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Humane Society urges parents to think before buying bunnies for Easter

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is urging parents to resist the urge to buy pet bunnies for their children as an Easter gift.

Humane Society urges parents to think before buying bunnies for Easter

By Taylor Higgins. CREATED Apr 18, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is urging parents to resist the urge to buy pet bunnies for their children as an Easter gift.

As the third-most relinquished animals entering shelters, rabbits require forethought, commitment and proper care, said Samantha Esquivel with HSSA.

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona received five abandoned rabbits this week and expects many more once summer rolls around and the novelty of Easter bunnies wears off, Esquivel said.

The HSSA asks that people seriously think about it before acquiring a pet rabbit. "A rabbit will be with your family long past spring," explains Sara Gromley, Public Relations Coordinator. "Many rabbits live 10 years, sometimes longer - and will need plenty of care and attention throughout their life. They may be small in size, but rabbits are a big responsibility."

If you're prepared to care for these sensitive, affectionate, inquisitive and social companions, consider adopting before visiting a pet store. By adopting a rabbit from the HSSA, you'll be helping a homeless pet in need of a second chance.