Leave Bugs Bunny alone! Vet warns against animals for Easter

BG/WC Humane Society: 200 rabbits surrendered last year

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – It’s almost Easter, and kids love seeing the Easter bunny. But what about when Mom and Dad bring home Peter Rabbit for real?

While spring is in the air, it’s easy to buy bunnies, baby chicks and ducks.

The Bowling Green Warren County Humane Society says they had almost 200 rabbits surrendered year round – an unfortunately growing trend.

This year, before April started, they’ve already had 81 surrendered.

The Bowling Green Warren County Humane Society director Lorrie Hare said, “Even though the children say they’ll take care of them, ultimately it’s the parents responsibility. We encourage them to think things through and research these different types of animals and make sure that it’s the right fit for your household before purchasing or adopting those.”

All Creatures Animal Hospital veterinarian Dr. Vicky McGrath added, “All those babies grow up and become adults, and they can become very messy and can come very expensive. There’s a lot of care involved.”

Both Hare and McGrath say they see these domesticated animals released in parks or ponds about two months following Easter and more times than not, they animals suffer or don’t make it.

For those who are committed to buying a furry Easter companion, though, McGrath and Hare advise people to end up buying their pets from animal shelters.