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Controlling the Rabbit Population, One Bunny at a Time or How to Keep Your Bunnies from Multiplying Like Rabbits

SEATTLE — The Seattle Animal Shelter Spay and Neuter Clinic is going to the rabbits! Yes, that’s right, the rabbits! This top-notch veterinary team has recognized the need to provide spay and neuter services to Seattle’s third most-popular pet, the rabbit. 

Starting on Jan. 2, the clinic will be expanding its spay and neuter surgeries for rabbits. The clinic’s Medical Director Dr. MaryEllen Zoulas and her team have been providing this service to the rabbits adopted from the Seattle Animal Shelter for nearly 15 years, and are now opening up their practice to any rabbit in need of spay or neuter surgery.

The benefits of spaying or neutering your rabbit are clear. Dr. Zoulas notes, “Spayed and neutered rabbits live longer, healthier lives and have less risk of cancer and urinary tract infections. Additionally, behavior problems such as spraying and aggressiveness are often reduced in these rabbits.”

Also, rabbits are the third most common animal to end up at the shelter in need of a new home; several litters of unexpected baby bunnies were dropped off at the shelter in 2012 alone. Discouraging pet overpopulation is central to the mission of the shelter’s Spay and Neuter Clinic.

The Spay and Neuter Clinic at the Seattle Animal Shelter will begin scheduling 2013 rabbit spay/neuter appointments immediately. Please call 206-386-4260 to schedule your rabbit’s appointment and go to http://www.seattle.gov/animalshelter/rabbit.htm to learn more. The clinic is available to any pet owner regardless of residency or income status.

The fee for surgery will be $75 and includes:

  • Pre-emptive pain management
  • General gas anesthesia during surgery
  • Brief physical exam
  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • Tender, loving care

For pet owners who are unable to afford the cost of their rabbit’s spay or neuter surgery, the shelter’s Pet Population Control Fund is available to subsidize that cost. Donations can be made to this fund to support pet owners of dogs, cats and rabbits that cannot afford to have their pet spayed or neutered.

For more information about spay and neuter services, to make a donation to the Pet Population Control Fund, or to learn more about other Seattle Animal Shelter services, call (206) 386-7387, or visit www.seattleanimalshelter.org.