Simon the rabbit: Hopping from a lap and into a home

Simon, surrendered to SAS in October 2016, found his forever home.

Simon, the 4-month-old rabbit, hopped perfectly into the small lap of the boy, looking for a scratch on his head. After a few moments of jumping and climbing in the Seattle Animal Shelter playpen, the boy and Simon knew they were a perfect match.

“Simon is a ball of energy,” said Rose, the boy’s mom.

“And he’s cute!” said Rose’s son.

Surrendered in October 2016, Simon was known around the shelter as the curious “escape artist,” according to SAS volunteer Sam.

“He’s very cat-like,” said Sam. “He reminds me of a kitten because he’s so light and likes to explore.”

But luckily for Rose and her son, who both are allergic to cats and dogs, Simon is not a cat, but a healthy rabbit. Rose told us that her son came home from school one day and told her “I really wish I had a pet.” Knowing that cats and dogs were not the right fit for their home, Rose looked at other animals available at SAS and felt rabbits would be a good option for her family.

Rabbits are social creatures and need space to exercise and explore at least a couple hours a day. SAS recommends creating an enclosed space they feel comfortable in while they are alone and making sure the home is safe for when they want to hop around with the family.

When people think of adopting a pet, many times cats and dogs are the first animals that come to mind. But Simon finding his home with Rose and her son is a perfect example that there are animals of all types, shapes and sizes out there, and the Seattle Animal Shelter can help you find the right animal for you, your home and your lifestyle.

For more information about rabbits, our other animals and how you can adopt, visit the SAS site at www.seattleanimalshelter.org. The Seattle Animal Shelter, located at 2061 15th Ave. W., is open noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday, for adoptions and licensing.