Animal Friends has more on how the take care of a pet bunny.
- Bunnies are unquestionably cute. And we all associate them with spring, and Easter, sunshine, warm grass. But if you are considering adding a bunny to your child's basket this Sunday, animal welfare experts say, please, don't do it. Joining us now live tonight to talk about it is Suaz Forsythe, the visual communications director with Animal Friends. And you are live right now from the bun run so how did all the bunnies in the bun run get there?
SUAZ FORSYTHE: Thank you so much for coming to us tonight. We, we have these amazing rabbits. And, and they are actually probably a product of an Easter bunny situation gone wrong. We, we here at Animal Friends, we want to make sure that if you are adopting rabbit any time of the year, we just want to make sure that it's the right animal for you.
SUAZ FORSYTHE: People don't realize that actually, rabbits can live from 12 to 16 years. So that's quite a commitment. And if people are getting them for their kids, you got to think of, you know, they're-- you're-- when your kids have, you know, 12 more years ahead of them, how-- what-- what's going to happen with this rabbit?
- What does a rabbit really require to be happy and healthy?
SUAZ FORSYTHE: So rabbits need interaction. This is a bun run. What we do is we take all the rabbits that we have on site. And we let them run and play in this big room. Normally, it's really packed, but we still have some bunnies in foster.
But they actually have to have enrichment. They have to be entertained. So this is one of the things that we do every day of the week here at Animal Friends. We make sure that our rabbits get out and get some entertainment-- get some exercise. So you have to be sure that when you get a rabbit, that you are able to get them out.
You don't want to keep them in a cage. They have to be able to exercise and move around-- keep their, their bodies moving. And it's important.
- What's the main reason people say when they, they bring the bunny back a couple of months after Easter?
SUAZ FORSYTHE: Yeah, people don't realize what they're getting into. Rabbits are a commitment. They are a different commitment than a cat or dog. It's great that they get to stay inside. And you don't have to take them out on a walk.
But they do have-- when you go to the bathroom. And you get to litter train them, which is fabulous. But rabbits can leave about 300 poops a day. So that's a lot of poop. And that's a lot of cleaning up litter boxes.
SUAZ FORSYTHE: Yeah, so you have to be prepared that, you know, as you can see here, the hay, the hay can get very messy. But hay is a very important staple of their diet. So they have to have the hay. If you're allergic to the hay, which is some of the reasons why we get the rabbits returned. You, you have to give the rabbit up, because the, the rabbit has to have hay in their lives.
- So what is the ideal family? Or what type of families are a rabbit a good fit for?
SUAZ FORSYTHE: I think they all are. But as long as they're informed, and they know what they're getting into. We've seen all types, all types of people that come to adopt rabbits. And you just want to make sure that, you know, that if you do have kids, that they're old enough to be able to respect the animal. Because that's important.
Rabbits do bite. So you have to, you have to take that into consideration too. You can't just have someone grabbing at you all the time.
SUAZ FORSYTHE: So we here at Animal Friends, we make sure that we screen every adopter. And we make sure that you know that this is what you're getting into for the next 16 years.
- 16 years-- well, Suaz, thank you so much for your time tonight and for sharing all of your bunny knowledge. We appreciate you.
SUAZ FORSYTHE: So I thank you-- have a good evening.
- You too.