Dear Sun Spots: My granddaughter would like to have a pet rabbit. Could you please list the locations where they are raised? Thank you very much. – Joyce, Rumford.

Answer: In addition to responses from readers, consider visiting a local animal shelter, such as the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society, 55 Strawberry Ave., Lewiston, www.gahumane.org, to see if they have any rabbits available to adopt. Another place to find breeders are at county fairs.

We spoke with Steph at Honeysuckle Rabbitry in Dresden who noted that there are many breeders throughout the state who raise more than 50 breeds. She raises many harder-to-find colors and will be happy to help you pick out a breed that is right for you. She is also willing to help rabbit owners who may have problems with their rabbit.

Contact Steph at [email protected] or visit her Web site, www.honeysucklerabbitry.com.

She recommends choosing a breeder that is registered with the American Rabbit Breeders Association. The association notes that attending a rabbit show is a great way to get more information. You’ll have the opportunity to see various breeds, sizes, colors and speak with breeders.

Shows scheduled for the summer are listed below. There is no charge to attend the shows and view the rabbits. Fees are assessed if you enter a rabbit in the show.

Saturday, June 6, the York County Rabbit Breeders Association will sponsor a show at the Acton Fairgrounds. The show starts at 9 a.m. and will probably end around 3 p.m.

Saturday, June 27, the Cumberland County Rabbit Breeders Association will have a night show at the Cumberland County Fairgrounds, beginning at 6 p.m. There will be two shows in a row that evening.

Sunday, July 12, the Maine State Rabbit Breeders Association will have a show at the Ossipee Fairgrounds in South Hiram.

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If you or anyone who reads your column has one that isn’t foam, let me know and where to get one. – No Name, No Town.

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