescued-Rabbit Month."
  • 10th: 2011 - House Rabbit Society focuses on "partner adoptions," urges people to consider adopting a buddy for their bunny (Richmond, CA) - House Rabbit Society (HRS), an international nonprofit animal rescue and education group, joins Petfinder in celebrating February, 2011, as "Adopt-a-Rescued-Rabbit Month."
  • 11th: 2012 - It's Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month!! In honor of "Adopt a Rescued Rabbit" Month we will be bringing you rescue stories all month long here on the HRS blog!
  • 12th: 2013 - "February is Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month!" - [HRS]
  • 13th: 2014 - "February is Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month!" - [HRS] - "Join us in celebrating Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month!" - posted Feb 12th, 2014
  • 14th: 2015 -


           Sometimes a rescue or shelter will hold a special month to try to adopt out more rabbits. A good example of this was at the Alameda shelter (in California). Ms. Mim Carlson (executive director of Friends of Alameda Animal Shelter) posted an article for the Mercury News newspaper [online] where she wrote: "July is "Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month." Rabbits can make wonderful companions. They can live from seven to 10 years and with careful introduction and supervision can get along with many other companion animals."

           I emailed Ms. Mim Carlson and she kindly responded back: "We were having our own special "Adopt A Rabbit Month" for the shelter because we had so many bunnies here. This is not to be confused with the National "Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month" which is, as you said, in February."

    Also rembember the following for pets in February 2015:
    Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. (Humane Society of the United States)
    Pet Dental Health Month.
    Responsible Pet Owners Month.
    Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month.
    National Prevent a Litter Month.
    Unchain a Dog Month.
    Feb. 7-14, 2015: Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week.
    Feb. 16-17, 2015: Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show. 
                      Held at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, this event is televised.
    Feb. 14, 2015: Pet Theft Awareness Day.
    Feb. 15-21, 2015: National Justice for Animals Week.
    Feb. 20, 2015: Love Your Pet Day.
    Feb. 22, 2015: Walking the Dog Day.
    Feb. 23, 2015: International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day.
    Feb. 24, 2015: World Spay Day. Annual campaign by the Humane Society International 
                   and The Humane Society of the United States; held the last Tuesday of February.
    

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Random Rabbit Pages joins with Petfinder.com, The House Rabbit Network, the House Rabbit Society, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals & all the other rabbit rescues and shelters in celebrating February as Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month!


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