This Easter as families consider bringing home a fluffy bunny, there are several facts to keep in mind, according to the nonprofit organization Animal Angels.
Bunnies are the third most commonly surrendered animals to shelters. The group asks the public's help to reduce the rabbit population in shelters by saying “Make Mine Chocolate” and consider the long-term investment and care a rabbit needs.
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Baby bunnies quickly grow to adult size that can be from 5 to 10 pounds and live from 7-10 years.
- Bunnies can be trained to use a litter box and live comfortably indoors.
- They should be cared for by a veterinarian that specializes in rabbit care and don't forget to always spay or neuter.
- Rabbits need to eat fresh hay, pellets and veggies every day.
- Keep your bunny indoors so they are safe, healthy and a part of the family. Also keep in mind other pets or small children you have at home to make sure the rabbit you are considering is a good fit.
Consider adopting rather than purchasing a bunny -- all shelters in Southern California have bunnies available for adoption waiting for forever homes.
Join NBC4 for the third annual Clear the Shelters pet adoption campaign on August 19, 2017 when rabbits and other animals will be available for a $20 adoption fee all day at most shelters in Southern California. Stay tune to NBC4 and www.nbcla.com/cleartheshelters for updates.