Every year several children receive baby rabbits and ducks as presents on Easter, but many times the occasion doesn’t have a happy ending for the pets.
While the intention might be good, it often winds up being a disaster after the novelty of the animal wears off and the reality and responsibility of nurturing an animal settles in. When this occurs, animals are taken to a shelter or left to fend for themselves in the wild. Either way, the end result is usually tragic.
Shelters may not be prepared or equipped to handle bunnies and chicks. The biggest problem is that gift-givers and the receivers aren’t aware of everything that goes into taking care of a rabbit. Rabbits have special needs that differ from cats and dogs. It’s really important to do your research,
While it’s not recommended that live animals be given as gifts, it can work out if a few rules are followed. The first one is be certain that the person wants a pet in the first place and has the time to properly take care of the animal. Other factors to keep in mind are where the person lives and if there is enough room for the animal to be comfortable. If the owner lives in an apartment, check to see if they allowed to have pets. Make sure they are financially stable to keep up with the costs of a pet. Next, don’t let it be a surprise. Instead, let the child open an envelope with the announcement in a card that they will be getting a pet. Then take the child to a shelter or store and let them select the rabbit or chick that they want instead of giving them a random pet that they haven’t had a chance to bond with beforehand.
Animals shouldn’t be disposable