The Truth About Easter Bunnies

Fluffy bunnies are hard to resist, especially at Easter time. The fact is that many people buy baby rabbits, but oftentimes they simply are not ready for the commitment of having this social pet that can live more than 10 years (in some cases we see as high as 16 or so).  Rabbits are the third most popular pet in the United States and, unfortunately, they are also the most dumped pet at animal shelters and in nature at large.  Domestic rabbits are unable to cope outdoors without care as they are subject to the elements, predators and starvation.

Linda Bailey of is a rabbit rescuer who takes unwanted and abandoned bunnies and has them fixed to avoid reproduction that can occur at an alarmingly rapid rate. She also rehabilitates them if they are sick and trains them to use a litter box before they are adopted out. In the video above, Linda explains how an epidemic of bunny neglect has actually lead to a widespread epidemic of abandoned bunnies who, once they wear out their initial Easter surprise, end up at her shelter.

It is important to note that it is impossible for illnesses that affect rabbits to be passed to humans.

If you’re considering purchasing a bunny this Easter, you may want to consider adopting one from a shelter like this one. As Linda explains, ‘prey’ animals like bunnies can make excellent pets and enjoy being cared for by their human friends.

Linda has rescued, rehabilitated, treated, loved, and re-homed more than a thousand rabbits to date.  Her home is affectionately called the RabbitTrail (the video was filmed at a local horse stable holding a special adoption for the rabbits).  All rescued rabbits are kept at the RabbitTrail or at volunteers’ homes until they find their forever homes.  If you would like to be a volunteer, foster home, or forever home to a bunny, or to donate, please feel free to contact Linda.

Linda’s website,, is very informative and explains in detail how to care for these friendly animals — from their dietary requirements to understanding bunny language and behavior.

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