Mom’s making a presentation tomorrow to inspire others to stop supporting pet stores and adopt from a local shelter/rescue instead. I told her to use my story to prove that pet stores aren’t knowledgable about their animals, neglect to educate new owners on the species that they want, sell pet supplies that should not be used (ex: small cages, filler food), encourage puppy mills/breeders to produce more baby pets with horrible living conditions, and in turn result in more pets showing up at rescues/shelters.
Remember, domestic rabbits should not be turned loose. Even if they manage to survive the predators in the area, there are still plenty of other perils out there for them. Parasites, toxic chemicals, poor diet, heat, and more. If you decide you want a bunny, do some research first, learn what you are getting in to before you get that bunny.
In attempts to rescue some bunnies that had apparently been turned loose at some time in the past, got these pictures. I managed to bring in one grey one that isn’t pictured here. The others and more are still out there at the moment, but there are some follow up plans in the works for those still.
The one I brought in was probably the worst off for health, but if you look closely at these pictures, pretty much all of them have health problems that are very likely caused by their time outside. Even the baby bunny you see in these pictures looks to have a very thin spot for fur on the back, though hard to see it from the pictures.