THE BENEFITS OF OWNING A RABBIT
Rabbits can improve your mental health
The term ’emotional support animal’ usually brings to mind dogs and cats. Dogs can require lots of outdoor time and cats can be very aloof and independent. Rabbits on the other hand are quiet indoor pets that are very loving and trainable. They’re very well suited for emotional support and providing a sense of purpose and well-being.
Rabbits aren’t necessarily as easy to win over as dogs. Trust must be earned. Through this process the owner and rabbit develop a deep connection. It’s a relationship that builds in a meaningful way. As the trust grows, the affection grows. Bunnies enjoy company and gentle treatment. This is true bonding time and it does more than just create an atmosphere of calm, it stimulates endorphins and reduces stress, providing emotional comfort for the owner and the rabbit.
Knowing there is a small creature relying on you is a great motivator. A feeling of purpose and simply knowing you’re needed is a very important contributor to one’s mental health. So is having a routine. Taking care of rabbits is not difficult, but it does require consistency, empathy, and commitment. The emotional rewards of caring for someone who truly appreciates you is tremendous. You’ll soon find that you’re busier and more active as you look forward to doing things to improve the lives of your buns.
As your relationship grows, nothing will compare to the unconditional love that your rabbit has for you. You’re their whole universe. Their naturally loving and caring nature, vibrant personality, and their entertaining zoomies and binkies will invigorate your life and provide a significant boost to your mental health and daily happiness.
WHY RABBITS MAKE GREAT EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS
They’re gentle and quiet
They’re very trainable
They don’t require outside walks
They have a 10+ year lifespan with proper care and diet
They like gentle petting
They have a sweet, calming presence
They have a lot of personality
There are many waiting to be adopted
Can I register my rabbit as an emotional support animal?
Yes! If you have a diagnosed issue with anxiety, PTSD or ADHD, you can register. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has no strict limitations on the kind of emotional support animals. Registration will allow you special accommodations beyond those of a pet.
Owning a Rabbit is gift and a Responsibility
With getting ANY animal this should always be thought through completely and never a spur of the moment decision. You are dealing with another life that requires consistency and not to be passed around. Rabbits need to have ONE owner. All aspects of having this pet should be thought through, researched, and budgeted out.