Please enjoy this true story from a new Cruelty Free friend.
Contributed by Katie Banks Hone.
This past November my 7-year-old daughter asked for a rabbit. I told her I’d think about it, my only experience with one being a cage rabbit my sister had as a kid. Bun Bun wasn’t terribly friendly, I remember her biting my toes.
I assumed we’d get a rabbit at a pet store, stick it in a hutch and it would be a useless pet. Oh how I was wrong! Before I said ‘yes’, I had my kid research rabbits and we came across the website of the Massachusetts-based House Rabbit Network. Very quickly we learned that rabbits should never be kept outside and it’s even better if they can be allowed to run around your house. You can even litter box train them! But above all you should try to never buy one, adopt instead. Rabbits are the third most surrendered pet at shelters. Our search for a kid-friendly rescue rabbit was on!
A few mornings later I stumbled across a video of ‘Clyde’ on the website of the Cocheco Valley Humane Society in Dover, NH. He was calmly sitting on the lap of a local radio host while he told of the joys of owning a rabbit. My girls and I were in love. Two days later we brought him home, renamed him Noodles, and instantly knew that this was the perfect pet for us.
Having spent the last six months of his life in a shelter Noodles was a bit shy and not used to being handled. But once he realized that he now had a whole room to hop around in, a soft carpet to stretch out on, and two little girls (and an animal-crazy Mom) giving him constant attention he quickly relaxed and began to seek out his new human family.
Rabbits are very social and intelligent animals. Noodles requires far more attention and work than our cat, which took us completely by surprise! Now you can’t sit on the floor without him head-butting you for pats, even hopping all over your chest if you stretch out on the couch.
A few weeks ago my 7-year-old noticed a bunny symbol on the back of her new ‘Hello’ toothpaste, the symbol of leapingbunny.org, meaning it’s not tested on animals, or it’s “bunny safe” as my kids call it. While we already use mostly all-natural and bunny safe products in our home, this has made us look more closely at everything we use from bug spray to moisturizers. Anything for Noodles’s buddies, my kids say. Ever since he hopped into our lives he sure has wrapped us around his furry little paws.
Thank you so much Katie! Noodles sounds like so much fun!
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Isn’t it funny what social media can do and who it can bring together? Katie, after hearing about the 2016 Go Cruelty Free Challenge shared this with us. Visit our link to sign up for the challenge yourself and through sales made at crueltyfreeconsumer.com, we will donate back to this organization, House Rabbit Network or another animal rescue of your choosing.Cruelty Free Challenge Sign Up
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