Cute cuddly bunnies may seem like the perfect Easter gift, but they are not a "low maintenance" pet. Most don't like to be held, and they are a 10- to 12-year commitment.
Alison Giese with San Diego House Rabbit Society says, "Rabbits are really wonderful pets, but do your research first know what you are getting yourself into."
Giese fosters several rabbits, has nine of her own and runs a rabbit-sitting business. She says many people turn in their Easter bunnies in the summer when the rabbit is about three months old and starts getting hormonal, messier and needs to be spayed or neutered.
Rabbits are the third most abandoned animal at shelters nationwide. Unless you are fully prepared for rabbit responsibilities (lots of fresh hay, daily clean-ups, a bunny-proofed home, vet trips, etc), consider giving an adorable stuffed animal or chocolate bunny instead this Easter.