Rabbits Are Not Easter Gifts
Do you know someone who is planning on buying a rabbit for Easter? A toy stuffed bunny or chocolate bunny will make a much better gift! We want to share that rabbits are a 10 to 12 year life commitment, need daily care and interaction from the family and need a rabbit savvy vet for their health care.
Rabbits are fragile creatures. They have a lighter bone structure than do dogs or cats and easily break their spines if dropped. Baby bunnies are adorable and may allow you to hold them. A baby bunny will mature in two months or so, and often, will no longer tolerate being held. Powerful hind legs can scratch and sharp teeth can bite. Unsterilized rabbits may spray and mark their territory, just like cats. Unspayed females are territorial and may attack little hands that enter the cage. A rabbit must be spayed or neutered to eliminate these undesirable behaviors and possible health issues such as cancer.
In the days, weeks and months following Easter, our local animal shelters will be inundated with discarded homeless bunnies. Sadly, this dumping continues each year and hundreds of new bunnies will be discarded and risk being euthanized for lack of adoptive homes. Some never get the chance of good care at a shelter but find themselves released into the wild. Unlike wild rabbits, pet rabbits cannot fend for themselves. The rabbit won t survive for more than a day or two on his own.
Rabbits do make wonderful pets for the right family. After your Easter celebration, please contact us for more information if you are interested in providing a loving, indoor home for 10 to 12 years. Please adopt, don t buy.
The House Rabbit Connection (HRC) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that rescues homeless rabbits and arranges to have them spayed or neutered. Our foster sites care for the rabbits by litter box training, socializing and providing a warm and loving home while seeking appropriate, permanent indoor homes for them.
Deb Young, Education Chair Paula J. Raposa, President
House Rabbit Connection Inc.