With Easter coming soon, pet stores are stocking up on bunnies to sale.
The truth is over 90% of bunnies bought for Easter presents will not see their first birthday.
Many of these bunnies are bought on impulse, without knowing all the responsibility a rabbit requires. Not too long after Easter, many of these bunnies are neglected or taken to local shelters once the novelty wears off.
Before buying that cute, fluffy bunny in the window of the pet store, think about it. Do you have the time and patience to devote to a rabbit? And most important, rabbits and young children are usually not a good combination!
If your family’s set on getting a rabbit, start by giving a chocolate bunny or a stuffed toy for Easter and, if your young children are really serious about it then grab a book on rabbit care. If they’re still begging you for a bun after the holiday has passed, go to your local shelter or rescue group and find out how to adopt the rabbit.
You can also help spread the word that rabbits are not disposable pets. Started in 2002 by the Columbus House Rabbit Society, the campaign aims to educate the public about the challenges of owning a rabbit and encourages parents to give chocolate or toy bunnies as Easter gifts instead of live rabbits. Check out the group’s website, MakeMineChocolate.org, for more info.
If you are here you probably know it is not smart to give a rabbit as a Easter pet so take a it a step further and spread the word via Facebook and social media.
Here is a great image to share via social media, feel free to steal it!
Thank you and Happy Easter!