As always, the words are not mine, but that of the submitter. When I put it like that it sounds kind of kinky, so how about, I didn't write it. The person who e-mailed me did.
Well, it's that time of year again, and I'd like to remind everyone about the folks out there who work so hard donating their time and energy helping all those adorable little bunnies that people take home from the pet shop for their young children during the Easter season.
As the slave to 7 house rabbits of my own, I can personally attest to how much work rabbits really are. Usually we like to say that they take as much work as a dog or a cat, but that's not really true. They require much more time, energy, and interaction. Like dogs and cats,
they must be spayed or neutered. They need a proper diet, several hours of exercise a day, interaction with people and preferably another rabbit. They need to live inside, and you need to have access to a vet who specializes in exotics.
Most folks don't realize this when they bring home that adorable critter for little Johnny or Susie for a special Easter surprise. And when Johnny or Susie aren't old enough to care for their new pet themselves, or mom and dad get tired of the mess, or maybe little bun- bun nips a finger, or marks grandma's antique rocking chair as part of his territory, bun bun is no longer welcome.
What happens then? Most often, the rabbit is taken to a nice wooded area, or a park, and turned loose to "live in the wild". This is literally a death sentence. They have no sheltering or food finding skills. They fall prey to predators or starve to death.
One group of folks are working hard to educate people before they make this commitment. These are the people at http://makeminechocolate.org/. They encourage the public to think twice and
give chocolate bunnies instead of furry ones. Please take a look at their site. They are raffling a gorgeous painting this year that I'm hoping to win! :)
The other folks, whom i have a lot respect for is the House Rabbit Rescue Society. They are nationwide, and are always in need of donations, not only of money, but often things like towels and blankets, bleach, vinegar, fresh greens, and volunteers. Check with your nearest chapter to see what's on their wish list. They offer no kill shelter, adoptions, bunny education (education for bunny parents, that is), bunny bonding, and often grooming and short term boarding and other services. They have a wide selection of RESCUED bunnies available for adoption that have been spayed, neutered, treated for any injuries and "special" bunnies that have been damaged
by abandonment or cruelty, who have learned to love and trust again.
You can find them at :
If you live in the L.A. county area, check out http://www.bunnyluv.com/. I mostly deal directly with them, since they are closest to me.
Thanks for your time, and Happy Easter!