Meet Horton, an adorable bunny who is the perfect pocket pet. While many of us only think about cats or dogs as a family pet, the RSPCA in NSW is urging people to think about other types.
"Pocket pets such as ferrets, guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, and mice make ideal companions for people in smaller dwellings, or those without a yard.," Bec Bochtler, Head of Operations at RSPCA NSW, said.
"Pocket pets may be small, but they are just as loving as their larger counterparts. Pets like Horton, a delightful rabbit awaiting adoption at our Sydney Shelter, are content to sit on your lap and adore you as you brush their fluffy coats." Across NSW, there are more than 50 pocket pets like Horton patiently waiting to find a home. And the good news is some animals from RSPCA shelters have had their adoption fees reduced to help them find a home.
“Though often overlooked, pocket pets can be wonderful companions too," Ms Bochtler said. "They may be tiny, but they come with huge hearts, and can make for excellent pets for people living in smaller accommodation.”
Due to their unique lifestyles and needs, it is important to note that pocket pets require just as much care and responsibility as their larger-sized animal friends.
“There is a common misconception that because these animals are small, they are easier to care for, compared to a dog or cat. The reality is that pocket pets are highly intellectual, and often come with complex needs,” Ms Bochtler said.
“This is why when you adopt a pocket pet from RSPCA NSW, our staff will take the time to ensure you understand everything about your adorable new companion – from feeding and socialisation to housing and general care.”
Pocket pets can be nervous about being scooped up or left alone, but they will still likely melt your heart from the moment that you meet.
Popeye, pictured above, with his son Buddha, are guinea pigs looking for a home.
"Popeye is a cute and sociable friend, sure to make a charming pinch-sized companion and fantastic pocket pet." Ms Bochtler said.
"Popeye and Buddha are an adorable, bonded pair, meaning they need to be adopted into the same forever home. "