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Chicks and Bunnies make great pets…but not for Easter!

happy easterHenri David, a Seattle Animal Shelter alumnus, wishes you a Happy Easter and asks us to remind you that chickens and rabbits can be great companion animals, but should be considered carefully before you make a decision to bring home a new pet. 

Some things to think about:

  • Every year, thousands of baby chicks and rabbits are sold as Easter presents.
  • A few months after Easter, many of these pets are surrendered or abandoned and end up looking for a new home.
  • Seattle Animal Shelter always has rabbits available for adoption, and we often have chickens too!
  • Really want a baby bunny? Consider becoming a foster parent! Seattle Animal Shelter places baby bunnies in foster homes until they are old enough to be spayed or neutered and find their forever family.
  • Rabbits live an average of 7 to 10 years.
  • When your adorable baby bunny suddenly turns into a terrible teen they may show aggression, become territorial, and develop bad litter box habits – most of these issues can be fixed by spaying and neutering your pet rabbit.
  • Seattle Animal Shelter offers low-cost spay and neuter services for rabbits.
  • Is anyone in your family allergic to animals with fur or have seasonal allergies/hay fever? If so, a rabbit may not be the best pet for you. Rabbits need to eat hay on a daily basis, which can trigger allergies in some people.
  • Chickens live an average of 10 to 15 years.
  • Hens only lay eggs regularly until they are 2-3 years old, after that it tapers off.
  • Did you know roosters are not permitted to be kept within Seattle city limits? Half of all the chicks sold at Easter will grow up to be roosters.
  • The number of adoptive homes for roosters is very, very low since many cities do not allow roosters. Please consider this when buying unsexed chicks.
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