Pet Rabbits Affected by National Housing Crisis
Many people have fallen victim to the current housing crisis across America. Recent reports have shown that this devastation has largely affected the pet population as well.
Property inspectors and real estate brokers frequently discover animals tied up or locked in cages when they enter abandoned houses. People leave their pets behind for a variety of reasons. In some cases, they can’t afford to care for the animal or they’re moving into rental property or in with relatives where pets aren’t allowed. In turn, shelters all around the country have witnessed an increase in the number of abandoned animals needing their attention.
And while shelters and rescues generally take in a large number of rabbits, many are experiencing a bunny boom this year. At the Sacramento SPCA, they have taken in double the amount of rabbits as usual. According to Leslie Kirrene of the Sacramento SPCA, “We are getting bunnies coming in as strays and assuming they were let go by those who can no longer stay in their homes, and we are getting people who are looking for rentals who say they are having a hard time finding one where their bunnies can go with them.”
To help alleviate the overload, the Sacramento SPCA is offering rabbit adoptions at half price with free neutering/spaying until the end of September.