They're soft, cute, cuddly and irresistible to many folks around Easter time, so if you gave or received a pet bunny for the holiday, chances are you are not alone.
"We have the same amount of rabbits that we have year-round long," said Nathan Osterman, a sales associate at the Pet Forum pet shop. "We do get a lot more requests around Easter for rabbits though, particularly bunnies."
Animal lovers say it's great that the bunnies find a home for Easter, but a lot of times they end up at the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
"I think a lot of times people buy their children bunnies during Easter, and after they've had them for a short period of time, they decide they can no longer care for the bunnies," said Susanne Kogut, the Executive Director of the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. "Right after Easter we tend to see our bunny numbers go up a little."
James Pumphrey, an adoption counselor at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA says he finds people aren't always prepared to care for a bunny. "They think it's going to be a low-level care animal, and they find out quickly that they're not. They're actually in need of just as much care as a dog or cat."
Experts say rabbits are much better pets for adults, not children. So every year when Easter comes around, here is some advice one may want to keep in mind. "Probably the best thing around Easter time, since it's such a short time of year, is to get a stuffed bunny because that would be a much better gift for children," said Kogut.
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