Thinking of Adopting a Rabbit? Here’s What You Need to Know First

As Easter approaches, many rabbits are adopted as presents and then sadly returned to shelters or abandoned.

A rabbit is an 8-10 year commitment and best for families who understand proper rabbit care.  

Rabbits require gentle handling, exercise, brushing, regular veterinary care, and need proper enclosures (a large dog crate and room to free roam indoors).

Just like people each rabbit is unique. Some are sweet and happy, some are shy, some are outgoing and some are cranky. They can be great furry companions but are not good starter pets for small children.

I went out to Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center where I met Nosey.

Nosey spent over 150 days in the shelter and was adopted at the end of January. He was returned for being a rabbit- chewing & not wanting to be held.

Like many rabbits with pink eyes, he was often passed over.   Nosey was adopted shortly after my visit but there are still more rabbits up for adoption at Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center.

Stephanie gives Nosey a treat

341 S. Birdneck Road :: Virginia Beach, VA 23451​ :: 757.385.4444

Shelter Hours of Operation Admissions & Adoptions

Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday- 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Reclaims Only Thursday – 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.