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Easter's No Holiday for Bunnies

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Posted March 31, 2010 by Megan Rondeau

Meet Moses, Peanut, Juju, and Bambi.

Adorable right? Unfortunately, their lives weren’t always as positive as they are today. Before I adopted Juju, she had been taken back to the shelter on two separate occasions after families with young children decided she was too much to take care of. When it comes to the life of a domestic rabbit this is all too common.

Rabbits are one of the cutest animals in the world, so it’s no surprise that many people want to purchase them from pet stores. During Easter, more rabbits than ever are purchased from pet stores and put in children’s Easter baskets as gifts. Rabbits are very sensitive, so a young child’s enthusiasm is often too stressful for bunnies. Since rabbits are ground-dwelling animals, they can easily become frightened when picked up. Many end up being placed in outdoor hutches, taken to shelters, or even abandoned outdoors where they are susceptible to disease and predators. If you or a friend is considering adopting a rabbit, remember that taking care of a rabbit is a full time and long term commitment just like dogs, cats, or any other companion animal.

Can you afford to have your rabbit spayed or neutered? It can cost over $100 to have this procedure done. Having your rabbit spayed or neutered lessens their need to mark their territory, regulates aggression, and of course keeps them from making more bunnies. It is also important to find a veterinarian who works on rabbits, as many may only work on cats and dogs.

Rabbits are very social creatures, so leaving them confined to a cage 24/7 is not an option. These creatures need the space to run about and interact with everyone in the family. Since rabbits innately need to chew, be sure to keep electrical wires and other dangerous items out of your rabbit’s reach. Remember, every time an animal is purchased from a pet store another one dies at a shelter, so if you decide you can provide the perfect home for a rabbit, be sure to adopt. Moses, Peanut, and Bambi also now live a happy, healthy lives with some peta2 staffers.

Happy Easter! :)

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  • 1939 days ago

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    I and my sister went for a fabulous travel to Southindia the previous year or so, a lot of things was in fact pretty much great at this time there. I and my friend traveled a lot all around then have seen a fabulous number of big Sanctuarys. Some of us came across a handful of big tigers, Indian elephants plus a few other fantastic animals on that point. The actual mother nature in India is normally lovely and is absolutely various. Here in various travel spots it may be really green-colored along with a lot fruits, found in various other sections at this time there will definitely be dessert sections. On the foothills you might obtain a number of relatively hard to find and fabulous flowers and also trees. We likewise enjoyed a few excellent days and nights in Goa at the beachfront, the ocean was basically clear and most of the people really lovely.

  • 1942 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Good evening, Happy Easter 2010!!

  • 1945 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’m thinking about adopting a rabbit but I am not sure I have the time to commit to one. Any ideas on how long they need to be out of their cage every day?

  • 1946 days ago

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    Thank you so much for this article!! We rescued our dwarf rabbit Bun Bun from a shelter two years ago. He had been returned to the shelter after his previous owners realized he required too much care. We love our bunny and are so happy to have him as part of our family, but it saddens me to think that people impulsively buy these delicate animals without thinking about the time and effort it takes to care for them. Maybe if people educated themselves (and rescue instead of purchase from pet stores!) we won’t have as many bunnies left alone and abandoned in shelters.

  • 1946 days ago

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    It’s so sad when a bunny has to go to a shelter. They’re so sweet and they deserve good homes. I’d get a bunny but I’m not sure if one would get alond with my puppy. He’s a bichon so I don’t think he would harm a bunny but I don’t know if they’d be best friends…

  • 1946 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    yay MoeMoe and P-nut! yay MoeMoe and P-nut! <3

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