Every year, a few months after Easter, the shelter experiences a flood a young rabbits. We call this the “post-Easter rush”.
This happens because every year, people buy baby rabbits at pet stores as Easter presents, usually for children. In a couple of months, these baby balls of fluff have grown up to be teenagers: active, curious, destructive, hormonal and messy. And then they end up at the shelter.
So a friendly reminder this weekend! Rabbits:
* Can live over 10 years with proper care
* Should be spayed/neutered for better health & behaviour
* Should see a specialized vet for medical care
* Prefer not to be picked up and cuddled
* Should live in a pen or free-range, NOT in a pet store cage
* Are not the best choice of pets for small children
* are high-maintenance pets!
If you’re going to buy a rabbit this weekend, make it a chocolate one.
If you’re serious about getting a rabbit as a pet, stop and do some research, and then look at local shelters for adoption - most of them will even come spayed/neutered. Don’t buy from a pet store. Try and get an adult rabbit, or if you want to get a young rabbit, do some more research, because just like puppies and kittens, young rabbits need some extra care.
For more info on proper rabbit care, check out the House Rabbit Society:
Or the Ontario Rabbit Education Organization:
Or hey, you can send me an ask!
But please, if you’re giving a rabbit as a gift this Easter, make it chocolate.