So...to make a [beginning of a] long story short, me and my mom went out to a pet store to buy some hay for Sunny, and, they had rabbits there. So of course, me must playz wif teh bunz.!
I noticed there was about 6 buns in a triangular tank with an opened top, so, air ventilation was good. BUT, the tank was big enough for the rabbit (they were all pretty small, all females, different breeds and bonded well) to take 6-10 hops from one side to the other. It seemed is if they had nothing to do, so they just decided to sleep, and they were all in one corner, sleeping almost on top of each other, in a little bun-pile.
Now, I've been wanting a new rabbit (preferably female), and & willing to take the time to bond her/him with Sunny.
So, I really wanted one from the pet store (I know, they're usually sick or something), but got to thinking about the sickness issue.
So then I thought to just adopt from my local humane society.
Now here's where the issue comes at hand..
I don't like the fact of those rabbits being all bunched up together, with nothing to do, and think I could make a good and better-loving- home for one of them.
But then again, it probably is just contributing to the whole "puppy (using that as an example) mill" or backyard breeder issue.
So, I need your guys' opinion. What would you do? It's kind of like 2 different types of rescues.
Thanks for your opinions.
There are several things to consider with this:
1.) Pet stores are notorious for missexing their animals, even easy to sex animals like rats and guinea pigs. Rabbits are tricky to sex. It's easy for them to say "Yeah, they're all girls!"
2.) Rabbits are notoriously picky about their partners. When this bunny grows up and is spayed, it's possible your rabbit won't even like her! Are you committed to keeping this new rabbit in a separate cage and then getting a partner for each of the two?
3.) Do you have a big vet fund? Mill bred store animals are notorious for carrying illness. Pasturella and E. Cuniculi are both diseases that can kill your rabbit and that can't be cured -- they require a lifetime of management. And both can be carried by "healthy looking" animals, but they thrive in the disgusting conditions perpetuated by pet stores and animal mills. I've also been told by numerous breeders that there is an odd disease tearing through rabbit herds, and many of the less scrupulous ones are selling off their exposed stock to pet store to "start from scratch" (so to speak).
4.) Yeah, it's perpetuating the mills too. You're giving money to the pet store and telling them in the clearest way possible that you support this -- with $$$$.
I wouldn't consider it a "rescue" because when you "rescue" that one, you're just dooming another rabbit to have to endure the same thing.