Bunnies are a popular gift on Easter, but now that the holiday is over one Chicago shelter said it’s preparing to rescue hundreds of unwanted rabbits.
Toni Greetis, vice president of the Red Door Animal Shelter, said people often don’t think through what it means to have a pet rabbit.
“Within a month or so, they become teenager rabbits and they’re full of hormones and they start biting, spraying urine and acting wild,” she said.
That’s when people rethink their decision, she said.
Some would-be owners release them into the wild, but Greetis said pet rabbits can’t survive outdoors.
Domesticated rabbits could eat a poisonous plant, be exposed to a parasite or fall prey to predators like falcons.
Greetis said last year Red Door rescued a little over 200 rabbits.