Pets of the Week: Houdina & Willa Mayes the bunnies

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – In today’s edition of Pet of the Week, we were introduced to two 2-month-old New Zealand Angora Rabbits, Houdina & Willa Mayes. Lee Chambers, Manager of Marketing & Communication for Dakin Humane Society, told us more about the bunnies and about other events going on at Dakin.


Houdina and Willa Mayes are littermates who came to Dakin a little over 2 weeks ago from the Lowell Humane Society. These little sisters are just 2 months old and are very adorable! Here are some basic facts about rabbit care:

  • The most important thing in their diet is grass hay, such as timothy. Always have it available to them.
  • Rabbit pellets are an important supplement in their diet, as well as fresh, leafy greens (dark lettuces, collard greens, carrot tops)
  • Rabbits should only live indoors – living outside makes them vulnerable to weather extremes and predators, plus they miss out on important social contact with family members
  • Minimum recommended cage length for one rabbit is 3-4 feet, but bigger is better
  • Always use a solid-bottom cage, as wire bottoms hurt their feet unless covered with wood, towels or carpeting
  • Rabbits are very social animals and should have supervised time outside their cage every day in a safe area
  • Rabbit-proof this safe area by covering electrical wires (phone, computer, TV cables, etc.) and hiding plants
  • They’re prey animals and timid by nature, they’ll be shy at first. Hand-feeding helps bond with them
  • Pick up a rabbit by supporting their forequarters with one hand; their hindquarters with the other
  • Rabbits pick one corner of their cage for a bathroom. When they do, put a newspaper-lined litter box in that cover, cover the bottom with hay or pelleted litter
  • Never use pine or cedar-scented shavings as litter, the fumes aren’t healthy
  • Give them toys to satisfy their natural urges to dig and chew, like cardboard boxes, old phone directories and commercially made chew sticks
  • Change your rabbit’s litter box daily, and their cage once or twice weekly

This pet’s profile:
Willa Mayes:!/pet/32146400

News/Other Events

Super Small Saturday! – Saturday, July 30 at Dakin Humane Society (both locations)

This Saturday we will be reducing the adoption fees for small animals (non-cat and non-dog adoptees including rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, ferrets, hamsters, rats and mice) by 50%. Don’t miss this chance to let these little charmers join your family, and maybe let your kids experience their first pet! Hours in Springfield are 12:30pm-5:30pm, and Leverett is 12:30pm-4:30pm. See who we’ve got available by visiting our web site:!/

Dakin’s Vaccine Clinics Returning in August

Dakin’s weekly Thursday vaccine clinic took a hiatus in July, but we’ll present clinics every Thursday at 9am beginning August 4 at our Springfield Adoption & Education Center (171 Union Street in Springfield). Don’t miss this great opportunity to keep your dog or cat current with rabies shots, other vaccines, tests, treatments and other affordable services. For more info, visit:

For more information about Dakin Humane Society, please visit



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