Archive for Thursday, March 24, 2005

Be mindful of bunnies as pets

March 24, 2005

I am writing in response to a garage sale ad that claimed to be selling live bunnies for Easter. Rabbits are not gifts, and you may be getting more than you bargained for once your child loses interest a few weeks after the holiday.

Every Easter, thousands of children beg their parents for a pet bunny. Most parents think rabbits are the perfect low-maintenance "starter pet" for their child. Think again.

Rabbits can live 10 years or longer. They are fragile animals who don't necessarily enjoy being cuddled by a small child. They require special vet care, and can be as expensive and time consuming as a pet dog or cat.

Thousands of rabbits bought on impulse each Easter end up in our local shelters because they didn't turn out to be the perfect pet our child was hoping for. If they're not so lucky, they end up living out their entire lonely life, neglected in a small cage.

If you actually care to research the idea of bringing a rabbit into your home and you are prepared to provide it with its needs for its entire life -- then check out the bunnies awaiting adoption at a local humane society. Otherwise, stick to the chocolate kind this Easter.

Kris Taylor

Tonganoxie

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