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Chocolate Rabbits Make the Best Easter Gifts!

SPCA of Texas encourages responsible rabbit, chick and duckling ownership

(DALLAS, TX/McKINNEY,TX); April 1, 2015--Easter egg hunts, colorful candy-filled baskets and family gatherings are all wonderful ways to celebrate Easter. As the Easter bunny comes hippety-hopping to make his yearly visit, the SPCA of Texas reminds the public that rabbits, chicks and ducklings do not make good gifts.  

Pet ownership is not something to be entered into lightly, and it is important that the entire family make the decision to commit to caring for a pet. Most bunnies, chicks and ducklings bought on the spur of the moment end up being abandoned or taken to shelters because families are not able to provide them with the long-term care they need to thrive. Sadly, those that aren’t surrendered to shelters do not survive past their first birthday.

Although the idea of furry, fuzzy, fluff balls hopping through the fresh, spring grass may seem appealing, it is important to consider the following before adding these little ones to your family:

  • Rabbits, chicks and ducklings are not “low maintenance” pets and are not a good choice for small children, who like pets they can hold and snuggle with.
  • The average lifespan for a rabbit is 7-10 years, and the average chicken or duck lives to be about 8-12 years old. Some chickens can live to be up to 25 years old!
  • These little ones are not passive and cuddly; rather, they are ground-loving creatures who feel frightened and insecure when held or restrained. They are also fragile and their legs and spine can easily break if they are dropped or handled roughly.
  • Rabbits require as much or more care as a dog or cat. They need to live indoors as part of the family, they need their hutches cleaned daily, and they should be spayed or neutered.
  • Chickens and ducks require specialized diets, habitats and care to stay happy and healthy.

Before adding a rabbit, a chick or a duckling to your family, the SPCA of Texas urges you and your family to do your research and make sure that they are the appropriate pet choice for your lifestyle. Otherwise, help end the cycle of abandoned Easter rabbits, chicks and ducklings and buy your child a chocolate bunny or a plush chick or duckling instead. Don’t forget to also keep Easter candy away from your furry family members, as their tummies do not agree with sweets like ours do, and chocolate can be fatal for pets.

For more information, or to view all the available pets looking for loving homes at the SPCA of Texas, visit www.spca.org or call 214-742-SPCA (7722).

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"I'm absolutely in LOVE with Kitty (formerly Kaleigh). I know her name isn't original at all but I just started calling her that until I could think of a name and it just stuck - it's so her! I've attached two photos - she's seriously the most beautiful kitty in the world! She loves to steal tennis balls and bones from her dog sister - she thinks she's a dog! She enjoys going for walks and car rides, snuggling with mom, bird watching, drinking from the sink, playing with her pipe cleaners and getting into mom's makeup in the mornings. I couldn't 'imagine life without her. She's the absolute best!"

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