Think twice before giving a pet as an Easter gift

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Local animal shelters want you to think twice before giving a live chick, duckling or rabbit as an Easter present.

"Rabbits make wonderful pets, but they aren't care-free pets," says Rhonda Manville with the Seattle Humane Society. "They have to be tended to just like you would tend to a dog or a cat."

Unfortunately, many well-meaning people give a live animal as an Easter present on a whim. In a few weeks, they realize they made a mistake. Local shelters are inundated with bunnies, ducklings and chicks right after Easter, and many wind up being euthanized.

Chicks and ducks and rabbits are cute. But as Don Jordan, Director of Seattle's Animal Shelter points out, they grow up into adult animals "that require a commitment to provide daily care for the rest of their lives."

The worst thing you can do is release that unwanted Easter animal into the wild. That's just cruel.

Here's an idea. Many local shelters offer gift certificates so you can give the kids a plush animal toy for Easter and go together to pick a real pet, one you can care for and love, after the holiday.

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Seattle Animal Shelter discourages giving live animals for Easter gifts