Monday, April 2, 2012

RSPCA NSW 'Hare' Care - Easter Bunny is for Life

'Obi' is available to adopt from our Tuggerah Care Centre
'Obi' is available to adopt from our Tuggerah Care Centre
The idea of buying a cute baby rabbit or other pet for an Easter present seems like such a good idea at the time. But consider that this furry baby will grow up and will need a long term home whose owner has the time and money to take good care of them.

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 toys or chocolate bunnies as Easter gifts,” says RSPCA NSW Chief Veterinarian Dr Magdoline Awad.

Spontaneous purchases or gift surprises means many animals are neglected, die or are surrendered to the RSPCA. There are over 80 rabbits currently available for adoption from RSPCA NSW. In the past there has been 25% more bunnies surrendered in the month after Easter.

We recommend that you do your research and make a responsible decision about buying a new pet. Bunnies make wonderful pets and live up to 8 years. They 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.

If you do decide you are ready for a bunny friend, adopting one from the RSPCA ensures your pet is desexed and health checked.

"It is important to make sure your rabbits are desexed - 'breeding like rabbits' is not just a phrase!” says Dr Awad.

Please read the checklist before getting a new pet. To view what rabbits and other animals are available for adoption click here.

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