As springtime quickly approaches, I am reminded of Easter and the growing issue of bunnies given as gifts. The humane society states that rabbits are the third most popular pet, and also the third most abandoned. A lot of people don’t realize that rabbits can live up to 10-12 years. They are active and need plenty of exercise, meaning they really cannot be pent up in a wire cage all day. Because They are often sold as a cheap and easy “beginner” pet, this leads to a lot of misinformed and inexperienced pet owners. They are also considered an "exotic” pet, meaning that vet care can often be fairly expensive. This often leads to them being dumped at shelters. Any animal shelter will tell you that the following 4 to 6 weeks after Easter is when they get the most calls about taking in rabbits. They seem like such a cute and cuddly pet for your child, but when the reality sets in of what it entails to take care of them they get dumped at shelters or even let go outside to fend for themselves. This year for Easter, consider a stuffed animal or chocolate rabbit for your child. If you were already considering a pet rabbit, there are plenty available at your local animal shelter that are currently up for adoption.