Every year, parents make the decision to buy a rabbit for their child for Easter, thinking a furry little companion will be a great addition to their Easter treats. Sadly, the excitement of this cute little pet wears off in a week or two. This unfortunate reality leading to animal shelters being overpopulated with rabbits during this time of year. Some rabbits don’t make it to shelters, and are set free, unable to survive in the wild. Therefore, if you are thinking of buying a rabbit for Easter, please don’t, unless you educate yourself and are ready for the long-term commitment.
When considering a rabbit as a new addition to your family, there are many things to consider. They need to be spayed or neutered, due to spraying and tendency to be aggressive. They are not always cuddly and calm, and children can scare them easily, this is why they are not good pets for children. They need to live indoors, due to the weather and predators. Even if they are kept in a sturdy cage outdoors a predator could cause them to have a heart attack caused by fear. Rabbits need supervised playtime and should be handled with care.
A rabbit can be a great pet if the owner is prepared to provide adequate care. They can be litter trained, are entertaining to watch, and they are quiet, clean, and can be quite affectionate. If you are searching for more information on whether a rabbit is the right fit for you, there is an endless amount of information on the internet. Here is a great place to start; http://www.rabbit.org/ This website provides information on behavior, care, health, and numerous links and resources.
Thanks to the large number of rabbit rescues in the Sacramento area, rabbits who would otherwise be euthanized, are being rescued from local shelters. During this time of year rescues are working overtime. If you are a rabbit lover, there are many ways you can help. Visit this link http://www.rabbit.org/easter/ and print out flyers and handouts in order to spread the message- Live rabbits are not Easter gifts. This website also has a link to the “Make Mine Chocolate” campaign whose mission is to educate the public about the responsibilities of owning a rabbit. If you are interested in getting involved with the local rabbit rescues, here are some websites you can visit, http://www.teamfur.org/ http://leapsandboundsrabbitrescue.cfsites.org/ http://www.secondchancebunnies.com/ Here you can find links to donate, volunteer, and adopt some adorable rabbits.
Please help spread the plea to buy stuffed rabbits, or chocolate bunnies instead of buying live rabbits for Easter. If we all work together to spread the word, we can help lower the number of relinquished rabbits in the shelters this time of year.