Don’t adopt Peter this Easter – experts warn against bringing in a new pet because of the season

TOPEKA (KSNT) – As Easter approaches, you may have wondered about adopting a seasonal furry friend. However, experts say you’ll want to make sure you’re ready for that level of commitment.

For the Helping Hands Humane Society of Topeka, rabbits are the first pocket animal they see returning to the shelter. According to PETA, rabbits are the third most abandoned animals in shelters.

Helping Hands believes this is partly due to a lack of knowledge about rabbit care. Rabbits can have a life expectancy of more than 10 years. Daily care is different for rabbits compared to other pets.

“People don’t always know what responsibilities are included when adopting a rabbit,” said Emi Griess, communications coordinator for Helping Hands. “Maybe they had cats or dogs growing up, they didn’t have rabbits, so they have this idea in their minds that doesn’t quite fit the reality of what will make a successful adoption for a rabbit.”

If you or your children are interested in adopting a rabbit but want more information, Helping Hands suggests contacting an adoption counselor or volunteering at the Humane Society. This can help you learn more about the animal and be better prepared to welcome your new furry friend.

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