CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – In this edition of Pet of the Week, we were introduced to Jessica Albun, a 1-year-old Californian Rabbit. Lee Chambers, Manager of Marketing and Communications for Dakin Humane Society, told us all about Jessica and about other events going on at Dakin.
Name: Jessica Albun
Breed: Californian Rabbit
Age: 1 year
Jessica Albun is a very sociable, friendly rabbit! She came to us from the Lowell Humane Society and she’s been waiting for a home for over a month now. 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
-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 area by covering electrical wires and hiding plants
-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
Dog Training at Dakin’s Leverett and Springfield locations: We’ve just added some new dog training classes for April and May at both our locations. Please visit https://www.dakinhumane.org/dog-training.html for details:
-Puppy Kindergarten (Springfield)
-Polite Leash Walking (Leverett)
-Basic Manners for Adult Dogs (Springfield & Leverett)
-Intermediate Manners for Adult Dogs (Springfield)
-Introduction to Scent Work (Leverett)
For more information about Dakin Humane Society, please visit dakinhumane.org.