Tuesday, April 12, 2011
An Easter Message!
As most of you know, the issue of bunnies and Easter is very close to our hearts. We have to deal first hand with the number of bunnies who are purchased impulsively as Easter pets for children, only to be abandoned when Easter is over and the thrill has worn off. Starting immediately after the holiday we get calls and emails from parents who want to "get rid of" the bunny, or worse, from people who have found a bunny running stray. Often these bunnies are sick or injured. Even worse are the large groups that show up when people get two bunnies for Easter and don't realise they have a male and female. They think they have two females or two males....until the first litter shows up!! Not realising that bunnies can give birth the day they get pregnant, there are often two or three litters to deal with when people bring them to the shelter or turn them loose. That is a lot of bunnies for us to deal with in rescue - it's no fun at all, for us or the bunnies! Our member Donna wrote a heartfelt email to her friends about this issue, and we wanted to reproduce it here. Donna says: "The Easter season is fast approaching. It is a fun time of year. Some parents may be tempted to buy their children a soft, cute, live bunny. Even worse, buy one for their son and another for their daughter, without knowing the sex of each rabbit. Parents, you may want to really think about it, no matter how much your child begs. Bunnies are not like cats and dogs. Most rabbits do not like to be picked up. I have nine bunnies of my own. A doctor once asked me if I was being abused. He noticed all of the scratches and bruises on my arms. I told him "Yes, by my rabbits." When you pick them up, those big hind legs just push out. Rabbits are living creatures and they have feelings. When "Flop's" mate died, she grieved for a long time. Rabbits can live as long as ten years. Most veterinarians in the area are not as familiar with bunnies as they are with cats and dogs. If you have your mind made up to get a rabbit, check out places like Walmart. They have a huge selection of stuffed bunnies in every size and color imaginable. In a few weeks, when your child grows tired of the bunny and discards it, you will know you made the right choice of a stuffed one, and your child will not have been scratched or bitten." By the way, the cute little furballs in the photos are Donna's bunnies!