Rabbits & Easter Don’t Mix!
Easter is upon us & that means that many sweet little bunnies will be adopted as cute & cuddly pets for children. Unfortunately, the magic soon wears off as the child either loses interest in their new furry friend, or parents realize how much more maintenance & care they require. All too often, the rabbit ends up neglected or abandoned.
On a recent episode of the Our Hen House Podcast, Jasmin & Mariann featured Tracy Martin, of Rabbitron, a sanctuary in Washington state that is gearing up for its annual Easter campaign, which brings massive public awareness to the plight of bunnies. The work that she is doing for rabbit rescue & her inspiring campaign to spread awareness compelled me to write this post to continue to spread the message forward.
Contrary to Eastertime hype, rabbits & small children don’t mix. Children like a companion they can hold, carry, & cuddle, but rabbits are not passive & cuddly, as many believe. In fact, they feel frightened insecure when held & restrained. The natural exuberance of even the gentlest toddler are stressful for a sensitive rabbit. Rabbits are not a “low-maintenance” pet & require unique care & commitment. In fact, they require almost as much work as a dog. They must be house trained, spayed/neutered & the house must be meticulously bunny-proofed. They adapt best to life indoors, as members of the family. House rabbits can live 8 to 10 years. It’s quite a commitment. Rabbits are not for everyone, but hey can make great pets for a gentle adult who lives in a quiet household who will be dedicated to giving rabbits the unique care & attention they deserve.
If you know someone that is considering adopting an “Easter Bunny” for their small child, please kindly share this information. Toy bunnies are much more suitable for a child’s Easter basket!
Please continue to spread the word! Learn more at rabbitron.com & rabbit.org.