NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Most rabbits that end up abandoned at shelters started out as Easter presents.
Jennie Hoyt with New Hanover County Rabbit Rescue said for the rabbits that don't end up in shelters, their future is bleak. If they are "set free" into the wild, they're likely to die by becoming food for other wildlife.
Hoyt explained rabbits may look cute and cuddly, however, they are physically delicate animals, which means they can be hurt by children picking them up.
She said owning a rabbit is a big responsibility. She recommends you do some research on rabbit.org before getting a rabbit.
Their quarters need daily cleaning/fresh food and water must be offered daily including a salad of dark green, leafy vegetables and unlimited grass hay.
They are also expensive pets, in that spay or neutering them can cost up to $300. Indoor rabbits can live 7-10 years.