April 15, 2024
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Shelter officers and animal rescue teams throughout Southern California are urging individuals to not purchase or undertake rabbits or child chicks as Easter presents for youngsters.

They are saying that what begins as a well-meaning gesture typically results in deserted animals when the novelty wears off and households understand they’re not geared up to correctly take care of the pets.

“Yearly, shelters report an inflow of rabbits who had been purchased for Easter after which discarded as soon as their cuteness or novelty wore off,” PETA’s Catie Cryar informed Metropolis Information Service. “A few of them are purchased to place in kids’s Easter baskets, whereas others are bought by household photographers for use as props for Easter pictures. Rabbits are reportedly the third mostly surrendered animals to our nation’s shelters, and it’s estimated that about 80% of them purchased for Easter will die or be deserted inside the first yr, so this can be a life-and-death subject.

The animal rights group is working a public service announcement on some radio stations and spreading the message on X and different social media accounts that “rabbits are somebody, not one thing,” Cryar added. “We additionally wish to remind everybody that including an animal to the household ought to include a lifelong dedication to them. If somebody is really ready to offer a rabbit with a lifetime of specialised care, the reply is to undertake — not store.”

The Rancho Coastal Humane Society in Encinitas says their shelter and others nationwide come throughout stray bunnies who had been deserted by households that adopted them for Easter. RCHS spokesman John Van Zante informed Fox5 San Diego that many households additionally purchase pet chicks this time of yr.

“A chick that’s half fluff and half feathers isn’t very enticing,” he informed the station. “After which it begins appearing like a hen. It turns into a pecking, pooping machine with only one goal — to turn out to be an grownup hen or rooster. In case you don’t need an grownup hen residing in your home or yard, don’t get a child chick.”

As a substitute of a reside animal, rescue teams advocate shopping for a stuffed toy bunny or chocolate sweet rabbit for teenagers’ Easter baskets.

Nina Thompson, director of public relations for the San Diego Humane Society, informed CNS that the SDHS “doesn’t have knowledge to assist that there’s an inflow of rabbits coming in after Easter.”

However, “as a result of every pet adoption relies on an in depth session with an adoptions counselor to make sure it’s a good match for each the animal and the individual, we’d not warning adopting a rabbit as a result of time of yr.”

“Our workers at San Diego Humane Society will help people excited by adopting a rabbit to study all they should know to have a cheerful, harmonious relationship with their new furry buddy. A part of that dialogue is how lengthy an animal is anticipated to reside, correct vitamin and housing, and the dedication it takes to make sure they reside a wholesome and completely happy life,” Thompson added.

Extra data may be discovered at sdhumane.org/about-us/news- heart/tales/rabbit-care.html.

Retail gross sales of rabbits, canine and cats are prohibited in California, however direct gross sales are nonetheless permitted, together with on-line, and unlawful road gross sales additionally happen during which child bunnies are typically deceptively marketed as grownup “dwarfs.”

Rabbits should not low-maintenance pets. They require a selected eating regimen, cleansing and humane indoor housing in a bunny-proofed room, and veterinary care may be costly, advocates observe.

They’re additionally not perfect pets for babies, as they reply greatest to quiet power and may be simply spooked by the hyperactivity of a kid.

Animal advocates provided a sequence of primary suggestions:

— Home rabbits must be stored indoors always.

— Rabbits must be spayed or neutered as quickly as they’re sufficiently old (between 4 and 6 months) to keep away from pointless breeding and to help their well being.

— As soon as they’ve been spayed or neutered, bunnies must be paired with a mate who’s additionally been spayed or neutered for lifelong companionship. Single bunnies may be lonely and depressed.

— They need to be fed a eating regimen of limitless timothy hay (or alfalfa hay for rabbits beneath 6 months), plus a each day portion of leafy greens and restricted pellets.

— They need to by no means be stored in cages, as they want room to hop round and train their legs.

— They must be completely groomed each two to a few months to take away extra fur and have their nails trimmed.

— They’re aggressive chewers, and must be evaded electrical cords and something that may be harmful if ingested, comparable to taped or glued packing containers.

— Bunnies who cease consuming or look like in ache can die inside 36 hours, and wish fast care from a veterinarian skilled in rabbit care.

Those that are ready to make the 8- to 12-year dedication to caring for a number of bunnies are inspired to contemplate adopting from a San Diego County shelter or native rescue group.

Extra data is offered at https://rabbit.org/, https://rchumanesociety.org/, or www.sdhumane.org.

Officers are additionally warning the general public that Easter baskets can pose a hazard to family pets. Colourful eggs, plastic grass, sweet and chocolate can all be poisonous if ingested by animals.

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