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Publication Date: Friday, April 02, 2004

Animal shelter sees influx of rabbits Animal shelter sees influx of rabbits (April 02, 2004)

Humane Society encourages bunny adoption

The Peninsula Humane Society said last week that it is currently housing more rabbits than it knows what to do with.

According to shelter officials, rabbits are often donated within a few months after the Easter holiday, when the animals are given to children as gifts and later abandoned.

However, about two weeks before Easter, the shelter is already housing more than two dozen rabbits, far more than they can handle. Some may have to be euthanized, according to officials.

"We want the parents to give a second and third thought before adopting a bunny for their child," said Peninsula Humane Society spokesman Scott Delucchi. "On the other hand, we want people who have done their research and (are) ready to give a rabbit a good home for the next 8-10 years to consider adopting -- not buying a rabbit -- given the large number of homeless rabbits.''

-- Bay City News

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