Firstly, kinetic- why are you using IE?!?
Secondly, PM- I wouldn't say rabbits are the ideal therapy pet. Actually, let me be specific. not all rabbits would qualify. Rabbits have not been domesticated like dogs and cats and thus, they prefer the company of other rabbits. That said, you can certainly bond with a rabbit and it will know you and come to you. Rabbits who bond spend 99% of their time together, so a single rabbit simply cannot fully bond with their human companion- let alone share appropriate bunny body language! Most rabbits abhor being picked up and cuddled- it freaks them out because they are prey animals and their mode of escape is to run. I know you probably think they're adorable and fun and squishy; there are "trained" therapy bunnies but the connection humans seek in animal companions are simply not found in bunnies.
Do I love my bunny? Absolutely! But in our 7 years together I have learned a great deal about bunnies and their life stages. If you DO want to research and adopt a rabbit for therapy, please rescue one who is spayed/neutered and is over the age of 5. Trust me. Baby bunnies are cute but once their hormones kick in they really change! Females will largely fight and box if they're upset, males will spray their pee, both sexes can bite and both are territorial (these are qualities in a lot of unfixed rabbits). Most rescue shelters will spay all rabbits before adoption. In terms of life stages, my bunny had a rough start before I got her (she was 3 months old) and as a result of her early life experience she preferred to be solitary and tempermental much of her adult life (even after being spayed at 6 mths old!) I couldn't lift her up for about a year without fully chasing her into a corner or covering her with a blanket and that further damaged her trust, but I couldn't leave her in a cage all day either. It's only now that she's nearly fully relaxed and part of the family. Every evening she comes and spends time in the living room, free range with the cats and us. She doesn't like a lot of attention drawn to her but she does love a good groom sesh!
Anyway, long rant and I know you already have your thoughts but think about all aspects of it (I know you will anyway). Dogs actually tune into human emotions and can tell when we are upset. Nothing like a good face kissie when you're crying!
On a second note. Everybody cross your fingers with me for a snow day tomorow! I could use another day to prepare for the next few days' teaching.