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Despite warnings, shelter expects influx of after-Easter bunnies

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Every year we warn of the dangers of giving children pets for holidays, especially fluffy, cuddly bunnies on Easter.  But despite warnings, the Eau Claire County Humane Association says every year they see an influx of after-Easter bunnies.

Last year, eight bunnies were surrendered in the weeks following Easter, with families saying they under-estimated the difficulty of caring for the holiday pet. That number was down from previous years but the shelter says for an area like Eau Claire, that number is huge.

"Rabbits aren't that easy to place. There aren't a lot of people out there clamoring to adopt rabbits. So, our average stay for a rabbit can be two to three to four months," Eau Claire County Humane Officer Bekah Weitz says.  

The shelter takes in up to a dozen after-Easter bunnies each year but they say the intake should actually be much larger. Many people release them into the wild assuming they can survive. The humane association says domestic bunnies, like ones from pet stores, usually won't last more than 24 hours when released.

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