DUPAGE COUNTY, IL — Bunnies are doing what bunnies do greatest, and it is overwhelming DuPage County Animal Providers.
Over 120 rabbits have been surrendered to animal companies since January, with nearly half of them being accepted within the final two weeks. On Saturday alone, 39 rabbits had been dropped off on the division, a few of which had been already pregnant.
The sudden inflow of rabbits has involved DuPage County Animal Providers, who’ve seen the acquainted pattern earlier than. The company wrote in a social media publish that they had acquired 148 rabbits up to now yr, primarily from intentional house owners who could not sustain with the rabbit or their unintentional litter.
“Too usually we hear from pet house owners surrendering their rabbits that they made an impulse purchase on the pet retailer for his or her youngsters earlier than realizing how a lot work they’re to take care of or how costly it’s to spay or neuter them,” stated Brian Krajewski, chairman of the DuPage County Board Animal Providers Committee.
Spaying or neutering a rabbit can value in between $100 and $500 and plenty of veterinary clinics are full up on appointments from new cat and canine house owners.
Along with the associated fee, bunnies must be neutered or spayed extremely early, since they will attain maturity by the point they’re 4 months outdated.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 holding 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 may have acquired their rabbits round Easter time, when child lambs, sheep and bunnies are a well-liked 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 overview.”
The company in DuPage is likely 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, because of partnerships with the Chicagoland Human Coalition and different animal welfare organizations, however most surrendered rabbits aren’t so fortunate.
“Folks simply discover themselves overwhelmed, to be trustworthy,” Laura Flanion, a consultant for the company instructed the Chicago Tribune. “The individuals who discover themselves in these conditions, they’re usually 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 achieve this at www.dupageco.org/animalservices.