Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A bunny is for life, not just for Easter

One of the rabbits available for adoption at the RSPCA

Every day, bunnies are handed in to the RSPCA. But in the month after Easter, 25% more bunnies are surrendered. This is due to people being given an unwanted bunny as an Easter gift.

RSPCA NSW always has bunnies looking for good homes. They make wonderful pets, are relatively easy to care for, quiet and gentle, and perfect for people who don’t have the room, time or energy for a dog. They’re also a good choice for older children who are ready for the responsibility of looking after a pet.

Adopting one from the RSPCA ensures your pet is desexed and health checked. “Often bunnies are surrendered in groups, and this is because they are not desexed. If you are looking at getting two or more, please ensure they are desexed as the term ‘breeding like rabbits’ isn’t just a phrase!” said RSPCA NSW Chief Vet, Dr Magdoline Awad.

Bunnies can live for eight years or more, so people considering one must consult everyone in the household and ensure they’re all ready for the responsibility.

The RSPCA can’t stress enough how important it is not to give a pet as a surprise gift. “If you can’t offer a bunny a lifelong home, then please only give chocolate bunnies as Easter gifts,” said Dr Awad.

To view rabbits and other animals available for adoption, please go to http://www.adoptapet.com.au/

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