Thursday, May 2, 2013

Easter Bunny Dump has Begun

Easter Bunny on the Loose - The inevitable post-Easter bunny dump probably began a month ago, but in the next couple of months I have no doubt more "Easter rabbits" of all shapes and sizes will be released into the wild, taken to shelters or abandoned in some other way.  This is the first one I have seen in the news.  99% of the time it isn't reported. From my experience all these years most of the people who abandon pet rabbits did not receive sufficient information from the pet or feed store (and even some breeders) who sold them the rabbit.  A majority of unsuspecting bunny buyers do not understand what happens when a cute baby bunny hits puberty and suddenly becomes aggressive, no longer willing to be picked up or cuddled, and starts to spray. Chances are neutering and spaying was never mentioned when the bunny was purchased. 
Unfortunately, domesticated rabbits don't survive well outdoors and many only last a couple of weeks. It is simply a death sentence for the rabbit. I found my first big white bunny on his own in a field.  See his story here.   I also have a flyer explaining at least a Dozen Wild Reasons to Never Abandon a Rabbit Outdoors free to download on my website. 
This was reported in the Washington Post (local) Loudoun County Animal Watch yesterday, May 1, 2013 by the Loudoun County Department of Animal Services:
"Lesson about a rabbit at a school: Sugarland Run Dr., Sterling, April 22. An all-white domestic rabbit was reported to be hopping around a field at a school. An animal control officer could not find the rabbit. Domestic rabbits need people to care for them and cannot survive in the wild."