AN ANIMAL rehoming charity suspended rabbit adoptions over the Easter weekend to prevent impulse re-homing.
Fat Fluffs rabbit rescue and re-homing centre in Hampton-in-Arden did not re-home any of its fluffy residents over the Easter bank holiday weekend.
The centre’s actions were in support of the charity Support Adoption For Pets’ nationwide ‘a rabbit is not just for Easter’ campaign.
The appeal, which aims to prevent people from adoption a rabbit on a whim without considering the long-term repurcussions, called on re-homing centres across the country to ‘freeze’ rabbit adoptions over the Easter period.
Inundated with bunnies, Chloe Hennegan, Founder of Fat Fluffs, urged all families to think twice before adopting a rabbit at Easter.
Chloe said: “We tend to get an increase in interest at Easter, particularly with people enquiring as to whether we have baby bunnies to adopt.
“We have a strict re-homing policy and therefore for any Easter-time adoptions, we start the process well in advance and have all of our baby bunnies neutered and vaccinated before they are re-homed.
“We don’t have any baby bunnies around for impulse buyers.”
With their floppy ears and fluffy tails, bunnies are the third most popular pet in the UK.
And with their association with fertility and Easter, the demand for pet bunnies soars during the spring.
But many potential owners underestimate the amount of effort it takes to properly care for a rabbit.
Amy Wilson, charity manager at Support Adoption for Pets, explained: “Rabbits are wonderful pets, and we don’t want to discourage people from giving a rabbit a home, but just like we know a dog is not just for Christmas, rabbits aren’t just for Easter.
“There is a huge misconception that rabbits are easy to care for and they aren’t.
“They require as much, if not more care and attention as a dog or cat.
“Families tend to think carefully before adopting a puppy and this should be the case for choosing to add a rabbit to your family.”
Last year, Support Adoption For Pets donated £50,000 to Fat Fluffs to help extend its premises and create luxury ‘bunny barns’ to house more rabbits.
For more information on the Hampton-in-Arden centre visit www.fatfluffs.com and www.supportadoptionforpets.co.uk to find out more about Support Adoption For Pets.