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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Bunnies, Chicks, and Ducklings, Oh My!
















Easter is hopping our way with the speed of light...or should I say, the speed of a rabbit? It's a holiday that makes us think about all things Spring, and also never fails to entice legions of people into buying a live bunny (or duckling, or chick) as an Easter gift. This unfortunate practice has resulted in two things: the abandonment of thousands of animals over the years, and the death of many others due to neglect or abuse.

Yes, these little critters are cute, warm, and cuddly. But they are also creatures with plenty of needs that must be satisfied in order for them to thrive. Once the fun and excitement of Easter is over, who's going to take on the responsiblity of that adorable little animal?

Shelters everywhere will be forever grateful if you take this pledge: Never bring a live animal into your family until you've educated yourself on it's needs, and are willing to make it a lifetime commitment.

So this Easter, buy the kiddos colorful eggs, jelly beans, cute outfits, a soft stuffed critter, or a yummy chocolate one. They'll be happy, and so will you. 

Oh, and while we're on the topic, remember this little known fact. I highly recommend the purchase of chocolate bunnies, because chocolate bunny ears belong to adults. At least that's what I told my kids--and who are they to doubt me?

Many thanks to Mr. Pip for the reminder badge posted above, and feel free to post it on your blog. It speaks volumes!

14 comments:

Frankie Furter said...

I soooooooo agree with YOU and Pip. No Live animals fur ANY holiday.

An English Shepherd said...

Good advise :-)

Mr. Pip said...

Thanks for spreading the word!

Your pal, Pip

Sherry said...

That's an excellent badge. Maybe someone will create a year-round one saying that animals shouldn't be "surprise" gifts.

Cattis said...

wow, a "tradition" I didn't know you had and one that I hope doesn't come here. No animal should be given away unless all parts agree on it and are prepared for it.

Benny and Lily said...

Thank you for the info
Benny & Lily

irishoma said...

Good advice, Pat.

Peggy Frezon said...

I've been writing about this issue too. It is a good reminder. If you want a bunny, it's a good idea to adopt one from a shelter after Easter, when many "pets" have already been abandoned.

giantspeckledchihuahua said...

That's a great badge! I'm going to grab it and start posting it on craigslist which is exploding with ads for easter bunnies, chicks, puppies and kittens. grrrrrrrr!

Thanks mr. Pip!

Eileen said...

I can't really imagine someone getting a real bunny or duck for Easter if they weren't going to care for it... I guess you learn something new everyday! Good info, and the bunny at the top is adorable. (:B

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Pertinent post.

My sister bought me a bunny for Easter one year. I was 10. I named him Budweiser (don't ask me why) and took care of him, but he spent an awful lot of time in his hutch. He really deserved more time and attention than I gave him. I did love him, though. He was a sweet little thing. :)

Pup Fan said...

Yes! Great message.

Tammy said...

Great message. Thanks for the reminder.

RMKK said...

I guess I am an opposite sketch here but some of our favorite pets have been Easter gifts. I am not saying that animals should be given without the consent of the owner, because they are a great responsibility and deserve to be loved and cared for. I hate to see any animal given to the pound so I hope your readers take your excellent advice and only give appropriate gifts to the receiver.

Happy Easter, Pat!

~Marlene