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February is Adopt a
Rescued Rabbit Month

Is a Bunny Companion in Your Future?

Blue J
Blue J’s remarkable eyeliner-like markings are characteristic of his dwarf hotot breed. (photo: Hug-A-Bunny Rabbit Rescue)

Rabbits can be amazing companions – easily litter box-trained, incredibly sweet, and affectionate. And if you can adopt more than one, they are even happier as they form strong social bonds.

NEAVS logoWe chose our logo image because rabbits are among the most frequently used animals in research, testing, and demonstrations. They're used, for example, in the Draize test, in which chemicals are dropped in their eyes to measure irritancy (rabbits' eyes are extremely sensitive, as they produce fewer tears than humans). Typically, they are immobilized without anesthesia in restraints for up to 14 days. Rabbits are also still used in skin irritation tests. These tests and others all have non-animal alternatives. 

Animal tests are cruel and are not predictive of human response. As with all other animals, rabbits are just too different from humans to be helpful. The existence of non-animal, in vitro methods that eliminate the need for any animals makes this all the more tragic and unjustifiable. Learn more … 

A Rabbit’s Tale

Midnight, Blue J, and Cookie
Midnight, Blue J, and Cookie, happily snuggled.

NEAVS advisory board member Nancy Megna knows how special rescuing a rabbit can be. Or three! “Such little creatures who can bring such enormous joy,” she says. “They are so socially complex in their own way. Our rescue, Blue J, had a huge personality. He would look right at you and connect with his uniquely beautiful and intense eyes. It was clear to us that he desperately wanted companions. After a couple of months, Midnight, Cookie, and Blue J were an inseparable trio who delighted in each other and, thankfully, also still in us.”

Stories like this remind us of how important animals are to us and to each other, and why we work so hard to get them all out of labs.

Please help NEAVS end all testing on all animals
by supporting our programs today.

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