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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Easter and Rabbits – A Dangerous Combination

Every spring, thousands of rabbits are bred in deplorable conditions and sold in pet stores as “Easter” bunnies. The months following Easter are particularly grim and heartbreaking for these bunnies as they grow up and their novelty wears off. Although a well-cared for rabbit can live ten years, the life of an “Easter” bunny is often tragically short and painful. Many die of neglect or misinformation while others are abandoned outside (a death sentence and violation of the law) or dumped and euthanized at local shelters, ill-equipped to deal with the influx of unwanted bunnies.

Alice and Jasper are two former Easter bunnies waiting for a home at Red Door Animal Shelter. Their story is all too familiar …two young rabbits dumped in the heat of the summer in the middle of the city with nowhere to go. Alice had fallen into a deep window well and was trapped and injured. Jasper refused to leave her side and waited in the same spot for days for someone to save them. Fortunately, both rabbits were rescued and brought to Red Door where they were treated for dehydration and Alice’s injuries were attended to. Alice and Jasper have been spayed and neutered are healthy and very friendly.

Today, nine months later, they are still waiting for someone to give them another chance. They are deeply bonded and must be adopted together. Unfortunately, white rabbits often suffer the same fate as black cats – overlooked by adopters for silly, superstitious reasons. Although they have each other, they hope to share their love with a human or two.

Please support responsible adoption for all animals, including rabbits! They make extraordinary, loving, and loyal companions, but like any new pet, please get the facts before bringing home a rabbit. For more information on rabbits, please visit http://www.reddoorshelter.org/.

P.S.: For those of you who read my blog, you know that we have recently added a rabbit to our family. While Lulu Bubbles doesn’t care for me, she LOVES my mom and my mom is NUTS over her. In fact, I am starting to feel a little left out of this equation. Note to self: find a way to win Lulu’s heart – CILANTRO!

Thank you for Mr. Pip and his person for this great guest post!


Mariodacat said...

Awww, guess I didn't know you had a bunny living with you now too. Where was I when you talked about that. Oh well, they are so cute. Sorry you are a little jealous, but after all, you were the baby in the house for a long time.

Max the Quilt Cat said...

Great blog post and such an important issue to tell others about. I'm off to tweet the link to your blog.

Have a great day.

pawhugs, Max

Katnip Lounge said...

Mommy had a childhood friend who had a GIANT rabbit...he was verreh nice and loved pettings. We would like a bunny but maybe a house with 13 Cats isn't the best place... for the rabbit, that is!

Mr. Pip said...

Hi! Thanks so much for helping me spread the word about rabbits!

Your pal, Pip

♥I am Holly♥ said...

Great post and very important information! Debbie and Holly

Winnie said...

Really good guest post - well done to PBU and Mr Pip and his family for raising this important issue.

I'll ask the LOTH to link to it from her twitter account.

Santa, Minnie and Christmas said...

Great story about Alice and Jasper. Hope more people are aware of what is involved in getting a pet.

Hilary said...

What an amazing story about Alice & Jasper. I love how they take care of each other... Pip, Pam & Oskar, thanks for spreading the word. When I was little, a friend of mine had a rabbit, Elvis, who was the cutest thing. This post brought back so many memories of him!

Eleanor said...

I had no idea that this was a problem. How sad for all those poor rabbits. The two in the photo look so cute. I love those grey noses.

The Cat From Hell said...

Dear Mr Pip, Pam and Oskar!
What a great post! Mommy had a pet rabbit when she was little. Peoples drove out to a farm her friends lived on and dumped him!! They could not keep him and George moved to Mommys house. Their cats Tiki and Kitty loved George and all 3 used to sleep together.
Silly George thought he was a cat!
Kitty Kisses

houndstooth said...

I feel so sad for those two bunnies who are still waiting for a home. Mom has had a rabbit in her classroom and she says that they are a lot of work!


♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Great post, especially at this time of the year. Bunnies are not the right pet for everyone, cute when they are little and abandoned when the workload hits.

Thanks, Pip - you and Mom did great.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Chicco said...

Woww, yes it's true. A post that talks about true informations and problems.
I wish you a wonderful sunday.


Cooper and Lola said...

Thanks for the post.. It's amazing how fades come during the holidays and people don't think about the long term.

Bocci said...

Pip-thanks so much for your thoughtful and articulate post! We will help you spread the word during this week before Easter.

Your buddy,

George the Lad said...

Great guest post Pip, thanks for sharing :)
See Yea George xxx

Brian said...

Bravo Mr. Pip!!! I know you are a bunny lover, now you just need to convince your bunny-sis of that! I hope everyone gets to read this post, lots of important stuff!!!

Alien said...

Excellent and timely post.

Well done, Pip!


Father Tom said...

Let's hear it for PBU and Mr. Pip! This timely post should get the message across.

Thanks for the link, too, that should help people get better informed before they celebrate Easter with something they can't handle.


Shawnee the Shepherd said...

We fostered a former Easter bunny somebody dumped outside after the novelty wore off. It took almost a year to find the right home for this bunny. They are very high maintenance animals.

Pup Fan said...

Wonderful post! So many people just don't think it through when buying animals as gifts... the more awareness of this issue, the better!

Carrie, with Tanner and Oliver said...

Great image you created for this concept. When I was working on the rabbit adoptathon at All Things Dog Blog, to enrouage adoption over purchase, I kept dropping in tips on rabbit ownership and the decision-making process. I wish I had an image like yours; a picture speaks a thousand words. Great job.

road-dog-tales said...

What a great post, Pip! We hope those adorable bunnies get a wonderful new home soon! We didn't know the way to a bunny's heart is cilantro. Awesome! We like it in salsa and guacamole!

The Road Dogs

ForPetsSake said...

Great post - and thanks for the reminder :)

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