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Meet the bunnies who helped people survive 2020

February 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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February 20 is National Love Your Pet Day. Many have relied on their furry friends during the pandemic. Here, two people tell the story of how their rabbits helped them survive not only the past year but some of life's biggest challenges.

Rabbits Finn and Budgie are more than just lovable companions — they provide their owners with emotional support.

While rabbits can make great emotional support, they shouldn't be brought into the home as a pet for only this purpose, Martin said.

Finn, who rose to college celebrity status over the past year, and Budgie, who has helped one woman live through Parkinson's for more than a decade, have supported their owners through some of life's biggest challenges.

Erin Scannell said Finn, her 2-year-old Holland Lop, was her perfect match.

Scannell got Finn in February 2019 and her doctor helped her certify him as an emotional support animal — that allows him to live with her in places he might not otherwise be welcome.

Finn hasn't only helped her mental health; Scannell said he has become a support for the whole community through his Instagram page.

The funds are going to Cornell EARS, the campus peer-counseling program — a community and mission Scannell said Finn has supported since day one.

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