Springfield Man Surrenders 63 Rabbits to the MSPCA and Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society

April 2, 2012

Boston, Mass., April 2, 2012 – Overwhelmed with having to care for 63 pet rabbits, a Springfield man on Friday surrendered all of the animals to the MSPCA-Angell and the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society in Springfield.  Dakin took in 15 of the rabbits, with the MSPCA-Angell Adoption Centers in Boston and Methuen taking the remaining 48.  The owner had purchased two rabbits—a male and a female—from a pet store three years ago and in short order they began to breed.  Despite taking excellent care of the rabbits he could no longer care for them and turned to Dakin and the MSPCA for help. 


The MSPCA is currently undertaking health screenings on all of the rabbits in its specialized Boston and Methuen adoption center veterinary clinics.  Clinic veterinarians will also spay or neuter the rabbits to avoid future pregnancies. 

 Rabbits fill the cages at the MSPCA Adoption Center in Boston (Credit: MSPCA-Angell)


The surrender of these rabbits to the MSPCA comes at a time when the Boston and Methuen adoption centers are already sheltering a combined 60-plus other rabbits waiting for permanent homes.  Despite the huge influx of new additions, the MSPCA remains committed to finding all of them homes. 


Said Jean Weber, Director of Animal Protection for the MSPCA: “This is obviously a very large and unexpected surrender, and we are working hard to ensure these rabbits can be evaluated and put up for adoption as quickly as possible.   The surrender comes on the backdrop of the pending Easter holiday, when many families are considering adding a pet rabbit to their home.  While that may grow the base of potential adopters , we will take our usual care in ensuring that all of these rabbits can be placed into stable, permanent homes—regardless of when that may happen.”


The MSPCA-Angell is not opposed to adopting rabbits into families during the Holiday season, but has gone to great lengths to inform the public about the unique health and social needs of rabbits.   Anyone interested in adopting one or some of the rabbits is encouraged to visit the MSPCA Animal Care and Adoption Centers in Boston or Methuen.  Contact information and directions can be found at www.mspca.org.   



The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions of individuals who care about animals. Please visit www.mspca.org.