Saturday, April 11, 2009

PSA About Easter

Animal rescue groups and shelters will tell you they have nothing against the Easter Bunny, as long as it's not the real deal. Chocolate, marshmallow - something that didn't start with fur, feathers, or breath. Otherwise, the message heard is a chorus of "Don't buy those fuzzy bunnies, ducklings or chicks that start out inside Easter baskets or decorating Easter tables."

Why? Because these organizations know that once Easter is over, the animals invariably end up in shelters or worse are set free in the neighborhood. As an example, Linda Baley of Too Many Bunnies of Redondo Beach, Calif. http://www.toomanybunnies.com/ estimates that 50 percent of rabbits purchased at Easter will not see their next birthday and will not remain in their first home. A majority of the rabbits that end up in shelters are Easter Dumps. Once the novelty wears off - and rabbits are higher maintenance than most people realize –- out goes the Easter Bunny.

When that happens the problems really mount. Not only are domestic rabbits not capable of surviving in the wild, the potential population of bunnies can be explosive. Baley says if one fertile female rabbit is left in a a city park, within a year's time there could be a colony of 3,500 rabbits.

Time to intervene. Bunnies and chicks are not play toys. I expect many of share this view, so let's reach out to those who might not know the facts or feel "just this once" it's ok to do. Let's make "Friends Don't Let Friends Buy Pets for Easter" our motto. If you know someone who is thinking about such a purchase, immediately do an intervention.

Our hope is to make this a happy holiday for everyone - pets included. If you want to enjoy the Easter Rabbit - Make Mine Chocolate

12 comments:

  1. Happy Easter to my favorite furry man!
    Big licks to you
    Suzuki
    xxx

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  2. Very informative Checkers! Thank you. :-) Happy Easter!


    Sniffs and licks,

    Chase

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  3. Well said Checkers. We have dust bunnies at our house - I hope that's okay. Woof, Tank

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  4. You are so right Checkers! We have like forty-eleven chickens & roosters that live next to us that started out bein Easter Chicks. They get into everything! We found 3 in our yard the other day & our foster Lizzy almost ate them!! DawgMom says they crow at 2 in the mornin too!

    Feather, Darla & Pappy, the TN Bull Terrors

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  5. Happy Easter Checkers.

    That is so sad about the bunnies. :-(

    Holly & Zac...XX

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  6. I totally agree Checkers....poor bunnies who get dumped! More people need to think through their decisions before buying a living creature on a whim or because it makes their tiny humans happy for an hour! :)

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  7. Hi Checkers,

    We totally agree... No live animals should be given as Easter presents!

    Wags & wiggles,
    Bijou

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  8. Hey Checkers, thanks for visitin our bloggie, we live in Bluff City, TN, right outside of Bristol.

    Feather, Darla & Pappy, the TN Bull Terrors

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  9. Hi Checkers

    You'll be happy to know that all the bunnies bought this Easter in this house are only lovely chocolate ones!!

    Happy Easter!

    lots of woofs
    Clive

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  10. Happy Easer!

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    Big licks to you
    Suzuki
    xxx

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  11. Hi Checkers , we agree with your advise on the live animals. Sometimes the same thing happens with pugs. People think its the thing to do- go get a pug cause thier in the movies then they get us home and find out we snore and they dump us. Bad peoples

    love
    tweedles

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  12. OK Checkers -- here is what we mint -- here is the link to your outstanding essay!

    http://www.luluandlolly.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=170&Itemid=42

    Love, your fans, LuLu and LoLLy!
    http://www.luluandlolly.com

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