by Matthew Taylor
Every Easter well-meaning parents, friends, and relatives give live bunnies as Easter gifts. While bunnies seem like the perfect gift for a child, the truth is that bunnies require just as much commitment as a dog or cat. Because many parents and children are unaware and unready to shoulder the huge responsibility of caring for a bunny, many of these “Easter gifts” end up dying, being left at shelters, or simply abandoned. The Humane Society estimates that as many as 30% of the gifted bunnies die within the first few months while up to 70% of the remaining are left with shelters or abandoned .
Some important facts to know about bunnies are:
• Bunnies are not “low-maintenance” pets, and are a poor choice as a pet for children.
• Bunnies have a lifespan of 10 years and require as much work as a dog or cat.
• Your home must be bunny-proofed, or they will chew cords and furniture.
• Bunnies must be neutered or spayed or they will mark your house with feces and urine.
• Bunnies should live indoors, as members of the family.
If you have decided that a bunny is right for you, please consider adopting a bunny in need rather than purchasing from a retail store or breeder. There are many bunnies already available that need good homes. They can be found through http://www.petfinder.com/
Many thanks to Matthew for this article… and thanks also for Grant Writing instructor Marsha Pendergrass
for helping faciliate additional student participation in this blog’s content.