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HSSA cautions - think twice before buying a bunny for Easter

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These rabbits were abandoned at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. The HSSA anticipates more homeless bunnies after Easter. (Source: Humane Society of Southern Arizona) These rabbits were abandoned at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. The HSSA anticipates more homeless bunnies after Easter. (Source: Humane Society of Southern Arizona)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Who can resist a real life Easter bunny?  Not many, with the long ears, twitchy noses and those cute fluffy tails.  According to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona bunnies bought as Easter presents are the third most surrendered pets to the shelter. 

Purchasing a rabbit for Easter should not be an impulse buy, said the HSSA release.  They require long term commitment and proper care.  The HSSA has already received five abandoned rabbits and expects more as the novelty of an 'Easter Bunny' wears off. 

"A rabbit will be with your family long past spring," explains Sara Gromley, HSSA Public Relations Coordinator in the release.  "Many rabbits live 10 years, sometimes longer and will need plenty of care and attention throughout their life.  They may be small in size but rabbits are a big responsibility." 

As one last reminder the HSSA is asking that anyone who wants to purchase a rabbit for Easter, consider adopting one from the shelter first.  Adopting any animal from the HSSA means giving a homeless animal a second chance. 

"Please visit the Humane Society of Southern Arizona and tell us what you are looking for," said Gromley. "Just like these little guys, we're all ears."

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