What Happens to Rabbits and Chicks After Easter?
Like the Arizona rescue organization in the video, PAWS has dealt with countless abandoned, abused, sometimes violently killed ducks, chickens, and rabbits people bought for Easter then got rid of after the holiday.
Do Your Homework
Bringing any pet into your home is a long-term commitment, not a holiday toy to be discarded with broken Easter baskets and plastic grass a few weeks later.
Exotic pets like rabbits and chickens require special care that takes time, money, effort and understanding– it’s not a decision to make lightly!
Easter Pet Life Spans
Rabbit lifespan : 8 – 14 years
Chicken Lifespan : 12 – 14 years
Duck Lifespan : 5- 10 depending on breed and care. Some have lived to be 20 years old!
This is just how long they live! A few more things to consider:
- Cost for veterinary care, medicine, food, housing, and emergency expenses for their entire lifespan
- Emotional & physical needs
- How the family will share care responsibilities
- Landlord approval
If you have the resources are ready to make the commitment, please consider adopting from rescues, first.
View or download the tip sheets below to learn how you can report animal abandonment or cruelty: