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Fairfax shelter offers rabbits for adoption displaced by floods

Friday - 10/7/2011, 6:57am  ET

Kristi King, wtop.com

WASHINGTON -- Who knew? Pet rabbits can be trained to use litter boxes.

That's one thing to consider when deciding whether to give Bugs Bunny a new place to live, after recent floods forced many rabbits from their homes.

There are more than a dozen to choose from at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter, which is also throwing in free cages and water bottles. You also get a voucher for a free sterilization, which can cost as much as $250.

However, if you choose to adopt a bunny, you have to know what you're getting into.

Rabbits need exercise and shouldn't stay in cages all the time, according to the Karen Diviney, director of the Fairfax shelter. Bunnies need to be out of their cages frequently to hop around, she says.

These refugee rabbits are very social, Diviney says, and they love being petted and picked up.

Rabbits are pretty smart, she says. Many in fact can be trained to use litter boxes.

Adoptions begin Friday at 12:00 p.m. If you rent your home, bring the lease to show you're eligible to adopt a pet. If you have other animals in the house, bring proof they're up to date on all their vaccinations.

Realize also there's more to feeding a rabbit than buying rabbit chow pellets. They need a steady diet also of timothy hay and fresh leafy greens.

Maybe that'll help convince your child to eat veggies!

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