The Easter season is when rabbit rescues around the world work hard to get the message out to the public that giving a live rabbit to a child on a whim is a very bad idea. But an organization in South Carolina has come up with a novel alternative. The Rabbit Sanctuary in Simpsonville, SC, is offering virtual rabbit adoptions.
Here are some details, as reported by wyff4.com:
Caroline Gilbert started rescuing rabbits in 1967 and founded the Rabbit Sanctuary in Simpsonville.
“Most every rabbit here is a discarded Easter pet. People buy them on a whim every Easter … as a toy for a child,” Gilbert told WYFF. “They find out later on that the kid gets tired of them after a couple of days, and then they just are discarded.”
As an alternative to buying a live rabbit as an Easter gift, Gilbert recommends virtually adopting one that has already been rescued at the sanctuary. The program is run through the Rabbit Sanctuary’s website and costs $30 a year.
The money is used to pay for food, hay, veterinary care and medicine for the rabbits.
“You get a picture of your bunny rabbit, a certificate of adoption, our newsletter which comes out twice a year and an invitation to a picnic with the rabbits,” Gilbert said.
Gilbert said rabbits can make great companion animals, but people should do research before buying one as a pet — especially at Easter.
“Most Easter bunnies die before their first year,” Gilbert said. “That’s senseless.”
To see the complete report, please visit: http://www.wyff4.com/news/local-news/greenville-news/Rabbit-Sanctuary-recommends-virtual-adoptions-of-Easter-bunnies/-/9654794/19446586/-/a3qyyr/-/index.html#ixzz2OZJ95NfP
Virtual adoptions can be made from the Rabbit Sanctuary website at http://www.adopt-a-rabbit.org/
Hoppington Post likes the idea of rabbit rescues offering virtual Easter Bunny options. Not only does it get the idea across that giving live rabbits to children is not a good idea, but it also helps provide funding to offset the expenses of rabbit care. Finally, it makes for the kind of unusual news story that local media outlets desire. It may be a bit late in the day this Easter, but it would be a good idea for organizations to keep in mind for 2014.