WESTLAND (CBS Detroit) – Easter is coming, which means images of cute, cuddly bunny rabbits are everywhere. But you don’t just have to look at them in pictures, you can have one of your very own.

Intelligent, curious and affectionate, rabbits can make wonderful pets, according to Michigan Humane Society staff. However, all too often, rabbits adopted on the spur-of-the-moment during Easter end up being returned – or worse, abandoned – when the novelty wears off and the responsibilities pile up.

To help more rabbits find permanent and responsible homes, the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) will hold a rabbit education and adoption event Saturday, April 7, at the MHS Berman Center for Animal Care in Westland.
“This is the time of year that people are thinking about rabbits, and while they can make fantastic pets, we want to make sure that people are adopting them for the right reasons,” said Linda Reider, MHS Director of Animal Welfare. “We will have rabbit experts on-hand for the event to explain the specialized lifetime care requirements of rabbits, as well as the wonderful things that a rabbit can bring to your home. And of course, we will have many wonderful spayed and neutered rabbits available for adoption!”

Two of the many rabbits up for adoption are siblings Laverne and Shirley, who have been in the care of the Michigan Humane Society for nearly six months. They are 1 ½-year-old New Zealand white rabbits, seeking a forever home together. They will join approximately a dozen other rabbits up for adoption at the event, including Dwarfs, Flemish Giants, and other varieties.

The event will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MHS Berman Center for Animal Care, 900 N. Newburgh Road, Westland. The rabbits have already been spayed or neutered, and MHS strongly urges that the whole family come meet any potential new furry friend, for the best possible matchmaking. The adoption fee is $20, or $30 for a pair, and includes a chewable basket, which contains food, treats, rabbit bedding, and a rabbit care book.

For more information, call 1-866-MHUMANE 648-6263 or visit http://www.michiganhumane.org.


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