Easter means a lot of different things to different people. If you're a religious person, the sentiment is obvious while if you're a child, it's about the baskets filled with wonderful sweet treats. If you're a bunny, easter is a very sad time full of abandonment. Bunnies are the third most adopted pet in America and also the third most abandoned.
As the article states, people have many misconceptions about bunnies in regards to their care, their lifespans, and the importance of providing them with a loving home. They are not gifts to be given at Easter to children who may or may not understand how to care for them. They are living beings that require love, patience, and care.
Bunnies can live up to 10 or more years and are not a gift to give to someone who is not ready for that kind of commitment. Unfortunately, they are given up all too frequently because people are not ready to commit themselves to these precious little animals and therefore end up at adoption centers soon after Easter is over.
If you're considering getting a bunny, please consider not only the commitment you must be willing to make but consider the bunnies themselves. These beautiful, adorable animals are not fly by night gifts, they are living beings who will provide you with love and lots of fun. Do your homework before adopting so that you are prepared for the challenges ahead. Know their diets, study their actions, and be ready for everything that comes along with owning a pet. Don't let these bunnies suffer because of our own selfishness.
Stay educated and remain involved in animal welfare. Together, we can all make a difference!