Connie Andrews has been on
a campaign for 16 years to 'Prevent Hare Loss this Easter.' She
created a popular website for people interested in rabbits as house
www.hopperhome.com in 1998.
The main goals of the website is to educate the public about rabbit
care and discourage impulse
buying of live rabbits as gifts for children at Easter.
Andrews feels it's important
raise awareness before each spring and
remind parents that a plush stuffed toy bunny or a chocolate rabbit is a better choice for
an Easter gift than a live bunny. She has informally rescued
domesticated rabbits to socialize for adoption for and has also
volunteered her time with Basically Bunnies, formerly located near Reno, Nevada and the Companion Rabbit
Society in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She currently maintains Hopperhome
as an informational resource especially for anyone new to
house rabbits along with a blog and twitter site.
Andrews the problem of discarded pets
after Easter can be prevented if people understand rabbits have
unique requirements and can live as long as a cat or dog up to 10
years or more. "One of my a rabbits, Sweetie,
is still going strong at nine years old. Unfortunately,
rabbits overburden animal shelters
and rabbit rescue groups nationwide within a few months after Easter. Most rabbits without
hope of adoption are destroyed. Also, many people will release
their pet rabbit into the wild thinking it can fend for itself. This is especially cruel for domesticated rabbits
because they are helpless and prey for everything
including owls, dogs, cats, coyotes and much more.' A free
Wild Reasons to Never Abandon a Rabbit Outdoors" 's available on Hopperhome.
Several other informational flyers are also available including a Rabbit Fact Sheet.
emphasizes that "rabbits are not a low maintenance nor an inexpensive
pet to keep. Unless neutered or spayed between 4 to 6 months of age,
they can become aggressive, territorial and overwhelming for a
child. Adult rabbits may not enjoy being picked up which can be
frustrating for a child who wants to hug their pet. Also, fragile
rabbit backbones break easily. Children can have a hard time
getting a firm grip on a kicking rabbit and drop it. A
stuffed toy rabbit is a safer and more humane Easter gift especially
information about rabbits as house pets hop to
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