Meet the bunnies that helped people survive 2020

Finn, a Holland Lop rabbit, has already gained thousands of followers on Instagram (@BigRedBun) in his first two years with his owner, Erin Scannell.

(CNN)Meet Finn and Budgie, rabbits that are more than just lovable companions. They provide their owners with emotional support.

"So many people think of cats and dogs when they think about emotional support from an animal in their life. And I think many people would say that they get all those same benefits in their relationship with their rabbit," said Anne Martin, executive director of the House Rabbit Society, an international nonprofit animal welfare organization headquartered in Richmond, California, that helps bunnies find homes and live their best lives.
    While rabbits can make great emotional support, they shouldn't be brought into the home as a pet for only this purpose, Martin said.
      Just like cats and dogs, she said, rabbits have a wide range of personalities. Some enjoy their independence, and others might be more needy or affectionate.
      "I would just want people to make sure that they would want the rabbit even if they felt like they weren't medication," she said.
      Finn has celebrated all of the holidays and seasons on campus at Cornell University, while most students were away due to the pandemic.
      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.

        Finn the big red bun

        Erin Scannell said Finn, her 2-year-old Holland Lop, was her perfect match.
        "He's quite the character actually," she said. "He's also probably the most loving animal I've ever owned. ... He's just obsessed with me."
        Often his curiosity will get Finn into predicaments — like jumping into a box that is too big for him to get out of. When Scannell comes home, Finn loves running up to the door to "chin" her — which is the term describing the bump bunnies will give to something, or someone, they want to "claim."
        Scannell said Finn's love and attachment to her makes it even easier to get him into unique poses for his photo shoots.