Although Easter is about much more than bunnies and chocolate, there are lots of bunnies, including the chocolate kind, around at this time of year. The Columbus House Rabbit Society founded a clever campaign to prevent impulse buying of pet rabbits at Easter time: Make Mine Chocolate! The message is simple: stick to chocolate bunnies
as Easter gifts (and in my opinion, you can never go wrong with chocolate as a gift!). While rabbits have long been associated with Easter
, please think twice if you are considering getting a live bunny at Easter. Every year, there are a high number of impulse purchases of bunnies, and an influx of rabbits into shelters in the following months. Though the site doesn't seem to have been updated for 2009, background information is available at the "Make Mine Chocolate
If you are have your heart set on a rabbit as a pet, please be sure a rabbit is the right pet for you. They are wonderful animals, but are not the right match for every household. The "Interactive Bun" on the Make Mine Chocolate site can help you decide if a rabbit is the right pet for you.
And please, if you are considering sharing your life with a rabbit, consider adopting one from a shelter. Many animal shelters regularly receive rabbits so you can often find them at your local shelter or humane society. Alternatively, check for a local chapter of the House Rabbit Society, see this list of rabbit rescues and shelters from Simply Pets, or visit Petfinder.com and do a search for adoptable bunnies in your area.
For advice about rabbits as pets see the Rabbit Care Guide or Introduction to Pet Rabbits (a free email course).