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!