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Keeping Them Hoppy

Taking rabbits for a walk

Carlin Abbitt grew up with a menagerie of animals in and around her home, and when she began volunteering at the Washington Humane Society in the District of Columbia, she found a new group of critters to care for.

She noticed that while the cats had their proponents and the dogs had theirs, the small animals didn’t get as much action. “I think that a lot of people just aren’t used to small animals like I am,” she says. So as she stayed, she began gravitating toward the little guys more and more often, trying to provide them with more fun and enrichment.

At a pet supply store, she recently picked up a harness designed specifically for small animals, and began taking some of the shelter’s rabbits out to the puppy play area to exercise.

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