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How to Celebrate Your Bunny on International Rabbit Day

By Samantha Johnson on Sep. 7, 2016

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It’s September! To me, the month of September means autumn leaves, goldenrod, pumpkins, Labor Day, back-to-school sales and—yes—rabbits.

That’s because International Rabbit Day is scheduled for September 24, 2016 as a way to celebrate rabbits and our love for these sweet pets. Held annually on the fourth weekend in September, International Rabbit Day also provides an opportunity to raise awareness about protecting rabbitsboth domestic and wild.

Many people think of rabbits as quiet, reserved pets—especially in comparison to cats and dogs—but, as any rabbit parent will tell you, pet rabbits actually have a lot of personality and offer plenty of companionship.

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Looking for some fun ways to celebrate this special occasion? Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Spend time with your rabbit. This sounds so simple, but it’s so important! Take some extra time to enjoy your bunny’s company on this special day.
  • Share the joy. Rabbits have the universal talent of making people smile. Spread some bunny sunshine by sharing cute photos on social media and put those cute faces in front of all your friends and family.
  • Host a bunny party. Hop to it and invite your friends to a rabbit-themed party with bunny décor, fun games and plenty of carrot cake for guests and carrots for your bunny. Ask each guest to bring a donation for your local small animal rescue.

Beloved bunnies in books

How many of these classics have you read?

Rabbit Books

How many pet rabbits are in the U.S.?

According to data from the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 1.2 million households were home to a rabbit in 2012, making them one of the most common pets.

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5 reasons I love rabbits

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Did you know?

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  • There are 48 breeds recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association, and the top five breeds (based on exhibition numbers at the national convention in 2012) are the Mini Rex, Netherland Dwarf, Holland Lop, Mini Lop and Dutch. The Mini Rex rabbit is the #1 rabbit breed in the United States.
  • The rarest rabbit breeds include the American Chinchilla, the American, the Belgian Hare, the Blanc de Hotot, the Silver and the Silver Fox.
  • The most popular domestic rabbit breed in the U.S. is the Mini Rex, likely due to its cute compact size, sweet disposition and plush, velvety coat.
  • The average adult rabbit is 12 inches long (depending on species), and in general, rabbits can live up to 10 years (or even longer) with proper care.
  •  Rabbits are found in dozens of coat colors, from black and brown to orange and cream and on and on! You can find rabbits in a rainbow of shades and even spotted varieties.
  • The smallest rabbit breeds—the Netherland Dwarf and the Polish—weigh approximately two pounds. The largest rabbit breeds, such as the Flemish Giant, weigh in at upwards of 14 pounds.
  • The Lionhead (weighing in at about 3 pounds) is the newest breed of rabbit, recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association in 2014.

Rabbit breeds with lop ears

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Famous bunnies

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Bunnies I’ve loved

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  • Cuddles, my childhood pet. Cuddles came to me when I was 11 and she was black and beautiful. I never knew her background, but I think she was a mixed-breed bunny.
  • Bonnie, my first Holland Lop. She introduced me to the breed and taught me that bunnies have more personality than I ever realized.
  • Pierre la Pierre, my favorite rabbit ever. He was outgoing and vivacious and made purring sounds like a cat. 
  • Toppy and Maureen, my current pets. I love Holland Lops and their amazing enthusiasm for life, and Toppy is a bundle of delight! Maureen (her real name is Maureen O’Hare-a) is a Mini Rex with the most beautiful eyes I’ve ever seen on any rabbit. 

I can’t imagine not sharing life with a bunny. Do you share your home with a special bunny? Share pictures and stories in the comments section!

