Before getting an Easter pet, think about what you’ll do with it FOR THE REST OF ITS LIFE!

By on March 20, 2018

Easter is a fun holiday for kids. Egg hunts, baskets of candy, family gatherings- it’s all great and it signifies so much for so many people.

And while candy and Spring weather and quality time is great, there is something that is hard to resist- getting a baby duck, chick, or bunny. It’s a common happening that can be disastrous for animals if the people who buy them aren’t ready to commit to what’s needed to give them a healthy life.

A couple of years ago, I fell into the trap myself. I got two ducklings (Bill and Rory) from the local Tractor Supply one Spring. I fed them, kept them clean, gave them a safe place to sleep, and they loved trotting around my backyard. But when they became older and had to fend for food themselves, they (and I, too) were out of their element. Ducks have a hard time doing what’s natural when raised in a home setting. Luckily, I was able to take the ducks to a safe family farm that had a pond and other ducks. Food was everywhere and they were happier and healthier there.

Not everyone has the luxury of having a safe place like this to take ducks, so it’s not always a great idea.

Rabbits are also a popular Easter gift for kids. Naturally, having your own little Easter bunny sounds great and fun, but raising and keeping a rabbit is hard, smelly work.

So before you get an Eastertime pet, think about what you’ll have to do in May. And June. And next year. Here are some tips to think about before taking the plunge from Mercury News.

Do yourself (and animals) a favor and think about what it takes to have an Easter pet. Visit the Tractor Supply, hear the chicks cheep and see the bunnies hop around, then go home happy if you don’t feel you’re ready to care for the animal the way you should.

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