On Valentine’s Day, our animal control officers responded to an astonishing report that three bunnies had been thrown away in the trash. Two of the rabbits escaped, but one was brought to us safe and sound: one-year-old Joe Louis.
Space at our shelter is limited and we don’t usually keep small pets for any length of time; they are specially transferred to a species-specific rescue. But, apparently, Joe Louis was destined for greater things. This gentle grey boy was recently adopted by teacher Lisa A., the aunt of one of our staff members. Once considered disposable, he is now a classroom pet in a local Montessori school!
March is National Guinea Pig Month, and even though Joe Louis isn’t a guinea pig he reminds us that little critters may be small in size, but that doesn’t mean they are a small commitment. They require:
Appropriate housing (a guinea pig needs at least four square feet of cage space)
Proper diet (high-quality hay for rabbits)
Specialized veterinarian care (not all vets may be avian experts)
Your little pal also needs plenty of play time and socialization.
Source; Dearborn Animal Shelter