Think before you give a real bunny for Easter

Published On: Mar 18 2013 11:06:31 AM EDT
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

With Easter just a few days away, many families are tempted to include a real bunny in an Easter basket … but this is not the best idea, unless you are ready to make a 9 – 12 year commitment.  While rabbits are cute and come in a variety of breeds just like dogs and cats, rabbits require a lot of special care.

Here are some facts you need to know before you get a rabbit:

  • A rabbit’s bones can easily break, so they may not be the best pet for small children, as most rabbits do not like to be picked up
  • Rabbits require Timothy hay daily to help digest their food.  They also need a variety of fresh greens such as romaine, kale, parsley and carrot tops
  • Rabbits need to be spayed or neutered, just like dogs and cats – they can have 20 – 40 babies a year!
  • The average life-span for a rabbit is 9 – 12 years
  • Rabbits need daily exercise and should not live their entire lives in a cage

If you have your heart set on getting a bunny, please adopt.  The Humane Society of Broward County has several bunnies available for adoption and the fee is $20 and includes spay or neuter. 

And to help you take care of that bunny, the shelter is having a FREE rabbit behavior seminar to help you learn how to properly care for your new family member. Click here for more information.

The shelter is located at 2070 Griffin Road and adoption hours are Monday - Saturday 10 - 6:30 and Sunday 10 - 5:30, however the shelter will be closed on Easter Sunday.  For more information call the shelter at 954-989-3977 and press 3 for adoptions or visit www.humanebroward.com  to see the pets available for adoption.

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