Considering An Easter Bunny? Read This First!

April 11, 2019


Easter is a popular time of the year to buy a live bunny rabbit. Although we sell all the food requirements and accessories we do not sell live rabbits.

If you are seriously interested in acquiring a rabbit please, please go to The Bunny Bunch in Montclair.


The Bunny Bunch is a non-profit, no kill rescue and education organization run entirely by volunteers. Over the years they have rescued thousands of rabbits, mostly from high kill shelters. Most of the rabbits rescued come from city and county shelters and would have otherwise been euthanized.


Sadly rabbits are the third most euthanized animal in U.S. animal shelters, right after dogs and cats. Within about three months after Easter animal shelters around the country are bombarded by rabbits that people just don't want anymore.


Rabbits are taken to these shelters mostly because people have bought them from a pet shop, breeder or swap meet without learning about their care or knowing what to expect. They are often bought for young children who cannot care for them.  They are left in cages, hutches or outside with no protection from predators.


The Bunny Bunch want rabbits adopted into loving homes where they will spend the rest of their life in a happy, healthy, environment. They do this by helping people make the right choice about adopting a rabbit, by educating them about rabbits and their care, and what to expect when you have a rabbit living in your home as part of the family. 


If your child is asking for an “Easter Bunny” a lot of thought needs to go into the purchase. A live rabbit is not disposable like a stuffed one. A real rabbit cannot be put in a toy box and left unattended. So knowledge about the overall care of the rabbit is required.


One misconception is that rabbits only live two or three years. Actually rabbits can live 10, 11, 12 years. Purchasing a rabbit now becomes a family decision. At the time of the rabbit purchase or adoption, your child is 10 the bunny will still be alive when they go off to college. And then the question becomes, "Who will take care of the bunny for that long?"


In our area rabbits are a target for coyotes. Therefore it is not fair to leave rabbits in the open or kept in cage or confined space for long periods. Rabbits should be given at least four hours of exercise a day.


If you choose to keep your rabbit in a cage, get one your bunny can spread out in. The space that recommends is four by four feet. The key, however, is to provide it with plenty of exercise outside the cage and interaction with the family.


Some families that have adopted rabbits don’t even require a cage because the pet is litter box trained. If you properly bunny-proof your home -- cover the cords, protect the furniture -- they can be free roaming.

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