The best Easter bunny is the one without a commitment

(Gillette, Wyo.) Easter is fast approaching, and it’s a terrible time for pet store bunnies. The City of Gillette Animal Shelter sees not only a lot of rabbits this time of year, but ducklings, as well. "People give them as gifts without thinking about how to care for them," said shelter assistant Carolyn Sears. "We get a lot of ducks, too. Then they find out they can't have them within the city limits, and the end up at the shelter." Rabbits are marketed as "easy", "short-lived" starter pets, but that couldn't be further from the truth. A healthy, well cared for bunny can live just as long as the average cat or dog, for 10-12 years. They also have more complex needs than other pets. Rabbits are prey animals and do not behave or show affection in the same way as predators like cats and dogs: - they don’t deal well with being outside-only animals - they can get sad if they’re on their own and don’t receive enough attention - if they’re bought as a male and female couple, they can start reproducing from as early as 5-6 months of age, and they can carry multiple litters at the same time - they have a specialized diet (NOT carrots!) - they need a specialized living area (unless you want all your things to get chewed up) - they need specialized vets (caring for them costs as much as caring for a cat or dog) In short, pet bunnies can be a big responsibility, and so maybe aren't the best choice for your littles. Chocolate bunnies work fine, too, even if they're not as cuddly. "Do your research and make sure that a rabbit is a commitment that you're ready for," added Sears. #county17 #news Bunny photo h/t Simona Robová // Pitchengine Communities