Pet of the Week: Blacktip Reef the rabbit

Mass Appeal

In this edition of Pet of the Week, we were introduced to Blacktip Reef, a 2-month-old rabbit. Lee Chambers, Manager of Marketing and Communications for Dakin Humane Society, told us all about Blacktip Reef and about other events going on at Dakin.

Name: Blacktip Reef

Breed: Lion Head Rabbit

Age: 2 months

Sex: Female

Color: White with blackBackground

This little cutie came to Dakin from another humane society in Massachusetts. She is a lion head rabbit and only 2 months old. Blacktip will be spayed on 1/12/18, then she will be ready to go to her new home. Like most rabbits, she’s very smart and interactive with people, and loves to have some time outside her cage to run around and kick up her feet (that’s called doing a binkie!) in a carefully supervised setting.

Quick facts about rabbits:

The most important component of their diet is grass hay. Be sure they have plenty of it.

They should eat good quality rabbit pellets and fresh, leafy greens such as dark lettuces, collard greens, turnip greens and carrot tops

Rabbits should always be kept indoors 12 months a year to protect against weather extremes and predators

Recommended cage length per rabbit is 3-4 feet, but bigger is better!

Be sure your rabbit has a solid-bottom cage, as wire-bottom cages can ulcerate a rabbit’s feet

Rabbits are clean by nature and usually choose one corner of the cage as a bathroom. Be sure to put a litter box there, as many of them become box-trained

This pet’s profile:!/Other Events

Dog Training Classes – Does your dog need some New Year’s resolutions for better behavior? Enroll him in Dakin’s dog training classes in January! We’ve got 2 coming up at our Springfield location:

Canine Good Citizen (5 weeks long with optional test on 6th week, starts January 20) – This is the standard “good dog” evaluation used by the American Kennel Club. Among the many behaviors focused on are walking through crowds, being able to be petted by strangers, accepting a friendly stranger, reaction to other dogs, and much more.

The Big Three (3 weeks long, starts January 20) – Each of the three sessions concentrates on a specific behavior; coming when called, polite leash walking, and greeting someone without jumping up. Learn techniques to teach your dog how to be better behaved, and enjoy building a valuable human/dog bond in the process!

For information on these – and other dog training courses – visit

For more information on Dakin, visit

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