International Rabbit Day
the fourth Saturday in September (since 1998)
Founded by The Rabbit Charity, a now-defunct, London-based international charity devoted to the welfare of pet rabbits, International Rabbit Day was first celebrated in 1998 as one of their campaigns. It focuses on giving better living conditions to domesticated companion rabbits and encourages adopting them instead of shopping for them. The day's mission statement is:
Bunnies everywhere deserve a better life and International Rabbit Day will focus on giving them just that. It is also a day for bunny caregivers to exchange ideas and hear about the latest developments in rabbit habitats, toys, welfare, health and behaviour. Hop to it and organise an educational/fundraising event to help less fortunate bunnies have a better day too.
International Rabbit Day has a different theme each year. Rabbit societies and animal welfare organizations give advice on pet rabbits about topics such as emotional well-being, handling, exercise, diet, and veterinary care. On celebrations during the day's early years, The Rabbit Charity offered free leaflets about keeping pet rabbits safe and hosted a Carrot Top Awards in an attempt to find the best bunnies in the world. After 2002, The Rabbit Charity website was taken down. After a long hiatus, Cottontails (which may be their successor) took it over, and they have continued the International Rabbit Day tradition.
How to Observe International Rabbit Day
- Adopt a rabbit from a shelter.
- If you already have a rabbit, improve their habitat and give them some toys.
- Hold an awareness-building or fundraising event to benefit a local animal shelter.
- Find more information about rabbits on the Cottontails website. The website includes information about where pets can be adopted, rabbit care, and types of fundraising events that could be organized.
- Learn more about and support the House Rabbit Society or another society or organization devoted to rabbits.