DUPAGE COUNTY, IL — Bunnies are doing what bunnies do greatest, and it is overwhelming DuPage County Animal Companies.
Over 120 rabbits have been surrendered to animal providers since January, with virtually half of them being accepted within the final two weeks. On Saturday alone, 39 rabbits have been dropped off on the division, a few of which have been already pregnant.
The sudden inflow of rabbits has involved DuPage County Animal Companies, who’ve seen the acquainted pattern earlier than. The company wrote in a social media submit they’d obtained 148 rabbits previously yr, primarily from intentional house owners who could not sustain with the rabbit or their unintended litter.
“Too typically we hear from pet house owners surrendering their rabbits that they made an impulse purchase on the pet retailer for his or her children earlier than realizing how a lot work they’re to look after or how costly it’s to spay or neuter them,” stated Brian Krajewski, chairman of the DuPage County Board Animal Companies Committee.
Spaying or neutering a rabbit can price in between $100 and $500 and lots of veterinary clinics are full up on appointments from new cat and canine house owners.
Along with the fee, bunnies should be neutered or spayed extremely early, since they will attain maturity by the point they’re 4 months outdated. If a household or pet retailer makes the error of preserving two bunnies of the alternative intercourse collectively, they are often in for a shock litter of as much as 12 infants.
The company blames the newest surge of bunny births on “native pet shops,” who they are saying packed rabbits of various genders in the identical cages, leading to a shock of exponential proportions.
New house owners might have obtained their rabbits round Easter time, when child lambs, sheep and bunnies are a preferred present.
“We encourage folks to do their homework to find out if a rabbit is an efficient pet earlier than they purchase,” stated Krajewski. “We’ve got a rabbit care information on our web site that we encourage folks to evaluate.”
The company in DuPage is without doubt one of the few shelters within the state that accepts rabbits and different “owner-surrendered pets,” together with canines and cats. The rabbits there will not be euthanized, due to partnerships with the Chicagoland Human Coalition and different animal welfare organizations, however most surrendered rabbits aren’t so fortunate.
“Individuals simply discover themselves overwhelmed, to be trustworthy,” Laura Flanion, a consultant for the company informed the Chicago Tribune. “The individuals who discover themselves in these conditions, they’re typically very compassionate folks. It simply will get overwhelming, and it will get embarrassing. They do not know who to speak to.”
Those that need to undertake a bunny or foster the animal for a short time can accomplish that at www.dupageco.org/animalservices.