I see it every year, lots and lots of ads for unwanted REAL bunnies and chicks— bought by those who thought it would be a good idea to give these living, breathing ‘things’ as gifts for Easter.
Sure, those fluffy, furry rabbits are adorable and yellow baby chicks melt your heart but before you rush out to buy one or two or more to hand out to your children or other loved ones for the holiday, PLEASE think twice!
These animals are NOT temporary pets. Or at least they shouldn’t be. They require food, water, somewhere to potty, and a cage or safe haven for sleeping. AND they do require regular medical care— just like any other pet. So, if you don’t plan to make them a permanent part of your family and take care of them properly, please stick with the chocolate or marshmallow variety of bunnies and chicks.
Local shelters see an influx of surrendered or abandoned rabbits in the months or even days after Easter due to the impulse of purchases of these animals to be given to children. Honestly, rabbits do not like to be picked up and held frequently which in turn causes them to bite or scratch. Bunnies feel safer with their feet on the ground.
How about the plush kind? They’re just as cute!
What many people don’t know is that getting a rabbit spayed or neutered is important as well. Not doing so can lead to health and/or behavioral problems. Once they hit 4 – 6 months of age (their teen years), their hormones cause them to give off an odor and they can exhibit bad behavior. A moody bunny is not a happy bunny!
These are just a few things to think about before heading to your local pet store or breeder. What may seem like a great idea short-term, could turn into a death sentence for a bunny or chick (if abandoned) due to being ill-prepared to care for them.
There are many other ways to make Easter a special fun-filled day:
The list goes on and on.
As you can see I love bunnies and chicks, and all other animals, and care about their well being. So, I’m being an advocate for them by pleading with all of you to make an informed decision.
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