With Easter just around the corner, many parents are looking for Easter-related items to fill their child's Easter basket with. Just don't make one those “items” a real bunny.
Adopting a pet should be something that is well thought out, not a spur-of-the-moment decision. The MSPCA reports receiving more bunnies as surrenders than puppies. Pets are a commitment, not a convenience.
While bunnies are cute and fuzzy, they require a lot of work, like all pets. Bunnies need gentle care, socialization, a clean habitat and regular exercise. Just because they are typically caged does not make them an “easier” choice of pet for your child.
Caring for a bunny is not the same as caring for a dog or cat. Each pet is different in its care. From food to housing, potty training to socialization, and exercise to health maintenance, there is a lot to think about and prepare for before bringing a pet into your home.
But if you have thought long and hard about adopting a bunny and are ready to do so, check out the MSPCA's upcoming events for proper bunny adoption:
March 23, 2013 – 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
A discussion regarding diet, behavior, housing and exercise for your new bunny. The presentation is free. Bring your children as there will be activities and raffles.
March 24, 2013 – 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
A presentation about health, socialization and clicker training your new bunny. Bring your children and talk with other bunny people. There will be kids' activities and demonstrations.
April 28, 2013 – 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
This is the MSPCA's 6th annual rabbit fest. Enjoy talking with other rabbit owners while learning about proper care of your bunny. Bring your children; there will be kids' activities, raffles and demonstrations.
Click here for a list of rabbits up for adoption.