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Sophie and Cecil were inseparable snugglers at the Sanctuary, and were adopted out together.

Like all animals, rabbits have their own language for communicating, mostly body language, but a few sounds as well.  Rabbits express affection with a number of gestures, especially mutual grooming. When they feel affectionate, males and females will take turns gently licking each other on the forehead and around the ears. In contentment, the recipient softly grinds his or her teeth, the funny rabbit form of purring. When they are feeling especially joyful, rabbits express an exuberance by wildly hopping and dancing. And when rabbits live with human companions they trust and enjoy, they love to snuggle and will seek out human company. Some will even groom their human’s hair.

Rabbits endure the unusual distinction of being, simultaneously, one of the most beloved and most abused animals in the country. Rabbits are horrifically exploited by the pet breeding industry, the vivisection/laboratory research industry, the fur industry, and the meat industry.  USDA estimates indicate that roughly 5 million rabbits are kept as pets in U.S. households, while between 2 and 8 million are slaughtered every year for meat. Those raised for meat live miserably crammed several to a cage much like battery hens exploited for their eggs. Cruel confinement causes rabbits mental anguish and suffering. Please read more about the plight of rabbits at our Learn page, Rabbits for Meat.