There’s something about a bunny’s soft, velvety fur and beautiful, floppy ears that that makes us say, “Aww!”
Their notably adorable nose twitches and cotton-tail wiggles have become synonymous with springtime and Easter. As the holiday treats and decorations make their return to store shelves, the subject of house-rabbit adoption once again becomes a topic of conversation here at the Dumb Friends League.
Many people often think an Easter bunny of their own would make the perfect gift – but there’s much more to these intelligent, sensitive creatures.
While bunnies can be wonderful pets, adding one to your family – or any animal for that matter – shouldn’t be done without careful consideration about what is best for you and your new pet.
Consider brushing up on a little “Bunny 101” before you make the commitment for yourself:
- Adding a bunny to your family is a long-term commitment. A domestic rabbit can live to be about 12 to 15 years old!
- Even though they are soft and appear cuddly, they generally are not fond of being held—which can be quite frustrating, especially for young children.
- Rabbits need exercise and shouldn’t be caged all the time.
- They can be litter box trained, but training takes time and patience.
Rabbits do make wonderful, loving pets, but they are not “easy care” pets. They have specific needs to live a happy and healthy life. We have great resources for anyone who thinks a bunny is the right pet for their household at our locations and on our website.
Next, let’s talk about giving pets as gifts. It’s not a good idea, and here are a few reasons why:
- It’s a personal decision. The right pet for you and the right pet for me may not be the same thing.
- Pets have their own unique preferences too. Some prefer a quiet home without children, while others thrive with active families.
- A surprise pet may not be the best idea if the recipient—whether it’s an older parent, significant other, or child—is not ready or willing to take on the commitment of owning and caring for a pet throughout its lifetime. And you should not expect your child to take full responsibility for caring for that pet.
- Half the fun of adopting is coming to the shelter, together, and selecting the perfect pet. Walking through the kennels and meeting different animals is a vital part of the experience and will create memories that can be shared for a lifetime.
If it is the right time to add a pet to your family—cute little bunny or otherwise—please consider the adoption option. We always have great pets waiting to meet their new families at the Dumb Friends League!