With Easter right around the corner, let’s remember the rabbits and chicks who will suffer in animal shelters as discarded pets shortly after this holiday. Rabbits are one of the most common animals euthanized in animal shelters, right along with cats and dogs.
Here is part of an article from Best Friends Animal Society about the Easter Bunny:
Every year around Easter, wherever you turn, live baby rabbits start popping up in pet stores, feed stores and even parking lots. Sad to say, there always seems to be enough demand for all the extra rabbits. Until a few months later, that is, when shelters and rescues are bombarded with holiday castaways.
Accordingly, rabbit rescue groups (including Best Friends) often try to push all sorts of alternatives at Easter time — especially to the gift-giving crowd. There are chocolate rabbits, stuffed animal adoptions, and more. The problem with the gift-giving approach for real rabbits is that most of the time these are unplanned decisions that often end badly. And nothing is more unfair to a rabbit than being whisked off to a new home then discarded months or even weeks later.
How you can help:
ADOPT DON’T SHOP
Adopt or foster a homeless bunny from a local shelter or rescue group. Search petfinder.com for rabbits.
SPONSOR A RABBIT OR CHICK
Animal sanctuaries like Farm Sanctuary, Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary, and Animal Acres welcome animal sponsorships. You can choose an animal to sponsor and then visit your sponsored animal when you visit the sanctuary.
SPREAD THE WORD
Please pass it on. Please share this information with your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, and others.
(The bunny pictured above is Mae West and she’s at the Nevada SPCA in Las Vegas waiting to be adopted by a loving person or family.)