 

The House Rabbit Society has deatisl on local celebrations of International Rabbit Day. If you'd like to learn more about pet rabbit care you can read Petco's rabbit care sheet or check out rabbit supplies on petco.com

 

Bugs Bunny credit: Paisan Homhuan / Shutterstock.com
Rabbit from Winnie-the-Pooh credit: Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com
The Energizer Bunny credit: CCimage / Shutterstock.com

Additional photos courtesy Daniel Johnson / Foxhillphoto.com 

 

5 Comments
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‎09-27-2015 06:28 AM
I HAVE TWO RABBITS AND YOURS NAMES ARE ZUCHY AND PYRU...THE BEST PET. .
I HAVE TWO RABBITS AND YOURS NAMES ARE ZUCHY AND PYRU...THE BEST PET. .
Posted on Sep. 27, 2015
by Cheesefluff
‎09-15-2016 02:29 PM

There is also a Bunny Day on March 11 Smiley Very Happy So make sure to celebrate both holidays.Smiley Happy

And I actually have hosted a Bunny Day party to celebrate the March 11 Bunny Day before, several times.

There is also a Bunny Day on March 11 Smiley Very Happy So make sure to celebrate both holidays.Smiley Happy

And I actually have hosted a Bunny Day party to celebrate the March 11 Bunny Day before, several times.

Posted on Sep. 15, 2016
by Yogi
‎09-21-2016 08:01 AM

I currently have 2 house rabbits; a Holland Lop, who is my baby and a Lion head mix that is a rescue. I've had rabbits for 11 years. They have such unique personalities that most people don't realize they have. They are are an important part of my family.

I currently have 2 house rabbits; a Holland Lop, who is my baby and a Lion head mix that is a rescue. I've had rabbits for 11 years. They have such unique personalities that most people don't realize they have. They are are an important part of my family.

Posted on Sep. 21, 2016
by Luv_a_Bunny
‎11-01-2016 02:37 PM - edited ‎11-01-2016 02:39 PM

I read Watership Down long before I ever had the pleasure of living with a bunny.  The author is so good at making the story realistic, although the characters are all rabbits, that you will remember it the rest of your life.  The Velveteen Rabbit is one of the best fairy tale stories ever.  You will love it as much as your child, maybe more. 

 

There was a children's story I read to my son when he was very young.  It had words that rhymed all thru it,  so it was fun to read.  It might have been called "The bunny finds a home" or "Where can the bunny find a home".  The bunny goes thru the land asking each animal it sees if he can "come in".  Each animal answers no.  The one I remember the best is "Wog, wog" said the frog, "I live in a bog.  No, you can't come in."  Every time an animal answered "No, you can't come in," my son would say, his tiny little voice filled with concern, "He can't come in?"  Every time we read the story, every animal,  At the end of the story, the bunny asks another bunny if he can come in.  She says "Yes, you can come in."  The final page is a picture of the two bunnies crouched down, side by side with their eyes closed, looking very cozy in their burrow.  My son would then always say, "Awe..."  Every story, every time.  Now, a grown man, he loves our very own Bunny Rabbit and takes care of her daily.

I read Watership Down long before I ever had the pleasure of living with a bunny.  The author is so good at making the story realistic, although the characters are all rabbits, that you will remember it the rest of your life.  The Velveteen Rabbit is one of the best fairy tale stories ever.  You will love it as much as your child, maybe more. 

 

There was a children's story I read to my son when he was very young.  It had words that rhymed all thru it,  so it was fun to read.  It might have been called "The bunny finds a home" or "Where can the bunny find a home".  The bunny goes thru the land asking each animal it sees if he can "come in".  Each animal answers no.  The one I remember the best is "Wog, wog" said the frog, "I live in a bog.  No, you can't come in."  Every time an animal answered "No, you can't come in," my son would say, his tiny little voice filled with concern, "He can't come in?"  Every time we read the story, every animal,  At the end of the story, the bunny asks another bunny if he can come in.  She says "Yes, you can come in."  The final page is a picture of the two bunnies crouched down, side by side with their eyes closed, looking very cozy in their burrow.  My son would then always say, "Awe..."  Every story, every time.  Now, a grown man, he loves our very own Bunny Rabbit and takes care of her daily.

Posted on Nov. 1, 2016
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